review · young adult

The Glittering Court – Richelle Mead

“I belonged to one of the noblest families in Osfrid, one that could trace its bloodline back to the country’s founders. Sure, my title might have been more prestigious if my family’s fortune hadn’t evaporated, but that was easily fixed. All I had to do was marry well. And that’s where all my problems started.”

 

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Blurb: “Big and sweeping, spanning from the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.”

Richelle Mead is another author who I knew of but had never read her books. Like a lot of readers of the YA genre, I used to eat up anything about vampires but her series Vampire Academy just never appealed to me and after watching the film adaptation I was even less inclined to do so. Soundless peaked my interest but after hearing it was a stand-alone (which didn’t seem to work) and a lot of readers had very mixed opinions, I decided to steer clear. So you’re probably wondering what made me reach for The Glittering Court. Well, quite simply, I am a sucker for political intrigue.

The Glittering Court follows the countess of Osfrid who is stuck in the middle of her family’s diminishing wealth. As is the case in this particular period, she must marry in order for her and her loved ones to keep their social status. Unfortunately for the countess, her arranged suitor is in fact her cousin. When an offer to join The Glittering Court is offered to her servant it isn’t long before the countess takes her place, seeing this as the perfect opportunity to escape. The Glittering Court is an institution that takes low birth girls and trains them to be respectable ladies in order to gain an offer from a rich suitor.

First, I want to make the point of how gorgeous this book cover looks. I’m not normally one for books that have models on the cover but this is so breathtakingly beautiful. I was hooked on this story. I have no way of guessing how the story would unfold because there were so many secrets and so much intrigue around this group.

There were plenty of things that made me thoroughly enjoy this book but I did have quite a few issues. However, the latter won’t stop me from picking up the next book.

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