Hey all, Dani here.
I’m back with a full-length book review today for one of my favorite authors. I’m trying to remember exactly which Richelle Mead book was my first and I can’t think of if it was Vampire Academy or if I discovered her adult books first. Either way, I own all things Richelle Mead and was so happy to get my hands on her newest release. Let’s just jump right into it.
Mira is not like the other Glittering Court girls. She is a war refugee, cast out of her home country and thrust into another, where she has learned to fight against the many injustices around her. For some, the Glittering Court offers a chance at a life they’ve only ever dreamed of, one of luxury, glamour, and leisure. But for Mira, it’s simply a means to an end. In the new world, she plans to earn off her marriage contract price and finally be free.
Mira pitches herself as an asset to one of the passengers on board the ship: the sardonic and aloof Grant Elliot, whom she’s discovered is a spy for the prestigious McGraw Agency–and her ticket to buying her freedom. His cover blown, Grant has little choice but to take her on. Mira applies herself by day, learning the etiquette and customs that will help to earn her anonymity. By night, she dons a mask and slips into the city, fighting injustice and corruption on her own terms–and impressing Grant with her extraordinary abilities and insights into a brewing rebellion. But the rebellion isn’t all they’re fighting…
Neither of them can ignore the attraction burning between them–an attraction so powerful, it threatens to unravel everything Mira’s worked so hard for. With freedom finally within her grasp, can Mira risk it all for love?
Rating: 5 stars
First off, I’ll just say that I have loved basically every Richelle Mead book I’ve read. There has only been one book that did not get a shining review from me, so really it is no surprise that I loved this book as well.
After reading the first book, I really wanted to know where Mira was sneaking off to all the time, and I was excited to finally get my hands on her story. Thankfully Mira did not disappoint me at all.
She is so resourceful and I loved watching as she learned new skills and navigated this new world, even while dealing with everyone who treated her as lesser simply because she was Sirminican. And Mira’s studies and abilities truly did make her a perfect recruit for espionage. She was skilled at languages and accents, and she taught herself lock-picking. Come on! Mira was a badass leading lady, and I think she probably ranks pretty high up in my list of favorite female protagonists.
Can I also just say that Grant was an interesting character, and the connection between him and Mira was obvious from basically the beginning. Following their exploits, and watching as they navigated around the inhabitants of the New World was fascinating, and I enjoyed watching them discover new details and secrets.
It was also interesting to see how parts of Adelaide’s story intertwined with Mira’s. I’m sure I’ll have to re-read both of these books in anticipation of Tamsin’s tale next year. I am impressed with authors who can write a trilogy that takes place all at the same time but with different protagonists who have different viewpoints. It is so cool.
So basically I really enjoyed this book, and reading it makes me want to go back and re-read The Glittering Court in case I missed some of the connections between the two stories.