Royal Bastards: A Badass Fantasy Read



I cannot resist a great adventure fantasy read so I was very excited when NetGalley sent me this ARC. Royal Bastards is the kind of book you cannot put down. Keep reading to view the synopsis and my spoiler free review!



This book was such an amazing adventure! Tilla and her companions were tossed head first into one crazy ride through the Western Province. It has EVERYTHING in it for the makings of a great fantasy series. Badass female lead, secret kickass female friend, the friend that is the heart of the group, stoic warrior with a soul that shines so bright the kindness inside cannot be denied and the genius. Add in some amazing world building, an introduction to a system of magic and a crazy political rebellion and you have the start of something special.

I would have read this book in one sitting if I didn’t have work and adulting to do! Tilla, a bastard of the Lord of the West, has no name, no title and no certain future that she can account for. She is required to do as her father asks though she doesn’t fit in with his court. Tilla dreams of a life filled with having a NAME and no longer being invisible to her father. Tilla and her best friend and half brother Jax, have their run of the Castle and dream of nothing more than growing up and growing old together.

Everything changes the day the Lightspire Princess comes to visit. An innocent visit from the princess to the bastard table during the ball changes Tilla and Jax’s life more than they could have expected. I was instantly swept up into the story. I love the banter! The conversations among the characters feels so relateable. Tilla actually reminds me of one of my close friends with her all her sass and sarcasm. She’s a modern girl in a fantasy world.

I love the character growth. Andrew Shvarts doesn’t pull any punches so to speak. By the end of the book I had been dragged through every feeling possible. I am so very attached to Tilla. I cannot wait to see what comes next! There is so much that was introduced or touched upon to be explored later. There was enough information to understand what was happening, but it was not an information dump that leaves you bored. That is one thing I really enjoyed as some fantasy novels spend entirely too much time worldbuilding to the point that I am bored as a reader. The magic and skills of the different races was easy to keep up with as well. As I had questions, answers were given without spoiling what was to come.

This is on top of my books of 2017 list and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Thank you NetGalley for the ARC.




Synopsis: 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.

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  1. This sounds like a win to me – it has all my favorite things. Fantasy? Check. Kickass female lead? Check. Sass and banter? Check. Sign me up!

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