They’re back. Oh, you beautiful Bastards!
In one of the most anticipated sequels of 2019, Jonathan French has brought back the hoof of half-orcs we fell in love with in The Grey Bastards. A truly wild ride that will leave you stunned and more in love than ever with the mongrels that have more heart than a entire continent of men.
The True Bastards delivers an even more intense punch than book one, and the story telling just gets better with every page. It’s more of everything. More grit and even more action. More half-orcs and thrice bloods, centaurs, elves, monstrous gods, and self-serving Hisparthan cavaleros, plus a terrifying new threat no one in the lots has ever seen before.
The True Bastards takes us deep into revealing many of the unknowns from book one. The Grey Bastards were left battered with their fortress a smoking pile of rubble, but in True Bastard form, the hoof is trying to salvage their way of life and protect their lot and themselves against new enemies. Rebuilding a place to protect the people of Winsome, themselves, and their Barbarians, with scarce resources is taxing them to their limits.
Told from the point of view of Fetching, now chief of the newly named True Bastards, we see her struggle daily against the starvation of her hoof and the humans of Winsome. Keeping their hogs healthy is paramount, seconded only by the orphaned children in their care. After the destruction of the Kiln, the former fortress of the hoof, Fetching’s own life is in danger from more than just lack of food. With Jackal and Oats abroad, she has to face these challenges with a smaller hoof of riders, using her slops to bolster defenses while they still train to become brothers of the hoof.
Searching for solutions takes the story from one end of the land to the other. Where dangers from both the inhabitants who seek to destroy her hoof and the the strange unknown magic of possible allies cannot protect them, Fetch has to make decisions that could aid them or end them. There are intense revelations in store. Bloody battles fought and mysteries unraveled. The places, people, and creatures are explored in depth while the action sets a bloody and brutal pace.
In all the filthy glory that is the heart of the brothers of the hoof, French weaves an even more intricate plot, revealing not only the past, but what will be the future of the Ul-wundulas, the unforgiving Lot Lands that the Bastards call home.
LIVE IN THE SADDLE, DIE ON THE HOG
About the book:
- Print Length: 584 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0525572473
- Publisher: Crown (October 8, 2019)
- Publication Date: October 8, 2019
- Sold by: Random House LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07DZKJQB2
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