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The True Bastards

(The Lot Lands #2)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  1,651 ratings  ·  220 reviews
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 Bastards 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 ...more
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Published October 8th 2019 by Crown
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

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 book!

Fetch 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 Orc/Elf down!! She will kick your @ss and have you for breakfast <— well not so much that last one!!

There are some appearances
Montzalee Wittmann
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The True Bastards by Jonathan French is a book I requested 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 group, they call a hoof, and this good calls themselves The Grey Bastards.
This group has some of the same people but they have the first woman half orc chief. The hoof lives in
Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
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. It.


The True Bastards does not disappoint and delivers an equally 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 o
Jeffrey Keeten
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
”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 up.

The Frails, otherwise known as humans, have relie
Dyrk Ashton
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 how!

I loved The Grey Bastards, and Jonathan French has done it again. This is a stellar second novel, terrifically unique and exciting. It moves at breakneck speed, with brutal action and epic battles. The worldbuilding just keeps ge
Mark Lawrence
Happy Book-day to SPFBO winner, Jonathan French.

This is the sequel to The Gray Bastards.

We'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!
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok this was surprisingly different, a whole new direction... Review to come.
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 protector 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. ...more
Nils | nilsreviewsit
‘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 sequel to The Grey Bastards which was published by Orbit last year. This sequel offers the same gritty, treacherous, and filthy world of the first book, but exceeds i
Melanie A. *mostly on hiatus*
4.5 STARS!
"Live in the saddle . . . Die on the hog!"
Aaaahhhh! It was SO GOOD to be back with the hoof again!

Admittedly, it took me until about 20% before I fully had a grasp on what all had happened in book 1. (If ever a sequel 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 clever prose and his wonderfully clever h
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The True Bastards is the outstanding sequel to French’s fantasy explosion, The Grey Bastards. It’s a fantasy series filled with Orcs, elves, centaurs, magicians, and the like, but don’t make the mistake of assuming this is a cutesy kids book. It’s not. It’s gritty, dark, nasty, violent, and profane. It’s a warlike fantasy series told about real warriors, wounded, cursing, rough, coarse, and thoroughly entertaining. Conan and his fellow Cimmerians would be comfortable here.

The world created here
kartik narayanan
Nov 16, 2019 rated it liked it
The True Bastards is a huge letdown as a follow up to the excellent The Grey Bastards.

It is average due to two reasons - the characters and how they behave in this book along with the world building.
The Grey Bastards excelled in having great characters with believable motivations. The True Bastards felt decidedly less so. And the novelty of the world building that existed in the prior book loses its shine in this one.

Even so, I will read the next book in the series and I hope that it manages to
The Scribblings
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Struggling to hold her hoof together in diminished circumstances, and separated from her two closest friends, Fetching isn’t going to give up without a fight. Not against murderous hyenas, an seemingly unstoppable orc or even the sludge that’s slowly poisoning her.

This is based on a proof copy and contains mild spoilers for the previous instalment, The Grey Bastards.

After the events of The Grey Bastards; the hoof, renamed the True Bastards, is in difficulty. They’ve lost their home, they can b
I am disappointed. So far this is my fourth book by this author and the first one I didn't love. Lets get into my reasons.

Even when I just read the first book I pointed out how Fetching is my least favourite character other than the villains. While many, from Oats to Polecat to Beryl have interesting backstories and just something special about them Fetching was always just angsty and grumpy and nothing interesting. So when I heard this book has her as the protagonist I got this bad feeling an
 Charlie - A Reading Machine
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great book and series I already need to reread. Looking forward to what should be an epic finale!!
Karen  ⚜Mess⚜
This story is the meat and potatoes of the Lot Lands series. Although, not as action packed and intriguing as The Grey Bastards, True Bastards does have a lot of information that holds the story line together.

With so much going on in this book I have great expectations for the next book! Hold on to your hog because this whole series is going to take us on a wild adventure!

I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book, so I could give an honest review.

Sarah Wynker
Jun 13, 2019 marked it as to-read
I only see Fetching mentioned in the blurb, I hope Jackal will appear too! Somehow, I have a feeling that this book will be an alt feministic mess because "progressive" and there will probably be "diversity" because authors want to be trendy and I will hate it all. Please, can we bring back fantasy books without an agenda? I don't think I've liked a fantasy book published post-2017.

BTW, it goes without saying that I want to be wrong and that I hope I will like The True Bastards as much as I did
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook

- I wasn't a fan of Lisa Flanagan's narration. It wasn't the right fit for the story or character.
- The novel suffers from being a transition piece.
- Lots of great world building & plot elements but not as engaging as the first book.
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Nowhere near as entertaining as the Grey Bastards. Notice I didn’t say ‘nowhere as good’ because it was good, but much slower.
Robert Kemp
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I waited weeks for a copy to become available from the NYPL, but the wait was definitely worth it! I loved the sequel nearly as much as the original. I suppose that would be my overall impression of THE TRUE BASTARDS, that if you loved THE GREY BASTARDS you'll love the sequel.

While I did really love it, I do wish the author took more chances and raised the stakes a bit. I never really felt that any of the main characters were in any real peril.
Ned Lud
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Had a rough go at the start but it wrapped up very nicely. Despite the issues I had with this volume I must admit that the characterization of the POVs was executed remarkably.
Benji Glaab
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Not as good as the debut IMO, but carries the same swagger all the way. Dramatic, well plotted, action in abundance, all with a unique raunchy humour that you will either love or hate.

On the audio side I was a little put back from the narrator change since book one was phenomenal. The voice acting in the sequel was tops also Lisa Flanigan did a superb job.

I'm hoping to read more. I hear there are at least two more books in the pipeline
Griffin Hansen
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to the publisher Crown for my review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Also note! I'm assuming you've read The Grey Bastards, so you know that these books are not for kids! Though I imagine a cursory glance at the title and first page would tell you all you need to know. If you don’t have a problem with mature content, you’re in for a hell of a time.

Crank up yer hog! The Bastards are back, and Fetching is Head Bitch in Charge.

Life in the Lot Lands is hard, and no one knows that better
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Bellico’s balls!

The True Bastards is book two in The Lot Lands series by Jonathan French. I really enjoyed the first one about the hoof of half-orcs mounted on giant hogs battling to keep their slice of wilderness safe from a variety of threats. This second book is just as entertaining but Mr. French really steps up his game in just about every way. With Fetching as the main POV we get treated to The Lot Lands from the perspective of the only female hoof chief. If you like almost non-
Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)
4 Stars

*I received an ecopy of this book via NetGalley. This has not influenced my review.*

This was a great follow-up to the first book, albeit one that was very different in tone. The first book was a lot of fun at times and got more heavy and serious as it went on, but this one was heavy and serious from the start. And every time you thought things couldn’t get any worse for these characters, it did. Then it got worse again. And again. There was a lot of hardship and a lot of death, but
Mark Halse
Oct 21, 2019 rated it liked it
A slow and boring follow up to a great book. Fetching's tale is less than interesting. Also there is a squirting scene. A Pornhub style squirting scene. ...more
Sep 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Full review is here, on my blog!~

This is the continuing saga of the hoof that were once known as the Grey Bastards, now known as the True Bastards. The hoof is now lead by Fetching, after the events of the previous book in the series left her in charge. The Bastards are suffering from a food shortage. Their foundling children are starving, and they’re all eating as little as possible while still trying to remain well enough to build a wall around their town to protect themselves from threats lik
The ride continues!!!!

Book 2 of The Lot Lands series is everything book 1 was and even more!!

TBH, you can read my review for The Grey Bastards and it will tell you all you want to know about the world-building, setting, MCs and the writing style... ;)

Only this time, Fetching, the first female hoof master is the MC and Jackal and Oats appear later on in the book - but they're still crucial to the events in the story.

I would only add that Book 2 is even more intense (it's more than 200 pgs longer!
LJ Waguespack
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well, where do you go after that stunning, epic book one? forward of course! In this truly imaginative, unapologetic, epic continuation of the true bastards story, their chief, and of course, the nonstop nastiness, I would be remiss, if I did not say Jonathan French nails it once again, in book two. Absolutely, charging full steam ahead, through unimaginable challenges and heartbreak, shattering disappointments and staggering betrayals, this team ebbs, flows and adapts through every challenge. T ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
Jan 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I liked it, but at the same time it did feel boring at times, like several times. At times it felt mostly ok.

I really liked book 1, it was grim and effed up. Then book 2 came with a new voice. Suddenly Fetching was the main character, and I just do not like her. She is angry, and angry, and angry. I know your lot in lot sucks, but eh I just did not care for her.

And then the story got boggled down with her past, and it was a looooong way there.

I miss Jackal.

I can only see the negative things when
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Jonathan French is the author of the Autumn’s Fall Saga and The Grey Bastards. His debut novel, The Exiled Heir, was nominated for Best First Novel at the Georgia Author of the Year Awards in 2012. His second book, The Errantry of Bantam Flyn, rose to #6 on the Kindle Norse/Viking Fantasy bestseller list, proudly sharing the top ten with Neil Gaiman. His newest work, The Grey Bastards, is best des ...more

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