The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead is the first book in The glittering court trilogy. Heres what its about:
‘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…’
This book was a 4.5/5 stars really close to 5 stars which is funny as when you look at the reviews for this book everyone dislikes it. i was a bit confusing and slow pace in the beginning but once Adelaide got to the court it got more interesting. It has really strong characters and great romance and friendships.
Adelaide is a strong and witty character who is brave throughout the book. she followed her goals of wanting to escape from her arranged marrige and thought till the end to get to where she wanted. Her friendships with Tasmin and Mira is just key to the story and i believe if she didnt have them she would have crumbled when alone, even if Tasmin was very two faced at times! Cedric is a kind gentleman who does and focuses on what he belives him. Hes also good at hiding his secrets well untill a snooping young lady comes along. The romance between the two chararcters is very slow at first but it was a big part of the book and made me love it even more! (Im a sucker for romance!)
I definatley recommened this book to people who love strong characters and awesome romance and loves Richelle Mead’s writing.