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 ritty treacherous 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 Protecting Holly gates and no book has ever scored higher than The Grey Bastards 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 inritty 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 Unexpected Bride (The Wedding Party, going and dangerous Their fortification will need all the resources available to keep them safe With most of the skilled tradesmanone 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 oring 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 ritty 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 The Best Man (Alpha Men, 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 perfectrungy 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 Poetry Man genres on my blog which did notarner me exclusive access to an ARC of this highly anticipated novel automatically Therefore I am very rateful 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 arner 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 The Quest of the Holy Grail 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 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 arasp 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 on where my favorite characters had otten to and why I was still left with Jonathan French 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.
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Ell not so much that last one There are some appearances from the first book as well as some sadness and humor I can t wait to own a physical copy Thank you to Netgalley and The Publisher for iving me the opportunity to read this awesome book Mel MY BLOG There are many ways to die but only one way to survive just keep Mischief 24/7 (Sunshine Girls, going Is starvation decimating your ranks with food a constant scarcity Just keepoing Is there a new ancient threat that leads a terrifying race of creatures to hunt in ways never seen before Just keep The Subtle Beauty 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 keepoing 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 uarding 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 reater bite when deployed Once again French captures the When Da Silva Breaks the Rules (Blood Brothers, graphic nature ofang 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 The Billionaires Runaway Bride guard and I m looking forward to discussing them when this hits the shelvesThe True Bastards is an immersive andripping 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 Our favorite Bastards are back now lead by Fetching and are in a bad way With the Kiln Fifty Ways To Be Your Lover gone the True Bastards renamed from the Grey Bastards fight starvation and terrifying threats old and new How will they survive Withrit and sheer determination that s howI loved The Grey Bastards and Jonathan French has done it again This is a stellar second novel terrifically uniue and exciting It moves at breakneck speed with brutal action and epic battles The worldbuilding just keeps Caught on Camera with the CEO getting richer deeper and uniue in this series and you are in for some shocking wonderful and terrifying surprisesFrench has dug deep with this one creating connections to events and characters from the first book that I never saw coming some of which I wouldn t even have thought possible but he makes them work in the most amazing waysIf you liked The Grey Bastards you areoing to lose your shit with this incredible follow up I sure did 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 Wyoming Strong (Wyoming Men, group they call a hoof and thisood calls themselves The Grey BastardsThis Arabian Nights group has some of the same people but they have the first woman half orc chief The hoof lives in the same Lot as before but they call themselves The True Bastards This job is not easy for a male to be riding aiant mean tusked hog A hog big enough to carry a half orc long distances The female chief has to ride fight pull and shoot a bow knife fight and be totally fearless to live in a hoof but so to be the chief The Lots is a hard life The food is scarce lots of enemies the land barren All the Enchanting Baby (The Birth Place good depends if the chief s decisionsThis is a very action filled book that holds nothing back If you are offended by swear words even implied ones this is not for you This is what it would really be like ifThat s why I like it French make this world and characters so real I think my favorite character is Polecat he is paler than the other half orcs and very uiet on his feet and aood sniper Bad Wild Nights with Her Wicked Boss guys are dead and they don t know it yet This is non stop action page turner from the beginning My emotions were everywhere There are lots ofreat creatures in here too Elves trolls orcs snake like creatures sorcerers and centaurs The worst are humans There is so much that Midsummer Night (Lady Julia Grey, goes on in here It is a must read Truly another winning book Love the cover. 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 therave and suddenly only one faint hope for salvation remain.
Wonderfully clever prose and his wonderfully clever heroine Fetching who now had the leadSidenote I m pretty sure Jonathan French has my undying devotion not only for oing with a heroine as the lead character but for pulling it offAnyway Despite the hardships they ve endured the Bastards are as irreverent and politically incorrect as ever Fetching made a point of never naming her mounts but the Bastards had taken to calling this one Womb Broom The only thing keeping the chief s uim free of dust I loved the devotion and loyalty they showed their new chief and the respect they had for her decisions even if Fetching was working on a brutal learning curve Hard as living in the badlands could be it was nothing compared to living it in the hoofmaster s chair And their lives only ot harder and harder as foes new and old came after them full tilt Survival was instinct It was akin to hunger or breathing There were some incredible moments as the story unfolded especially as beloved characters reappeared She could only watch And place her faith in the most brazen mongrel ever to ride the Lots which rounded out all the action and adventure nicelyI strongly recommend if fantasy is your jam Such Wild at Heart (Sons of Chance, good stuff Ok this was surprisingly different a whole new direction Review to come 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 weo I ve been looking forward to the next installment in this Lucy Carmichael 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 meive 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 Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti 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 anotherlass 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 One-Click Buy giving her saddle sirth strap one final sharp tug Had to be at least one that told you to Redeeming Claire go faster Okay yeah I nearlyeysered 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 Return to Willow Lake (Lakeshore Chronicles 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 asood How many women wish they could Fractured Memory grab a man by his scrotum with theirloved 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 Case for Seduction (The Hamiltons: Laws of Love 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 andet ready to ride your hog into battle with Fetch She needs all the help she can Make-Believe Family 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 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 too through ALOT of shit in this book now that she s in charge and she has to fight to keep everyone safe and fed There are things working against her but it takes a lot to bring a ood OrcElf down She will kick your ss and have you for breakfast 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.