The Grey Bastards

The Grey Bastards 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 astri
  • Title: The Grey Bastards
  • Author: JonathanFrench
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  • The Grey Bastards
    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 BasLIVE 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 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 appearance 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 vicious.
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    Jonathan French is the author of the Autumn s Fall Saga and The Grey Bastards His debut novel, The Exiled Heir, was nominated for Best First Novel at the Georgia Author of the Year Awards in 2012 His second book, The Errantry of Bantam Flyn, rose to 6 on the Kindle Norse Viking Fantasy bestseller list, proudly sharing the top ten with Neil Gaiman His newest work, The Grey Bastards, is best described as Sons of Anarchy with half orcs and is poised to be his biggest seller to date The book is currently a finalist in The Self Published Fantasy Blog Off SPFBO An outspoken advocate on the merits and future of independent publishing, Jonathan has led panel discussions at conventions such as DragonCon, TimeGate, and CONjuration Recently, Jonathan had the pleasure of being featured in an episode of the web series Retroblasting as a consultant on the cultural impact of the Dungeons Dragons franchise You can find out at jonathanfrenchbooks.

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  • Filthily fantastic I never cared about pigs this much, and I m not talking about bacon.The 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 edition which I stumbled upon in my good friend s shared kindle library For those of you who don t know, the self published edition of The Grey Bastards has been removed from sale as of June 1st, [...]


  • Note The book has just been withdrawn from sale self published prior to relaunch by a major publisher in 2018 So this is without question 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 fighters.But really if you ve seen Sons of Anarchy on TV, then that s the perfect parallel This [...]


  • Actual rating 4.5 stars.I m sure a lot of you are aware of the following fact but I ll remind you anyway The Grey Bastards is the winner of the SPFBO 2016 and the worthy winner it sure is I was lucky to grab the indie version before the book and its forthcoming sequel were sold to Penguin Random House, because as of June 1, 2017 the book was no longer available for purchase The new edition will be released in 2018 and I can only hope it will have a cover that will rival the badassery of this one [...]


  • 4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum 2017 02 20 I fucking 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 If SPFBO has taught me any lessons, it s that you never know what you re going to get when you pick up a self published novel, but many stars aligned to make this one work immensely well for me It happened to perfectly fit my tastes, for one With a title and cover like that, you can be sure this [...]


  • Live in the saddleDie on the hog Kerching This is the fantasy payload All the stars for this highly original, foul mouthed story I was surprised by various twists and turns in the plot I loved the world of half orcs, orcs thicks , centaurs horse cocks , elves, halflings, humans frails , magicians and sludge demons yes you read correctly sludge I loved the hogs that the Grey Bastards ride I loved the main characters Jackal, Oats and Fetching.The pace is fast, the action is varied the world promis [...]


  • 4.5 stars The Grey Bastards is a worthy winner of last year s Self Published Fantasy Blog Off An original tale of valour, loyalty and friendship told from the perspective of half breeds between humans and orcs, it was well written and entertaining with loads of vulgarity I am not entirely convinced that this book should be termed grimdark though Sure, there was a lot of crude language in this story that is set mainly within the forsaken badlands of Ul wundulas, the home of the half orcs whose so [...]


  • I have a bone to pick with you, Jonathan French, aka author of The Grey Bastards You, sir, owe me a great many hours of sleep hours that were spent avidly following the grim adventures of Jackal and co.Mr French, the pacing of your novel is truly brilliant Starting with a bang and then racing from conflicts and schemes to plot twists and battles, Bastards is what one might call a rip roaring adventure brutal, brave, and utterly fearless The chapters are long, yet each end in a way that compels y [...]


  • Live in the saddle, die on the hog THE GREY BASTARDS have been on my list of things to review for quite some time but I ve been distracted a lot from my reading due to a tidal wave of other good books Still, I never lost my desire to read about half orc calvary fighting against full blooded orcs along the borderlands The excellent art on its front intrigued me as well Which goes to show you you can judge a book by its cover.The premise as mentioned, is half orcs are the unloved former slaves of [...]


  • The Grey Bastards WAS a self published novel, but not any because it s been picked by Penguin Random House and will be properly re released in 2018, which is honestly great news I managed to get a copy before it was pulled off in June, and I m glad I did Anyway, even though it s a self published book, everthing about The Grey Bastards smells professional I mean, check out the cover, it looks awesome, doesn t it And the content is equally ace Some people might consider this to be grimdark, but it [...]


  • 4.5 stars to be frank I definitely enjoyed this book Much than I originally expected Struggled to put it down over the final 30 25% stretch This is a great story for the heroic fantasy fansd I am still stunned that this is an independent title really good quality work here.Why should you pick up this book great setting and worldbuilding Is it tropey Yes But in a good sense It feels familiar than derivative engaging story with a good cast of characters Again, some tend to fall into usual archet [...]


  • Ever asked yourselves if maybe Tolkien was a bit unjust towards Orcs Ever tried to imagine what was Orcs perspective on humans, elves, wizards and Hobbits Humans race of people which that inept scoundrel Isildur belong to.Elves and wizards race of malicious and cunning meddlers to Great Orc Expansion.And Hobbits Those thousand time cursed Halflings DWell, if you always happen to find yourselves procrastinating to do so, author of this great book did not.So now we get to enjoy book in which autho [...]


  • This book came out of nowhere and kicked my ass I had no idea I needed half orcs in my life.Highly recommended


  • This one was one of the crudest, most fun things ever and in that way it was absolute perfection Funny enough, as I wasn t 100% sure about it when I succumbed to the trend on and put it and also Kings of the Wyld on my list Somehow that one seemed of an obvious winner, but this god, this one matched it The Lot Lands are harsh Imagine some dried out, barely populated Wild West of a place, ending in marshes, the insulation between cultured, inhabited lands and basically orcs The people populating [...]


  • A rip roaring Spaghetti western crossed with 1001 Arabian Nights with humor to spare Sierra Madre with orcs and elves and Hobbity folks relying on half orcs riding the range on giant tusked hogs to keep the peace Might sound impossible, but French makes it happen A highly polished, fast paced, action packed fantasy not to be missed Beware the squeamish or meek, there s a heap of swearing and dick jokes galore, but if you can take it, then definitely do I had a hell of a good time beginning to en [...]


  • I like to think that I m tired of violence and bloodbath But then, when I try to remind myself the best books I read in few months the violent ones are usually on top Damn.The Grey Bastards has been sitting on my Kindle for almost two years I bought it a moment before or just after it won SPFBO 2016 I was planning to read it multiple times but after I get caught in feverishly burning through 48 SPFBO 2017 books, I needed a break So, here I am trying to review the book Not an easy task I loved it [...]


  • 3.5 Conflicted feelings about this one I almost DNF d before the 50% mark twice I read fantasy I read fantasy UF written by male authors I enjoy Sanderson, Eddings, Goodkind, Correia, Hearne, Butcher, Salvatore, Brooks, Feist, Sullivan and so many that I honestly don t think all my issues with this book were solely because I m an older female reader that happens to enjoy romance as much as fantasy Though I do think in general the average male reader may not have the same problem with TGB s cont [...]


  • Tatt ed up half orcs that ride on big war trained boars, all wrapped up in an exciting cover illustration with the title The Grey Bastards how the freak could I pass that up I initially chose this book with no high expectations other than it would simply be unadulterated, cheesy pop corn fun, the likes of good B movie I m always down for that kinda thing and it was that, for the first third of the book Then, the got real The story not only turned out much deeper than what I predicted, but every [...]


  • A bigger, prettier, and probably funnier review of this book can be found here, on my blog Guys this book is fucking magic It s definitely one of those books that I loved so much that I m pretty sure that this review is going to be mostly incoherent, so forgive me if this gets a little off topic.I love a book that is full of swearing and sex, well, this one starts out in a brothel Fetch, Jack, and Oats are characters that I instantly rooted for The plot is never plodding, there s plenty of actio [...]


  • Dear Jonathan French,I am writing to tell you that you should get laid.This book had great potential and refreshing premise but you decided to write it with your cock driven urges I must admit that I enjoyed the crude banters and a few plot twists, but what I was looking forward to most was definitely the development of characters and the refreshing change of the usual fantasy trope in which orcs tend to be the bad guys I was looking forward to seeing them finally humanized, though still very ug [...]


  • A highly entertaining grimdark fantasy novel with excellent plot twists and strong characters who have very few f ks to give unless those f ks are on an axe s edge or on the business end of a thrum bolt I hope French returns to Jackal s world soon.


  • Wow.I m speechless.I wasn t expecting this.I m going to be extremely unfair to this book by giving it a 4.75 because I m an arsehole, and 5 stars go for books that have done than entertain me books that have changed something about the way I see literature, storytelling, fantasy, and myself This book is not one of them.However.I have nothing bad to say about this book.It s been an immensely pleasurable ride the whole way through, with not a single noticeable hitch.I just let myself be taken by [...]


  • Great read I admit I picked it up because of the high ratings that made it win the second SPFBO Despite hype being a double edged sword, this was fascinating.This has a lot of crude humor and innuendo, which is not a problem for me, though might be for some I thought it fitted the setting and circumstances of the characters very well It also shows how the world views other things pretty bluntly and honestly The Grey Bastards starts with a small scale that steadily keeps growing until it reach ep [...]


  • This was a boisterously good read it s rude, sweary, has lots of crude sex references and macho male banter, women are often referred to as quim or cunny or worse and it opens in a brothel But despite that, the majority male characters are believable, likable and sometimes clever, the setting is well realised and intriguing and the action packed pace carries the plot along well, with a few surprises here and there This novel tells the story of Jackal, a half orc living in the Lots, or Badlands, [...]


  • This book is grimshte or shtgrim at it s best It is certainly filthy, but unlike many books that use such filth to shock, and only to shock, I thought the author used it wisely and often and it actually added to the book and characters quite brilliantly.Grey Bastards is the result of Sons of Anarchy and Lord of the Rings meeting in a dark alley They both have had a lot A LOT of drinks, and nine months later or maybe 7 The Grey Bastards came into this world, shrieking, and, admittedly, swearing, [...]


  • It s rare that you find a book that manages to combine such a wealth of treasures in one story Amazing world building, great character development, a really great plot and an amazing fast paced adventure that keeps you so entertained you cannot put the book down The only complaint I have is that this is a stand alone novel, only because I enjoyed these characters so much, I wanted to spend time with them But the story was wrapped up perfectly, no questions left unanswered I highly recommend thi [...]


  • I blazed through the last 200 pages in one sitting Thanks to SPFBO for bringing this to my attention It s an extremely fun read Lots of action, great character build up and battles, some good twists, and emotion than you would think one could derive out of mongrels and barbarians Read it



  • Full review over at Fantasy Book Critic OVERVIEW ANALYSIS The Grey Bastards is a book with a brilliant cover and an unconventional blurb that focuses on a half orcs and their lives It s a fantasy book that s different in every sense of the word and was a finalist selected by the Bibliotropic blog.The story begins with Jackal, a half orc who is a member of the Grey Bastards one of the eight hoofs read gang tribe which are present in the lot lands The Grey Bastards are a group of nine half orcs wh [...]


  • Protection for local businesses via extortion.Long rides on the hog, looking for trouble or patrolling territory.A fraternity of brothers who will fight for each other, die for each other Welcome to GTA V s newest motorcycle club DLC Join MC Grey Bastards and you re sure to have a romping good time Roam your holdings on fully customizable hogs Fight other gangs who encroach on your turf Head to the local whorehouse tot a drink Once you ve ridden long enough with the club, you can even earn your [...]


  • This novel had all the markings to be a really good book but it unfortunately couldn t muster up From the blurb you think you ll be treated to a hero of epic proportions i mean he s described as Young, cunning and ambitious So here i am expecting this but what you get is a young hero quite alright who isn t quite bright really and about as ambitious a poddle Jackal was basically a leap before you look guy, cannot count the number of times he went into a situation half cocked and ended up being s [...]


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