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 thoroughly fun ride. It is hard to say more about the sequel without spoiling too much, but it is safe to say that A) nothing is ever black and white, and B) to quote Luke Skywalker “This is not going to go the way you think.” Intrepid heroine/anti-heroine Tilla the bastard is back, with friends Zell and Lyriana by her side, and for their herculean deeds in the first book, they are given spots at the prestigious Lightspire University. As all three still suffer the effects of the dark endings of their friends in the previous books, they are soon swept along another wild ride.
Shvarts manages to bring everything you could want to this book, and more, while remaining loyal to the characters and their natural progressions. I think fans will be thoroughly satisfied with this sequel.