Narrator: Kristen Sieh
Series: The Glittering Court
Published by Razorbill on April 5th, 2016
Genres: Young Adult
Length: 12 hours and 53 minutes
Source: Personal Copy
Sexual Content: Kissing and references to sex
Reviewed by: James
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…
If you follow my reviews you know that I love Richelle Mead's Bloodlines series and really enjoyed the Vampire Academy novels. So I try all of Richelle's other young adult novels. However, each time I've been let down. She just hasn't been able to capture the beauty of the characters and the world she created for Vampire Academy.
THE GLITTERING COURT had a lot of good things going for it. I loved the premise behind it, and I loved that it was set during the american colonization (my personal favorite part of history to study.) I was really pulled in to the story, and enjoyed the characters right off the bat. I felt Richelle did a great job of developing Adelaide and the other girls at the glittering court. But I was never a fan Cedric, I just didn't feel a real connection between Adelaide and Cedric. Nothing like Sidney and Adrian from Bloodlines, but I have always preferred authors that can pull of the slow burn relationship rather than instant lust. And Richelle pulled that off AMAZINGLY in Bloodlines, but I just couldn't get behind the instant lust in this one.
What really killed THE GLITTERING COURT for me was the pacing. I felt like the novel was over at the three quarters mark. Everything was pretty much resolved, and I feel that's where the book should've ended. I actually got so bored with it that I put the book down for three weeks, and listened to five or six other books before I finally returned to this one. THE GLITTERING COURT picked back up again about two chapters after where I stopped, but I still feel that the last quarter of the book was a separate storyline that should've been told in book 2. I've got to wonder if there was a word count that she was shooting for... but that's just speculation.
We don't discuss politics here, so I'll simply say that Richelle's books have gotten more and more political with each series, and I don't like that. I read sci-fi and fantasy to escape from the world, and I don't want to read about your politics. So that's another down check for me.
My final verdict? I'll read the second book in The Glittering Court series when it comes out, but I'm just hoping and praying that Richelle returns to the Vampire Academy universe at some point. That is where she shines.Series Titles:
- The Glittering Court
- If you're looking for more books by Richelle Mead check out her Bloodlines series.