Up until the last few months, I would’ve bet you money that Richelle Mead‘s next series would be another Vampire Academy/Bloodlines spin-off featuring Jill and Eddie (I haven’t read the last Bloodlines book yet, so maybe that gets wrapped up there). In fact, I was so convinced that I had to do a double take when I saw some info on what she has coming up next.
Richelle’s next series will be a young adult trilogy with a twist. From what I understand, the books are not so much a continuation of one story over three books, but instead each story overlaps and is told from the POV of a different character. The first story is called The Glittering Court, and it is due out on April 12th. The cover and synopsis have been released, as well…
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 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. . .