- Series: Royal Bastards
- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (May 30, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1484767659
- ISBN-13: 978-1484767658
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 74 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Royal Bastards Hardcover – May 30, 2017
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What did I like about this novel?
1. The characters. I enjoyed the friendship between Zell, Jax, and the Princess. They were extremely likable.
2. The diversity.
3. The subtle enjoyable humor that has left me in laughing fits at different times, throughout the novel.
4. The action! Yes, this book has action!
5. The plots were well done.
6. This book put me on an emotional roller coaster ride. I couldn't put it down.
7. For the most part, it was well-written. It flowed like water and it was crystal clear.
8. The pacing was on point.
9. It's going to be a series? YAY! I'm ready to read the next one! I love series!
10. Did I mention that I didn't want to put it down? The title is what it exactly means.
As for my personal thoughts?
I enjoyed this novel. I can't wait to see the next book from this author. He was definitely brilliant with how he constructed a wonderful story. It's about friendship, loyalty, love, and betrayal. Those things are hard to get out of a novel these days. I already ordered a hardcover edition of this. I couldn't help myself. I enjoyed it that much from start to finish. The main character is a fighter and I enjoyed Tilla very much. What are you waiting for? Pick up your copy! This is going in my top five list. Thank you, Mr. Shvarts, I want more from you! Keep up the excellent work! Definitely an author, I plan to read everything from (psst: automatic buy)!
Well played, wordslinger. Well played.
ROYAL BASTARDS by Andrew Shvarts is a YA stand-alone epic fantasy, suitable for readers aged 16 and over due to graphic violence, alcohol consumption, and sexual situations. This is a dark, edgy, and downright thrilling book. Shvarts has created a page-turning epic fantasy for the ages.
I requested this title from NetGalley because I loved the cover. Didn’t even bother reading the blurb, and honestly, if I had known I’d have an epic fantasy on my hands, I’d have steered clear, because high fantasy ALWAYS puts my brain to sleep, and I’d long ago given up my hunt for the unicorn of high fantasy–that one that can immediately suck me in and send my heart racing.
Well, turns out I found it! I’m glad I didn’t skip this one–this is THE EPIC FANTASY written for impatient readers like me who love the movies but fall asleep reading LOTR. Dripping with adrenaline, ROYAL BASTARDS is just what the title and cover promise: an edgy, so-wrong-it’s-right read.
Except for that first line “Being a bastard blows,” the back cover blurb (now that I’ve read it) blows. Don't judge this book by that blurb. Tilla’s the 16-year-old bastard daughter of a regional Lord, who pretty much ignores her now that he has a proper wife and three “legitimate” daughters. Why he hasn’t disowned her and tossed her out on the street is the question that fixes hope in her heart–that her father will one day decide to legitimize her (give her his last name, let her eat at the family table, etc) and thereby save her from a life as a servant. But when Tilla and her beloved half-brother (also a bastard) witness her father kill a visiting Mage from the king’s court (an act of war), it’s game on. Tilla along with a band of other misfit bastards embark on a mission to deliver the visiting teenage princess safely back to her kingdom before her bloodthirsty father kills her (and Tilla, too).
Shvarts does so much so well. The opening pages immediately sucked me in, and while there were bits of backstory I skimmed, I felt pretty much glued to these characters and this plot. As far as world-building goes, Shvarts nails it. Nothing is over done, and everything weaves together beautifully, subtly, and–oh yeah–THRILLINGLY. There’s a thread of subtle humor that offsets the sometimes over-the-top graphic violence (though the main character is a chick, it’s clear a dude wrote this). Though I didn’t actually laugh out loud, I did get a bit misty-eyed at the end, and I was a little angry with Shvarts for killing my favorite character. I think I might’ve actually blurted, “You bastard!” But that’s the beauty of this book, it totally screws the rules of fair play. So, reader be warned: this is a fast-paced, violent book that skirts the edge of inappropriate in the best and most thrilling way!
Though it’s marketed as YA, this book may be a little too edgy for readers under 16, as it depicts the 16-year-old main character drinking loads of alcohol, engaged in sex, and bashing in skulls in all the gory detail. ROYAL BASTARDS will appeal to fans of dark fairy tales, those who loved the LOTR movies, and anyone with a chip on their shoulder. I loved this book so much, I want to share it with a hardcover giveaway (scroll down).
ROYAL BASTARDS earns 4 North of Normal stars!
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