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Ains even as orcs and humans alike threaten the Lots' very existence Then an old enemy finds a way to strike at her from beyond the grave and suddenly only one faint hope for salvation remain. There are many ways to die but only one way to survive just keep going Is starvation decimating your ranks with food a constant scarcity Just keep going Is there a new ancient threat that leads a terrifying race of creatures to hunt in ways never seen before Just keep going Has your lover and protector deserted your clan have you sent your best warrior far away and is a sickness corrupting you from the inside out Just keep going and don t stop until there s nothing and no one left Such is the plight of hoof leader Fetching as we rejoin her in the Lot Lands nearly two years after the events of The Grey Bastards in Jonathan French s intense and massively entertaining seuel The True BastardsWhen we last visited the Lot Lands the Orc Incursion has thrown the surviving half orcs into chaos The Bastards home was decimated and Jackal has left to hunt down the wizard who is behind the plague and incursions The battle with the centaurs under the Betrayer moon combined with the encroaching full blood thicks from the south has sown chaos among the ranks of the surviving hoofs Fetch has become the de facto leader of a new hoof the True Bastards and takes in new hopefuls and free riders and anyone else who fought bravely against their enemies and could help fill out the ranks But a female leader of a hoof does not sit well with others The humans are starting to muster their strength to the north new visitors appear in the south and enemies are hunting down the Bastards in all directions Fetch s duties would be difficult enough if she didn t have to deal with the day to day challenges of feeding the orphans guarding their walls hunting mining and training their meager forces Hundreds of half orcs and humans depend on her decisions for survival and now forces both ancient and familiar are revealing secrets that could cause Fetching to lose everyone and everything she s fighting forFetching was my most beloved character in The Grey Bastards so I was excited to learn that she was the primary POV in The True Bastards She is a natural leader but constantly uestions her place in a male centric society She s a warrior but uses her wit before her blade whenever possible She s still dealing with the after effects of her battle with the Sludge Man and her weaknesses may threaten her ability to lead Above all she s willing to make unprecedented life or death decisions to keep her hoof and followers alive These decisions bring her followers into uncharted and dangerous territories that were fantastic to discover Although Fetch is the primary focus of the narrative the story just as much about surviving the surrounding Lot Lands as it is about the Bastards journey through themWhile the foul language and obscenities are still prevalent in the seuel it seems like they re used sparingly and have greater bite when deployed Once again French captures the graphic nature of gang camaraderie with a heavy dose of humor and heart The tone and sense of harrowing dread stays consistent throughout the story and it makes for an excellent page turning read There are uite a few surprises in store that caught me off guard and I m looking forward to discussing them when this hits the shelvesThe True Bastards is an immersive and gripping tale of survival and sacrifice and does an exceptional job further developing The Lot Lands in surprising and interesting ways If you have an interest in reading a series based on non human protagonists as they battle and claw their way through an unforgiving environment while forging bonds of brotherhood this series checks all of those boxes and so much Highly recommended ARC via Edelweiss This book will be released on October 8 2019

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The True Bastards

Tards have struggled to survive Tested to the breaking point by the burdens of leadership Fetching battles desperately to stave off famine desertion and the scorn of the other half orc chieft. Happy Book day to SPFBO winner Jonathan FrenchThis is the seuel to The Gray BastardsWe ve had well over a thousand self published fantasy books through the SPFBO gates and no book has ever scored higher than The Grey Bastards

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Fetching was once the only female rider in the Lot Lands Now she is the leader of her own hoof a band of loyal half orcs sworn to her command But in the year since she took power the True Bas. I just finished and YES What a journey this was through the Lot Lands Character driven and fueled with an engrossing plot this novel was a meaty piece of Bastard pie Loved ItReviewThe True Bastards does not disappoint and delivers an eually foul mouthed filthy plot in gritty prose filled with adventure and dare I say surpasses even The Grey Bastards with its meaty ambitious plot that renders addictively epic Fetch and her hoof find themselves left in the debris field and smolder of their former fortress now the ruins of the Kiln With the hogs hauling stones to Winsome among the coals the rebuild of their fortress is slow going and dangerous Their fortification will need all the resources available to keep them safe With most of the skilled tradesman gone after the fall of the Claymaster wood has become one of the most precious commodities that Fetch luckily secured a lot of as the new Chief But safety and provisions aren t the only things she has to worry about for her hoof Her health is declining in a sudden and rapid deadly way Keeping her illness a secret Fetch embarks on a journey to seek a cure What begins as a stroll through Un wundulas turns out to begin a seuence of events that will test Fetch s abilities and judgments as chief discover truths about herself and her brothers and will challenge her rank With a semi peaceful intro into the novel it really starts to pick up once Jackal and Oats play their part and it turns into a goring thrill adventure Uncovering a backhanded scheme to kill off all the half orcs by frails Fetch must try to unite the mongrel factions and outwit a masterminded plan that tests the loyalties of her brothers In her struggles Fetch must sort out the truths of friends and foes With elemental forces taking everything from the hoof she is coerced to put not only herself but the entirety of the hoof in danger of existence Facts about her ancestry will be the shocking ingredient as to why she has become the most important prong played that will trap her either in a losing or winning position if she can figure out how to use her knowledge wiselyThe creatures imagined and intrigue plotted in this novel have created hair singing and heart racing moments edging the abyss like toiling taunts with the devil in an unputdownable throat constricting fashion Never striving of the path and true to French s filthy lingo used in The Grey Bastards the entirety of the novel reads strongly gritty and is interspersed with clever funny one liners I loved I am Fetching leader of the half orc hoof known as the True Bastards I need to know who you cocksuckers are and what you are doing in the fucking lots A perfect balance to all the action of the plot has been given to detailing character development and backgroundhistoryorigination of places that lend an understanding to the deeper expansion of the heritage explored that will undoubtedly be important and the essential set up to the next novel in the seuence Among the characters we already know from the first installment this novel introduces a whole cast of new ones that radiate new colors into the mesh of the story definitely interestingly imagined and a venue for new directions to explore The hogs are still awesome and continue to play an important role here The motto LIVE IN THE SADDLE DIE ON THE HOG receives further meaning when the brothers come together and honor one of their own A very touching moment among some others that allowed reverence here It made the comradery merge palpable to the reader diluting the lines of pages in a book read with being lost immersively in the story among comrades Overall the story flowed really well and is loaded with adventure after adventure The characters are afforded humanity through flaws and doubts while the plot continues mesmerizingly mysterious Packed with intrigue twists turns imaginative creatures menacing mayhem and sualid filth it s the perfect grungy fantasy with an added bonus of a strong female protagonist you don t want to mess with This was one of my most anticipated novels of the year When I read The Grey Bastards novel last year it had absolutely taken me by surprise It was my first novel to read of the kind so foulmouthed kinky brutal and fantastic I was hooked and simply smitten It took entirely too long of a wait to read The True Bastards this year I readenjoy and review different genres on my blog which did not garner me exclusive access to an ARC of this highly anticipated novel automatically Therefore I am very grateful to have received one after all THANK YOU Because THIS NOVEL IS ABSOLUTELY RAD I rate novels individually and love different books for different reasons If I was smitten with The Grey Bastards last year I am now fully fletched invested and convinced of French s ability to create a thoroughly immersive epic fantasy with substance The True Bastards is packed with so many turns of events and details developed it garner s a reread and I am already eager to do so The Lot Lands 1 and 2 hold their own due to the uniuely daring gritty voice and style that unapologetically do not let up This in turn makes them compellingly addictive I d highly recommend this meaty Bastard pie of a delightful sualid fantasyEnjoy I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review Thank you kindly I also want to thank the publisher Crown Publishing for sending me the book More of my reviews here


10 thoughts on “The True Bastards

  1. says:

    BLOODY HELLS YES This is Fetch arc she’s the new leader and she’s bad ssed This book is slammed full of action and ssholes I damn loved it better than the first bookFetch has to go through ALOT of shit in thi

  2. says:

    The True Bastards by Jonathan French is a book I reuested from NetGalley and the review is voluntary Last year I read The Grey Bastards and of the 800 books I read this book stood out as my favorite So when I saw this second book I really hoped they would let me read it The last book was centered around the half orcs group they call a hoof and this good calls themselves The Grey BastardsThis group has some of the same people but

  3. says:

    I just finished and YES What a journey this was through the Lot Lands 😱 Character driven and fueled with an engrossing plot this novel was

  4. says:

    ”You name us mongrels You name us soot skins You name us ash coloreds You name us in hatred What will you name us when you learn to fear us?”Here we go I’ve been looking forward to the next installment in this gritty violent bl

  5. says:

    Our favorite Bastards are back now lead by Fetching and are in a bad way With the Kiln gone the True Bastards renamed from the Grey Bastards fight starvation and terrifying threats old and new How will they survive? With grit and sh

  6. says:

    Happy Book day to SPFBO winner Jonathan FrenchThis is the seuel to The Gray BastardsWe've had well over a thousand self published fantasy books through the SPFBO gates and no book has ever scored higher than The Grey Bastards

  7. says:

    Ok this was surprisingly different a whole new direction Review to come

  8. says:

    There are many ways to die but only one way to survive just keep going Is starvation decimating your ranks with food a constant scarcity? Just keep going Is there a new ancient threat that leads a terrifying race of creatures to hunt in ways never seen before? Just keep going Has your lover and protector deser

  9. says:

    ‘The Lot Lands shaped you and often its molding hands were cruel But any form that survived its touch was one better suited to endure its next caress next crushing fist It mattered not at all that you might not enjoy what you became What mattered was that you lived’The True Bastards by Jonathan French is the much anticipated seuel to The Grey Bastards which was published by Orbit last year This seuel offers the same gritty

  10. says:

    45 STARS Live in the saddle Die on the hog Aaaahhhh It was SO GOOD to be back with the hoof againAdmittedly it took me until about 20% before I fully had a grasp on what all had happened in book 1 If ever a seuel needed as synopsis at the beginning it's this one since my brain is such a sieve But even without a handle o

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