Review: The Glittering Court
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Glittering Court #1
“For a select group of girls, the Glittering Court offers a shot at a life they’ve only ever dreamed of, one of luxury, glamour, and leisure. To high-born Adelaide, whose wealthy family is forcing her into a loveless marriage, the Glittering Court represents something else: the chance to chart her own destiny, and adventure in an unspoiled, prosperous new land across the sea.
After a chance meeting with the dazzling Cedric Thorn, Adelaide poses as a servant to join the crop of impoverished girls he promises to transform into proper ladies. But her familiarity with upper class life comes with a price: she must hide her identity from her new friends, mysterious refugee Mira and fiery former laundress Tamsin, and most importantly, from Cedric himself—even though she’s falling in love with him.
Everything begins to crumble when Cedric discovers Adelaide’s ruse, and she catches the eye of a powerful young governor, who wants her for a wife. She didn’t leave the gilded cage of her old life behind just to become someone else’s property. But nothing is as daunting—or as wonderful—as the potent, forbidden attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. One that, if acted on, would make them both outcasts in a wild, dangerous, uncharted world, and possibly lead them to their deaths.”
I read Mead a handful of years back. I read the Vampire Academy Series and was sucked in after a recommendation from a friend I met at a book reading. I found myself at her signing for The Glittering Court that same year, yet I never picked it up to read.
It is fascinating how books come back to us (or come to us at all) at certain moments. I was in need of a “stay up all night, get sucked in to a new world” read over Labor Day weekend…and that is what I got!
I once again became a part of a new world and was wrapped up in Mead’s work. The writing was a little different then I remember, in a more simple and descriptive way, yet her ability to convey emotions was the same.
I appreciated the storyline that followed colonialism and taking over of indigenous lands mixed with religious and racial intolerance, the culture of nobility, and adding on a woman craving a partnership in a relationship (or at least some say in her own life). It addressed a lot of the issues with colonialism and the characters with privilege live completely unaware that they are wrong. I haven’t read the rest in the series, yet I see a lot of potential in addressing misconceptions that people had (and continue to have) about others.
I am excited to read about the other characters, particularly Mira because she seems the most independent and fearless. I want to know what her secret is, what she’s hiding. She is such a strong person in this book, as the advances from men are racially charged and she holds a lower position and is overlooked for her race, gender, and refugee status.
I found Adelaide to be intelligent, strong, and very whining and annoying at times. This suited her character, but could be a little frustrating.
The romance was more enticing in the first 75%, then it became a little frustrating and overdone for me. I didn’t enjoy the way the last 25% played out because it seemed to sort itself out too quickly in some parts and drag out unnecessarily in others.
Nevertheless, I already put the next books on hold at the library…and I might return to her Bloodline Series now, just to be sucked into another world again!