• The Free Bastards

  • The Lot Lands
  • By: Jonathan French
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 20 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (139 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The long-awaited war has come in the sweeping conclusion to the Lot Lands trilogy—another irresistibly swashbuckling, swaggering, foul-mouthed fantasy from the author of The Grey Bastards.

“[A] rip-roaring, shelf-bending conclusion . . . nothing short of an adventure fantasy masterwork.”—Kirkus Reviews (Best Books of the Year)

War has come to the Lot Lands—and Oats stands upon the frontline.

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.

Brimming with all the epic battles, surprising sorcery, and fiendish twists a Bastards fan could wish for, alongside unforgettable moments for characters old and new, The Free Bastards builds a new future for the Lots—even as it gives our beloved trio of Jackal, Fetching, and Oats the rousing, blood-soaked sendoff they deserve.

©2021 Jonathan French (P)2021 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“Triumphant . . . thrills with combat and astonishing magic, balanced by skillful character development . . . Fans will relish this thoroughly satisfying finale.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A brutal, thrilling read, laced with dark humor and tough decisions, unexpected gut-punches and genuine surprises.”Fantasy Book Review 

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Fun Series

I didn't know what to expect, but it was a really fun series! I would like to read more books in this world, seems to have tons of material to pull from

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a fitting finish

this was a well spun tale. full of action, suspense, a few twisty turn abouts and lots and lots of weirdly sexual phrasings. a great ending yet there could be more. I am apt to start the tale again.

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emotional roller coaster

You know it is something to be said for a book filled with emotions!

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No words for how good this is!

This book was the best of the series.

As always the action was fast paced and characters felt like old friends or new enemies.

You should read this book!

Will Damron brought this book to life with his narration!!!!

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worth it!

it was an excellent listen! some things left unanswered but overall fantastic! I definitely recommend it!

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Great series

Loved these books, sad they are over. I wish the writer would write more stories in this setting.

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Amazing...

Simply one of the best story ever! other than the sex this should be a movie!

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A wonderful conclusion to the Trilogy

The true grey bastards are back anf fighting for their lives and the lots!

This third installment follow Oats the thrise blood on his adventure to find his place in the world.

This has been a fabulous journey and I hope there are more books with in this world in the future!

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great novel

great novel series I would recommend to anyone that loves a good war/magic world.

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fun and exciting

great listen but not for younger readers. lots of twists and turns and characters to get into.