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War of the Bastards

(Royal Bastards #3)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  284 ratings  ·  58 reviews
A year has passed since the fall of Lightspire. The Inquisitor Miles Hampstedt has usurped the throne and rules Noveris with a blood-soaked iron fist. Tilla and her friends have become hardened rebels in the Unbroken, a band of guerilla fighters hiding out in the fringes of the Kingdom. Tilla is plagued with doubt and regret; Lyriana struggles with the burdens of being a f ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Disney-Hyperion
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Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Being completely honest, I struggled with finishing this one. It wasn’t because it wasn’t good, it was. I just never picked it up. I was sad for certain parts and glad for certain parts and I loved what the king did for Tilla. A good series overall.
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Ok, so I totally meant to write this up the next day and here we are days later xD

So I was barely able to wait for this book to be delivered so I could get all the drama and answers I needed after finishing City of Bastards. Now sadly, this one just didn't give me as much of a sucker-punch wow effect, so it's only getting a 3.5 stars =/

The first book had endless action and tension to keep you riveted. Book two gave us plots woven into more plots of intrigue and so many questions that it kept yo
Jun 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well, that was a journey.
Cleverly plotted through the whole trilogy. A lot of sacrifices and surprises.
Having a high fantasy world with a narrator who uses such a modern way of speaking was occasionally jarring. And I will admit that there were a few parts that felt a little forced. But all in all, an excellent series.
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
*Source* Library
*Genre* Young Adult, Fantasy
*Rating* 4.0


The fate of Noveris hangs in the balance as Tilla and her fellow bastards fight tyranny in the epic conclusion to Andrew Shvarts Royal Bastards series. It has been a year since the destructive events of City of Bastards. After decimating the entire royal court of Noveris, Lord Elric Kent has assumed the throne. But, the real villain of the story may be Miles Hampstedt who has risen to the role of Inquisitor and created a serum cap
This. Was. AMAZING.

The action in this starts off right away, and we get some seriously awesome character development. We learn more about the world, get to meet new faces, and fall in love all over again with the bastards we know and love. I love how the ending is more open ended, leaving the reader to decide if the right choice was made. It was fitting for the series, and I seriously loved every second leading up to it.

Honestly, if you haven't read this series yet, I highly recommend you check
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"May the winters stop freezing and the fires stop burning. May the beasts sheathe their claws and the warriors hang up their blades. Then, at last, may the tortured man find peache."

5 stars.

Okay I did not expect to love this book as much as I did. It was action packed, the pace was good, it was nicely rounded, the characters grew so much and just the way it was written was amazing!

I'll write the rest later, I promise (I hope haha)
Stacy Kersteter
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Officially one of my favorite series!
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Overall, this series was meh at best for me, but War of the Bastards was assuredly the weakest of the bunch. The plot falls apart at several points and much hinges on a character introduced in the final book. The bigger issue series-wide is the amount I didn't care about the cast.

The biggest issues:
- They meet Syan See in prison when they're captured at the beginning of the book. They're trapped basically but conveniently Syan See is able to escape from the prison on her own using her special ki
Aug 24, 2019 rated it liked it
(More like a 3.5 but that's not an option)

I was pretty excited for this book after reading "City of Bastards" last year--it ended with the city burning and the good guys fleeing to fight another day. It was dramatic but ended on a hopeful note, and left me wanting more, so when I found out the third book came out I quickly ordered it and began reading. To spare all of us, I'll try to keep it brief and just mention some of the things that stood out to me or parts I really liked and parts I didn't
Kiele McKinney
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Okay, I liked War of the Bastards more than I liked City of Bastards. And I am pretty sure it is tied with Royal Bastards, but it may be just below or just above it. This trilogy came to such a neat, clean, perfect ending and it made me so happy.

The Characters. Tilla, Tilla, Tilla. What a perfect little being. I felt so bad for her in this book, there was so much pressure on her. And she dealt with it so well. Her relationship with Zell improved from their fights of City of Bastards, and it made
Oct 12, 2019 rated it liked it
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Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 stars!!

I was absolutely blown away by this book! Where I found the first two books to be a bit slow during the first half of the book, this one did not have that problem in the slightest! You are immediately thrown back into the story and it starts off with an action-packed battle scene. I really loved the character development in this book, for many of the characters, and not just for Tilla. Ellarion holds a special place in my heart <3. I think I mentioned in my reviews of the previous book
Unseen Library
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of War of the Bastards from Hachette Australia to review.

War, rebellion, magic and one hell of kickass story! Shvarts brings the outstanding Royal Bastards trilogy to an end with War of the Bastards, the relentlessly entertaining conclusion that rounds out the series with an epic bang. The Royal Bastards trilogy is the debut work of author Andrew Shvarts, who has produced an incredible young adult fantasy series that has been an absolute delight to read over the last three year
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

"May the winters stop freezing and the fires stop burning. May the beasts sheathe their claws and the warriors hang up their blades. Then, at last, may the tortured man find peace."

To be honest, I liked this book, the action, the banter, the twists.
But it did not blow me away as the first one.

Probably, at least for me, two things spoiled it:
1) (view spoiler)
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
War of the Bastards (Royal Bastards #3) by Andrew Shvarts, 389 pages. Hyperion (Disney), 2019. $19

Language: R (75 swears, 5 “f”); Mature Content: G; Violence: R (bloody deaths)



Since Miles became her father’s Inquisitor, Noveris has descended into a bloody, iron-fisted dictatorship. Tilla, Zel, and Galen are leading the Unbroken, the resistance fighters. They have been receiving intelligence from the Raven, so when they hear that their contact ha
Jun 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
I don't like Tilla. She does horrible things at the end - and is blaming her enemies who did the same. I never felt sympathy for her. Yes, Miles is bad, I get it. But Tilla and her friends feel like hollow characters.
Caught Up In The Pages
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“All we can do is keep going.”

That wasn’t technically true, because we could also, you know, break down crying or bang on the walls or just stand there screaming in terror. It didn’t seem like anyone else was open to that.

Honestly, despite all the imperfections this series has shown, I absolutely loved the journey. I came to love the characters fiercely and how they came together when they were all from such different upbringings was such a great show of unity. I know that they spoke like they w
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
Read this review on my blog!

I’ve never really done this before, but instead of reviewing each individual book of the Royal Bastards series (Royal Bastards, City of Bastards, War of the Bastards), I am writing a review of the whole trilogy. (Mainly because I procrastinated in writing my review for the first one until I’d already finished all three! 😂) (This does mean the spoilers will be for all three books!)


⚔ Tilla — Tilla was very different from your typical YA “strong female prot
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
(4.5 stars)

I turned to Zell to see what he thought, but he just muttered something in Zitochi, a prayer maybe. Never a good sign.

This series was so so so good! I loved the main group of characters and the journey they found themselves taking. The plot in this book got so crazy! Some parts were a bit slow, but so much went down and I really enjoyed this reading experience. It almost had some sci-fi elements blended in with the really cool fantasy elements, and I was totally there for it. Everythi
Jamie Wilson
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
“Being a hero doesn’t mean getting rewards...being a hero means suffering so other people don’t have to.”

In the concluding novel in this series, we find even more adventure, political intrigue, and unexpected alliances in order to save the Kingdom of Noveris. We are still seeing the world through Tilla’s perspective and, I’ve gotta say, that for 80% of the book she didn’t really have a purpose. It’s almost like Shvarts, the author, forgot that Tilla was supposed to be a big deal in the story unt
Crystal Marshall
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Oh no Andrew...what have you done?

I normally don't write bad reviews on someone's work because I know they put time and effort into the things that they do. But this book just wasn't that good and I found it really hard to finish it. The book is hinted to be medieval right? So why include modern and cringe teen phrases and sayings just didn't work and it threw me off. Also I found some of the text to be immature and I went through the battle of not caring, but caring, then not again abo
Jun 28, 2019 rated it liked it
This was my favorite of the trilogy! More of a 3.5 than a 3 star read. This book was really well plotted and super unpredictable and exciting. I really appreciate that Zell and Tilla are secure in their relationship at this point and there's no relationship drama added to the plot. Everything was dealt with very realistically. (view spoiler) ...more
Nov 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
I thought this was a really great end to the series. The character arc for Lyriana and Tilla were so well done. Zell had a decent character arc but I kind of would have liked to see a little bit more. Ellarion is fantastic as always! I will say that this one had a little less humor and sass than the previous two, but this one also was more or less all out war. The magic and world was delved into in much more detail. I really enjoyed the magic/religion aspect to this one. It's always nice to see ...more
Morgan Gryba
I think I have the same issue with this series as I do with a lot of the YA fantasy series I have read.....they did NOT need 3 books to finish this story. I felt a lot of this was just repeating the same situation where they should have died but didn't, missing part of the plot and then being totally devastated they didn't think of it. The whole story line being the titans was disappointing, could have done something better with it I think. I don't think I will be reading a fantasy series with 3 ...more
Andrew Calvanese
May 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Ya know I came in expecting to find a strong and satisfying finish to the trilogy but I didn’t find it to be so.

Though it it wasn’t that bad of a book, I did find myself laughing at some moments. And some scenes I did absolutely love and I feel that there was one character that probably got the best and most character development.

It was most certainly not as good as the first two. At some moments it was bland and boring and I find some of the pieces of dialogue insufferable. I find that there w
Oct 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Throughout this series I have felt that the characters were a bit underdeveloped and lacked growth. In this book I felt that the main characters were well done and felt more real. Some of the secondary characters still suffered from not being very fleshed out in a way that was distracting at times but I was still excited to see the characters I had come to know through the series shine. The plot was interesting and I particularly enjoyed the ending. Overall I think this is the best book of the t ...more
Michaela Whitney
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-read
This is one of my favorite underrated series.

Tilla has been through so much, and she's such s strong character.

"I was not a person. I was an instrument of death, a tool of war, forged by my father's betrayal, hardened by Zell's instruction, set to purpose against the men who'd stolen this Kingdom. I was the hammer and the nail, the scythe and the flame. I was a pounding heart, a clenched fist, a howl of righteous fury."

The Bastards prevailed. Long Live the Queens!
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Considering I found this series kind of by accident thanks to audible I have serious love for it. It sticks in my memory and I love all of the characters so much. This book had emotion, drama, humour, action and adventure and I loved it all. Very happy with the conclusion to this series and excited to see what the author does next. Highly recommend. (I listened to the audio and recommend you do the same too as the narration is perfect)
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can not speak enough about how much I have enjoyed the Bastard trilogy. Reading to the last page I couldn't help but wish there was more story to write but I could not think of anything more to imagine. While reading this trilogy I experienced something new and what I never believed possible, I cried. The words describing the relationship between the daughter and Lord Kent, painting the emotional landscape to the point of tears. Bravo Mr. Shvarts. I will read anything you write, period.
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