Publishers Weekly: Moral ambiguity abounds in this dark, captivating coming-of-age fantasy that expertly depicts the painful loneliness of growing up and apart
Farsi rights to Martha Wells’ Nebula and Hugo Award-winning The Murderbot Diaries series (ALL SYSTEMS RED, ARTIFICIAL CONDITION, ROGUE PROTOCOL, EXIT STRATEGY, and NETWORK EFFECT), to Porteghal Publishing House, by Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.
French rights to Ada Palmer’s THE WILL TO BATTLE, Book 3 of the Terra Ignota series, to du Belial, by Robin Batet at Anna Jarota Agency, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier, for Cameron McClure.
French rights to World Fantasy, Hugo and Nebula award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor’s AKATA WARRIOR, to L’ecole des Loisirs, in a two-book deal, by Robin Batet at Anna Jarota Agency, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier for Donald Maass.
Russian rights to New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher’s THE AERONAUT’S WINDLASS, the first book in The Cinder Spires series, to Arkadia, by Alexander Korzhenevski at Alexander Korzhenevski Agency in association with Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.
Kirkus: Well-written, fun, and thoughtful tale of evil Nazi plots, body-snatching behind enemy lines, magical libraries, complicated parental relationships, deep-seated prejudices, and suspicious felines. An enticing genre mashup. Horror, sci-fi, and fantasy readers alike will find something to love and someone to root for.
Chinese rights to Robert McCammon’s SWAN SONG, to Xiron, by Gray Tan at The Grayhawk Agency, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier, for Cameron McClure.
Czech rights to New York Times bestselling author Yoon Ha Lee’s REVENANT GUN, the third book in the Machineries of Empire series, to Host, by Milena Kaplarević at Prava i prevodi in association with Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.
Hungarian rights to USA Today bestselling author Tamsyn Muir’s GIDEON THE NINTH, the first book in the Locked Tomb trilogy, to Fumax, by Milena Kaplarević at Prava i prevodi in association with Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.
Israeli rights to Skye Warren’s THE KNIGHT and THE CASTLE, to Sifrut Shenogaat, by Beverley Levit at The Israeli Association Of Book Publishers Ltd., on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier.
Russian rights to Donald Maass’s WRITING THE BREAKOUT NOVEL and THE FIRE IN FICTION, to Azbooka-Atticus, by Alexander Korzhenevski Agency, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier for Donald Maass.
Turkish rights to Robert Sheckley’s Immortality Inc. and Status Civilization, to Ithaki, in a two-book deal, by Merve Ongen at ONK Agency, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier.
Polish audio rights to NYT bestselling author Jim Butcher’s CHANGES, GHOST STORY, COLD DAYS, and SKIN GAME, to Storytel, by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava I Prevodi in association with Michael Curry on behalf of Jennifer Jackson.
Audio rights to three novels (THE BRIDE WORE CONSTANT WHITE, THE DANCER WORE OPERA ROSE, and THE MATCHMAKER WORE MARS YELLOW) and four novellas (CARRICK HOUSE, SELWYN PLACE, HOLLY COTTAGE, and GWYNN PLACE) in Shelley Adina’s Magnificent Devices series, to Kim Budnick at Tantor Media, by Michael Curry for Jennifer Jackson.
Audio rights to Sarah Pemberton Strong’s THE FAINTING ROOM, to Kim Budnick at Tantor Media, by Katie Shea Boutillier on behalf of Cameron McClure.
Chinese rights to C.L. Polk’s WITCHMARK, to Chongqing, in a pre-empt, in a three-book deal, by Ping Chang at The Grayhawk Agency on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier for Caitlin McDonald.
Czech rights to Robert McCammon’s USHER’S PASSING, to Dobrovsky, by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava I Prevodi, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier for Cameron McClure.
Czech rights to Brent Week’s THE BURNING WHITE, to Fantom Print, by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava I Prevodi, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier for Donald Maass.
French rights to Robert McCammon’s SWAN SONG, to Monsieur Toussaint Louverture, by Robin Batet at Anna Jarota Agency, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier for Cameron McClure.
German rights to Robert McCammon’s THE PROVIDENCE RIDER, to Luzifer, by Sarah Knofius at Thomas Schlueck Agency on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier for Cameron McClure.
German rights to Caitlin Starling’s THE LUMINOUS DEAD, to Frank Festa at Festa, by Sarah Knofius at Thomas Schlueck Agency, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier for Caitlin McDonald.
Hungarian rights to Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka’s ALWAYS NEVER YOURS, to Mora, by Milena Kaplarevic at Prava I Prevodi, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier.
Japanese rights to Carolyn Crane’s AGAINST THE DARK, to Futami Shobo, by Kohei Hattori at The English Agency on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier, for Cameron McClure.
Spanish rights to Shaun David Hutchinson’s WE ARE THE ANTS, to Kakao Books, by Amaiur Fernandez at International Editors’, on behalf of Katie Shea Boutillier.
Half orc. All badass. A female chieftain in a brutal wasteland society fights to take what is hers in an action-packed, foul-mouthed fantasy adventure from the author of The Grey Bastards (“Nonstop action, though not for faint hearts.”—The Wall Street Journal).
Fetching was once the only female rider in the Lot Lands. Now she is the proud leader of her own hoof, a band of loyal half-orcs sworn to her command.
But in the year since she became chief, the Lots have tested her strength to the breaking point. The Bastards are scattered, desperate, their ranks weakened by a mysterious famine, their fortress reduced to smoldering slag. And their troubles are only growing. A pack of ravening beasts circles their camp, while grasping human nobles hatch a plan that will shift the balance of power in the Lots.
Fetch and her comrades are still standing defiant—they’re Bastards, after all—but even the toughest half-orc can take only so much; and Fetch knows they’re on the verge of ruin.
As she strives to lead her hoof to safety and unravel the plots set against them, Fetching must journey through forbidden elven lands, overcome long-standing hatreds, battle a monstrous wizard of terrifying power—and, worst of all, delve into the dark truths of her own existence.
She’s no stranger to fighting the world, but on this journey, sharp steel and a strong hog won’t be enough. To survive these trials, she’ll have to defy not just her foes but the very nature of the Lots.
The True Bastards is the sweeping, ambitious second entry in the Lot Lands series, an irresistibly thrilling, gritty, foul-mouthed adventure that deepens, expands—and again upends—the Bastards’ unforgettable world.
Library Journal: The male gaze and attitude is rife but has purpose, one that Fetching and many other female characters upend every chance they get. VERDICT: French’s sequel to The Grey Bastards, a 2018 LJ Best Book, continues the half-orcs’ penchant for rough rides, foul language, and heady action sequences.
Booklist: French holds readers attention and leaves them anticipating the next volume.
B&N SFF: Hiding one type of story inside of another, this intense, well-written novel balances loads of action and well-earned plot twists with a thoughtful examination of the effects of war and trauma on people.