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‘IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A FILTHY, FIERCE, FUN-FUELLED READ, THEN THE BASTARDS HAVE GOT YOU COVERED’ Fantasy Hive

Following the runaway success of Jonathan French’s critically acclaimed fantasy adventure The Grey Bastards comes book two in the Lot Lands series – The True Bastards.

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 the hoof she inherited is on the brink of collapse.

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 chieftains, 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 remains.

‘[An] action-packed sequel . . . . Imagine an outlaw biker gang of half-orcs riding giant war pigs and you’ve captured this saga’s gloriously dirty soul’ Kirkus

Praise for the series:

‘An addictively readable – and undeniably cool – fantasy masterwork’ Kirkus

‘A gritty adventure with a fantastic, foul-mouthed voice’ Django Wexler

‘A bloody good tale of battle, betrayal and war pigs’ Brian McClellan

‘Jonathan French has to be lauded for his plot ingenuity, bawdry charm and vicious characters.’ Fantasy Book Critic

‘I’d like to raise a tankard to The Grey Bastards‘ brilliance’ Fantasy Faction

Reviews

An addictively readable - and undeniably cool - fantasy masterwork
KIRKUS on THE GREY BASTARDS
It's a wild ride on the hog, filled with brutality, battle, and bravery. It's coarse and crass and also loveable, and after this, I have high hopes for what French might do in the future
Biblitropic
A filthy, charismatic and frankly excellent read
Mark Lawrence
I'd like to raise a tankard to The Grey Bastards' brilliance
FANTASY FACTION on THE GREY BASTARDS
Jonathan French has to be lauded for his plot ingenuity, bawdry charm and vicious characters. The Grey Bastards has instantaneously catapulted him into my must-read list
FANTASY BOOK CRITIC on THE GREY BASTARDS
A funny thing happens when reading The Grey Bastards. You're rolling along, smiling at the novelties on display, but then, almost without warning, you find yourself truly in the world French has created, and it all becomes wonderfully familiar and convincing. The world-building creates exactly the kind of seamless transition that makes fantasy literature compelling, informative, and just plain fun
R.A. Salvatore, New York Times bestselling author
A bloody good tale of battle, betrayal and war pigs
Brian McClellan on THE GREY BASTARDS
I f*cking loved this book. The Grey Bastards went down like a shot of good top-shelf tequila: warm and smooth, but with one hell of a spicy kick
Bibliosanctum
Jonathan French has to be lauded for his plot ingenuity, bawdry charm and vicious characters. The Grey Bastards has instantaneously catapulted him into my must-read list
Fantasy Book Critic
This is a filthy book, but it is a damn good one
Pornokitsch
An addictively readable - and undeniably cool - fantasy masterwork
Kirkus
I'd like to raise a tankard to The Grey Bastards' brilliance
Fantasy Faction
French flips the fantasy script as the monsters become the good guys, fueling an action-packed, sneakily smart adventure. Half-orc and all badass, Jackal is a hero you won't soon forget
Scott Sigler, New York Times bestselling author of Alive and Infected
French has raised the bar in The True Bastards. If you're looking for a filthy, fierce, fun-fuelled read, then the Bastards have got you covered
Fantasy Hive
A gritty adventure with a fantastic, foul-mouthed voice and filthy, lovable characters in a wonderfully original world of half-orcs on giant hogs. Fans of Abercrombie's First Law or the soldierly banter of Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen will like this a lot
Django Wexler
The Grey Bastards dragged me in immediately. A bloody good tale of battles, intrigue, betrayal, duty and frickin' war pigs
Brian McClellan
[An] action-packed sequel . . . the story is filled with relentless action and powered by a cast of adeptly developed and emotionally appealing characters. . . . Imagine an outlaw biker gang of half-orcs riding giant war pigs and you've captured this saga's gloriously dirty soul
KIRKUS
The Grey Bastards is a book that I just absolutely fell in love with . . . Because of this author's unique vision and his incredible talent, this one left a mark on me. I want more
Bookworm Blues