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The Glittering Court

Title: The Glittering Court
Author: Richelle Meade
Series: The Glittering Court (#1)
Genre: YA Historical Romance
Publisher: Penguin Australia
Release Date: 2016
Format: Paperback
Links: Goodreads, Author's Website
Purchase: Booktopia, Book Depository, Angus & Robertson

A dazzling new fantasy series set in a mix of Elizabethan and frontier worlds that’s dripping with romance 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 capable of arranging 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. . . .

The Glittering Court was captivating and, despite the title, had no magic. Shock! Horror! You thought it was about Fae, didn't you ;]

Haha. Anyway. I picked this in my local Target Country (I've made a habit of popping in there before I do my groceries, and it's paying off with the few YA new releases they're getting).

I'm the type of girl that loves a historical fiction BUT I hate not knowing how accurate a book is. Because I haven't studied many historical periods and so I often question what I'm reading. This is one of the reasons I love The Glittering Court so much - it's historical fiction based in a fictional world. So many things seem familiar, because Mead is drawing inspiration from real historical periods, but I don't have to worry about the accuracy of it.

I found the characters intriguing, relatable and fun. The romance especially was done beautifully - I get so tired of instance love/lust. There was none of that with this book. Adelaide and Cedric have a realistic - if unconventional - courtship which flows beautifully. I especially love the way they face the challenges put to them, and how Adelaide grows into herself. She goes from a pampered Lady to a weathered frontier woman.

The imagery was wonderful throughout, and I felt like a learnt a lot about the world it's set in without reading a history book.

I really can't wait to read the second book - especially considering the cliff-hanger Mead left at the end of the book.

The Glittering Court is definitely more than a romance - it's action and adventure, and thrill of a new world.

Question: Given the chance, would you want to help pioneer a new land? To be a part of buildings towns and cities, or creating a new culture and way of life?

I would love to, that's for sure. The thought of playing such an important role, of getting to help shape the way it all unveils. Would be pretty heady stuff.

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