Summary (from Goodreads):
“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…”
I know this book seems to be getting mixed reviews, but I was exactly in the mood for it. It reads as this weird hybrid of True Grit (think setting, not plot) and The Selection, and it all absolutely worked for me.
I love Adelaide, the countess who chooses to give up her title and comfortable lifestyle to take a chance over in Adoria as part of the Glittering Court. I love her new friends, Tamsin and Mira (and I hope there’s some companion novels to come from Mira’s perspective, because I love her the most) and I especially love Cedric, the swooniest guy ever.
I had no idea what was going to happen (beyond the fact that Adelaide and Cedric would end up together because OBVIOUSLY) and this book still kept taking me by complete surprise.
This is the first book in a series and I cannot wait to see what happens next.