The Grey Bastards
By Jonathan French
I wasn’t expecting to get into this, or even enjoy it. But 20 pages in and I had no choice! Fast, furious, with power-packed politics, battles and betrayals. Brilliant!
BRING ON THE ORCS . . .
Jackal is proud to be a Grey Bastard, member of a sworn brotherhood of half-orcs. Unloved and unwanted in civilized society, the Bastards eke out a hard life in the desolate no-man’s-land called the Lots, protecting frail and noble human civilization from invading bands of vicious full-blooded orcs.
But as Jackal is soon to learn, his pride may be misplaced. Because a dark secret lies at the heart of the Bastards’ existence – one that reveals a horrifying truth behind humanity’s tenuous peace with the orcs, and exposes a grave danger on the horizon.
On the heels of the ultimate betrayal, Jackal must scramble to stop a devastating invasion – even as he wonders where his true loyalties lie.
A standout adventure fantasy debut that’s down, dirty and damn good fun – perfect for fans of Joe Abercombie, Mark Lawrence, Markus Heitz’s Dwarves series and Stan Nicholl’s Orcs series.