Summary: 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.
Review: 4 stars
The Glittering Court was a novel I really enjoyed. For Richelle Mead if felt a bit different than what she typically writes. This series has no fantasy aspect, but Richelle always brings forth compelling characters and interesting plots to go along with them. Now when I started Midnight Jewel I thought it was a continuation of Adelaide’s story, which confused me because I remembered it concluding to read like a stand alone. When I discovered that it told Mira’s story instead, I found myself intrigued but also a bit relieved as I didn’t have to try and play catch up since it had been so long since reading the first one. With that being said, this can be read as a standalone.
Mira is a strong female lead, headstrong, and independent. Which makes things difficult for the time period, but also makes her an interesting and compelling personality to read about. I like her story as much, if not more than Adelaide’s. Even as Mira gets involved with pirates, she keeps herself morally intact and acts more like Robin Hood than just a bandit. I really respect her choices and found her to be a character that I can admire.
Richelle Mead is one of the top authors that I idolize, having read most of her adult work. So I wanted to take a look at what makes her work stand out to me. What it came down to was really her character development more than anything. Her plots range from okay to great, but I came back every time for series that had 6 books a piece because of the characters. It really showed me how important it is to construct characters with a compelling personality. Mira had just that, an interesting backstory and a compelling personality.
Books by Richelle Mead are always on my wishlist and I hope to read the concluding book of this trilogy which will follow Tamsin’s journey in the Glittering Court. I am also on the lookout for a copy of Soundless.