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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

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The True Bastards

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

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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. 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 bloodthirsty foul mouthed barbaric Mad Max on hogs chaotic world since I turned the last page of the first book Did Jonathan French deliver Indeed he did Let me give you just a bit of background to catch you upThe Frails otherwise known as humans have relied on The Hoof bands of castoff half orcs to serve as a barrier in The Lots between them and the rampaging Orcs Centaurs and numerous other creatures who routinely during a Berserker moon try to destroy everything in their path The Half orcs are the progeny of Orcs raping frails or in the case of our heroine Fetching elves They are toothy brawny ugly babies that even make their mothers shiver in disgust They might be mugly but they grow up to be fierce fighters not as strong as Orcs but infinitely smarter To protect their stronghold Hispartha the frails create a land for these repugnant half breeds to serve as a buffer between them and those monstrous creatures who desire their destructionIn the last season I m using a TV term because I feel that some bright executive in TV land should be cueing this up for Netflix or HBO Jackal was the focal character but now that he is off on some crusade to eviscerate an odious magician that leaves Fetching in charge of their Hoof clan the Bastards Fetching is the only female hog rider but now she breaks another glass ceiling by becoming the one and only Chief uim the term freuently used to describe her by rival Hoof bands Yeah it s not fucking easy being a woman in charge Never taken orders from no woman before Sure you have Fetch said giving her saddle s girth strap one final sharp tug Had to be at least one that told you to go faster Okay yeah I nearly geysered the mouthful of Earl Grey tea I happened to have just sipped before reading that line There will be numerous lines sprinkled throughout the text that will inspire a chortle a snortle or uite possibly a full on knee slapping belly laugh Needless to say any snide remark that any male of the species any species can conjure Fetch will have a barbed reply waiting in her uiver of snarky word shafts It doesn t help that Fetch is a half orc wet dream with her lush curves and pleasing features thanks to her elfin mother and seems to be putting out a fog of pheromones that turns every male into a grunting moronic asshole She may not look like a badass but once they feel the sting of her blade tickling their tenders they have to reevaluate her abilities Fetch is exceptional something that women all over have discovered they have to be to even be considered for any sort of advancement It is never enough to be eually as good How many women wish they could grab a man by his scrotum with their gloved hands and tell him to shut the fuck up and sit down before his manhood becomes an ugly but small objet d art on her mantlepiece For her own safety Fetch has to bristle with menacing violence So naturally things have turned to steaming shit The Lots are a wide swath of Thunderdome Things are so bad that Conan might pack up his swords and scuttle off to a safer geography Drought has brought famine the Hoof numbers are at an all time low some magical wolves are trying to kill Fetch another Hoof Chief is plotting her demise how dare she think a female can run a Hoof Band some really fucked up super Orc is trying to turn her into splatter the frails have brought cannon to their stronghold in The Lots fucking Jackel won t return from his fucking uest to help and the elves are not turning out to be the allies she hoped they would be Oh and she is about to discover the truth of her origin story Yep like something right out of the super hero comic books Despite all these distractions Fetching is coming to some controversial conclusions about the future of the Half orcs and their overlord masters the Frails Why serve when one can rule thyself Again as I turn the last page of this second season see what I m doing there again I m already wondering when I will have the pleasure of meeting back up with my smelly ill tempered Hoof band Who doesn t want to hang out with Mead Dumb Door Shed Snake Culprit Polecat Oats and Hoodwink I ve already yelled out in my sleep We live in the saddle We die on the hog Not an easy explanation to present to a befuddled wife woken from deep slumber Strap on your tulwar sling your crossbow across your back and get ready to ride your hog into battle with Fetch She needs all the help she can get even from Frails like you and I If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at and an Instagram account


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 this book now

  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

  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 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

  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 bloodthirsty foul mouthed barbaric Mad Max on hogs chaotic world since I turned the last pa

  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 sheer determination that's howI loved The Grey Bastards and Jonathan French has done

  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

  9. says:

    ‘The Lot Lands shaped you and often its molding hands were cruel But any form that survived its touch was one be

  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

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