City of Bastards (Royal Bastards, #2) by Andrew Shvarts

City of Bastards (Royal Bastards, #2)

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 b...

Details City of Bastards (Royal Bastards, #2)

TitleCity of Bastards (Royal Bastards, #2)
Release DateJun 5th, 2018
GenreFantasy, Young Adult

Reviews City of Bastards (Royal Bastards, #2)

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    You know what I love most about this series? It makes me feel like a kid again. I don't mean it in the sense that this is cheap YA fiction that only caters to the younger crowd, but that I feel like I can let loose and bring myself back to the mindset of being a teenager while I'm in Shvarts's stories. Tilla and her gang have been forced to work through some pretty tough thematic elements in both novels to date, and I think the author does a beau...
  • Fables&Wren
    THIS IS WHAT A FIVE STAR BOOK IS SUPPOSED TO FEEL LIKE. THIS IS IT. OMG. —————*Rubs hands together* OoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOHHH. This is going to be goOoOoOoOoOoOd.
  • Beth
    When it gets to 92% of the way through and it FINALLY gets good...In the words of Jojo...It's just too little, too lateA little too longAnd I can't waitBut you know all the right things to say (but not really)Kind of let down...- where was the character development?- I've literally forgotten the majority of what happened because it just isn't that memorable.I'm not even gunna lie with a "full rtc" because it ain't gunna happen :) :) :)
  • Mavence [semi hiatus]
    "I'd tried to be the girl who would choose safety, the girl who would keep walking, the girl who would settle, the girl who would be happy.But that wasn’t me. That would never be me. I was Tilla of the tunnels, Tilla the traitor, Tilla the exile, Tilla the bastard. I was the girl who chose rebellion, the girl who loved a Zitochi warrior, the girl who risked it all to avenge her friend. I was reckless, and I was foolish, and I’d probably never...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum you ever finished a book and thought to yourself, “Wow…I didn’t expect THAT?” City of Bastards made me feel like this for two reasons. First, there was the ending, because damn, I just couldn’t believe the author actually went there. And second, I didn’t think I was going to like this one as much as the first book, given how certain events at the end of Roy...
  • Jenny
    I really enjoyed this sequel, even more than the first, and I really loved the first! This is such an interesting world, it moves at such a great pace, and the characters are awesome as well. It feels a little more "grown up" than YA, but still has everything I like about YA.
  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight Gosh, I love how funny this series is! Tilla made me chuckle while reading, just as much as she did in Royal Bastards . And while this one didn't *quite* match the intensity of book one, it was still a solid sequel that leaves me excited for the third book!What I Liked: Banter and humor on point. Oh, I love this in any book, but it's es...
  • Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
    Omg this series is so underhyped and so damn good! Loved every part of this! I managed to literally go the whole book without thinking and giggling about the authors last name! That's how drawn in I was!
  • Sarah
    Note: City of Bastards is the second book in Andrew Shvarts' Royal Bastards series so please be aware that this review will contain spoilers for the first book. If you'd rather find out how the story begins you can read my review of Royal Bastards here.So now we've got that cleared up let's talk about this story. Tilla, Zell and Lyriana have finally made it safely to the city of Lightspire and Lyriana has been returned to her family. While the ki...
  • Fifi
  • Kelly Brigid
    1) Royal Bastards ★★★★★ “I was reckless, and I was foolish, and I’d probably never be safe. But I was me.” I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.I expected more from this book. I adored the characters from the first book, and it broke my heart how drastically they changed throughout this sequel. When I was first approved for this ARC, I chose to read the book without having read its predecessor. I...
  • Lauren Stoolfire
    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Tilla is now safe from her father in Lightspire and she now lives luxuriously under the protection of the King, with Zell and Lyriana attempting to settle into her life as a student in the city's prestigious university. Unfortunately as the bastard daughter of a traitor, whispers and stares follow her everywhere and the memories of her dead brother plague her every waking moment. T...
  • Lesa Divine
    I still liked book 1 better maybe because it was very adventurous. But this was just okay.Tilla in Lightspire with Princess Lyriana as the Kings ward. But the people there believes she's just a traitor to her father her Western ways.But she's just trying to survive.Zell her boyfriend is there too trying to be the best boyfriend he can be but Tilla knows something isn't right with him.Once Tilla roommate is murder things goes down the hill from th...
  • Claire
    Thank you, Netgalley, for an opportunity to read and review this book. My views are entirely my own. The much anticipated sequel to Royal Bastards is almost here! I absolutely loved this follow up and fans of Shvarts's  series opener will love this one too. It's got romance! It's got action! It's got intrigue! And it gave me so many damn feels! It is pretty evident throughout that  Shvarts is a Star Wars fan, as City of Bastards shares many o...
  • Esmay
    This was important, I knew. This was the moment it all changed." 4 Stars.I really loved this book, at the beginning I was scared that Tillandra wouldn't stop complaining about how unfair her life has been, but she kinda did. I do have to say that Tilla is not my favourite protagonist ever, but I like her. I did not really enjoy what was done with Zell, he turned into Mal 2.0 (I hate Mal from the grisha verse, just fyi) and I hope he turns into t...
  • Melissa
  • Erin Arkin
    City of Bastards is book two of the Royal Bastards series by Andrew Shvarts. I was so excited to get a copy of this book that I broke my own rules around how far in advance I can read a book before it comes out. And it was totally worth it!! This book picks up several months after the end of book one and Tilla is now living in the capital of Lightspire under the protection of Lyriana’s father, the Volaris King. It has taken some time to get use...
  • Samythenerdybeasty
    An amazing sequel! I loved how the characters developed with the plot and the whole time I was rooting for Tilla. She is badass and needs no man protecting her. Zell learns this well. The political intrigue throughout the story is fascinating and when it seems almost like every side is just horribly evil you begin to open your eyes to new possibilities that you just want to roar with pride that even exist. I felt a rollercoaster of emotions throu...
  • Lisa Mandina
    One nice thing was that the author did a great job of weaving details from book one throughout the story as it started, so that I got caught up quickly with what happened in the first book, even thought it had been a year since I'd read it. I will concur with a fellow blogger, Nicole over at Feed Your Fiction Addiction who said that this one did not suffer from the usual sophomore slump that a lot of second books in a series have. There were a lo...
  • Dena (Batch of Books)
    I wish there was a good way to express my love of this series without looking like a nut job. But there's not, so here we go.AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH! If you're not reading this series, then WHY NOT?! You should be! It's amazing and intense and mind-blowing and epic and all the words.*Screams to the forest animals because no one else is listening, apparently.*Seriously, I love this series. This is the second book and it picks up with a prologue just afte...
  • Heather Hughes
    I'd like to thank Disney-Hyperion for sending me an early galley in exchange for an honest review.Man, this book was something. It was a real page turner, which I consider to be a massive achievement for a sequel.We're skipping six months from the first book. Tilla and Lyriana, along with Tilla's boyfriend Zell and Lyriana's cousin Ellorian, are now living in the kingdom. However, it's obvious that people aren't that warm to Tilla being around, s...
  • Ashley
    I received a free copy for honest review from Disney-Hyperion through Netgalley. Thank you Disney-Hyperion for providing me with a copy. I needed this sequel after reading and loving Royal Bastards.I read Royal Bastards and loved it so much! I needed to know what happened next. I wondered how everything was going to go, what was going to happen. Tilla's journey in City of Bastards is different from her journey in Royal Bastards. I'm happy to say ...
  • Vi (the Vi3tBabe)
    I knew I loved this series after the first book, and thankfully, the momentum hasn't died down in this next installment of the Royal Bastards series. I'll admit, it slowed down a bit, but overall, this book was a solid sequel and I'm eagerly anticipating the next book.I love it when a book catches my attention right from the start and it doesn't always have to be a crazy /intense opening scene. This book and the series so far is very much charact...
  • Kat
    I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, thank you, thank you!City of Bastards picks up just where Royal Bastards left off. Tilla, daughter of the murderous Lord Elric Kent (who is trying to take over the entire kingdom, btw), has escaped her home in the West with her hunky boyfriend Zell and her best friend, Lyriana (who just so happens to be the princess). She has been enrolled in Lightspir...
  • Lauren the Book Slayer
    **actual rating is 3.5 stars**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 pa...
  • Chelsa
    I’ll be honest, this sequel has some lag. It’s not surprising considering coming off such an fast-paced, action-heavy first novel that setting the sequel in such a cushy setting as the Princess’ home turf doesn’t lend itself that well to the kind of scenes that worked so well in book one. Now, I’m a glitz and glamour, high society, cloak and dagger bitchfest fan myself but its just not as fun with a head strong, trouble seeker MC like T...