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Richelle Mead

The Glittering Court Series

The Selection meets Reign in this dazzling trilogy of interwoven novels about three girls on a quest for freedom and true love.

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

The Glittering Court

Book 1

The Glittering Court offers a shot at a life they’ve only ever dreamed of, one of luxury, glamour, and leisure. To high-born Adelaide, whose wealthy family is forcing her into a loveless marriage, the Glittering Court represents something else: the chance to chart her own destiny, and adventure in an unspoiled, prosperous new land across the sea.

Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead

Midnight Jewel

Book 2

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 Mira, the Glittering Court is simply a means to an end. In the new world, she plans to earn off her marriage contract price, and finally be free.

The Emerald Sea by Richelle Mead

The Emerald Sea

Book 3

Tamsin Wright is unstoppable. She must become the Glittering Court’s diamond: the girl with the highest test scores, the most glamorous wardrobe, and the greatest opportunities to match with an elite suitor in the New World. Tamsin immerses herself completely in lessons about etiquette, history, and music–everything a high-society wife would need to know.

Vampire Academy Series

Love and loyalty run deeper than blood as Rose dedicates her life to protecting her best friend Lissa from the dangerous undead Strigoi.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy

Book 1

St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

Frostbite by Richelle Mead


Book 2

Rose loves Dimitri, Dimitri might love Tasha, and Mason would die to be with Rose…It’s winter break at St. Vladimir’s, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy’s crawling with Guardians—including Rose’s hard-hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. When three friends run away in an offensive move against the deadly Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. But heroism rarely comes without a price…

Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead

Shadow Kiss

Book 3

Is Rose’s fate to kill the person she loves most? It’s springtime at St. Vladimir’s Academy, and Rose is this close to graduation. Since Mason’s death, Rose hasn’t been feeling quite right. She has dark flashbacks in the middle of practice and can’t concentrate in class. But she has an even bigger secret. She’s in love with Dimitri. When Strigoi target the academy in the deadliest attack in Moroi history, Rose must protect Lissa at all costs, but will keeping her best friend safe mean losing Dimitri forever?

Blood Promise by Richelle Mead

Blood Promise

Book 4

The recent Strigoi attack at St. Vladimir’s Academy was the deadliest ever in the school’s history, claiming the lives of Moroi students, teachers, and guardians alike. Even worse, the Strigoi took some of their victims with them . . . including Dimitri.He’d rather die than be one of them, and now Rose must abandon her best friend, Lissa—the one she has sworn to protect no matter what—and keep the promise Dimitri begged her to make long ago. But with everything at stake, how can she possibly destroy the person she loves most?

Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

Spirit Bound

Book 5

After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri’s birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir’s – and to her best friend, Lissa. It is at long last graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates to begin. But Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows he’s out there, somewhere.

She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood, and now he is hunting her. And this time he won’t rest until Rose joins him . . . forever.

Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

Last Sacrifice

Book 6

Murder. Love. Jealousy. And the ultimate sacrifice.

The Queen is dead and the Moroi world will never be the same. Now, with Rose awaiting wrongful execution and Lissa in a deadly struggle for the royal throne, the girls find themselves forced to rely upon enemies and to question those they thought they could trust. . . .

But what if true freedom means sacrificing the most important thing of all?

Each other.

Vampire Academy by Michelle Rowen, Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy

The Ultimate Guide

The official guide to the #1 international bestselling Vampire Academy series! Sink your teeth into the must-have collector’s item, complete with color photos from the set of the movie!

Vampire Academy 10th Anniversary Edition by Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy

10th Anniversary Edition

Celebrates 10 year of Vampire Academy with an exclusive, never-before-seen collection of stories that sheds new light on the world and its players.

Vampire Academy: The Complete Collection by Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy

The Complete Collection

The complete saga of the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series in one ebook.

Vampire Academy Box Set 1-6 by Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy

Box Set 1-6

The complete saga of the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series in a boxed set.

Bloodlines Series

From #1 international bestselling author Richelle Mead comes the story of an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who serve to keep vampire secrets and protect human lives, caught between the two worlds she has sworn to keep separate.

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead


Book 1

When alchemist Sydney is ordered into hiding to protect the life of Moroi princess Jill Dragomir, the last place she expects to be sent is a human private school in Palm Springs, California.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Bloodlines explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive–this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting where the stakes are even higher and everyone’s out for blood.

The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

The Golden Lily

Book 2

Sydney Sage would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a boarding school in Palm Springs, California—tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she’s supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she’s been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her. Should she trust the Alchemists—or her heart?

The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead

The Indigo Spell

Book 3

In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch—a former Alchemist who is now on the run. He wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. As she searches for an evil magic user targeting young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood—or else she might be next.

The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

The Fiery Heart

Book 4

As Sydney navigates the aftermath of a life-changing decision, she finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there’s so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread carefully as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure looms larger than ever.

Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead

Silver Shadows

Book 5

Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive. 

For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .

The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

The Ruby Circle

Book 6

Their forbidden romance exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s bestselling Bloodlines series.
When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis.  Meanwhile, she and Adrian become enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world and alter their lives forever.

Age of X Series

The truth is, when you banish the gods from the world, they eventually come back—with a vengeance. In the near future, religious investigator Justin March and Mae Koskinen—the beautiful supersoldier assigned to protect him—have been charged with investigating reports of the supernatural and the return of the gods, both inside the Republic of United North America and out.

Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead

Gameboard of the Gods

Book 1

After failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups, Justin March is surprised when he is tasked with solving a string of ritualistic murders steeped in seemingly unexplainable phenomena.
Justin’s new partner and bodyguard, Mae Koskinen, is a prætorian, one of the Republic’s technologically enhanced supersoldiers. Mae’s inexplicable beauty and aristocratic upbringing attract Justin’s curiosity and desire, but her true nature holds more danger than anyone realizes.
As their investigation unfolds, Justin and Mae find themselves in the crosshairs of mysterious enemies. Powers greater than they can imagine have started to assemble in the shadows, preparing to reclaim a world that has renounced religion and where humans are merely gamepieces on their board.

The Immortal Crown by Richelle Mead

The Immortal Crown

Book 2

Justin and Mae’s mission takes a new twist when they are assigned to a diplomatic delegation headed by Lucian Darling, Justin’s old friend and rival, going into Arcadia, the RUNA’s dangerous neighboring country. Here, in a society where women are commodities and religion is intertwined with government, Justin discovers powerful forces at work, even as he struggles to come to terms with his own reluctantly acquired deity.

Meanwhile, Mae—grudgingly posing as Justin’s concubine—has a secret mission of her own: finding the illegitimate niece her family smuggled away years ago. But with Justin and Mae resisting the resurgence of the gods in Arcadia, a reporter’s connection with someone close to Justin back home threatens to expose their mission—and with it the divine forces the government is determined to keep secret.


Soundless by Richelle Mead


From Richelle Mead, the #1 internationally bestselling author of Vampire Academy and Bloodlines, comes a breathtaking new fantasy perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Laini Taylor and Sabaa Tahir.

"Fans of characters like Rose Hathaway and Sydney Sage will flock to this impressive stand-alone novel."

For as long as Fei can remember, there has been no sound in her village, where rocky terrain and frequent avalanches prevent residents from self-sustaining. Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom.
When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink and many go hungry. Fei’s home, the people she loves, and her entire existence is plunged into crisis, under threat of darkness and starvation.
But soon Fei is awoken in the night by a searing noise, and sound becomes her weapon.
Richelle Mead takes readers on a triumphant journey from the peak of Fei’s jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiguo, where a startling truth and an unlikely romance will change her life forever....

About Richelle Mead

Richelle Mead

Richelle Mead is the author of the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series, the Bloodlines series, the Glittering Court series, and the Age of X series. Her love of fantasy and science fiction began at an early age when her father read her Greek mythology and her brothers made her watch Flash Gordon. She went on to study folklore and religion in college, and when not writing, Richelle spends her time drinking lots of coffee, watching reality TV, and shopping for dresses.


Read these FAQs with Richelle!

What will your next book be?

My latest book, Soundless, just came out and is a standalone set in a fantasy world rooted in Chinese mythology and history. It takes place in a mysterious mountain village where no one has been able to hear for generations, a situation made worse as villagers now begin to lose their sight. When a teenage girl wakes one morning with her hearing restored, it sets her upon a dangerous quest to learn the truth about her people’s past and how she can stop the looming darkness that threatens them.

Next April, I’ll be starting an entirely new series. It takes place in a world inspired by Elizabethan England and colonial American in which impoverished girls are trained to become upper class ladies in order to make respectable marriages in a New World across the ocean. But don’t be fooled—these girls aren’t going to just go meekly to their fates. Along with making their own choices in love, they find themselves enmeshed with pirates, spies, and heretics, to name a few. The first book in the series, The Glittering Court, comes out in April 2016, and you’re going to love it.

Where can I buy your books? 

Booksellers Everywhere

Richelle’s books are available from major American book retailers like Amazon and Barnes and Noble, as well as all sorts of wonderful independent bookstores. You can buy online or in person. If you go to your local bookstore and they don’t have what you want, all should be able to order it for you at no extra charge. “Superstores” like Target and Walmart also often carry her books. Most UK and Australian bookstores (like Waterstones and Dymocks) also can get them. Other countries vary.

Buy Your Books SIGNED!
Richelle is once again working with University Book Store in Seattle to offer you the chance to order signed books!

1. Go to University Book Store’s website, and check out their Richelle Mead page. This lists Richelle’s most popular books in a quick and easy format. If you’re looking for comics, graphic novels, or specific formats (hardcover, softcover, etc.), use their regular catalog display and search for Mead, Richelle in the author search. Order the books you want, put them in your shopping cart, and start the check-out process. For anthologies, search by title.  Note: if you have website difficulties, call  206-634-3400 and ask for General Books to order over the phone.

2. On the payment page, there’s a comment field.  Enter the following: “Please send me an autographed copy (or copies) made out to….”  Then write in who you would like the book or books made out to.  Be VERY specific about the name. Some people say “make it out to me, Joe Smith” when they really just want it made out to “Joe,” not Joe Smith.  So tell us exactly which name should be in the book! If you just want Richelle to autograph it with no personalization, then enter “signature only.”

3. Pay for the item and complete your order.

4. Richelle will find a time to stop by and sign the books (it won’t be the day you place your order, but she does visit the store every few weeks). YES! The store ships internationally. On the check-out page, click the drop-down “state” menu, and you’ll see an option to ship outside of the US.

5. PLEASE direct all selling type questions (pre-orders, international shipping costs, etc.) to or the bookstore’s mail order department, not Richelle.

NEW: University Book Store has copies of the Vampire Academy DVD! If you’d like to order it, search for it in their catalog. If you’d like Richelle to sign it, please say so in the comments when you check out on their website!

Note: Richelle reserves the right to modify specific message requests–especially long ones! The books only have so much room.

How many books will be in each series?

Things always change, but here is the current plan for my three series:

  • Georgina Kincaid series – There are 6 total in the series

  • Vampire Academy series – There are 6 total in the series, with the story continued in Bloodlines

  • Bloodlines series – There are 6 total

  • Dark Swan series – Currently there are 4, with another hopefully in the far-off future

  • Age of X series – Unknown at this point

  • Soundless – Only 1 – this is a standalone novel

Is there any way the next book can come out sooner?

No. Release dates are determined by the book companies and are based on many, many different factors. How fast I write the books doesn’t make a difference. I could write a new book every day, and they would still have to be released 6-12 months apart.

Is Vampire Academy going to be a movie?

Vampire Academy IS a movie! It came out in theaters on February 2014 and is available on DVD. Currently, there are no plans to make a sequel or turn the Bloodlines series into a movie. This is in the hands of the producers — not me.

Who’s on the covers of the Vampire Academy books?

Covers are designed by a book company’s art department and are something I have little say about. Since everyone has different ideas about how characters look, the art department’s ideas may not quite match the books’ descriptions or your ideas. Or, the art department may not have even read the book. Here’s my best guess:

  1. Vampire Academy – Rose

  2. Frostbite – The girl is Rose, and the guy is a mystery even to me. Without the red eyes, he’d be Christian. He’s too young to be Isaiah

  3. Shadow Kiss – Lissa and Dimitri are on the old version; Rose is supposed to be on the new one

  4. Blood Promise – Rose

  5. Spirit Bound – Rose and ???

Last Sacrifice – Rose

Are Frostbite and Shadow Kiss available in hardcover?

Unfortunately, these aren’t available in hardcover, and there are no plans to release them that way. This is a decision from the publisher and nothing I have control over.

When is the next Vampire Academy book coming out?

The VA series is technically finished, but the spin-off series Bloodlines continues the story in the same world, just told by different characters. Some of our old favorites make appearances! With Bloodlines now finished, I have moved on to other projects. The VA series is definitely something I might come back to in the future, but I have no concrete plans or any information on dates, what characters would be featured, etc.

When is the next Georgina book coming out?

The Georgina Kincaid series is finished.

When is the next Dark Swan book coming out?

Shadow Heir technically finished the series, though I hope someday to write a fifth book.

Why can’t you come do a signing in my city?

Travel is extremely expensive, even for one night, once you add up airfare and hotel costs. My publishers pay for my big tours, but they’re on budgets too and choose cities based on city size and relationships with bookstores. I occasionally set up signings myself, and since I live on the west coast, it is easier for me to travel around this area. Also, if I’m on vacation, I’ll try to do a signing wherever I go–but I don’t have the time or money to visit every place. I truly wish I could visit everywhere because I LOVE meeting readers, but I’m afraid it’s just not possible! A list of my current signings and travel can be found in the events section.

Are your books available outside the United States?

Yes! My books are published all around the world and have been translated into dozens and dozens of languages. Books in English-speaking countries like Australia, the UK, and Canada often have the same release dates as the U.S. Translations into other languages may come out later. Often, I’m not told about the release dates since it’s a decision each country’s publisher makes. Check with a bookseller in your own country about translations or importing English copies. American booksellers may also ship to your country.

When will the next book be released in my country?

The Vampire Academy series is released in English speaking countries (Australia, the UK, and Canada) on the same day as the U.S. This is also usually true for my other books. Unfortunately, translations in other countries are all different, and I am not given information on when new books will be released in those places. It’s in the hands of the publishing companies who buy the rights in each country. Check with your local bookseller or book website.

Are there Kindle, ebook, or audio versions of your books?

Almost all books are available in Kindle/ebook format, and they release the same day as the print copies. Many of my books are available in audio. Some are on CD and some are only on Again–the formats and release dates are out of my control too.

How did you get started writing?

I’ve wanted to write for my entire life. When I was little, I used to design my own picture books. As I got older, I began trying to write short stories. During high school and college, I fell away from writing and ended up getting degrees in other things and becoming a middle school English teacher. Not long after that, I started writing a sci-fi book as a hobby. Nothing ever came of it, but it trained me up to write Succubus Blues. I sold it relatively quickly, and from there, I began writing my other series.

Where do you get your ideas from? Are your characters or books based on real life?

None of my characters or situations are based on anything in real life–it all comes from my head! That being said, the things in my head are fueled by the world around me. I do a lot of mythological research, and often that triggers an idea for a book (like how the Romanian myth of Strigoi and Moroi inspired Vampire Academy). Sometimes tiny little things I observe in the world will spark an idea too. Writing and story creating is so complex that there’s no one good answer to say where a book comes from.

I want to be a writer. Can I send you samples of my writing or tell you about my ideas?

No, sorry! I’m unable to read others’ writing or advise on stories/books. Please do not send them – you won’t get a response, and they will be deleted.

I want to be a writer. Can you give me writing advice or tell me how to get published?

Getting published is a complex process that would take pages to explain. Fortunately, author Holly Lisle has created pages to explain it! Check out her site here for a comprehensive FAQ. Author Tamora Pierce also has a really excellent website on how to get an agent and get published, with specific information for young writers.

Do you know where I can find fan-fic of your books?

While fan-fic is flattering to authors, it’s not anything I can talk about or point you to for legal reasons.

Can we be pen pals?

Aw, sorry! While I love hearing from my readers, I’m afraid I’m unable to have a regular email exchange with anyone. Things are so busy right now that I can barely answer each person one time, let alone more than once, and I want to be fair to everyone. Writing my books takes up so much time, and I have to believe you’d rather read more of them than an email from me!

When can I read an excerpt of the next book?

I *usually* post the first chapter of each new book a month before release day. Sorry, it almost can never come out sooner! Go to my books page, and click on the individual series. If a book has an excerpt available, it will say so. Sometimes a publisher will not allow any excerpt to go up at all. If so, there’s nothing I can do about that.

Can you do an interview or answer questions for a school project?

I’m so sorry, but I am unable to do interviews or help with school projects, due to how busy my schedule is! Hopefully you can get some of the answers you need from this page. Please don’t count on me to answer in time. You won’t be able to complete the assignment.

How can I contact you?

See the Contact and Link sections below for information on how to reach me.



If you have a misprinted book, please contact the bookstore you purchased it from for a refund or replacement. They’re the ones that handle it. Thanks!

Richelle reads all of her messages but is almost never able to answer back. So sorry! She still loves hearing from people, but writing books keeps her busy. We’re sure you’d rather have her work on those than email!

Many people ask the same questions, such as:

“Is there going to be a movie?”
“Will there be another book?”
“Can you help with my school project?”

Those questions and many others are all answered above in the FAQs. Check it out before emailing her, and you’re more likely to get an answer.

You are still welcome to send Richelle an email, but again–she usually can’t respond. Check the FAQs first.

Other ways to talk to Richelle…

There are 2 online forums:

The Google mailing list is for announcements only–tour dates, contests, new releases etc. Richelle is the only one who can send mail on it. You’ll usually hear from her once a month. You can join it here.
The Yahoo mailing list is a discussion group for all of Richelle’s books. It is a busy, chatty list, and you will get lots of email. If you’re into that, cool. If not, stick to the Google list. Join the Yahoo list here.

Richelle is sometimes available to respond to readers through these sites. Though sometimes she can’t keep up with them either!

For interview requests, info about appearances, and non-rights business, please contact Richelle’s business manager at

Note: although, you may send interview requests, please keep in mind that Richelle usually only do ones that have been initiated by her publishers and publicist.

For information about foreign publishing rights or any other rights to my works, please contact Richelle’s literary agency, Dystel and Goderich, at

Reviews and review copies are handled directly by Penguin Books and Kensington Books, who tend to only work with reviewers they already have business relationships with

All other questions and comments can be sent to, though please understand that while she reads her messages, her schedule won’t always let her respond to all of them. You can also post questions and comments to her Facebook and Twitter pages.


  • Do not send any writing samples or excerpts of novels/stories. They will be deleted. Sorry!

  • Richelle is unable to be anyone’s pen pal or maintain a regular correspondence. Sorry again!


Richelle’s Associates

Jim McCarthy, Richelle’s agent at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management

Kensington Books, Publishers of the Georgina Kincaid series and Dark Swan series

Penguin/Razorbill Books, Publishers of the Vampire Academy series

Chad Michael Ward, Cover Artist for the Georgina Books

Fun Stuff

Penguin’s Official Vampire Academy Page – Widgets, wallpapers, and more!

Penguin Australia’s Official Vampire Academy Page – Contests and news for Aussie fans!

Richelle’s Google Mailing List – To receive announcements only from Richelle

Richelle’s Yahoo Mailing List – A discussion list with LOTS of email activity

The League of Reluctant Adults – Richelle’s author friends, unleashed upon the world

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