*Note: This is a review for the second book in the series, so if you have not read Royal Bastards yet, the synopsis/review may contain spoilers for that book.
Title: City of Bastards
Author: Andrew Shvarts
Genre: YA Fantasy
Rating: 4 Stars
Publication Date: June 5, 2018
Synopsis: 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 brother, Jax, who lies cold in his grave even as she tries to settle into a life in the city’s prestigious University.
Then, Tilla stumbles upon the body of a classmate, a friend. The authorities are quick to rule it a suicide and sweep it under the rug, but when Tilla herself is attacked by a mysterious man with terrifying powers, she’s convinced of a conspiracy. Her friends beg her to stay silent; what she’s suggesting is impossible… and treasonous.
But Tilla can’t, won’t, let it go. And the deeper she digs, the more questions she uncovers. How is the West beating the supposedly invincible Lightspire Mages in battle? Is it connected to the shadowy cult wreaking havoc in Lightspire? Nothing is as it seems in the glorious capital, and Tilla’s presence might just be the spark that sets the Kingdom aflame.
Review: As far as second books in a series go, this one was fun! I remember the first book, Royal Bastards, being FULL of adventure with monsters that completely creeped me out. Book 2 is a bit slower on the adventure, but instead brings lots of mystery and magic.
We find out more about the magic system in this world and where their magic actually originates, which I found to be one of the most interesting aspects of the book. Andrew Shvarts continues to break hearts, so be warned and have your tissues ready!
Overall, I really enjoyed this read and I can’t wait to see how the trilogy wraps up in book 3!
Thank you so much to Disney-Hyperion & Netgalley for providing me with a copy for review.