Royal Bastards

by Andrew Shvarts
Royal Bastards
  • ISBN-13: 9781484767658
  • Author(s): Andrew Shvarts
  • Subject: Children's & young adult fiction & true stories
  • Publisher: Hachette Book Group Usa
  • Imprint: Disney-hyperion
  • Publication Date: 08-06-2017
  • Format: h/b

Availability: Available

£16.99
"Soon Jon Snow won’t be the only “bastard” whose name readers will remember." – Entertainment Weekly

Being a bastard blows.

Tilla knows this all too well. 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 stable hand 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 honouring 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, realising they alone have the power to prevent a civil war that will tear their kingdom apart – that is, if they can survive the journey to warn the king…

Teenagers will relate to Tilly’s sense of isolation and not quite ‘fitting in’ with the wider group – in this instance her own family. Her sardonic, perceptive, and frankly hilarious voice makes this classic fantasy setup wonderfully refreshing and wildly entertaining.

• Funny, action-packed debut YA send-up of Game of Thrones

• Fantasy is having a heyday – fans of Cassandra Clare, Sarah J. Maas, and Victoria Ayeyard, as well Game of Thrones, will love this crossover adventure!

• Accessible and fun storytelling that will appeal to readers who aren't avowed fantasy-lovers, right alongside the buffs.
About the book

"Soon Jon Snow won’t be the only “bastard” whose name readers will remember." – Entertainment Weekly

Being a bastard blows.

Tilla knows this all too well. 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 stable hand 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 honouring 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, realising they alone have the power to prevent a civil war that will tear their kingdom apart – that is, if they can survive the journey to warn the king…

Teenagers will relate to Tilly’s sense of isolation and not quite ‘fitting in’ with the wider group – in this instance her own family. Her sardonic, perceptive, and frankly hilarious voice makes this classic fantasy setup wonderfully refreshing and wildly entertaining.

Key selling points

• Funny, action-packed debut YA send-up of Game of Thrones

• Fantasy is having a heyday – fans of Cassandra Clare, Sarah J. Maas, and Victoria Ayeyard, as well Game of Thrones, will love this crossover adventure!

• Accessible and fun storytelling that will appeal to readers who aren't avowed fantasy-lovers, right alongside the buffs.