Friday 7 January 2022

The Free Bastards by Jonathan French

Series: The Lot Lands (#3)

Format: 539 pages, Paperback

Published: September 23, 2021 by Orbit



I do not have a lot to say. Book 1 was amazing, book 2 was good, but yeah not great. And this one, I could not connect, I could not care, honestly I could not get into the world at all. And no idea why?!

So stuff happens, blah blah. war is coming, and it ended.

I was disappointed, and no idea why it did not work

The Hisparthan armies on the horizon are mighty, bolstered by divine champions, dread sorcerers, and gunpowder. It’s almost more than the half-orc rebellion can hope to repel. But Oats has won impossible fights before. He’s a thriceblood, after all, more orc than man. And he hasn’t forgotten how to kill. He’ll stack the bodies high for his chief and his brethren, if that’s the price of freeing the Lots from human tyranny.

Besides, the invading forces are getting a damned sight more than they bargained for. They’re not facing a handful of half-orc hoofs, but a true army—one forged from all the peoples of the Lots. At its head are Fetching, in full command of the ruinous power that runs through her veins, and Jackal, armed with the blessings of a dead god.

Yet Oats can’t help but find his faith wavering. Once the strongest Bastard, he soon realizes that in this battle, even the strength of a thriceblood is easily conquered. And after a grievous loss strikes, he begins to fear that this war will lead the Lots not to freedom but to ruin.

So when another path to peace beckons, he has no choice but to walk it. Even if it means betting the Lots’ fate, and his own, on the promises of the Bastards’ wiliest adversary—and making a perilous journey into the heart of Hispartha itself.


  1. What a bummer for a series to end like that. :/

  2. oh no! Book sounds good tho... But hate it when book 1 is great and then just goes down from there.

  3. Sorry you were disappointed! This one was actually my favorite of the three, I just loved Oats.

    1. Book 1 was awesome, book 2 worked, but nowhere as good, and this one meh. So weird

  4. I have been curious about this series but I am not sure that I will ever pick it up. Sorry this one didn't work for you.

  5. Well that's a bummer. Will there be another book? Will you give it a try?

  6. Sorry this one didn't work out for you.

    Melanie @ Books of My Heart

  7. Sorry to hear you didn't like it.

  8. Looks like an interesting read, thanks for sharing! -

  9. That's always frustrating when it doesn't work but you can't pinpoint why.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

  10. Replies
    1. Fantasy has not been my friend lately, my new book is rather meh too

  11. Sometimes a book just doesn't click! I love the covers on these books and I've still gotta pick up book one.



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