A dazzling new fantasy series set in a mix of Elizabethan and frontier worlds that’s dripping with romance from Richelle Mead, #1 internationally bestselling author of Vampire Academy
THE GLITTERING COURT SERIES
THE GLITTERING COURT (#1)
by Richelle Mead
Razorbill, April 2016
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 capable of arranging powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide’s challenge is to disguise her royal breeding—and figure out a way to avoid yet another loveless arrangement in a society where a woman’s only role is wife.
There, 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….
Richelle Mead is the author of the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series, its bestselling spinoff series Bloodlines, and the fantasy standalone Soundless, as well as several bestselling series for adults. Book 1, THE GLITTERING COURT will be released by Razorbill in April 2016 and will be the lead title across all of Penguin Young Readers. There are more than 10 million copies of Richelle Mead’s books in print in the United States alone.