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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 . .
This is the very fast paced book that I’ve ever read this year. Man, every word is a beat of the heart and I really love the twist of the royals and the battling between them is really great. There some annoying stuffs but you can handle them very well. I love digging to the stories of different characters and the more I read, the more I learn from their lands and culture.
The story surrounds to Tilla, who is a royal bastard in Lord Kent heir and he has a half-brother, Jax that lives in a stables. One night in the feast of the Westerns, where all nobles are joined and even the bastards of each royalties, Miles and Zell. There is the soon-to-be-Queen, that they mostly waited, Lady Lyriana, who will rule after his father death. Lady Lyriana wants to explore the world and willing to take risks as long as she set her foot in the ocean, Tilla found it bad idea, but doesn’t have a choice. All five of them leadLyriana to see the ocean until all of five of them witness a dreadful battle and killings in the ocean that leads them a great danger.
I found this book interesting and well captivated. It’s just the characters, especially Miles, I’m pretty annoyed to him in some points. But to overall the characters, as young as they are, they could already think of survival and how will they battle each day of their travel. It’s not just about royalties and such but the bond of these characters are well blended and they got this team effort, as long as they stick together and make it through the day. But the part of the ending torn me apart and broke my trust and sighting of all things!
I love the part when they’re having storytelling and how they’re powers are created, especially on the Mages. I somehow love and hate Miles since I love his genius act I just hate is heart turning to be bad as sort and I wish I could kill him in every second in the book! Zell and Tilla, they’re just amazing! Amazing and adorable, I’m so into they’re love story even though it looks childish! Jax, oh my Jax, I seriously love him and also Lyriana, they’ve made absolutely a cute couple!
Overall, the book is lovely and this is one of my anticipated reads this 2017! I finished this book in just one sitting in the office since I really can’t put it down. If you are into GOT kind of books, this Young adult High fantasy novel, is perfectly fit on you!
About the Andrew Shvarts
Andrew was born in the Soviet Union, but immigrated to the US when he was four years old. He doesn’t remember much of life there, but has retained a love for weird Russian cartoons and a total indifference to being cold. Andrew’s passion has always been storytelling, in all its forms: fiction, cinema, narrative video games, and long, rambling, frequently-exaggerated anecdotes. He spent his childhood devouring books, and his adolescence watching straight-to-DVD horror movies and playing jRPGS. Andrew graduated from Vassar College with degrees in English and Russian literature (aka, the two languages he was already fluent in). While there, he was falsely accused of releasing a bear on campus, and once stole a fence and buried it in a swamp.
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