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Hello everyone! So last December, in the midst of finals, I was stressed. Like omg I’ll probably fail these tests kind of stressed so of course I read and among the 5 million books I read those two weeks, I read Royal Bastards* by Andrew Shvarts…..but I forgot to review it (oops)so I’m here almost 7 months later with my (spoilery) review lol! Before I get into the review, though, here is the synopsis for Royal Bastards via 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…
Sounds interesting no? Well let me tell you what I thought…..
- In the beginning they were really basic and cliche both character wise and relationship wise but some of the characters grew to be a bit more complex
- My favorite character (and character arc) was Lyriana because she was a POC princess who seemed so innocent in the beginning but as the book went on, you learned she was awesome and magical and she grew and it was awesome
- There was some nice banter between Tilla and Jax, and I liked that they were close
- Miles was sooooo predictable in his actions and some of the things he did were way too lucky and that bothered me a bit because that never happens
- Zell was also quite predictable and he was such an obvious romantic interest and the mini love triangle between Tilla and Miles and Zell was so obvious from the beginning and that was so boring because it’s so usual
- Zell’s backstory was also quite predictable and the way his backstory was told makes it seem like Karia is just a plot point. A way to make Zell more vulnerable and that also bothered me because Karia’s story shouldn’t just be a plot point to move a romance along
- Tilla seemed to grow a little but not by much in my mind. She still seemed a bit too much like a typical YA heroine – the outcast to fighter story – by the end but I did like the catching rocks thing. That was A+.
- I liked the magic & knowing more about the mages however it was incredibly basic in what we know and I would have liked to know more about the rules and the rings. I suppose we’ll learn more in the next book (if there is to be one) however, again, I feel like it just wasn’t enough
- Tilly’s dialogue felt very contemporary in its writing whilst everyone else sounded very fantasy – vague, I know, but when you read it, you’ll get what I mean – which was a bit off putting
- I really liked the beginning part of the plot and what happened however I feel like the villains’ reasons were kind of lacking. I think this mainly because I still don’t know what’s so bad about the mages. Maybe I missed something but it just felt a bit eh to take up a revenge plot solely for one family’s sake
- I think some more worldbuilding would have also helped in the plot
- Jax’s death at the end was way too predictable (I saw it since the book began) and seemed unnecessary in general….there was just no point to it
- I do want to know more about the RB world and what will happen next so hopefully there is a next book
So overall it was an okay read. It was good, that’s for sure, and I’m excited to read the next book but it’s not the most awesome book ever. I did like it quite a bit though so I would suggest you read it as you sit on the beach, or huddled in your room safe from the rain, in need of some fantasy in your life. Anyways, have you guys read Royal Bastards* yet?? If so, what did you guys think?? Let me know in the comments below!! Thanks, have a great day/night and tata for now!!
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