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City of Bastards

(Royal Bastards #2)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  824 ratings  ·  215 reviews
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 wagi
Hardcover, 377 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Disney-Hyperion
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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 beautiful job of balancing the loss of innocence and n ...more
Wren (fablesandwren)
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing


*Rubs hands together* OoOoOoOoOoOoOoOoOHHH. This is going to be goOoOoOoOoOoOd.
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it
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 late
A little too long
And I can't wait
But 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 :) :) :)
Divine Anas
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"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 be safe. But I was me."

Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lots of twists and turns!!! Markiska! That ending was wild! I can’t wait to dive into the last book. Miles creeps me out
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Have 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 Royal Bastards have led to a different cast makeup and a slight c
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
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! ...more
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 especially fun in this series. The author do
Cindy ✩☽♔
Sep 14, 2017 marked it as to-read
Okay, so I went into and left Royal Bastards thinking it was a standalone novel. Now low and behold I find out this is going to be a series. Which makes some of my initial issues with how Royal Bastards concluded rather invalid, so perhaps I shall give this a chance to see if this series has more redeeming qualities...
Another book that I've been dying to dive into!

I absolutely loved the first book of this series so when I was walking around Barnes and Noble, still have no idea how I got there #mysterious, I saw it. I had little heart eyes. I bought it.. and some other beautiful book babies. Ya know how it's bad to go to the grocery store and shop while starving? Well, that's me.. EVERY TIME I go to Barnes and Noble. Don't let me go in there without supervision. Ever.

City of Bastards was so freaking good. I co
Sep 29, 2019 rated it liked it
*Spoilers if you haven’t read the first book.*

“I was reckless, and I was foolish. But I was me.”

Tilla, bastard of House Kent, is safe from her traitorous father in the city of Lightspire, where she lives alongside her boyfriend Zell and her best friend, Princess Lyriana. But when someone close to Tilla is found dead from an apparent suicide, Tilla knows it’s murder. As she digs deeper for answers, conspiracies are unearthed and everyone she loves could be in danger.

This second installment of t
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I really enjoyed Royal Bastards and was excited to pick up this next installment, though at the same time I was apprehensive that it would suffer the typical "middle book syndrome" like so many before it. But you know what?! It didn't! I can happily say that THIS book was even better than the previous! And has earned its place on my favorites list and a 4.5 ⭐ rating

This book picks up right where Royal Bastards left off and immediately sweeps you off your feet in a complete whirlwind of so many
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 king is grateful that his daughter has come home and
May 21, 2018 added it
Shelves: 2018-releases
I enjoy this series so damn much. I know it's not for everyone, as the blend of contemporary voice and fantasy setting can definitely be called jarring, but I love that it doesn't sound like every other fantasy. And in this one, whooooooosh do the stakes go up. I honestly have no idea where it can even really go from here but I do know it's gonna be one of the few fantasy series I actually finish. (I have literally only ever finished one trilogy. I don't know what's wrong with me.) ...more
♠ TABI⁷ ♠
Sep 06, 2017 marked it as to-read
*tackles the pretty purple cover*


THERE'S A PURPLE TREND AMONG YA COVERS AND I LOVE IT bc ace rep color and, coincidentally, my favorite color, too.

And can I give an expectant round of applause to that synopsis??? I WANT THIS BOOK NOW PLEASE
Overall Rating : C-

"Who's more powerful than the most powerful man?

The man who pays him."


Oh boy I wanted so bad for this to be better than the second book and here I am, a fool for trying.

Tillandra Kent was so conceited, so selfish, and so righteous that it ruined anyway for me to enjoy the plot or other characters. And what's worse is that she doesn't think she's any of those things.

Best friend spiraling due to losing her first love? That's none of her business and she can do whatever she want
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’ve never done this for a book before, but the publication
The ending was very good and exciting, the beginning, though, not so much.
LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)
Tilla spent the first book on the run from her own father after witnessing him commit murder and pit himself and the West against the Volaris King. In this book, Tilla is finally safe and secure, at least on the surface. She and her friends are now in the capital of Lightspire, under the protection of Lyriana's father, the King. However kind the King is towards her, she's well aware that others see her as nothing more than the daughter of a traitor. She at least has her relationship with Zell, b ...more
Fifi | A Fairytale Dream
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lauren Stoolfire
Jun 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
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. Then, she finds the corpse of a new friend. The dea
Lesa Divine
May 20, 2018 rated it liked it
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 there. Some mysterious mage following her.

So much de
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-s, fantasy, ya, e-book
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 of the same themes and elements throughout it's thoroug
Jul 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 the badass warrior he was in the first b
Lauren - SERIESous Books
This definitely got better as the story progressed. As we moved away from the academy setting and the pieces started to fall into place, I started to get interested in the story.

As another reviewer said, the idea of loss of innocence and naivety is an interesting theme and I can appreciate the struggles the characters have to go through. But I also find the characters are slightly 1 dimensional and a tad cliche so I wanted a little more from them.

There are some interesting twists along the way
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 used to all the new things but Tilla has adjusted. Desp
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Book two in the Royal Bastards series picks up where the first book ends. Tilla, Lyriana, and Zell are now living in the capital of Lightspire. Tilla and Lyriana are going to University and Zell is part of the city guard. Lyriana is lost without Jax, and is taking a lot of chances. Tilla knows something is wrong and is worried about Zell's disappearances. As the war continues, Tilla wants to know how her father's armies can beat the Mages who are supposed to be invincible. What she discovers is ...more
Jen Ryland
I don't read a lot of fantasy and if I do, I like to read a richer, more developed story. But if you enjoy
light fantasy, definitely check this series out.

On the positive side- this is fun and fast paced.

On the negative, the characters still weren't much more developed. If memory serves, I also think the plot of this one followed a similar pattern to the first book: girl arrives at foreign kingdom (in book one this was Lyriana, in book two, Tilla travels to Lightspire, Lyriana's home). A motley
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