Saturday Discussion – The Glittering Court

It’s time to discuss The Glittering Court!

Synopsis:   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. 

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.   – Taken from Goodreads

Eden: Ok. Richelle Mead, I love you, but I hated this book. I have struggled to understand how I really felt about The Glittering Court. Honestly, though, I felt like I was reading some not-very-good fanfiction. I despised the characters. They all made terrible choices — choices that didn’t need to be made. Also, I went into this expecting a fantasy novel. This. Is. Not. A. Fantasy. Novel.

It’s more of a western, but in the barest sense of the word. There is no action aside from some horseback riding and running around and there was three books worth of information just crammed into a 400 page book. No joke, the last 150 pages turned into this crazy info-dump of scrambling to tie everything up in a nice neat bow.

I won’t say I won’t read the next book. I mean, I’ve read worse books than this. But, I’m highly doubtful I’ll read it.

Caitlynn: Ok, so I didn’t despise the book. I would probably read the next book that comes out because I feel like I’ve already committed this much time toward this series… I think there was too much going on in such a short amount of time in this book that it just became more and more unrealistic to the story line. There was too much time setting up (which I mean, I feel like the story wasn’t set up too well to begin with…) and then too many things squeezed into the last 100 pages of the book. I feel like the relationships in the book were not cultivated enough for me to really like any of the characters in this book.

Jenn: I was not a fan of this book. I was expecting so much more from it. I didn’t care for the plot. Also, I missed the connection with the characters. Typically Mead writes likable and funny characters. That was missing in this book. I was disappointed because typically the personalities of Mead’s characters are usually my favorite part of her books. Here that was absent. I also did not care for the way everything seemed to be connected at the end. There was too much going on without enough background. It wasn’t my favorite to say the least.

DISCUSSION & SPOILERS AHEAD: If you haven’t read The Glittering Court and plan to read it, it would be best not to read anymore.

The Glittering Court - Richelle Mead

Eden: We’re starting this discussion with Tamsin. How ridiculous is it that Tamsin goes missing on a boat and is found only to go missing on another boat and be found again?

Jenn: I thought she was going to be one of the pirates at the end. I just knew everything had to be interconnected.

Eden: Also, I kept mixing Tamsin’s name with Tamlin’s from A Court of Thorns and Roses.

Jenn: I did that too.

Caitlynn: Same.

Caitlynn: Why did Adelaide pay for Tamsin’s fee but NOT Miras.

Eden: I don’t think that was what the money was for.

Jenn: I thought it was for like an abortion.

Caitlynn: I don’t think that fits this books storyline.

Jenn: What was with Cedric’s cologne?

Eden: Oh my god, the vetiver. I imagined it smelling like the inside of a dirty old car.

Jenn: It didn’t sound nice. I thought it sounded like cigarrettes and leather—like an old biker. And every issue was Adelaide’s fault.

Caitlynn: To be fair, the book was about her problems and how she caused them.

Jenn: She just decided it was time to go slum it with the poor for a little bit. Like she found it preferable to be sold into a marriage. It wasn’t like she got another choice. She still was being sold into a marriage, she just chose to go into it with the most complicated route.


Caitlynn: I wish they wouldn’t have introduced Cedric to us and made it obvious that they had a connection so quickly.

Jenn: I’m pretty sure she only married Cedric because she wanted to hook up with him.

Eden: Cedric was an idiot. Like a true idiot. He continued to get caught practicing an illegal religion that he could be hanged for.

Caitlynn: So stupid. So stupid.

Jenn: Why did they not find somebody that had like a gated community that way they wouldn’t get caught practicing?

**Nobody had an answer for this**

Jenn: Also, I imagined her living in Victorian England and then traveling to Scotsland.

Eden: I imagined them in like a jungle. I was really disappointed with this book. Mostly because I love Richelle Mead. I mean. I’ve read all of the Vampire Academy series and the Bloodline series and I was obsessed.

Jenn: I feel like that’s her though. I feel like I’ve come to the conclusion that she writes characters we like, and this was a book where we hated all of the characters, so we hated the book.

Caitlynn: Yeah, I didn’t like any of these characters. Even Mira.

Jenn: The point that I slammed the book closed was when everything is happening and Mira pops up with a crossbow. I was just like no.

Eden: The point that I slammed the book closed was when Tamsin just went missing again. Like, did you run out of things to write about?

Caitlynn: Not me. It was just all ridiculous.

Jenn: I was so mad reading that book.

Caitlynn: I feel like I’m the most lenient of all of us too and I just don’t care.

Eden: To be fair, I liked this book the way I liked The Selection series. I found it ridiculous and a good opportunity to laugh at stupid stuff.

Caitlynn: I liked The Selection series.

Jenn: I actually like The Selection series more than this because it had reasons behind things happening.

Eden: There was an actual point where I was like, this is fanfiction. And not good fanfiction.

Caitlynn: The more I think about it the more pissed off I am that this book became about gold mining.

Jenn: You know. Richelle Mead had to actually research gold mining for this book. She researched gold mining for a book!

Eden: That should have been her first clue that it wasn’t going to be very promising.

Jenn: Is this a series?

Eden: Yeah, it’s a series.

Jenn: How? Are they going to go explore some emeralds in the next book?

Eden: I think the next book is through the other girls POV.

Jenn: There was a ship of girls. An entire ship of girls that just sank. That just went missing and all we got was a sentence. Mead jumped the shark like six times.

Eden: Adelaide wasn’t even like appropriately upset.

Caitlynn: They didn’t even look for them!

Jenn: They were like, “Oh, ships gone. Oh well.”


16 thoughts on “Saturday Discussion – The Glittering Court

  1. I am so glad that I am not the only one who thought Tamsin disappearing and returning TWICE was a little bonkers! The characters just didn’t seem real. They were all caricatures of stereotypes. I was so disappointed in this one.

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    1. It was so ridiculous! I was genuinely like, “why? Why did you need her to get lost a second time?!”

      Nothing was fleshed out. The characters could have been interesting if we got more of a story around them rather than something that seemed really rushed.


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      1. My thoughts exactly. I actually think the finishing school could have been a really interesting book for the first of the series. I feel like at least then I would have cared about Tamsins disappearances.

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      1. I completely agree. VA was definitely her best series yet. And I haven’t. I’ve heard that it’s actually worse than The Glittering Court so I think I’m going to steer clear of it.

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  2. I completely agree with your entire discussion. TGC is my first Richelle Mead book, and now that I’m reading Soundless (which is a near-cut-and-paste of TGC as far as I’m reading it, and obviously, chock-full of flaws that make me very, very angry), I don’t think I’ll ever pick up any new Richelle Mead book ever again. I probably won’t even pick up the Bloodlines and VA series until I forget about Soundless and TGC. Such utter disappointments!

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