Publication Date: May 30, 2017
Goodreads Rating: 4.5/5 Stars
Cover Thoughts: I like it! It’s perfect for this book it looks so fierce!
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 am so glad I got the chance to read and review this book early! It has been an incredible adventure! I loved it! This is another great book with everything to offer anyone who enjoys a good book. Diverse characters, political intrigue, romance, blood, fights, kingdoms on the brink of war and 5 teens who have to set aside everything they know in order to come together to save their kingdoms as well as keep themselves alive.
This book mostly focuses on Tilla. Tilla is the oldest of a regional Lord, she is a bastard and before he had any “proper legitimate” children, he had and loved Tilla. She had fond memories of when her father and she would do things together but that all stopped when he had his other legitimate kids. She lives in his house and she doesn’t understand why he still sort-of has her around if he doesn’t plan on legitimizing her, even though he hasn’t said he will or won’t she still hopes that he does. So she doesn’t go to her lessons, she avoids anything that has to deal with being around the legitimates.
When Tella, her half-brother who is also a bastard, as well as two other misfit bastards all witness a killing of a mage who is visiting, lines must be drawn, alliances made, choices that will change the course of their lives, and decisions of where one’s loyalty lies. All this as well as trying to stay alive in the process.
I really enjoyed the edgy characters, there wasn’t a character I didn’t like! I enjoyed this little band of misfits that somehow have to do the right thing and somehow save their kingdoms from coming to war.
I loved the plot, twists, turns, adventures, lies, deceits, fails, triumphs that are all packed into this story!
The world building was perfect, not too much info that I got bored but plenty of descriptions to get a good enough picture in your mind.
I really liked the romance in this one, it didn’t overwhelm the story but it was there and it surprised me in a few areas/aspects. I liked that.
Overall I REALLY liked this book. I would recommend it to anyone looking for something with great characters that make the story so worth it on any level. I thought the world building and history make it fun and vibrate. The idea was unique in regards to having characters from such a “low” standpoint be the “heros” of the story.
Sexual Content: Mild