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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 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 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....
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By Maya on 05-29-16
Okay plot, but a lot of loose ends and barely likable characters
When I first began this book I thought I would grow to love it. I did grow to be okay with it, but I was never truly that fond of listening to it. I think the reason was because I did not like the main character, and I just simply couldn't feel that bad for her. She was not endearing or inspiring and I am sad to say that I only grew to dislike her. None of her traits as a main character won me over, nor allowed me to sympathize with her plight to get out of a marriage... Mostly because she didn't have that rough of a time and she came off as kind of snobby the entire book. I love mead's other works and am a huge fan, but this just was not as good as I had hoped.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
By Anna Erikssön Bendewald on 04-15-16
I love this story!
First, let me say that I loved Kristen Sieh's performance and voice so much, I will listen to anything else she narrates for the rest of my life.
As for Richelle Mead's story- simply pure escapism! I love our heroine, I love everyone she comes in contact with and the villian, pretty much love to hate!
I don't typically enjoy fantasy, but the fact that these are countries that don't exist and religions she's created didn't matter one bit. The were completely real to me and I loved the adventures.
I hope there's a follow up book, I'd adore another adventure with these characters.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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By Lou on 09-22-16
Enjoyable and not what I expected
Definitely a good listen. Don't let the aristocratic accents put you off, they soon mellow a little and the story is very enjoyable.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
By rose-lavenders on 02-27-18
I really enjoyed this audiobook! Great story and I also really liked the narrators too.