The True Bastards by Jonathan French

The True Bastards (Lot Lands, #2)

by Jonathan French


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

Reviewed by Ashley on

4 of 5 stars


This book's weak point was its focus. I had no idea what the point was until the very end, and that was frustrating. In the moment, it didn't feel like the pieces amounted to a grand, overarching plot. They just felt like random individual side quests, if you will. Still enjoyable though!

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    "Hhhmm. Oats is hugging Jackal. Annnnnd Jackal's naked. I'll tell the boys everything's normal, chief."
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