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.