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‘ONE OF THE MOST ORIGINAL FANTASY SAGAS TO COME ALONG IN YEARS’ Kirkus

The long-awaited war has come in the sweeping conclusion to the Lot Lands trilogy, which began with Jonathan French’s critically acclaimed debut The Grey Bastards.

War has come to the Lot Lands – and Oats stands upon the frontline. The formidable armies on the horizon are bolstered by divine champions, dread sorcerers and gunpowder. But Oats has won impossible fights before. He’s a thriceblood, after all, more orc than man. And he hasn’t forgotten how to kill. He’ll stack the bodies high for his chief and his brethren, if that’s the price of freeing the Lots from human tyranny.

Besides, the invading forces are getting a damned sight more than they bargained for. They’re not facing a handful of half-orc hoofs, but a true army – one forged from all the peoples of the Lots. At its head are Fetching, in full command of the ruinous power that runs through her veins, and Jackal, armed with the blessings of a dead god.

Brimming with epic battles, surprising sorcery and fiendish twists, The Free Bastards is the rousing final instalment to Jonathan French’s vastly popular Lot Lands trilogy.

Praise for the Lot Lands series:

An addictively readable – and undeniably cool – fantasy masterwork’ Kirkus

‘If you’re looking for a filthy, fierce, fun-fuelled read, then the Bastards have got you covered’ Fantasy Hive

‘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

Reviews

Jonathan French has to be lauded for his plot ingenuity, bawdry charm and vicious characters. The Grey Bastards has instantaneously catapulted him into my must-read list
FANTASY BOOK CRITIC on THE GREY BASTARDS
I'd like to raise a tankard to The Grey Bastards' brilliance
FANTASY FACTION on THE GREY BASTARDS
A gritty adventure with a fantastic, foul-mouthed voice and filthy, lovable characters in a wonderfully original world of half-orcs on giant hogs. Fans of Abercrombie's First Law or the soldierly banter of Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen will like this a lot
Django Wexler
A bloody good tale of battle, betrayal and war pigs
Brian McClellan on THE GREY BASTARDS
[An] action-packed sequel . . . the story is filled with relentless action and powered by a cast of adeptly developed and emotionally appealing characters. . . . Imagine an outlaw biker gang of half-orcs riding giant war pigs and you've captured this saga's gloriously dirty soul
KIRKUS
A filthy, charismatic and frankly excellent read
Mark Lawrence
French has raised the bar in The True Bastards. If you're looking for a filthy, fierce, fun-fuelled read, then the Bastards have got you covered
Fantasy Hive
I f*cking loved this book. The Grey Bastards went down like a shot of good top-shelf tequila: warm and smooth, but with one hell of a spicy kick
Bibliosanctum
A funny thing happens when reading The Grey Bastards. You're rolling along, smiling at the novelties on display, but then, almost without warning, you find yourself truly in the world French has created, and it all becomes wonderfully familiar and convincing. The world-building creates exactly the kind of seamless transition that makes fantasy literature compelling, informative, and just plain fun
R.A. Salvatore, New York Times bestselling author
It's a wild ride on the hog, filled with brutality, battle, and bravery. It's coarse and crass and also loveable, and after this, I have high hopes for what French might do in the future
Biblitropic
An addictively readable - and undeniably cool - fantasy masterwork
KIRKUS on THE GREY BASTARDS
An addictively readable - and undeniably cool - fantasy masterwork
Kirkus
The Grey Bastards is a book that I just absolutely fell in love with . . . Because of this author's unique vision and his incredible talent, this one left a mark on me. I want more
Bookworm Blues
The Grey Bastards dragged me in immediately. A bloody good tale of battles, intrigue, betrayal, duty and frickin' war pigs
Brian McClellan
I'd like to raise a tankard to The Grey Bastards' brilliance
Fantasy Faction
This is a filthy book, but it is a damn good one
Pornokitsch
Jonathan French has to be lauded for his plot ingenuity, bawdry charm and vicious characters. The Grey Bastards has instantaneously catapulted him into my must-read list
Fantasy Book Critic
French flips the fantasy script as the monsters become the good guys, fueling an action-packed, sneakily smart adventure. Half-orc and all badass, Jackal is a hero you won't soon forget
Scott Sigler, New York Times bestselling author of Alive and Infected