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The Grey Bastards

(2015)
(The first book in the Lot Lands series)
A novel by

 
 
"A dirty, blood-soaked gem of a novel [that reads] like Mad Max set in Tolkien's Middle Earth. A fantasy masterwork." (Kirkus Reviews)

Live in the saddle.

Die on the hog.

Call them outcasts, call them savages - they've been called worse, by their own mothers - but Jackal is proud to be a Grey Bastard.

He and his fellow half-orcs patrol the barren wastes of the Lot Lands, spilling their own damned blood to keep civilized folk safe. A rabble of hard-talking, hog-riding, whore-mongering brawlers they may be, but the Bastards are Jackal's sworn brothers, fighting at his side in a land where there's no room for softness.

And once Jackal's in charge - as soon as he can unseat the Bastards' tyrannical, seemingly unkillable founder - there's a few things they'll do different. Better.

Or at least, that's the plan. Until the fallout from a deadly showdown makes Jackal start investigating the Lot Lands for himself. Soon, he's wondering if his feelings have blinded him to ugly truths about this world and the Bastards' place in it.

In a quest for answers that takes him from decaying dungeons to the front lines of an ancient feud, Jackal finds himself battling invading orcs, rampaging centaurs, and grubby human conspiracies alike - along with a host of dark magics so terrifying they'd give even the heartiest Bastard pause.

Finally, Jackal must ride to confront a threat that's lain in wait for generations, even as he wonders whether the Bastards can - or should - survive.

Delivered with a generous wink to Sons of Anarchy, featuring sneaky-smart worldbuilding and gobs of fearsomely foul-mouthed charm, The Grey Bastards is a grimy, pulpy, masterpiece - and a raunchy, swaggering, cunningly clever adventure that's like nothing you've heard before.

Genre: Fantasy

Praise for this book

"A filthy, charismatic and frankly excellent read." - Mark Lawrence

"The Grey Bastards dragged me in immediately. A bloody good tale of battles, intrigue, betrayal, duty and frickin' war pigs." - Brian McClellan

"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

"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

"A gritty adventure with a fantastic, foul-mouthed voice and filthy, lovable characters in a wonderfully original world. Fans of Abercrombie’s THE FIRST LAW or the soldierly banter of Erikson’s MALAZAN BOOK OF THE FALLEN will like this a lot." - Django Wexler


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Used availability for Jonathan French's The Grey Bastards

Hardback Editions

June 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Grey Bastards: A Novel (The Lot Lands)
Author(s): Jonathan French
ISBN: 0-525-57244-9 / 978-0-525-57244-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Crown
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Paperback Editions

March 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Grey Bastards: A Novel (The Lot Lands)
Author(s): Jonathan French
ISBN: 0-525-57245-7 / 978-0-525-57245-9 (USA edition)
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June 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Grey Bastards
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ISBN: 0-525-57583-9 / 978-0-525-57583-2 (USA edition)
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June 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Grey Bastards (The Lot Lands)
Author(s): Jonathan French
ISBN: 0-356-51164-2 / 978-0-356-51164-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Orbit
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October 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Grey Bastards
Author(s): Jonathan French
ISBN: 0-9882845-5-3 / 978-0-9882845-5-5 (USA edition)
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Audio Editions

June 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Grey Bastards: The Lot Lands
Author(s): Jonathan French
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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June 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Grey Bastards: The Lot Lands
Author(s): Jonathan French
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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June 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Grey Bastards: The Lot Lands
Author(s): Jonathan French
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June 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Grey Bastards: The Lot Lands, Book 1
Author(s): Jonathan French
Publisher: Random House Audio
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June 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Grey Bastards: The Lot Lands, Book 1
Author(s): Jonathan French
Publisher: Random House Audio
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Kindle Editions

June 2018 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Grey Bastards (The Lot Lands)
Author(s): Jonathan French
Publisher: Orbit
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June 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Grey Bastards: A Novel (The Lot Lands Book 1)
Author(s): Jonathan French
Publisher: Crown
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