Royal Bastards by Andrew ShvartsRoyal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts

Royal Bastards

byAndrew Shvarts

Hardcover | May 30, 2017

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"Jon Snow won't be the only 'bastard' whose name readers will remember."
-Entertainment Weekly

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, 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 . . .
Andrew Shvartsis an author of novels and video games. He has a BA in English Literature and Russian from Vassar College. He works for Pixelberry Studios as a designer, making mobile games likeHigh School Story,Choices, and more. Andrew lives in San Jose, California, with his wife, toddler, and two kittens. Find him on Twitter @Shvartac...
Title:Royal BastardsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.75 × 6 × 1.25 inPublished:May 30, 2017Publisher:Disney-HyperionLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1484767659

ISBN - 13:9781484767658


Rated 2 out of 5 by from This was a book I was anticipating so intensely but unfortunately, I was left very disappointed. Starting off with what I did like, this book was really quick to read and the story was a lot of fun. It was pretty tropey and the characters were stereotypical, but it wasn't enough to make me dislike it for those reasons. Now for the things that did make me dislike it. Okay, maybe not dislike, but annoyed me and made me enjoy it much less than I really wanted to: - Tilla didn't really sound like a young sixteen year old girl. It sounded like a man was writing her, and the author is just that - male. - The narration and dialogue also sounded very modern, which aren't necessarily a bad thing, but paired with the fantastical/older setting and plot sounded out of place. - Some of things the characters were doing (drinking, sex), would've worked better if the characters were aged up, being 17 or 18 instead of 15 and 16. I kept forgetting that they were actually younger than I thought and again, it made things seem a bit off. - The characters were dropping the L word constantly after only being together for roughly a month. Like relax children, stop saying you're ready to spend forever with each other. I would still recommend this book if you're looking for something quick and fun to read, but know that there are many others like it and do it much better than this particular one.
Date published: 2018-01-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Novel When I saw the cover, I was like, YES. This is mine type of book. I love fantasy that includes Magic, backstabbing, lies, Poltics, love and friendships. The concept that the group of misfits have one thing in common; that in the courts they are label bastards. Going into the first part 200 pages, was fast-paced. comical, bloody and crude. I really liked it. The characters together are such a riot and do not get along at all. Then there was a point were the book falters, the characters I felt were childish and annoying,but pick right back up. I think readers who are into Game of Thrones will enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My bastards! <3 Just found out it's now becoming a trilogy! I was pretty happy with it being a standalone until I read it and wanted more and felt offended that it ended. Somethings were wrapped up but some obvious people and problems still need to be dealt with. Awesome debut book with lots of politics, action, backstabbing and romance. I love this ragtag team of misfits/unwanted who take strides on their own to stand up for what they believe t be right.I'm still not sure who is the good side of bad side since they've both done some horrible things in the past
Date published: 2017-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exciting story, interesting premise In a society where bastard children have a purpose, if not a real place, Tilla is unremarkable - no special powers, no unique abilities, and no ambition. Being caught between the world of the upper class (she is the official House Bastard and therefore a potential heir to her father) and the lower class (her half-brother is a servant and her closest friend), Tilla suddenly finds herself caught between sides in a war when her father and his co-conspirators murder the king's brother and try to murder the princess as well. Now a band of misfits on the run from their homicidal parents, framed for the murder of the princess, and on the brink of civil war, Tilla and her friends find themselves facing physical and moral challenges. Honestly, this book started off a little childish, but the characters quickly mature and obviously affect each other's development through their different perspectives. I really love the line where Tilla questions if she's doing the right thing, considering that her father's kingdom was conquered by the princess' ancestor and they are now rebelling/fighting for independence (and she's working against them by saving the princess and warning the princess' supporters), and someone concludes that it might not be the right thing, but that killing the princess is definitely the wrong thing. The truth is that there is no right or wrong side in a war - everyone's got a reason, and if you can't stop the war, the best you can do is what is least wrong.
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Non-stop action, great characters and a thoughtful story We start off meeting our merry band of bastards and briefly getting to know them and a bit about the political situation in this world. It isn’t long before something quite shocking happens and the gang is running for their lives. From this point the action is non-stop and danger is ever present. The tone is light and jokey but as the story goes on and the situation becomes darker and more serious so do the characters. They never lose their snark but they definitely appreciate the gravity of their situation as it becomes clear that death isn’t the worst that can happen. While the beginning is quite clearly YA it rapidly deals with some very adult situations and violence. There is sex, there is rape and there is gruesome murder so I wouldn’t recommend this for younger readers. For teens and adults this book has a lot to offer. I couldn’t put it down and breezed through it in record time. It was very exciting and engaging and darn fun! What I love about the main character Tilla is that she isn’t a special snowflake. She has no superpowers, special skills, or great beauty. She uses her brain and, quite frankly, her balls to get out of difficult situations. She stays strong in tough situations, does the right thing even when it's hard and works her butt off to protect her friends. I was a bit taken aback by how quickly she learns how to fight but it’s clear that she’s putting in some serious time and effort into the venture so I suppose it’s not inconceivable. This story really delves into the idea that in war there isn’t a good side and a bad side and that both sides do terrible things to win. It’s a matter of perspective more than an innate goodness or evilness. What happens when you think you’re fighting for the righteous side and you realize that you aren’t? It’s a complex issue in all worlds and this story just touches on the related aspects of colonialism and justified rebellion. At no point does the action stop so the characters can philosophize about the nature of their situation but it is a running thought, especially for Tilla. I got emotional near the end and surprised myself with how invested I was in these characters and their quest. There were tears, I admit. The ending wraps up this phase of the story quite well and it’s not an angst ridden cliffhanger but it did leave me longing for the next book just to see things in their world set right. I want them to have a happy ending and I want their opponents to lose. The sides of this conflict may not be black and white but I'm very clear on who I want to win! Thank you to Disney-Hyperion for providing an Electronic Advance Reader Copy via NetGalley for review.
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A series to watch out for! ** I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. ** Royal Bastards was an unexpected love for me. It caught my eye as soon as I heard about it and it did not disappoint. Sure there was some predictable moments and the plot felt a little flat at some points, but I was addicted as soon as I finished that first chapter. My favourite part of Royal Bastards is the group of strangers who then turned into friends as they tried to survive together. I love books that don’t just feature a main character but a group of main characters. It also featured some diverse characters without sounding forced! Lyrianna and her family are pointed out for having dark skin and they weren’t cast in a minor role which was great to see! I was also REALLY happy to see that this wasn’t another ‘chosen one’ fantasy. The group of characters really did work together. Royal Bastards started off sounding a bit middle grade but somewhere along the way it became young adult. Think along of the lines of Harry Potter. It felt younger at the start but grew into an older audience. Same idea here! I was nervous at the beginning because of that but don’t let that stop you! The only two flaws I can possibly think of was that it was borderline insta-love and that it was much too short. I finished the whole book in two sittings which is great but I think it could have used a little more character development at some points. The romance wasn’t technically insta-love since the characters were on a month long journey, but it felt rushed because of the length of the book I think. If you’re a fantasy lover then this is an easy option for you. There was a good mixture of humour, romance, and action while still being unique enough to not be like all the other young adult fantasies. It’s going to be a series to watch out for!
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reads as: medieval Breakfast Club /meets/ Game of Thrones for Teens *I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review* #indigoemployee Royal Bastards tells the story of a small band of misfits who are thrown together under very extreme circumstances. Readers are presented with a strong female lead, Tilla, who shares an inseparable bond with her half-brother Jax. The two siblings then be-friend three fellow outsiders from various races/cultures, and adventure ensues. Shvarts uses modern and relate-able language in more of a medieval setting, and the world building is done extremely well. This book reads as a game of thrones-esque tale for teens, especially in that no character is safe. There is death, torture, rape and pillaging. Oh, and the betrayal!! Royal Bastards analyzes strained parent/child relationships and how inadequate feelings can negatively affect a child. I believe that Shvarts has the potential to do very well as a male author in the teen category, and cannot wait to see what he comes up with next! Recommended for fans of: Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza and Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Games of Thrones for Teens Received an ARC for review, and it was SO GOOD! A truly solid fantasy that basically feels like Game of Thrones but from John Snows perspective. Action, intrigue, betrayal, magic and a bit of romance. Definitely a series to keep your eye on. A new must read for those fantasy lovers.
Date published: 2017-02-17

Editorial Reviews

"Jon Snow won't be the only 'bastard' whose name readers will remember."-Entertainment Weekly