I just finished and YES What a journey this was through the Lot Lands Character driven and fueled with an engrossing lot this novel was a meaty iece of Bastard Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples pie Loved ItReviewThe True Bastards does not disappoint and delivers an eually foul mouthed filthylot in gritty rose filled with adventure and dare I say surpasses even The Grey Bastards with its meaty ambitious lot 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 The Lost Masters: Grace and Disgrace in '68 precious commodities that Fetch luckily secured a lot of as the new Chief But safety androvisions 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 The National Debt: A Short History peaceful intro into the novel it really starts toick up once Jackal and Oats Rites, Rights and Rhythms: A Genealogy of Musical Meaning in Colombia's Black Pacific play theirart 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 lan 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 ut 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 rong layed that will trap her either in a losing or winning osition if she can figure out how to use her knowledge wiselyThe creatures imagined and intrigue lotted 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 Les Ténébreuses - Tome I - La Fin d'un monde 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 Aerfect balance to all the action of the Karneval, Vol. 4 plot has been given to detailing character development and backgroundhistoryorigination oflaces 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 The Hiding Place 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 mergealpable to the reader diluting the lines of ages 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 lot continues mesmerizingly mysterious Packed with intrigue twists turns imaginative creatures menacing mayhem and sualid filth it s the erfect grungy fantasy with an added bonus of a strong female rotagonist 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 of the year When I read The Grey Bastards novel 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 The Elephants Journey 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 Bastardie 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 Sklaven für Wutawia + Gauner mit der 'Goldenen Hand' publisher Crown Publishing for sending me the book More of my reviews here Happy Book day to SPFBO winner Jonathan FrenchThis is the seuel to The Gray BastardsWe ve had well over a thousand selfublished fantasy books through the SPFBO gates and no book has ever scored higher than The Grey Bastards 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 ublished by Orbit last year This seuel offers the same gritty treacherous and filthy world of the first book but exceeds it with an elaborate bold lot and downright awesome characterisationThe True Bastards icks up shortly after the finale of the first book The Bastards are on the brink of utter ruin they are starving weak and if that wasn t bad enough they have creatures and other clans intent on annihilating them *Fetch The Female Half Orc *the female half orc their new leader but for how long Can she find a solution to save her hoof And when a new bigger threat to The Lot Lands emerges can she uncover the truth behind it all With all this burden upon her Fetch certainly has her work cut out and finding a way to be the best leader she can for her loyal hoof riders is certainly no easy taskI ll start by mentioning what I love most about this series which would definitely have to be the world building The. 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 ower the True Bas. ,
Lot Lands is not exactly what you would call a icturesue lace to live and this second novel further establishes that fact The Lot s brutal scorching terrain is filled with blood thirsty centaurs volatile elves orcs ravenous hyenas and human military forces that believe their rule is supreme Our story centres around The True Bastards hoof a ragtag of foul mouthed brash half orcs who ride hogs known as Barbarians Although they seem savage on the surface they are in fact intelligent and incredibly endearing with their bond towards each other Underneath it all they work tirelessly to sustain their clan I m so impressed with how amazingly epic French has created this biker gang esue world it was frankly so much fun to be immersed within itNow if I m being honest I didn t think I would enjoy The True Bastards uite as much as I did with The Grey Bastards I wasn t overly keen on Fetch in the first book and knowing that she would be the main character in the seuel felt kind of disappointing I WAS WRONG Fetch was such a superb character She showed an abundance of strength courage and she had such a fiery attitude every time she was humiliated or degraded especially by males it truly was a leasure to see her Lignin Biodegradation put them in theirlace Fuck she had such a way with words 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 Aw hells Mead said under his breathHowever throughout the book we see that Fetch is than just her hardened exterior as she illustrated her caring and loyal side too In fact all of the Bastards appeared to be rough neck brutes but at their core they were genuinely charming towards one another This is where French really made this seuel into something uite special because he managed to greatly increase the depth of each character Mead Polecat Shed Snake Hoodwink and my beloved Jackal Oats and Fetch all made an incredible cast of friends who I became so attached to by the end One of my favourite scenes was when the Bastards were Pure Chance playing games with the children from their orphanage in a lake The children were reluctant to wash as children are and so to entice them into the water they made a sport of it This scene justerfectly cut through all the grimness of the book and showed such a beautiful light hearted side to each one of themI m just going to briefly mention here that much in the style of The Grey Bastards the level of The Lady and the Lionheart profanity sexual references including that of genitalia and crude behaviour is just as high in this book Personally I found it entertaining as it created some cracking banter and much humour to again juxtaposition the darker scenes I also felt it rightly fits this world that French has created where the half orcs are carnal by nature However I realise not every reader is going to be comfortable with it so I think it s important to know this before diving inSo what else made this book a remarkable read Well that resides in the action seuences Ireviously found with the first book that there was a bit too much olitics introduced and at times I felt this became overly complex and confusing In the True Bastards French aptly delivers a balance between the olitics which is still central to the lot but brought clarity and in between those sections we also get exceptional combat scenes Towards the end when the Bastards were reunited with two of their most fiercest deadliest riders to face a few formidable foes that was a fantastic game changer for me My attention turned from intrigued to holy sheeeeet to lease don t let anyone die to fucking hell I can t Schilder's Struggle for the Unity of the Church put this book down How dare you make me feel so many things for orcs FrenchI firmly believe that French has raised the bar in The True Bastards as this was one awesome hog ride If you re looking for a filthy fierce fun fuelled read then the Bastards have got you coveredARCrovided by Orbit in exchange for an honest review Thank you 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 " is voluntary Last year I read The Grey Bastards and of the 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 A (kinda) Country Christmas 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 a giant mean tusked hog A hog big enough to carry a half orc long distances The female chief has to ride fightull 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 good depends if the chief s decisionsThis is a very action filled book that holds nothing bac 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 it again This is a stellar
second novel terrifically uniue and exciting It moves at breakneck speed with brutal action and epic battles The worldbuildingnovel terrifically uniue and exciting It moves at breakneck speed with brutal action and epic battles The worldbuilding keeps 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 ossible but he makes them work in the most amazing waysIf you liked The Grey Bastards you are going to lose your shit with this incredible follow up I sure did 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 rotector 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 light 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 lague and incursions The battle with the centaurs under the Betrayer moon combined with the encroaching full blood thicks from the south has sown chaos. Tards have struggled to survive Tested to the breaking oint by the burdens of leadership Fetching battles desperately to stave off famine desertion and the scorn of the other half orc chieft.
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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 Why Is It Always About You?: The Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism primary POV in The True Bastards She is a natural leader but constantly uestions herlace in a male centric society She s a warrior but uses her wit before her blade whenever ossible 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 rimary 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 Charming the Firefighter 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 excellentage 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 rotagonists 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 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 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 good OrcElf down She will kick your ss and have you for breakfast well 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 hysical copy Thank you to Netgalley and The Publisher for giving me the opportunity to read this awesome book Mel MY BLOG 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 age 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 everything in their The Half orcs are the rogeny 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 The Elements of Computing Systems: Building a Modern Computer from First Principles 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 gey Ok this was surprisingly different a whole new direction Review to come 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 on where my favorite characters had gotten to and why I was still left with Jonathan French s wonderfully cleverrose and his wonderfully clever heroine Fetching who now had the leadSidenote I m retty sure Jonathan French has my undying devotion not only for going with a heroine as the lead character but for ulling it offAnyway Despite the hardships they ve endured the Bastards are as irreverent and olitically incorrect as ever Fetching made a oint 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 INcurve Hard as living in badlands could be it was nothing compared to living it in the hoofmaster s chair And their lives only got 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 lace 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 good stuff. 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. .