Song by Jesse Teller | TBRindr

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Publication Date: 5 October 2017
Publisher:
 Self-published
Format: eBook
Pages: N/A
ASIN: B074GP13JC

Summary: Some of the darkest minds in Perilisc attacked Mending Keep, releasing all its prisoners. Despite his strained relationship with the crown, Rayph Ivoryfist calls old friends to his aid in a subversive attempt to protect King Nardoc and thwart terrorist plots to ruin the Festival of Blossoms. But someone else is targeting Rayph, and even his fellow Manhunters might not be enough to save him.

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I received this book from the author through Esmerelda Weatherwax’s TBRindr in exchange for an honest review.

Review:

Going into Song, the several reviews I’d read promised a pulpy, grimdark novel that somehow also managed to be campy. Unfortunately, while I could see where the author was trying to go, that combination simply did not mesh for me.
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The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French

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Publication Date: 21 June 2018
Publisher:
 Orbit
Format: Paperback, ARC
Pages: 421
ISBN: 0356511642

Summary:  Such is the creed of the half-orcs dwelling in the Lot Lands. Sworn to hardened brotherhoods known as hoofs, these former slaves patrol their unforgiving country astride massive swine bred for war. They are all that stand between the decadent heart of noble Hispartha and marauding bands of full-blood orcs.

Jackal rides with the Grey Bastards, one of eight hoofs that have survived the harsh embrace of the Lots. Young, cunning and ambitious, he schemes to unseat the increasingly tyrannical founder of the Bastards, a plague-ridden warlord called the Claymaster. Supporting Jackal’s dangerous bid for leadership are Oats, a hulking mongrel with more orc than human blood, and Fetching, the only female rider in all the hoofs.

When the troubling appearance of a foreign sorcerer comes upon the heels of a faceless betrayal, Jackal’s plans are thrown into turmoil. He finds himself saddled with a captive elf girl whose very presence begins to unravel his alliances. With the anarchic blood rite of the Betrayer Moon close at hand, Jackal must decide where his loyalties truly lie, and carve out his place in a world that rewards only the vicious.

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Review:

This is another book that simply did not live up to the hype for me. The worldbuilding was fantastic and the plot was interesting, but the gratuitous sexism and character interaction simply did not work for me.
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