Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead - book review
This is the second book in The Glittering Court trilogy by Richelle Mead. And this is the perfect timing to start reading this series as the last book, The Emerald Sea, is being published next month! You can take a glance in the series by reading the first book's review here!
The Glittering Court, is an organisation that takes girls and train them into real ladies for the colonies in the New World. We follow three girls; Adeaide, Mira and Tamsin. Each heroine is the main character of each book. The Glittering Court follows Adelaide, The Midnight Jewel follows Mira and I imagine that The Emerald Sea will follow Tamsin. The events of every book take place in the same timeline, so you may see some same dialogues here and there, but each character has a different path so this second book didn't feel like repeating the same things with the first one.
After reading the first book, I thought Adelaide and Cedric were my favorite characters but... reading the second book, made me fall in love with Mira and Grant as well, if not more! I am curious if the third book will make me love Tamsin too! Hahaha! Mira's point of view was unique in a different way. It was really cool to watch Adelaide's relationship with Cedric through Mira's eyes and watch their friendship grow and change.
Mira is a really strong and independent woman. She isn't afraid to make her own future and not let others make those decisions for her. We also get to learn all those secrets that she kept from Adelaide in the first book!!! 😉
Book three comes out June 26th so stay tuned!
I rated this book with 4 stars:
Check the summary as written on Goodreads:
In MIDNIGHT JEWEL, Richelle Mead goes beyond the glitz and glamour of the Glittering Court, delving into the dark, political underbelly of Cape Triumph through the eyes of one girl who dares to fight for her freedom.
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.
MIDNIGHT JEWEL is the extraordinary story of a girl with few options who courageously forges a new path, finding love, passion, lifelong friendships, and maybe even a way to freedom.