Published: May 30th 2017
Genres: Young Adult
Reading from: eARC
Pages: 352 pages
Rating: 4.5 sars /5 stars
Summary from 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 . . .
I honestly loved this book, so much it was SO FREAKING AMAZING. I LOVED THE CHARACTERS, THE WORLD AND EVERYTHING ABOUT IT.
So in my head it reminded me so much of Six of Crows meets The Kiss Of Deception.
Its a story of betrayal, hot boys, friendship, family, Magic, twists and everything you can imagine.
The characters were completely real they were flawed, and just felt real.
The stakes were high in this book, you felt the tension between the characters, and felt the pressure and felt the pain of each character.
Another great thing about this book is that that some of the characters I didn’t like, which felt real because lets be honest who likes every person in the world not me. The characters were flawed and completely believable. I ALSO LOVED SOME OF THE CHARACTERS THEY HAVE TAKEN MY HEART.
They were witty, and so much fun. You just felt the tension between all of them and it so good.
The writing style was also something I loved, when it comes to fantasy book most are written and they are hard to understand, but I loved how it was so simple and easy to understand.
The pacing was a but slow in the begging but it soon picked up the pace and it was completely entertaining, the action scenes were so well written.
p.s….. get ready to be destroyed.