Waiting On Wednesday: Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts

So I’ve been doing a little digging recently on Goodreads, trying to keep up with listing for Top Ten Tuesdays, and I found this book and was instantly hooked by the synopsis;

25752041Being 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 . . .

If you know me, you’ll know that close friendship groups are kinda my thing, and this book definitely sounds like it has the ‘unseeming gang of friends thrown together by circumstances beyond their control, trying to save the world’ thing going on.

I also love when an author chooses a unlikely narrator for their story, we have so many high fantasy books from the point of view of royalty or magic wielders, etc., it’s such a refreshing change to see what this book will be like from the point of view of someone who is on the fringes of high society, but is also an outcast.

Now I’ve got you all excited, here’s the release date;

6th June 2017

I’ll be awaiting the cover reveal in the mean time!



Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine in which you discuss your most highly anticipated upcoming releases!


2 thoughts on “Waiting On Wednesday: Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts

  1. forgottenpumpkinpie says:

    EEEPPP!!! Gotta get this book! I love it already! You are totally right with the fresh air of having a different point of view of a bastard rather than a highborn. This book might be what brings me back to the high fantasy genre (and bring my hope back for it)!

    Thank you so much for bringing it to my bookish radar 😀


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