Article Title

The Glittering Court


Abigail Packard


Significant Shortcomings, Young Adult, Richelle Mead, Romance, Fantasy, Colonization, Secrets, Gender, Religious Freedom, Sexuality

Document Type

Book Review


The young Countess of Rothford does not want to marry her distant cousin. So when handsome Cedric Thorn arrives on her doorstep pitching a glamorous life in the Glittering Court to her lady’s maid, the countess takes her maid’s place as Adelaide Bailey. Adelaide travels to a country cottage with the other recruited girls to learn to become a lady. Adelaide does her best to fit in by pretending she doesn’t know any of the genteel skills that the girls are supposed to learn. But as she becomes better acquainted with her roommates, mysterious Mira and fiery Tamsin, and more attracted to Cedric, she finds her secrets harder to keep. After traveling to Adoria and becoming hopelessly entangled with Cedric, despite the adamant attentions of Adoria’s most eligible bachelor, Adelaide is cast out of the Glittering Court and she and Cedric have to find their own way in the wilds of a budding colony. When it is discovered that Cedric is part of a heretical religious group, Adelaide helps him barely escape death by hanging through cunning, determination, and lots of help.