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The True Bastards

Crown. (Lot Lands, Bk. 2). Oct. 2019. 592p. ISBN 9780525572473. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780525572497. FANTASY
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In the Lot Lands, bands of half-orcs called hoofs keep the tenuous peace. Fetching is an anomaly among the True Bastards, both as the only female rider, and now as hoofmaster and leader. The last year has been difficult, with a mysterious famine, a crumbling fortress, dissent in her ranks, and the other half-orc leaders questioning her abilities. As orcs and humans begin to encroach upon the Lots, Fetch and her band must defeat the plots against them while keeping their band and village alive. Searching for safety leads them through the barrens of the Lots themselves, into regions controlled by elves, and for Fetch, a deeper quest into her own mysterious heritage, which is darker than anything she has ever faced. The male gaze and attitude is rife but has purpose, one that Fetching and many other female characters upend every chance they get.
VERDICT French’s sequel to The Grey Bastards, a 2018 LJ Best Book, continues the half-orcs’ penchant for rough rides, foul language, and heady action sequences. [See Prepub Alert, 4/1/19.]

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