“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… “
Take ‘The Selection’ by Kiera Cass and ‘The Kiss Of Deception’ by Mary E. Pearson and you get the ‘The Glittering Court’. You follow Elizabeth/Adelaide as she escapes an arranged marriage and joins the Glittering Court.
Going into this book I was a little hesitant. I was recommended this book through the library in the fantasy genre and there weren’t any reviews about the book. When I read the description, it reminded me of the book ‘The Kiss Of Deception’ by Mary E. Pearson. It had the same sort of plot with the rich girl who runs away to escape an arranged marriage and then pretends to be someone else. I hope to see some sort of magic or mythical creature, I think that would make the book really interesting.
In reality this book had some moments that surprised me and others that I predicted. The beginning of the book did have some similarities to ‘The Kiss Of Deception’. To my surprise there wasn’t any magic. The book took more of the fairy-tale fantasy supposed to the more mythical and magical fantasy. I didn’t have any reviews to compare this to but I have mixed feelings over this book.
Adelaide: She admits in the first chapter that she considers herself to be clever and as the book goes on she is. She’s observant of the things around her and the cares about her freedom. While she’s at the Glittering Court they learn how to be a proper lady and have a good education but her already having a good tittle knows how to do most of the things they’re learning but there’s still a lot of things they know how to do that she doesn’t like getting dressed on her own, cooking and sewing because she’s always had someone to do that for her. I liked Adelaide most of the time. Sometimes she would so something that would make me want to throw the book but there were times where I admired her. She would stand up for her friend Mira when the other girls were mean to her and it can’t be easy running away from home by herself.
Mira: Mira is a refugee from Sirminica and her journey from Sirminica has effecter her and made her a strong woman who cares about doing her best so she can have the best life possible for herself. Later in book she questions if she really wants to get married and questions her reasoning for being in the Glittering Court. I liked Mira she’s strong and doesn’t only focus on getting married.
Tamsin: Tamsin is a bright young woman who swears once she marries a rich man shell never do another load of laundry again. She’s optimistic, ambitious and really cares about her family. She’s a major perfectionist. Always studying to perfect her skills and to score the highest on all the test. There were times when Tamsin annoyed me. She reminds me of the know it alls at school. Tamsin gets jealous when someone is doing better than her on the test but after going through an event she becomes more bearable and nicer.
Cedric: He’s not all he appears to be. Cedric at first seems professional, polite and nice but he has a secret that effects how Adelaide and his relationship. His father and him don’t always get along, they both have different opinions on the ways things should be ran. I found Cedric kind of plain. He was nice and polite but that was it. He never got mad and didn’t have much personality.
The romance between Cedric and Adelaide seems to lack chemistry. It’s obvious that they will both go to great lengths to protect each other and they both truly care about one another but there wasn’t much of an attraction. I feel like they kissed once and then next there saying I love you.
In the beginning the plot focuses on Elizabeth or her new name Adelaide as she runs away from an arranged marriage and takes place as one of her maids. She joins the Glittering Court which is an organization that helps women get a better education and go higher up the social levels. She faces problems with the other girl’s ambitions to be the best, learning to do the things she never knew how to do and keeping her identity hidden. Towards the of the book I found the plot to be a little boring. Cedric and Adelaide get together and they face problems in their relationship. I feel like there was always one chapter that sucked me in but then the next made me want to put the book down.
Overall, I give this book a 3.5 out of 5. I found some parts of the plot boring and unassay. I wasn’t crazy for all the characters, the only one I knew I liked was Mira. The attraction between Adelaide and Cedric felt stiff and fake. Towards the end of the book I began to lose interest in the book. In the end this book was not my favorite. I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, you’ve just been reviewed.