THE GLITTERING COURT is first of a new series by YA author Richelle Mead 

THE GLITTERING COURT is the first book of a new fantasy series by Vampire Academy author Richelle Mead

Exciting news for fans of Vampire Academy and Bloodlines author Richelle Mead as she’ll be coming out with a new series starting next year with the release of the first book titled The Glittering Court.  According to the Associated Press, the publisher calls it a “a mix of Elizabethan and frontier worlds,” focusing on the lives of three girls on a “search of empowerment and love.” 

This photo provided by Penguin Young Readers shows the cover of the book, "The Glittering Court," by Richelle Mead. (Penguin Young Readers via AP)
This photo provided by Penguin Young Readers shows the cover of the book, “The Glittering Court,” by Richelle Mead. (Penguin Young Readers via AP)


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. . . .

We’re super excited for a new series as Vampire Academy and Bloodlines were both great fun to read, and now we get to see Richelle’s magic touch yet again in a slightly different territory.

However, the bestselling author still has her standalone book, Soundless, coming in November.  A new limited pre-order offer has started for it, which was posted on PenguinTeen’s Tumblr:

If you pre-order a SIGNED copy of the breathtaking, new fantasy novel from bestselling author RICHELLE MEAD from these indies below you will receive (drum roll, please) an additional EXCLUSIVE DELUXE COVER!

Yes, it’s limited to the Independent stores listed on the Tumblr blog, however, if you do pre-order it from one of those listed, you also get a sample of The Glittering Court which contains the first 11 chapters of the book!


The Glittering Court goes on sale starting April 12, 2016.  Soundless goes on sale November 10, 2015.

Source: Associated Press