War of the Bastards

War of the Bastards

A year has passed since the fall of Lightspire. The Inquisitor Miles Hampstedt has usurped the throne and rules Noveris with a blood-soaked iron fist. Tilla and her friends have become hardened rebels in the Unbroken, a band of guerilla fighters hiding out in the fringes of the Kingdom. Tilla is plagued with doubt and regret; Lyriana struggles with the burdens of being a f...

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War of the Bastards Reviews

  • Esmay

    5 stars.

    Okay I did not expect to love this book as much as I did. It was action packed, the pace was good, it was nicely rounded, the characters grew so much and just the way it was written was amazing!

    I'll write the rest later, I promise (I hope haha)

  • Karen

    Tilla, Zell, Lyriana and the rest of their friends have become a vagabond group of rebels fighting against King Kent, the bastard Tilla's father. When the group receives word that their most valuable spy, a mysterious contact named, the Raven, Tilla, Zell, Lyriana, Galen, and others set out to rescue him. What they find is more than shocking. There has been an unknown coup and evil, devious Miles is now in charge. King Kent (a.k.a. the Raven) is now in chains for his collusion with the rebels. T

    Tilla, Zell, Lyriana and the rest of their friends have become a vagabond group of rebels fighting against King Kent, the bastard Tilla's father. When the group receives word that their most valuable spy, a mysterious contact named, the Raven, Tilla, Zell, Lyriana, Galen, and others set out to rescue him. What they find is more than shocking. There has been an unknown coup and evil, devious Miles is now in charge. King Kent (a.k.a. the Raven) is now in chains for his collusion with the rebels. This is only the first of many plot twists that Queen Lyriana and her loyal band of bastards face as they make sacrifice after sacrifice to recover her kingdom. They face new enemies, even the Titans themselves, as they forge through battle and anarchy to reclaim the throne. All religious affiliations and beliefs are shattered, many forms of governance are challenged, and familial ties are pulled to their limit. In the end the bastards succeed. But, true to form there are still plot twists right to the end, when Tilla herself becomes Queen.

    This is an amazing addition to the series and delivers all the battle, blood, and tyranny that anyone could want. Tilla remains a sympathetic and true heroine, a great example of commitment and empathy. She wants to believe that her father has changed, but this is in conflict with her loyalty to her friends and to the kingdom, even to her lover. As she shares her conflicted inner-self, readers remain able to believe that she will find a way to resolve the most difficult choices and earn their trust over and over again. Many themes are explored through the conflict. What is the proper way for a ruler to rule? Who deserves to rule and why? What claims do family and friends have on loyalty? How do you make decent, human choices in the midst of war? An especially interesting theme is commitment to religious beliefs. Throughout the book each hero adheres to a different faith. Only Tilla has no religious investment which provides the reader with a dispassioned point of view. Everyone's faith, with the exception of Zell, is shattered when they find a living Titan. The purpose of this is to encourage readers to challenge their own religious beliefs and any belief that they may take for granted. Be prepared to enjoy a great read when you pick up this book, but be prepared to ask some deep questions as well.

    *Severe violence, moderate sexuality, severe language. Includes bi-sexual and homsexual content and lots of alcohol.

  • Unseen Library

    I received a copy of War of the Bastards from Hachette Australia to review.

    War, rebellion, magic and one hell of kickass story! Shvarts brings the outstanding Royal Bastards trilogy to an end with War of the Bastards, the relentlessly entertaining conclusion that rounds out the series with an epic bang. The Royal Bastards trilogy is the debut work of author Andrew Shvarts, who has produced an incredible young adult fantasy series that has been an absolute delight to read over the last three year

    I received a copy of War of the Bastards from Hachette Australia to review.

    War, rebellion, magic and one hell of kickass story! Shvarts brings the outstanding Royal Bastards trilogy to an end with War of the Bastards, the relentlessly entertaining conclusion that rounds out the series with an epic bang. The Royal Bastards trilogy is the debut work of author Andrew Shvarts, who has produced an incredible young adult fantasy series that has been an absolute delight to read over the last three years. Set in the fantasy nation of Noveris, the series follows the adventures of its protagonist, Tilla, and her friends as they try to navigate the treachery and war that has engulfed their nation.

    I had an absolute blast reading the second book in the trilogy, City of Bastards, last year. Not only did the book feature a compelling story style and an amazingly captivating plot, but it ended with an outstanding cliff hanger with the protagonist failing to stop the antagonist’s sinister plot, which results in the entire royal family being killed off and the enemy gaining control of the throne. This was such an epic ending, especially because the massacre of the entire royal family was just so unexpected (I really was expecting a last-minute rescue from the protagonists), and I have been extremely curious to see how this story ended for quite a while.

    It has been a year since the destructive events that changed Noveris forever. After orchestrating the explosion that decimated the royal court of Noveris, killing the King and Queen and most of Noveris’s nobles, Lord Elric Kent has assumed the throne. With a huge number of powerful bloodmages under the command of his ruthless Inquisitor, Miles Hampstedt, Kent’s rule over Noveris looks to be nearly absolute. However, many are still fighting back against the despotic new rule, including Kent’s bastard daughter, Tilla.

    Tilla is a member of the resistance group known as the Unbroken, which fights to return Tilla’s friend, the rightful Queen, Lyriana Volaris, back to the throne. With the help of her lover, Zell, and Lyriana’s cousin, Ellarion, Tilla and the Unbroken are engaged in a brutal guerrilla war against the new regime. However, the situation looks dire and victory near impossible to achieve, until a mission to rescue a major source of rebel intelligence reveals that their informant was none other than King Kent himself. Kent’s rule has been usurped by Miles, whose absolute control over the bloodmages has allowed him to take over Noveris without anyone noticing. While attempting to deal with the implications of capturing Tilla’s father, the Unbroken also free Syan Syee, a young woman from the Red Wastes with mysterious magical powers, who brings an urgent message to the people of Noveris. Syan warns of a coming apocalypse and believes that defeating Miles is the key to stopping it. Needing new allies, Tilla, Lyriana, Zell, Ellarion, Kent and Syan journey to the Red Wastes, hoping to recruit Syan’s people to their cause. However, what they discover in the Red Wastes will change everything. With this new knowledge, can Tilla and her friends save Noveris, or will Miles’s lust for power and control tear their world apart?

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  • Aly

    This. Was.

    .

    The action in this starts off right away, and we get some seriously awesome character development. We learn more about the world, get to meet new faces, and fall in love all over again with the bastards we know and love. I love how the ending is more open ended, leaving the reader to decide if the right choice was made. It was fitting for the series, and I seriously loved every second leading up to it.

    Honestly, if you haven't read this series yet, I highly recommend you check

    This. Was.

    .

    The action in this starts off right away, and we get some seriously awesome character development. We learn more about the world, get to meet new faces, and fall in love all over again with the bastards we know and love. I love how the ending is more open ended, leaving the reader to decide if the right choice was made. It was fitting for the series, and I seriously loved every second leading up to it.

    Honestly, if you haven't read this series yet, I highly recommend you check it out. Game of Thrones meets The Breakfast Club. Like, what could be better?

    Also, I got to meet Andrew Shvarts at an event with Stephanie Garber! He was hilarious, and I can totally see some of the process he mentioned in this book. I can't wait to see what other books he may write in the future!

  • Shelley

    *Source* Library

    *Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy

    *Rating* 4.0

    *Thoughts*

    The fate of Noveris hangs in the balance as Tilla and her fellow bastards fight tyranny in the epic conclusion to Andrew Shvarts Royal Bastards series. It has been a year since the destructive events of City of Bastards. After decimating the entire royal court of Noveris, Lord Elric Kent has assumed the throne. But, the real villain of the story may be Miles Hampstedt who has risen to the role of Inquisitor and created a serum cap

    *Source* Library

    *Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy

    *Rating* 4.0

    *Thoughts*

    The fate of Noveris hangs in the balance as Tilla and her fellow bastards fight tyranny in the epic conclusion to Andrew Shvarts Royal Bastards series. It has been a year since the destructive events of City of Bastards. After decimating the entire royal court of Noveris, Lord Elric Kent has assumed the throne. But, the real villain of the story may be Miles Hampstedt who has risen to the role of Inquisitor and created a serum capable of making almost anyone a blood mage.

    "It never ends. But it gets better. I could live with that."

    *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews*

  • Imogene

    Well, that was a journey.

    Cleverly plotted through the whole trilogy. A lot of sacrifices and surprises.

    Having a high fantasy world with a narrator who uses such a modern way of speaking was occasionally jarring. And I will admit that there were a few parts that felt a little forced. But all in all, an excellent series.

  • Princess

    Being completely honest, I struggled with finishing this one. It wasn’t because it wasn’t good, it was. I just never picked it up. I was sad for certain parts and glad for certain parts and I loved what the king did for Tilla. A good series overall.

  • ℓуηη, ℓσкιѕℓутнєя¢ℓαω

    Ok, so I totally meant to write this up the next day and here we are days later xD

    So I was barely able to wait for this book to be delivered so I could get all the drama and answers I

    after finishing

    . Now sadly, this one just didn't give me as much of a sucker-punch wow effect, so it's only getting

    =/

    The first book had endless action and tension to keep you riveted. Book two gave us plots woven into more plots of intrigue and so many questions that it kept yo

    Ok, so I totally meant to write this up the next day and here we are days later xD

    So I was barely able to wait for this book to be delivered so I could get all the drama and answers I

    after finishing

    . Now sadly, this one just didn't give me as much of a sucker-punch wow effect, so it's only getting

    =/

    The first book had endless action and tension to keep you riveted. Book two gave us plots woven into more plots of intrigue and so many questions that it kept you hooked cause

    . But this final book? I was actually kind of bored periodically. Being entitled

    of the Bastards, I expected

    more action and battle scenes, ya know? And this book didn't deliver on that. We got some action at the start, but the middle portion of the book just kind of dragged for me cause it was just a journey across an endless desert. I loved the descriptions and atmosphere of it, but I just

    more fights, drama, action, whatever. So that was rather disappointing.

    Now of course I still enjoyed this book cause I just can't get enough of these beloved characters!! And I'm terribly sad to say goodbye to them *sniffles* But I love each and everyone of the main cast soooooo much! But this one character.... I have beef with >_>

    . Just no. I don't like her, and didn't from the get-go. I thought her magic was cool, but that was about it. She was constantly being enigmatic but expected everyone to trust her & be willing to follow her on a random journey to see her people. She portrays herself as trustworthy, but to me anyway, she just was always sketchy. And because of her we got the long desert journey rather than war-scenes! >_< lol. Yes, I blame her for the lack of epic action!

    And then there's the reveal

    . Not to mention I got sooooo sick of her saying

    almost constantly at this one point. Like good god someone shut her up! And she just never really seem to be part of the group cohesively. She always felt separate, aloof.

    The romance, I thought could've been handled a tad better. It was just so expected and out of the blue

    and

    Insta-love! -_- It just seems like it's fake and the magic caused it (like using a love potion in HP) versus it actually developing organically. It just didn't ring true to me.

    There were plenty of hilarious moments, of course, and then there were some very touching sweet ones as well. I just love these guys & gals so much! I was so happy to see Ellarion whole and happy again <3 I was hurting for him so much at the beginning of this book. Lord Kent even grows on you a tad in this one. I know, total shocker, right??!

    This truly is an unfairly under-rated series that I highly recommend for anyone who enjoys snarky humor & YA fantasy. The first two books are amazing! And this one is really good too, just not my particular fav. It's hard to follow that excellent second book though with something as equally epic. Anyway,

    I'll definitely be revisiting it again in the future :)

  • Benowar

    I don't like Tilla. She does horrible things at the end - and is blaming her enemies who did the same. I never felt sympathy for her. Yes, Miles is bad, I get it. But Tilla and her friends feel like hollow characters.

  • Tucker

    Edit: I'm so immature

    War of the bastards... War of the bass-turds. OMG It's a fish poop fight

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