Kings of the Wyld

Kings of the Wyld

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"Clay Cooper and his band were once the best of the best -- the meanest, dirtiest, most feared crew of mercenaries this side of the Heartwyld. Their glory days long past, the mercs have grown apart and grown old, fat, drunk - or a combination of the three. Then an ex-bandmate turns up at Clay's door with a plea for help. His daughter Rose is trapped in a city besieged by an enemy one hundred thousand strong and hungry for blood. Rescuing Rose is the kind of mission that only the very brave or the very stupid would sign up for. It's time to get the band back together for one last tour across the Wyld"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Orbit,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316362474
0316362476
Characteristics: 529 pages ; 21 cm

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JCLKathrynC Aug 23, 2019

This has been the most entertaining read of the year so far. The humor was very well done and I laughed out loud several times. There were enough serious moments to really catch your attention and hold out hope for the heroes to make it though. "Kings of the Wyld" is a long read, but it is almost impossible to get bored of as something is always happening to keep the reader entertained.

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iujigga2003
Jul 19, 2019

This book had it all; Action, Comedy, Romance. Almost a Lord of the Rings type adventure except the band is going to rescue Gabriel's daughter Rose rather than destroy the ring in the crack of doom in Mordor.

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mknoop2112
Apr 15, 2019

A very entertaining and enjoyable read. If you are weary of the corpses piling up in another wildly popular fantasy series, this book is worth checking out (pun semi-intended). There are more monsters than you can shake a stick at, heroic but relatable main characters, and action and humor that had me gasping and laughing out loud. The "rock & roll" stuff is just extra delicious gravy.

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CosmicKrunch
Apr 08, 2019

This book is fantastic. If you like a good adventure story with loveable, flawed characters, and humour and emotions and freaking awesome battles, this is the book for you. I can't praise it enough.

I read A LOT, and this book set the bar very high for me going forward.

ReadingAdviser_leni Apr 08, 2019

If I could, I would give this book 10 stars. While 2019 is still young, this is by far the best I've read this year. (And I've been reading a lot.)

This book brought lots of laughs, adventure, sorrow, more laughs, action (supremely well done). There is so much to love in this one. I will most definitely be reading it again. And I am very much looking forward to reading more by Nicholas Eames.

I had just about given up on heroic fantasy. Then, I discovered Kings of the Wyld, a fresh and lively standalone adventure that is gripping, funny, and occasionally brutal. The plot is familiar. Circumstances force a former mercenary band of heroes to reform for one last quest. But the mixture of classic high fantasy tropes from Tolkien, the grittiness of Joe Abercrombie (without the pessimism), and the light satirical touch and humour of Terry Pratchett, give this story an engaging vigour.

In the end, it’s a very human story with sympathetic, likeable characters, especially the main protagonist Clay Cooper. He is an affable man who would like to put his violent past behind him and enjoy a peaceful life with his family. But of course, fate is not done with him yet. He must rise to the occasion one more time, and persuade his erstwhile companions to join him. Along the way they face every sort of magical and monstrous creature in the fantastic bestiary, and face some mighty foes in battle. They must rediscover the power of friendship and family, and what it means to be a hero.

Recommended for lovers of heroic fantasy or anyone who likes a rousing adventure and doesn’t mind a certain amount of graphic violence. (Submitted by Jim)

JessicaGma Jul 24, 2018

I cannot add in anything more than what reviewer alburke47 offered as it's a great review of a fab book. It's about friendship and bromance and fighting monsters in a band. I can't wait for the sequels!

alburke47 Jul 23, 2018

Let's get this out out the way first. You've probably heard that this book is funny. It is. It's a riot. I don't think I've laughed out loud so much since reading Hitchhiker's. But this is so much for than just a few laughs, it's an ode to friendship that lasts the test of time.

The merecenary band, Saga, has given up their glory days and settled into married life with varying degrees of success. When their former leader Gabe, comes knocking on Clay's door with the intention of "getting the band back together," Clay has his misgivings. He's the only member who seems to have settled into married life well, and knows the risks of their former life. But friendship (and his daughter) persuade him to venture forth one last time against odds that are stacked greatly against them.

The story is told from the perspective of Clay, the least "exciting" member of the who sees his sole skill as being a cold-blooded killer ("the right kind of wrong"), but he is the voice of reason (within reason) and his faultless loyalty keeps the band moving forward. The story is rooted very much in Dungeons and Dragons culture - almost every D&D monster makes an appearance - and also music with the old ways of the bands giving way to a new style of mercenary where popularity takes precedence over real glory. Saga are under no illusions that their former glory was due in no small part to dumb luck, and in certain situations throughout the tale, this shines forth, giving it a sense of realism. But then, as it is said, it is better to be lucky than good.

To close with, the author's wit does sparkle throughout the novel, but at times there are moments that can be considered touching, and they are dealt with in traditional male fashion - expressions of gratitude or love are met with an uncomfortable shrug. If you want deep and thoughtful fantasy, this may disappoint. If you want a rollicking adventure, a good laugh and to reminisce about your old mates, then start reading. I've read about 90 books this year. I think this may be my favourite.

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Science_maniac
May 02, 2018

I really enjoyed reading this book. It's a satisfying mix of humor, thrills and adventure. The story and the characters are interesting and well-developed, and the pacing is very good. The book, while long, doesn't get bogged down or boring.

I just finished the book and I am reminded of William Feather's phrase, "Finishing a good book is like leaving a good friend". I'm looking forward to more by Eames.

In some ways, this book reminded me of an updated version of Conan, although with more developed characters, humor and swearing. There's a lot of fantasy violence - heads lopped off, guts spilling out, and blood everywhere.

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ladymac
Apr 30, 2018

One of the best books I have read this year. Great characters. Lots of action. And real connection between the cast. I was sad when I finished it.

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