The True Bastards
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
The world created here ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
- 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. ...more
SPOILERS AHEAD!!!!!!! AVERT THINE EYES!!!!!!!
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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- ...more
*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 ...more
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 ...more
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! ...more
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 ...more