Royal Bastards

Royal Bastards

by Andrew Shvarts


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Royal Bastards 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great character development. I liked the plot. I thought it was very well written and I can't wait for the third book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book could be considered a coming of age story, epic fantasy, or just a good solid story. What side do you choose when neither is clearly in the right? That is the decision facing the young people. The characters are done with enough detail that you understand how and why each choice as it is made without getting bogged down as is so easy to do. While this is technically a YA book, like any good fantasy an adult will enjoy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pulls you right in. Wish it was longer and can't wait for a sequel
Taylor_FrayedBooks More than 1 year ago
This book was eh. I didn't like it. I didn't feel a connection to any of the characters and it seemed a little lackluster throughout a majority of the book. I will say that it did pick up towards the end and I thought the ending was a surprise that I wasn't expecting. The writing wasn't that great for me, either, and I had heard a lot about it so I was disappointed when I actually read it. I think the hype is definitely what ruined me on this one.
AlexandraOtt More than 1 year ago
This book is so much fun! It's a fast-paced adventure full of humor, romance, magic, friendship, and stunning twists. There's so much tension and suspense that kept me glued to the pages. The main cast of characters is an unconventional group of kids thrown together by circumstance, and I couldn't help but root for them. Without going into spoilers, several of the characters have amazing arcs, and more than one twist left me stunned. Highly recommend for fantasy fans looking for high-stakes adventure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thrilling action, amazing characters, and great world-building! Definitely my favorite fantasy of 2017!
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paisleypikachu More than 1 year ago
Royal Bastards was SO MUCH FUN to read. Seriously, I picked this one up after months of looking forward to it, and the next thing I knew I was 50 pages in and hadn't come up for air. This book is ridiculously fast-paced, and I mean that in the best way possible. Obviously, from my above statement, it starts off fast. Royal Bastards keeps up that same pace until the climax, where things go absolutely crazy and it. is. fantastic. It was a roller coaster full of corkscrews and loops with no boring bits. I actually loved reading something that was full of high action/emotion scenes, one right after the other, because I feel like that's something that has been missing in my literary life lately. The characters were also a lot of fun. The modern day phrases they used in a sword-fighting, lords-and-ladies fantasy setting are hilarious. Towards the middle of the book I felt like some of the actions of certain characters were becoming a bit predictable, but I still enjoyed the directions everyone went. I felt like the overall story lacked a little bit of depth. On one hand, this added to it being a really fast-paced, easy read. On the other, it left a bit of a wall between me and the story itself. I couldn't really throw my mind into what I was reading the way I wanted to. That said, I feel like this could easily be overcome in the sequel. And, obviously, it didn't stop me from reading and enjoying the book. I loved the ending of Royal Bastards, I felt like Shvarts unapologetically took the story in the direction it needed to go and it just felt right. I can't wait for a sequel(according to book Twitter there is one in the works so YAY). I think Shvarts is an author to keep an eye on, and Royal Bastards is a really strong debut. I definitely recommend it to fans of fantasy, but it's very unique and I really think it could appeal to those who don't typically read fantasy as well.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts Book One of the Royal Bastards trilogy Publisher: Disney-Hyperion Publication Date: May 30, 2017 Rating: 3 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (from Goodreads): Being a bastard blows. Tilla would know. Her father, Lord Kent of the Western Province, loved her as a child, but cast her aside as soon as he had trueborn children. At sixteen, Tilla spends her days exploring long-forgotten tunnels beneath the castle with her stablehand half brother, Jax, and her nights drinking with the servants, passing out on Jax’s floor while her castle bedroom collects dust. Tilla secretly longs to sit by her father’s side, resplendent in a sparkling gown, enjoying feasts with the rest of the family. Instead, she sits with the other bastards, like Miles of House Hampstedt, an awkward scholar who’s been in love with Tilla since they were children. Then, at a feast honoring the visiting princess Lyriana, the royal shocks everyone by choosing to sit at the Bastards’ Table. Before she knows it, Tilla is leading the sheltered princess on a late-night escapade. Along with Jax, Miles, and fellow bastard Zell, a Zitochi warrior from the north, they stumble upon a crime they were never meant to witness. Rebellion is brewing in the west, and a brutal coup leaves Lyriana’s uncle, the Royal Archmagus, dead—with Lyriana next on the list. The group flees for their lives, relentlessly pursued by murderous mercenaries; their own parents have put a price on their heads to prevent the king and his powerful Royal Mages from discovering their treachery. The bastards band together, realizing they alone have the power to prevent a civil war that will tear their kingdom apart—if they can warn the king in time. And if they can survive the journey . . . What I Liked: I hate writing three-star reviews! In this book's case, I didn't hate it or love it - I just didn't care enough. This wasn't anything special or original and I wasn't invested enough to take a stand, whether positive or negative. The book has some strengths and weaknesses, but overall it wasn't something that stood out or wowed me. A short synopsis: Tilla is a bastard, her father's oldest child. She and her half-brother Jax have lived the lives of bastard children for years - forgotten, raised apart from their "family", and treated differently. Everything changes when Princess Lyriana and her uncle, the Royal Archmagus, comes to visit the West Province (over which Tilla's father exerts power). Tilla, Jax, Lyriana, a bastard named Miles, and a Zitochi bastard named Zell are forced to flee when they witness Tilla's father and Miles's mother killing the Royal Archmagus and plotting to kill the Princess too. With a price on their heads and a war to stop, the bastards run for their lives. Being a bastard might have been what saved all of their lives, and they'll need to use this to their advantage against their own families. The good things - for one, I finished the book, and it wasn't a difficult task to do. It's a fairly engaging read, though there are plenty of times when the paragraphs dragged on. I effectively skimmed and flipped pages until I reached dialogue. Anyway, the book wasn't too boring, which is a big plus. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
Book_Sniffers_Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Royal Bastards is a story about a group of bastards and a princess who are on the run. They saw something they weren’t supposed to see and are now running for their lives. The story is all in Tilla’s POV and I have to be honest, I wasn’t her biggest fan. I was hoping that since this book was written by a male author that the heroine would be this kick-ass character but that wasn’t the case at all. The story started off strong as we met all the characters and got a feel for what life is like for a bastard in their world. However, once the gang goes on the run, it felt like things slowed way down. Which is strange since they were on the run and dodging danger left and right. I think part of it was the fact that I had a hard time connecting with Tilla. I also felt like the love interest was just sort of thrown in for the sake of it. I didn’t really understand why they were together. Everyone just sort of seemed to be in love pair off with each other but there was little to no build-up of the romance. Sadly, a lot of this story fell under the author telling you how to feel rather than giving you all the pieces so that the reader feels it themselves. I just never fully connected with the characters and didn’t really care one way or the other if they survived or not. I had such high hopes for Royal Bastards but it didn’t really work for me. It started off strong but when things picked up I felt like the author didn’t give the readers any depth to grasp onto. It was just a bunch of characters running around. Nothing really stuck out to me or made me want to read the next book in the series.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
2.5 stars I love the idea of a group of outcasts banding together out of necessity and working together against a big evil...sadly, this was disappointing. I liked Tilla and the rest of them well enough. They were sort of a clichéd group: a princess, a warrior, a bookworm, and a stable boy. I'm not sure where Tilla fits into that, but her inner monologue was decent. I guess my problem was that nothing really stood out. Yes, there was action and magic and fighting and a few sweet moments, but it was all so bland to me. The ending was interesting, but I doubt I'll be reading the next book. **Huge thanks to Hyperion for providing the arc free of charge**