Guest Review: THE GLITTERING COURT by Richelle Mead

by Richelle Mead
Release Date: April 5th 2016
Publisher: Razorbill 
Source: Purchased
Rating:  ♥♥♥♥


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…

My Thoughts:

Set in a world that is an amazing mix of Colonial and Medieval elements, this is tale of a countess trapped in a society that has so many limits it’s hard to not feel as trapped as she is while reading! The world building surprisingly works, which has been a consistent strength across all of Mead’s works.

Lady Elizabeth, aka Adelaide, manages to get herself into quite a bit of trouble while trying to get out of marrying her cousin. Awesome adventures ensue, not without a lot of nail biting!  Adelaide is likable and manages to keep her privilege in check in light of her want to be free. Going through the book, you’ll develop multiple OTPs but just as Adelaide chooses, you will, too. 

The Glittering Court is one of three books but it’s perfect for those of us with series burnout. The two companion books are their own self contained stories about two of the characters in The Glittering Court. They’re not a retelling, either, as the characters are missing for much of the book. It’s a great premise, where we get to spend more time in the world without the same story over and over.

Overall, The Glittering Court is a great self-contained story with elements that will remind you of world, US, and current political/historical concerns. 


  1. Ohhhh I have this one on adior and I'm so excited to read it!

    1. Hi Anna! You won't regret it...It was consistently great! I love that the sequels are self contained stories so that I don't get burned out. You'll have to come back and tell us how you like it!

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