The sequel to Richelle Mead’s Glittering Court is finally here! I had to include some pictures because the cover is absolutely gorgeous. My review of Midnight Jewel is below, but also make sure to check out the awesome giveaway at the bottom and the rest of the tour stops!
A refugee of war, Mira was cast out of her home country and thrust into another, where the conditions were inhospitable at best. In a life-altering twist of fate, she is given the chance to escape once more, and she takes it, joining 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. There, Mira finds herself subjected to persecution, not only from her fellow Glittering Court jewels, but from her suitors, as well—men she would potentially be expected to give her life to.
By day, she goes through the motions, learning the etiquette and customs that will help to earn her anonymity, even making a couple true friends in the process, the forthright ladies’ maid Adelaide and the ambitious laundress Tamsin. But by night, Mira hatches a different plan entirely—one that, if exposed, could get her hanged in the highest court of Adoria.
About the Author
RICHELLE MEAD is the #1 New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Vampire Academy series and its spin-off series, Bloodlines. Originally from Michigan, she now lives in Seattle, Washington.
This sequel worked a lot better for me! Actually, it felt like more of a companion novel since it’s the same timeline told through Mira’s experience. I really liked her as a narrator, too. She ended up being a strong character who’s grounded, capable, a bit reckless at times, and pretty introspective. If you’ve read the first book you know she’s a refugee who wants to find her brother, so this story is about her searching for him, trying to free him from a bad contract, and helping other oppressed people.
At the start of the story Mira takes a break from stopping thieves to ask her friend Cedric Thorn to take her on in the Glittering Court. I won’t recap everything that happened in the first book, but the Glittering Court is still a place for girls to train to wed society’s elite. It worked better for me this time, though, because the narration often raised an eyebrow at everything that was deemed a “woman’s duty.” Plus, this almost felt like a different world with the grittier side of the city and how everything was approached… the worldbuilding was pretty strong. The story also felt like more of a typical YA adventure.
If you’ve read the first book you’ll know what to expect from some of the events, but it was interesting to see Adelaide and everything from a different perspective this time. The story itself goes in a much different direction, though, and Mira has waaaay more adventures. She has a badass cape + mask and there are pirates and ships! And I wasn’t super into the romance, but still thought some of their banter was funny (or at least entertaining).
I mostly appreciated that I never had to get into some alternate mindset to endure the logistics of the plot because Mira had sound reasons for doing everything she did.
So basically you’ll love this book if you liked the first one. And if you weren’t huge on the first book, you could easily jump to this one and still follow the plot!
Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC.
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