Title: The Glittering Court
Series: Glittering Court #1
Author: Richelle Mead
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
Rating: * * * * *
(Apr 5, 2016)
Hardback: 416 pages
FTC Disclosure: Sneak Peek provided by the publisher via Netgalley
A dazzling, romantic fantasy series set in a mix of Elizabethan and frontier worlds from Richelle Mead, #1 internationally bestselling author of Vampire Academy.Big and sweeping, spanning 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 later, 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. . . .
All I can say is holy freaking WOW! I got the wonderful opportunity to read the first 11 chapters of this fabulous first book in what is going to be a fabulous new series. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you Net Galley! Awesome! simply awesome!
I'm usually not real fond of fantasy based books but this one was by Richelle Mead so I thought what the heck, her books are always entertaining and it'll be a short read so go for it. Now, I'm pissed cause I've got to wait another month and a half before I can actually purchase this book.
The world that Mead has built is wonderful (as always) and I can't wait to see what Adoria is like now that Adelaide has finished her training to become a "lady" and has become the "diamond" in this Glittering Court. For a while there I was afraid the whole proposition was a hoax and they were simply being trained to work in a brothel but it appears to be on the up and up. If you'd like the chance to read the first 11 chapters too -go here and enjoy. Then go right to your favorite bookseller and add this to your pre-order cause once you start it you won't be able to resist. Don't wait as I'm not sure how long this will be available on Mead's website.