The True Bastards (The Lot Lands, #2)
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 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.

The True Bastards (The Lot Lands, #2) Details

TitleThe True Bastards (The Lot Lands, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 8th, 2019
PublisherCrown
Rating
GenreFantasy, Epic Fantasy, Adult

The True Bastards (The Lot Lands, #2) Review

  • Dave
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 is divided between “Thicks” who are monstrously powerful hard to kill orcs who are not only bestial but threaten to overrun everything. In the other direction are the “frails” or humans who are in a feudal imperium. Between these two worlds ride the outcast half-breeds (born of women raped by orcs) who guard the frontier in “hoofs” wild clans of halfling warriors astride giant barbarian hogs, sort of like motorcycle gangs on their “hogs”, only these are far more untamed animals. “Live in the Saddle. Die on the hog.” Each hoof has its own rules and these small bands often have other outcasts or villagers under their protection. There are also nomads about who are outcast from the hoofs. There are sorcerers and elves and centaurs, none exactly friendly. This is Fetching’s story, a half breed half orc and half elf, an unheard combination. She is chief over a hoof that has fallen on hard times, near starvation and with only a handful of members. And the going gets tougher from there with every hand set against them and betrayals and feared monsters at every turn. She is also the only female chief and the only female rider ever. And, she wants respect of the other hoofs.The story doesn’t start with any introduction or recap of past events. Either read the first book or follow along till it all makes sense. The first twenty percent of the book sets the stage and then it explodes in nonstop action for the rest of the book. No punches are pulled. The fights are violent. The risks are real. The injured ones are many and the losses keep piling up. Just an intense fantasy series and I can’t wait till book three comes out.Many thanks to the publisher for providing a copy for review.
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  • Sarah (A French Girl)
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 the first book!
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  • Koeur
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 4.3/5Review: The story limps in with the rape-spawn of orcs living in squalor with barely enough resources to live. Throw in a lot (A LOT) of crude language and interactions and you have the basis of half-Orc existence. Or is it?From the first page, this novel never slows down and characters are built swiftly and efficiently. Fetching (Lot Chief) is immediately imbued with character that runs up and down the personality scale. The world building is expansive and embraces a variety of bei Rating: 4.3/5Review: The story limps in with the rape-spawn of orcs living in squalor with barely enough resources to live. Throw in a lot (A LOT) of crude language and interactions and you have the basis of half-Orc existence. Or is it?From the first page, this novel never slows down and characters are built swiftly and efficiently. Fetching (Lot Chief) is immediately imbued with character that runs up and down the personality scale. The world building is expansive and embraces a variety of beings and their unique cultures. The supporting characters are built very well to the point that they are missed when removed. The only issues I had were the hasty story line inclusions of Fetching’s birth and the constant deus ex scenarios in every impossible circumstance.A very long novel that captures the imagination while relegating the minor inconsistencies to the background.
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  • Lesa Divine
    January 1, 1970
    I can't wait.Just got an email saying I've won this book in Goodreads giveaway. Woohoo.I so loved book 1. 5 🌟 and I can't wait to get my hands on this book.
  • Michael
    January 1, 1970
    In this sequel to his propulsive and fun "The Grey Bastards, French turns down (slightly) the crass and turns up the character exploration. This is Fetch's book, a dive into her leadership and her life. She's such a great, strong character and it was wonderful to see the new levels of depth she attains here. It ends with a surprising turn of events for the series's world, and I can't wait to see where French takes these characters next.I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest rev In this sequel to his propulsive and fun "The Grey Bastards, French turns down (slightly) the crass and turns up the character exploration. This is Fetch's book, a dive into her leadership and her life. She's such a great, strong character and it was wonderful to see the new levels of depth she attains here. It ends with a surprising turn of events for the series's world, and I can't wait to see where French takes these characters next.I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Gary
    January 1, 1970
    Mr French I will read anything you write and will encourage any adult that comes to my bookstore to do so as well. A great escape from the everyday world. Sorry if that came off as a little "backy".
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