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Jonathan French

Jonathan French’s debut novel, The Exiled Heir, was nominated for Best First Novel at the Georgia Author of the Year Awards in 2012. The Grey Bastards won the 2nd annual Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off in 2017, and was soon acquired by Crown Publishing. Jonathan has led panel discussions at conventions such as DragonCon, TimeGate, and CONjuration. Recently, he had the pleasure of being featured in an episode of the web-series Retroblasting as a consultant on the cultural impact of the Dungeons & Dragons franchise. Jonathan currently resides in Atlanta with his wife and son. Visit him at jonathanfrenchbooks.com.

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The Grey Bastards: Engaging action and characters but has trouble with language and tone

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The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French

So let’s get this out of the way early with regard to Jonathan French’s The Grey Bastards, winner of the 2017 Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off (SPFBO) contest. (Kevin, who originally reviewed this novel for Fantasy Literature, rated it 7 stars out of 10; Tadiana DNF’d it because of the pervasive offensive content.) It’s foul-mouthed, has a good amount of graphic language (warning: I’m about to give a few examples. Seriously — bad words ahead), sex, and violence, and much of that is aimed in ugly fashion at women. There’s a heaping amount of “fuck’s” in the story (both the word and the act), but also a lot of “quim” and “cunt.” The women, save two, are whores, “bedw... Read More