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Royal Bastards
Contributor(s): Shvarts, Andrew
ISBN: 1484767659     ISBN-13: 9781484767658
Publisher: Disney Pr
    OUR PRICE: $17.09  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: May 2017
Annotation: Tilla, the illegitimate daughter of Lord Kent, bands together with other outcasts in an attempt to prevent civil war and protect Lyriana, a sheltered, visiting princess whose life is in danger.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Adventure and adventurers; Fiction.
Fathers and daughters; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2016028096
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Series: Royal Bastards
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.50" H x 5.75" W x 1.25" (1.15 lbs) 346 pages
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2017 April #3)

Sixteen-year-old Tillandra Kent is the bastard daughter of Elric Kent, a high lord; it's unlikely that Elric will ever legitimize Tilla, but until he disowns her, she enjoys royal privileges. During a banquet honoring princess Lyriana Volaris and her uncle, archmagus Rolan, the princess eschews Lord Kent's company to dine with Tilla and her fellow bastards, Miles and Zell. Seeking adventure, Lyriana persuades her tablemates to sneak out of the castle. They meet up with Tilla's half-brother, Jax, and head to the beach, where they witness Rolan's murder and overhear plans for a coup. The teens are spotted and flee; when morning comes, they learn that the perpetrators have faked Lyriana's death and framed them for both crimes. With combat looming and a bounty on their heads, the group ventures forth to warn the king. First in a planned series, Shvarts's action-packed debut champions diversity, counsels perseverance, and highlights the human cost of war. The pace is zippy, Shvarts's mythology is rich, and while the overall tone skews breezy, the conclusion packs thrills and a serious emotional wallop. Ages 14–up. Agent: Sara Crowe, Pippin Properties. (May)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2017 June)

Gr 9 Up—As the bastard daughter of Lord Kent of the Western Province, Tillandra has always lived between two worlds, that of the nobility, where she strives for recognition and acceptance, and that of her stablehand half brother Jax, where she is free to swill wine and run wild. When Princess Lyriana, daughter of the royal family to whom Tilla's father was forced to swear allegiance, disregards social etiquette by sitting at the Bastards Table during a banquet to honor her visit, Tilla is thrown into the company of the model of a perfect royal daughter, along with fellow bastards Zell, a barbarian Zitochi warrior from the north country, and bookish Miles. When this ragtag group of misfits encounter a sinister plot to overthrow the royal family, they are catapulted into a life-and-death mission to save Princess Lyriana, as well as themselves, and rescue the kingdom from an inevitable and bloody civil war. Elements such as magic and deadly mythical creatures will be familiar to fans of the fantasy genre, but the book's hurried plot and crass language paint a confused picture and give the narrative a disjointed feel. The result is a novel that strives to include every possible element of the genre, rather than a captivating fantasy adventure. VERDICT A strictly additional purchase.—Sarah Lorraine, J. Sterling Morton High School, Cicero, IL

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