|The Bastard King|
|Author||Harry Turtledove (as Dan Chernenko)|
|Cover artist||Steve Stone|
|Series||The Scepter of Mercy|
|Followed by||The Chernagor Pirates|
The Bastard King (Baen, 2003) is the first book of The Scepter of Mercy trilogy, written by Harry Turtledove and published under the penname Dan Chernenko. It was reprinted by OpenRoad Media in e-book format in 2015 under Turtledove's name.