Being a bastard blows. Tilla would know. 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 16 Tilla spends her days exploring long-forgotten tunnels beneath the castle with her stablehand 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, 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 honoring 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, realizing they alone have the power to prevent a civil war that will tear their kingdom apart - if they can warn the king in time. And if they can survive the journey.
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The narrator. Her voice was good in the beginning, but i don't know if she got sick, or what but her voice is more gravely after several chapters and it grates on you the entire rest of the book. I'm on chapter 19 of 30 and unsure if I'll continue.
I like Tilla, Zel, and Lyriana (for the most part) Tilla and Zel are fun characters and seeing the two slowly warm up to each other has been enjoyable! I like Lyriana when she's not being preachy about her beliefs.
Her voice. I liked it in the begging but it changed several chapters in due to whatever circumstance, unfortunately it made the story hard to enjoy after that. Am hopeful it'll go back to normal ASAP!
Sure. I have enjoyed the story so far, minus one character I wish would just die, or go away because of how annoying and whiny he is. Not sure who I'd "cast" if i could choose.
- Kira Shaffer