Spotlight & Giveaway: The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French

***The giveaway is now over, thanks to everyone who entered!***

As promised, in order to celebrate the release of The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French, today I will be holding a giveaway for my extra copy of the finished hardcover. Here’s why you should be excited about this book: it’s an adrenaline-fueled dark fantasy full of action and adventure, featuring badass half-orcs who ride giant war hogs into battle. It seriously doesn’t get much better than this!

In addition, you might have also heard about the book’s interesting publication history, which is an incredible story of indie success. Back in 2016 before it was acquired by Crown Publishing, The Grey Bastards was a self-published novel that entered into a competition called the Self-Publishing Fantasy Blog-Off (SPFBO). Out of 300 contestants, it ended up coming out on top, picked as the favorite by a panel of ten fantasy blogs that acted as judges. That year, The BiblioSanctum happened to be one of those blogs, which meant I had the pleasure of reviewing the book and giving it high marks. If you’re curious, you can read my review here.

Below you’ll find the publisher description for The Grey Bastards, which is now available wherever books are sold. I hope you’ll check it out!

A raucous, bawdy, blood-soaked adventure fantasy debut that’s The Lord of the Rings reimagined by way of Sons of Anarchy.

Jackal is proud to be a Grey Bastard, member of a sworn brotherhood of half-orcs. Unloved and unwanted in civilized society, the Bastards eke out a hard life in the desolate no-man’s-land called the Lots, protecting frail and noble human civilization from invading bands of vicious full-blooded orcs.

But as Jackal is soon to learn, his pride may be misplaced. Because a dark secret lies at the heart of the Bastards’ existence–one that reveals a horrifying truth behind humanity’s tenuous peace with the orcs, and exposes a grave danger on the horizon. On the heels of the ultimate betrayal, Jackal must scramble to stop a devastating invasion–even as he wonders where his true loyalties lie.

The Grey Bastards Giveaway

Hopefully, I’ve been able to pique your interest in The Grey Bastards, and because I am such a fan, I want to share the love by giving away one hardcover copy of this amazing book. With my sincerest apologies to our international readers though, due to the high costs of shipping, I can open this giveaway to addresses/residents in the US only. To enter, all you have to do is send an email to with your Name and valid Mailing Address using the subject line “THE GREY BASTARDS” by 11:59pm Eastern time on Monday, June 25, 2018 and we’ll take care of the rest.

Only one entry per household, please. The winner will be randomly selected when the giveaway ends and then be notified by email. All information will only be used for the purposes of contacting the winner and sending them their prize. Once the giveaway ends, all entry emails will be deleted.

So what are you waiting for? Enter to win! And remember: Live in the saddle, die on the hog! Good luck!

6 Comments on “Spotlight & Giveaway: The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French”

  1. Wow, that’s so cool that you helped launch this book into success! The premise isn’t really my kind of read, but I’m very curious to check this out now! 😀


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