• The Free Bastards

  • The Lot Lands, Book 3
  • By: Jonathan French
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 20 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The long-awaited war has come in the sweeping conclusion to the Lot Lands trilogy, which began with Jonathan French's critically acclaimed debut The Grey Bastards. 

War has come to the Lot Lands - and Oats stands upon the front line. The formidable armies on the horizon are bolstered by divine champions, dread sorcerers and gunpowder. 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.

Brimming with epic battles, surprising sorcery and fiendish twists, The Free Bastards is the rousing final instalment to the Lot Lands trilogy that began with Jonathan French's vastly popular debut, The Grey Bastards.

©2021 Jonathan French (P)2021 Hachette Audio UK

Critic Reviews

"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." (The Wall Street Journal)

"One of the most original fantasy sagas to come along in years." (Kirkus)

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A trilogy of great books

Absolutely great

Rarely have I felt so attached when listening to fiction.
Three all time favourites to add to my catalogue.

I will wait for the next books and hope they are soon.

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  • G Knight
  • 10-20-21

no fair

no fair, I want more, I could listen to stories about the bastards all day every day

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  • Arnell76
  • 04-17-22

Perfect

I started the Lot Lands trilogy after an audible recommendation and seeing the glowing reviews.
But honestly, I wasn’t ready for how much I’d enjoy this book, and how invested I’d be in the characters adventures.

The story never stagnates, always throwing twist and turns at you. Just when you think you have guessed what’s coming next, the author curveballs you from out of the blue.

The reading by Will Damron is flawless. I cannot fault his consistency with the voice acting and the emotions in the characters voices. Helped me develop an attachment to them.

Honestly, my review probably undersells it as I’m not the most articulate. But if you’re looking for a new saga to get into, I could not recommend enough. It had me belly laughing one moment, and tearing up the next. Will be adding this to my yearly listens list

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  • Agamemnon
  • 03-21-22

Enjoyable adventure story

A decent follow up that doesn't quite hit the punch originality of the first 2 books but is still a good read if you enjoyed the series thus far.

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  • Mr Adam Williams
  • 03-05-22

easy listen and not run of the mill fancy.

I listen while I work and really enjoyed this, some really interesting little twists that I have never heard before.

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  • bookworm
  • 02-22-22

what a finale!

the whole trilogy is brilliant but this third and final installment had me crying, laughing and wringing my hands. brilliantly written, brilliantly narrated

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  • Craig Barrett
  • 02-14-22

brilliant ending to an incredible saga!

would rate higher if such an option was possible. absolutely fantastic conclusion to the bastard saga with twists, turns, thrills and shocks to satisfy throughout. All characters are developed to the point of feeling real and all the while developing conflicts leave you feeling suitably tense!!!!!!
truly amazing read

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  • Alan
  • 02-04-22

Truly Epic.

Damn what a conclusion to a fantastic series, an absolute awesome read thats fun, action packed, a vulgar hilarious tale will have you enthralled from start to finish. The third book The Free Bastards has character building that you will truly love with great depth to them. The camaraderie between the three main protagonists is brilliant. The plot and setting is excellent and in this book it has one of the most epic battles when centaurs blood curdling thirst for killing when the blood moon rises will take your breathaway. You will and laugh and cry when your favourite characters have to fight for their very survival against the frails to keep their homes known as the Lot Lands. When war finally comes to ahead between the Lots and Hisparta, The half orc mongrels must unite with some outside help to try and overcome the might of the bluebloods. There will be losses, but can they be finally free from tyranny. Read to find out, I promise you will not regret it. The narrator Will Damron gives an excellent preformence, highly recommended. LIVE IN THE SADDLE, DIE ON THE Hog.....😁💥🐗🐗🐗

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  • Arman
  • 01-13-22

Strong trilogy

Characters you really really fall in love with! The story was interesting with plenty of turns. Lots of action and emotion and, despite the grimdark, quite heartwarming, overall.

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  • Owen.c
  • 01-13-22

Loved this book

Loved it.

Live in the saddle!

Apparently I need 9 more words to submit this

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  • Chris Mason
  • 12-23-21

Brilliant. Great story very well narrated.

If you enjoyed the last two you will love this too.
The plot keeps you enthralled. The characters a delightful written with such brutal honesty that it was a real shame to end the book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-03-22

best series ever

best story ever. i hope that there will be more books please. cheers and thanks

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-08-21

loved it

Absolutely love these books, would make brilliant movies. Although the books are always better.
Gee...I hope there is a 3rd book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-25-21

I want more

What a series please tell me this isn’t it. Fuck me if that didn’t make me cry. Outstanding

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  • Shelley
  • 10-16-21

Loved it

I didn’t want this to finish. UgFuck had me in tears. I so hope there is a book 4

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-15-21

enjoyed it!

good book, more please.. extra words to reach what feels like arbitrary word limit.. ghhfgh..

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  • Robbert Bradfield
  • 10-08-21

So good

OMG 😲 WOW. Tears of happiness and sadness. Totally hooked, going to listen again. Bears and mountains.