Happy Monday Everyone!
I hope everyone had an amazing weekend! Today I am going to be reviewing Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts. I will admit the title of the book did initially draw me to pick it up, however after I read the description inside the cover of the book, I knew I had to read it. Although it does start out slow, I continued to read it to see what would happen, and I wasn’t disappointed.
The description was taken from the Goodreads website:
“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 true born children.
At sixteen, Tilla spends her days exploring long-forgotten tunnels beneath the castle with her stable hand 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 . . “
The description basically gives the reader the idea of what the book is going to be about without giving away anything. There really isn’t anything about the story that I can say without giving anything away. I will say that there is a lot of romance, but there are no descriptive sex scenes or anything like that. The book does end on a cliff hanger, however that is to be expected because this book is the first part of a trilogy. You will fall in love with the characters, I developed a crush on Zell, but apparently I have a thing for bad boys, lol. If you are able to stick with the story and give it a chance, you shouldn’t be disappointed. I actually started to like the story by the middle of it.
With this book it is honestly a hit or miss. It will have a lot to do with what kind of books you like to read, and if you can actually make it to the middle part. If the description doesn’t make you 100% sure you want to read it, than I suggest you don’t because you probably won’t like it.
Happy journeys my friends!
Image taken from the Goodreads website.