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)

  • 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 las

    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 chec

    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 o

    *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 you hooked

    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 :)

  • Keriann

    (More like a 3.5 but that's not an option)

    I was pretty excited for this book after reading "City of Bastards" last year--it ended with the city burning and the good guys fleeing to fight another day. It was dramatic but ended on a hopeful note, and left me wanting more, so when I found out the third book came out I quickly ordered it and began reading. To spare all of us, I'll try to keep it brief and just mention some of the things that stood out to me or parts I really liked and pa

    (More like a 3.5 but that's not an option)

    I was pretty excited for this book after reading "City of Bastards" last year--it ended with the city burning and the good guys fleeing to fight another day. It was dramatic but ended on a hopeful note, and left me wanting more, so when I found out the third book came out I quickly ordered it and began reading. To spare all of us, I'll try to keep it brief and just mention some of the things that stood out to me or parts I really liked and parts I didn't.

    For starters, I'm not one of those fans who's particularly upset about the fact that Tilla speaks with a more modern dialogue; I actually think it's an interesting change to a genre where characters typically speak as if they're in medieval times or have British accents. What I don't like as much is when she uses phrases or makes metaphors or similes by referencing something that is more modern and relevant to us. It kind of just takes me out of the fantasy setting a bit.

    I like the attempt at world building, although I feel like we spent too much time with the weird desert quest that the gang went on instead of coping with the effects of this all-out war. There were fight sequences, sure, but the gang didn't REALLY spend time in any of the decisive battles, if there were any. Most of that was left to other minor characters like Galen and Cal.

    Speaking of the desert quest, I must say that I really wasn't TOO fond with the addition of Syan. The magic system of the Izterosi people is cool but I just didn't really like HER. She was kind of bland and every time she--or anyone for that matter--mentioned Zastroya I cringed and rolled my eyes. I really didn't like this new plot/obstacle because it just felt like it was thrown in there to raise the stakes, but in the end, it sort of amounts to nothing. Oh, and I'm not a fan of the Lyriana/Syan romance at all. Let me just tell y'all that I hate the 'insta-love' trope, as it's extremely unrealistic and has been done to death. I especially dislike it, however, when the characters don't have chemistry. And they don't! I knew the relationship was being built up throughout the book because it was obvious by the way Tilla described their interactions and the looks they shared and whatnot, but it felt so forced and made me face palm a bunch of times.

    There were a ton of deus ex moments (which is whatever because I guess that's what the common folk/teen like?) so I never really felt like any of the mains were in trouble. You could, for the most part, guess who the expendable character(s) was/were in each scene and even though I did cry a few times, it wasn't because the deaths were shocking. I'm just an emotional person I guess.

    I'd say the book was a little too predictable and things usually went well for the good guys even though they got into a lot of trouble. It didn't really have the same mysterious element that made me read through book 2 quickly, and it doesn't have the same charm that the first book had, where we were first being introduced to the characters and the world they lived in. This third book does, at least, have a fitting ending (you interpret that as you will).

    Overall I liked the series despite it's shortcomings and I might recommend it to friends who are interested in YA books. Tilla is a great character and I've enjoyed reading the book through her perspective. I like that she's kind of a tomboy but also feminine, and sometimes she's actually pretty funny. There was one part in the last chapter that actually made me giggle. I also like Zell, even though I've seen a lot of reviews criticizing him. Maybe I just have a thing for the strong, silent types?

    I think he and Zell make a good couple and they've made each other better. Lyriana has come a long way since we first met her in the first book; she went from being a naive princess to a hardened warrior and I'm here for itttt. I also really love Ellarion (he might be one of my favorites) and I wish more was done with him, though I am glad he got his groove back. Also, I wish he and Jax had met. I think they would've got along well. Anyways, before I go off on a tangent I just wanted to say...

    Thanks for reading :)

  • Christina (A Reader of Fictions)

    Overall, this series was meh at best for me, but

    was assuredly the weakest of the bunch. The plot falls apart at several points and much hinges on a character introduced in the final book. The bigger issue series-wide is the amount I didn't care about the cast.

    The biggest issues:

    - They meet Syan See in prison when they're captured at the beginning of the book. They're trapped basically but conveniently Syan See is able to escape from the prison on her own using her

    Overall, this series was meh at best for me, but

    was assuredly the weakest of the bunch. The plot falls apart at several points and much hinges on a character introduced in the final book. The bigger issue series-wide is the amount I didn't care about the cast.

    The biggest issues:

    - They meet Syan See in prison when they're captured at the beginning of the book. They're trapped basically but conveniently Syan See is able to escape from the prison on her own using her special kind of magic from the Red Wastes. In no way does she need their help to break out of the prison...but somehow she waited for them. Mighty convenient. Her power will continue to wax and wane as the plot dictates.

    - The magic of the Red Wastes is revealed to have the exact same source, so why does it work so differently?

    - The convenient nature of their encounter with the aliens (or whatever the hell they are - I don't remember the name).

    - The addition of an f/f romance would be cool except that the book feels so proud of itself about that and there's so little development. Also because it's all Tilla's POV, she follows them around creepily to observe and be OKAY with it. Felt very author voice in those moments.

    - Shimmersteel. Every fucking thing in this world is made of shimmersteel, and I never want to hear it again.

  • 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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