The Glittering Court
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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.
Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training, and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.
When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and then when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.
But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands…
Let me just say up front that it took me months to finish this book. According to my Goodreads, I started in June and finished reading it in September. That is very unusual for me. Normally if it’s taking me that long to read something, it’s because I’m not enjoying it, and I often end up DNFing or marking it ‘For Later’ on Goodreads. I was really enjoying The Glittering Court though, so I’m not exactly sure what was going on when I was struggling to finish this book. I think I was in a big reading slump, and this book was a victim of that slump.
BUT! I enjoyed this book, and the more I read, the more I liked it. I was really interested in the idea of Adelaide wanting to escape her life and changes her identity to do so. She winds up at The Glittering Court, run by the Thorn family, including the handsome Cedric. While there, Adelaide – now in a new identity – makes friends and, of course, begins to fall for Cedric. But the point of The Glittering Court is for Adelaide to marry someone in the new world, across the sea. Complications!
I really liked the intrigue, the characters (especially Adelaide’s friend, Mira), and the story. It was grand and epic in its scope, and I’m really excited to see that the sequel out next year, Midnight Jewel, appears to focus on Mira! Like the His Fair Assassin series by Robin Lafevers (which I LOVE), it looks like each book will focus on a different character. I’m definitely looking forward to the rest of this series.
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