(Free) The Grey Bastards ☆ Jonathan French


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  • The Grey Bastards
  • Jonathan French
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  • 11 April 2019
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10 thoughts on “The Grey Bastards

  1. says:

    This book got a major publishing deal during the home run of the SPFBO contest It has the highest score recorded in the 3 years of the contest out of nearly 1000 books enteredhttpmark lawrenceblogspotcom2So this is without uestion the filthiest fantasy book I've read beating the former title holder The Grim Company by a factor of ten possibly a hundred The book has elements in common with Jeff Salyard's Scourge of the Betrayer in

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    455 starsFilthily fantastic I never cared about pigs this much and I’m not talking about baconThe Grey Bastards was the champion of SPFBO Self Published Fantasy Blog Off 2016 and in my opinion it totally deserved the winning crown and all the praises This review is based on my experience of reading the indie

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    Hell yes This went to my favorites list and thanks to Netgalley I have the next one to read Although I’m afraid My nerves for my favorites in this book And Hearth 😫 Anyhoo fanfreakingtastic Happy Reading Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾 Review

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    ”The first Grey Bastards were potters named not for our skin but from the dry clay which covered it We knew fire and heat and mud until the day we rode into battle on the backs of hogs that knew only the yoke of a supply wagon That day we became warriors We were carving a path to freedom though we didn’t know it then Carving it with swords fallen from the hands of our fleeing masters carving it through t

  5. says:

    I received an advanced reader copy of The Grey Bastards in exchange for an honest review Thank you to Orbit Books and Jonathan French In French

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    What a fun irreverent readI’ve had Grey Bastards on my radar since before it was picked up by a publisher I went to buy it and had a freak out because it wasn’t available any Lately I’ve been really enjoying this type of story – where the characters don’t take themselves too seriously and even manage to give me a few laughs while they’re doing awful things It falls perfectly in line with that chee

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    19062018 UpdateThe Grey Bastards ride todayAnd they have a new cover Too bad the original cover didn't stick I'm n

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    5 astonishing stars to The Grey Bastards 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 When I was contacted by Crown Publishing to read and review two fantasy genre books I jumped at the chance Not because this is my typical genre; not at all That’s not because I don’t like fantasy because I do For whatever reason I don’t pick up fantasy books regularly But I am drawn to these types of TV shows and films and The Grey Bastards is ready for the screen Anoth

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    Live in the saddleDie on the hogKerching This is the fantasy payload All the stars for this highly original foul mouthed

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    Winner of the 2016 SPFBO The Grey Bastards introduces us to Jackal half orc and all round badass hog rider Him and his fellow half orc brothers form one of the hoofs that reside in the Lots the lands between human held territories and those of the full blood Orcs the thicks who are straight out of Tolkein and really aren’t at all nice The hoofs work protection on multiple levels ridding the Lots of Orc bands who dare to test the boundarie

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Jonathan French ☆ 8 REVIEW

The Grey Bastards

Hoofs that have survived the harsh embrace of the Lots Young cunning and ambitious he schemes to unseat the increasingly tyrannical founder of the Bastards a plague ridden warlord called the Claymaster Supporting Jackal’s dangerous bid for leadership are Oats a hulking mongrel with orc than human blood and Fetching the only female rider in all the hoofs When the troubling appearan. I received an advanced reader copy of The Grey Bastards in exchange for an honest review Thank you to Orbit Books and Jonathan French In French s debut release readers follow Jackal an attractive half orc who is a key member of his gang which is known here as a hoof The hoof is called The Grey Bastards and they operate in similar fashion to how a biker gang might offering protection to local businesses riding around their turf and getting into skirmishes with rival factions but instead of motorcycles they travel on giant and vicious war hogs The war hogs are than just vehicles they are closer to pets and are incredibly loyal and a huge asset in any conflicts with fully fledged Orcs One of the hogs is lovingly called UgfuckAlongside Jackal the standout additions are Oats a giant thrice blood who is Jackal s banter buddy and loyal best friend and Fetch who is fierce amazing with a bow and arrow and also the only female member of the hoof The camaraderie and banter of the Bastards is top uality throughout and reminiscent of the crews in Malazan or The First Law Orcs are often presented in fantasy as brainless brutes but with half human emotions thrown into the euation as presented here they often extremely likable and relatable The majority of the characters are fully fleshed out and each have detailed motives and opinions Another notable mention goes to the Half Orc Wizard Crafty The worldbuilding is excellent throughout with the environments and its inhabitants brimming with details and intricacies Although The Grey Bastards includes a fair amount of fantasy tropes including wizards elves orcs halflings it is crafted in such a way that combined everything feels new fresh exciting and original There are many different nations races and factions each with their own religions hierarchies and histories which are all well crafted however I still believe we ve only just touched the surface of what The Lot Lands trilogy has to offer A moment that stood out as a highlight to me was when information regarding the half orcs pasts and how they came to be placed where they are in this worlds current hierarchy was revealed This novel is filthy dirty and gritty but in the best possible way It is dark fantasy done right The Grey Bastards is extremely adult in nature featuring certain moments of vulgarity and also the swearing count is high from the very first page There are a plethora of standout scenes dotted throughout this sharp brilliant debut Ambushes swamp battles and an assault made by beasts straight out of mythology are but a handful of occasions that spring to mind There are many exuisite and dramatic confrontations but a scene that stood out the most to me was a conflict battled with wits and words rather than javelins and swords The character dialogue throughout is unbelievable tight not just for a debut novel but for any top fantasy novel In The Grey Bastards just when I thought I knew what was going to happen next I was blindsided and then the chaos twists drama and unpredictability gave me an Orc powered punch to the gut French has composed a stunning opening chapter to his trilogy that is well worthy of the hype that has been garnering If you have been living under a rock and haven t heard about this book yet then I d definitely recommend putting it on your radar

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LIVE IN THE SADDLE DIE ON THE HOG Such is the creed of the half orcs dwelling in the Lot Lands Sworn to hardened brotherhoods known as hoofs these former slaves patrol their unforgiving country astride massive swine bred for war They are all that stand between the decadent heart of noble Hispartha and marauding bands of full blood orcs Jackal rides with the Grey Bastards one of eight. This book got a major publishing deal during the home run of the SPFBO contest It has the highest score recorded in the 3 years of the contest out of nearly 1000 books enteredhttpmark lawrenceblogspotcom2So this is without uestion the filthiest fantasy book I ve read beating the former title holder The Grim Company by a factor of ten possibly a hundred The book has elements in common with Jeff Salyard s Scourge of the Betrayer in that much of it concerns the interplay between a small band of fightersBut really if you ve seen Sons of Anarchy on TV then that s the perfect parallel This is a book about a biker gang Only the bikers are half orcs And the hogs they ride are actual hogs The sort that make baconThe story starts and for a long time remains very small scale The focus is on the fewer than a dozen half orcs in our biker gang hoof and on their suabbles with small numbers of fairly low key antagonists Some posturing leads to a fight the fight to a death the death to the hoof having to pay for prostitutes rather than get freebies it s entertaining but not epicWe discover that the half orcs have as neighbours all the DD races with the notable absence of dwarves But we do see elves centaurs orcs and halflings If I had been told this in advance it would have put me off reading the book but fortunately I wasn t and French s take on these guys is sufficiently novel or grimy to stop it feeling like discount TolkienAnyway the plot spirals slowly outwards and turns out to be a complex thing of many moving parts that eventually encompasses two nations and a vast suare mileage The heart of it all though is always the hoof and the tight but complex friendships thereinIf you look past the towering mounds of vulgarity this is actually a book with a lot of heart and no real evidence of the morally grey or nihilistic slant often called grimdark The main half orc characters are loyal good hearted and as inclined to do the right thing as many a fairy tale prince only with bags of very crude sexual innuendo no in your endo Scrubs TheToddIt s a well written book that captures characters well contains great description and keeps the pace varied but entertaining I spotted a grand total of 2 typos and a dozen or so lines I would have scrubbed the purple out of which now that the book has a major publishing deal should mean that the editors have very little work to doI really enjoyed this book It has charisma It s very entertaining it builds to an exciting finish and left me ready for You know you want to read about a dozen orcs on giant pigs charging into massed centaurs while screaming insults and waving their genitals Or you might not know it and be surprised to find that you like itOut of the 300 fantasy books that entered my self published fantasy book contest SPFBO for 2016 this book was the runaway winnerCheck out the contest results here there are other great titles clamoring for your attentionhttpmark lawrenceblogspotcouk Join my 3 emails a year newsletter prizes

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Ce of a foreign sorcerer comes upon the heels of a faceless betrayal Jackal’s plans are thrown into turmoil He finds himself saddled with a captive elf girl whose very presence begins to unravel his alliances With the anarchic blood rite of the Betrayer Moon close at hand Jackal must decide where his loyalties truly lie and carve out his place in a world that rewards only the vicio. 5 astonishing stars to The Grey Bastards When I was contacted by Crown Publishing to read and review two fantasy genre books I jumped at the chance Not because this is my typical genre not at all That s not because I don t like fantasy because I do For whatever reason I don t pick up fantasy books regularly But I am drawn to these types of TV shows and films and The Grey Bastards is ready for the screen Another thing that is ironic to me is that while I m no puritan the title of this book contains a word I don t use in my regular vernacular and here I am typing the word repeatedly LolAs I was reading I instantly thought that The Grey Bastards would appeal to fans of Game of Thrones It s brash graphic in every way and an epic adventure It s been compared to Lord of the Rings and I can definitely see that comparison too Jackal is a half orc and a member of a brotherhood of same Sadly half orcs are not accepted into human society so they are forced live a hard wrought life in the Lots The brotherhood is called the Grey Bastards and they are responsible for protecting the fragile human civilization from the extremely violent full orcs kind of intermediary between the humans and the full orcs As with any great story there are secrets deep dark secrets of which Jackal is unaware and there is a secret that belies the peace between humans and half orcs An invasion occurs on the cusp of Jackal learning this news and it leaves him uestioning everything he thought was true This book completely transported me to the land of the half orcs I could see Jackal and all his compatriots as if it were a movie inside my head This book is gritty dark gruesome gruff tough and wildI can see why fantasy fans are eating this book up It s fast paced transporting full of action and an absolute thrill Thank you to Kathleen at Crown and Jonathan French for hours of pure entertainment The Grey Bastards will be published on June 19 2018My reviews can also be found on my blog wwwjennifertarheelreadercom