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Publisher's Summary

Half orc. All badass. A female chieftain in a brutal wasteland society fights to take what is hers in an action-packed, foul-mouthed fantasy adventure from the author of The Grey Bastards.

“Nonstop action, though not for faint hearts.” (The Wall Street Journal) 

Fetching was once the only female rider in the Lot Lands. Now she is the proud leader of her own hoof, a band of loyal half-orcs sworn to her command. 

But in the year since she became chief, the Lots have tested her strength to the breaking point. The Bastards are scattered, desperate, their ranks weakened by a mysterious famine, their fortress reduced to smoldering slag. And their troubles are only growing. A pack of ravening beasts circles their camp, while grasping human nobles hatch a plan that will shift the balance of power in the Lots. 

Fetch and her comrades are still standing defiant - they’re Bastards, after all - but even the toughest half-orc can take only so much; and Fetch knows they’re on the verge of ruin. 

As she strives to lead her hoof to safety and unravel the plots set against them, Fetching must journey through forbidden elven lands, overcome long-standing hatreds, battle a monstrous wizard of terrifying power - and, worst of all, delve into the dark truths of her own existence. 

She’s no stranger to fighting the world, but on this journey, sharp steel and a strong hog won’t be enough. To survive these trials, she’ll have to defy not just her foes but the very nature of the Lots. 

The True Bastards is the sweeping, ambitious second entry in the Lot Lands series, an irresistibly thrilling, gritty, foul-mouthed adventure that deepens, expands - and again upends - the Bastards’ unforgettable world.

Praise for The True Bastards

"[An] action-packed sequel...the story is filled with relentless action and powered by a cast of adeptly developed and emotionally appealing characters.... Fans will be overjoyed not only with the return of some beloved characters, but also with the novel's conclusion, which sets up the storyline for a much larger adventure to come. Imagine an outlaw biker gang of half-orcs riding giant war pigs and you've captured this saga's gloriously dirty soul." (Kirkus Reviews, starred review)

©2019 Jonathan French (P)2019 Random House Audio

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Going strong

Book 2 of a series is always in danger of failing to meet the expectations created by a successful first installment, so it is gratifying to discover a series that proves to be consistently fun. There are some great lines, great fights, and great twists. The ending strikes a good balance between wrapping up this part of the story and setting up what comes next. Mr. French seems to be “in the groove” as a writer, leaving me eager to read more.

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Fetch's story is a good one

This is Fetching’s story as leader of a diminished hoof in the increasingly hostile Lot Lands while hiding her sickness from her brothers. To be as hard core as she is, she spends most of the story being beat up in one fashion or another. Females play a larger role in this story and we see a darker rawer story. Fetching wants her hoof to survive but a convergence of human-instigated disasters plagues the True Bastards. The action takes the True Bastards from their base searching for a home. While learning more about the history of the races, we see more of the other half orc settlements and glimpses into the centaur and elven cultures. I enjoyed the story. I missed the Jackal’s POV.

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Good sequel

This was good, not as good as the first one, but a fair sequel and I would still recommend it. Looking forward to the next one.

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excellent story

lots of action. love the characters and world building. got a little confused but cleared up nicely. not all strings tied up at end so to lead you to next book. would recommend

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True Bastards/A Dark Novel

This novel is dark and raw. It doesn’t make you comfortable when you read it. Just when you think you know the characters and where the story is taking you, everything is turned upside down by a new revelation. You are pulled inside the story to become part of the True Bastards Hoof and you sweat, fight and bleed with your brothers! This novel is not for the faint hearted, but can be an exciting adventure into the magic of ancient beings and mysteries.

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Amazing book and a great sequel!!!

I picked up the “Grey Bastards” (book 1) because I liked the cover and I was blown away. The next book in the series did not disappoint. It is very well written, crude and a blast to read. Even if you are not a fan of fantasy, go read “The Grey Bastards” and this book “The True Bastards.” I can’t wait for the next book!!!

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A Good Book.

This book is definitely worth looking into. As with many others, I was a bit disappointed that the POV shifted and for other reasons that I don't want to spoil, but the development of the returning and new characters still progressed smoothly. Something that got to me though was the narration. I didn't mind the first book at all with the excessive cussing as it all seemed well placed and the narrator made it work, but in this book, I couldn't shake the image of a teenage girl cussing to look cooler and tougher in front of her friends to impress them (which I guess might actually be what's happening in the book) but I found it more annoying than I would have thought. This one might have been a better read than a listen to.

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The True Bastards.

Enjoyed this more than the first book "The Grey Bastards" a bit more world building in this one, and it sets up the third book nicely enough.

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fucking outstanding!

I absolutely love this world. it is well built and thought through. The story is epic fantasy and gloriously gritty. it fulfills all my needs for gratuitous, violence and adult language without loosing the story. The narrator is great! Well done.

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ok its not Jackal's story

Fetching takes the lead ad the Bastards tske to hog with a new foe hit on their heals. A magnificent second act undolf and leave you wanting so much more!!! I love this series!