on June 5, 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Tilla, bastard of House Kent, has it made. Safe from her murderous father in the dazzling capital of Lightspire, she lives a life of luxury under the protection of the Volaris King, alongside her boyfriend Zell and best friend, Princess Lyriana.
So why isn’t she happy? Maybe it’s the whispers and stares that follow her wherever she goes, as the daughter of the traitor waging war against Lightspire. Or maybe it’s the memories of her beloved brother, Jax, who lies cold in his grave even as she tries to settle into a life in the city's prestigious University.
Then, Tilla stumbles upon the body of a classmate, a friend. The authorities are quick to rule it a suicide and sweep it under the rug, but when Tilla herself is attacked by a mysterious man with terrifying powers, she’s convinced of a conspiracy. Her friends beg her to stay silent; what she's suggesting is impossible... and treasonous.
But Tilla can't, won't, let it go. And the deeper she digs, the more questions she uncovers. How is the West beating the supposedly invincible Lightspire Mages in battle? Is it connected to the shadowy cult wreaking havoc in Lightspire? Nothing is as it seems in the glorious capital, and Tilla’s presence might just be the spark that sets the Kingdom aflame.
I really loved Royal Bastards. It was funny, imaginative, and just overall an enjoyable read. The ending left me wanting more and I was super excited for what would happen in City of Bastards. Unfortunately, City of Bastards didn’t live up to my expectations.
Zzzzzz. The first half of this book felt like a chore to read. Tilla is now at Lightspire with Zell and Lyriana, and all we pretty much got in the first 100 pages was Tilla walking to class, going to parties, making out with Zell, and eating delicious food.
Poor Lonely Tilla. Tilla kept pretending that everything was okay when it clearly wasn’t. She’s still reeling over her brother’s death and her father’s evil deeds, and because Zell is keeping secrets and is often MIA, and Lyriana is almost always on a bender, Till is left isolated and sad. The lack of interaction between these three also contributed to the boring parts of the book.
Whodunit. The murder mystery hinted to on the cover was good. The reason for it, and culprit’s reveal, was surprising and clever.
Shocking ending. There’s a huge cliffhanger that changes everything for the characters, and I’m looking forward to see how they’re going to deal with it in book three.
I’m not totally surprised that book two wasn’t as good as book one. This unfortunately happens a lot. I’m just going to cross my fingers and hope that book three will be better.