I went into this book thinking that with all the hype, I was probably going to be let down. Not a lot of my book friends were reading it, but being attracted to the title/the idea of it, the narrator and the fact that I like the idea of all these bastards of lords and ladies making trouble, I decided to give it a try.
Maybe, just maybe, I would like it.
Maybe, just maybe, I absolutely loved it.
Let me introduce to you, the bastards:
Tilla: our main girl. Has a strong personality, knows what she wants, and is good in a crisis. And she is the bastard of a Lord.
Jax: Tilla’s bastard brother through the same mother. Not really sure about his leniage, but he is pretty content with being a stable hand and hanging out with his sister.
Miles: The only-born-yet-still-bastard to a powerful Lady. He is kind of nerdy and doesn’t realize that he is actually really awkward.
Zell: A true-born turned bastard who is from a completely and utterly different culture and the narrator does a great accent for him and I loved it and can I please keep?
Lyriana: ..waaaaait a minute, Lyriana is the princess of all the lands and is really naive about real life things because, well, she was born in a castle and didn’t really have that many things to want.
So why is she on this list? Because she sees a terrible crime that leads her to be on the run with the low-lives of the south: The Bastards.
Now they are all wanted dead or alive.
Now, I will admit, that some of this is predictable; but, I think some of it is suppose to because there is this twist at the end that kind of makes your eyes pop out of your head and your jaw drop and your vocal cords go “WHAT NO WHAT NO NO NO NO NO”.
The characters are actually lovable and relatable. They each have their own personalities and react differently to things and you can tell that each character is their own. Everything is told from Tilla’s point of view, so it is a little bias, but you can tell a lot of thought went into these characters.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book and I am literally DYING for the next.