Kings of the Wyld

Kings of the Wyld

by Nicholas Eames


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A retired group of legendary mercenaries get the band back together for one last impossible mission in this award-winning debut epic fantasy.

"Fantastic, funny, ferocious." - Sam Sykes
Clay Cooper and his band were once the best of the best, the most feared and renowned 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—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.


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Bloody Rose

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316362474
Publisher: Orbit
Publication date: 02/21/2017
Series: Band Series
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 50,631
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Nicholas Eames was born to parents of infinite patience and unstinting support in Wingham, Ontario. Though he attended college for theatre arts, he gave up acting to pursue the infinitely more attainable profession of 'epic fantasy novelist.' Kings of the Wyld is his first novel. Nicholas loves black coffee, neat whiskey, the month of October, and video games. He currently lives in Ontario, Canada, and is very probably writing at this very moment.

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Kings of the Wyld 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing debut...must purchase
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Extremely entertaining. Just 'cuse you get old, doesn't mean the fun has to end forever. Eagerly awaiting the sequel.
matthew Dello Russo 14 days ago
in every way
Jaron Watkins 4 months ago
Sometimes you cant put down a book because you need to know what happens next. Other times it is because you are enjoying the moment in the story. This Book had both. Clay Cooper would save your life and he doesnt even know you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Renewed my interest in the Fantasy genre. I had been losing interest in fantasy for awhile, but Mr. Eames fresh style brought my excitement back. His writing provides a wonderful mix of action sequences that are made more real because of the slightly flawed heroics and characterization that is enhanced by his dry humor. I can best describe his style as a cross between "Conan the Barbarian" and "This is Spinal Tap." The Hero's Journey is the immediately recognizable framework, but the various vignettes along the way do meld together as Clay Cooper brings together his old friends and makes new ones along the way. Each of the characters is somewhat flawed and less than an ideal hero in a way that only makes them more human. Even recognizing the basic format, I did find at least one turn of events completely surprising and that left me concerned about a character's survival. Thank you Mr. Eames for a highly pleasurable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it! Fantasy has been missing something for a long time to me. This was it. Once the ball got rolling there was no stopping it.
HouseValerius More than 1 year ago
All Clay Cooper wanted to do was settle down, raise a family and try to put the past behind him. For ten years, he'd been doing just that. But when his old comrade in arms turns up at his door, asking for help, Clay can't do anything other than help his friend save his daughter, save a city and maybe even save the world. At its core, Kings of the Wyld has a very simple premise: what if the groups of mercenaries or adventurers common to many fantasy novels were treated like rock bands? Fortunately, it's an idea that works very well. Groups are described as taking tours of the wilderness to establish their monster killing credentials, they have agents to book their jobs & the like and, in the case of Clay & the other members of Saga, the repeated refrain is 'getting the band back together'. Far from resting on this basic conceit, Kings of the Wyld offers a number of other pleasures. The camaraderie between Saga's members is at times foul-mouthed, bantering or poignant, but always rings true to the characters. And speaking of true to life characters, it's refreshing to have one major character in this type of group be gay without it being a major plot point and another who discovers that rising to become a king isn't the fix-all for some other stories would have it be. The world-building is also a lot of fun, with hints about the history of the characters, their acquaintances and the places they visit dropped into the narrative, enough to keep the story moving but not too much to risk the dreaded infodump. Everything moves a goodly pace from beginning to end, with hardly any slow points to let things drag. All in all, it's a fun action-packed romp, with a fresh view on some fantasy tropes and some great dialogue along the way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What should have been over the top ridiculous, he made heart warming, funny, and serious. In a big fantasy fan, and from the hair band days. This book captures all the great from both, and maybe the bad, but in a good way. Great story, great book.
Millie_Hennessy More than 1 year ago
This book had me chuckling by page two. Literally. After that, I pretty much never stopped. Comedic fantasy is my new favorite sub-genre. I had a hunch I would enjoy this book, but I didn’t know how deeply I’d love it or how funny it would be! This book has a lot of sarcasm, swearing and heart. Washed up up mercs getting together again to save the day is definitely a theme I can get behind. I think having Clay, the reluctant tough-guy and all-around gentle-hearted man as the voice of the story was a smart move. He’s a man of few words but strong feelings and the unofficially (ok, or maybe officially) second-in-command. It’s Gabe’s time of need, but it’s Clay who really reunites the band. His weapon of choice is also a shield (made from a giant treant the group killed in the past), which is interesting and says a lot about his character. This book has awesome weapons, crazy creatures (like, every fantasy/mythical beast and then some), mercenaries galore, magic, murder, and a villain with furry bunny ears. Yep. I’m not going to go into the plot – it’s fairly standard fantasy fare. The characters and the world-building are what make this book. Here's one of the many quotes I flagged: “’Really?’ Gabriel sounded skeptical. ‘Really!’ Matrick said proudly. ‘Really…?’ Moog stroked his chin, intrigued. ‘Really?’ snapped the queen. “I swear by the Summer Lord’s beard, I have laundry maids who talk less than you three.’ She gestured at Clay with a white-gloved hand. ‘Kale, at least, knows when to keep his mouth shut.’ ‘It’s Clay, actually.’ Lillith pouted haughtily. ‘And you were doing so well.’” This book isn’t all humor though. The boys (ok, old men) of the band all have dark and sometimes sordid pasts. Not to mention the quest they embark on is basically hopeless. There are definitely some heavy hitting chapters in the latter part of the book. Just enough to solidify the characters and story, so they don’t become too farcical. I’ve only one sin to hit this book with: the accursed line! “Clay let out a breath he didn’t know he’d been holding…” Damnit, Eames! Clay’s too good for that! All jokes aside, this book is hilarious with a dash of feels for good measure. Easily one of my favorite books of the year and definitely one of my favorite fantasy novels. Can’t wait for Bloody Rose in August!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everything you would want in a fantasy book. Takes me back to my D&D days.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am glad that I read this book! The characters are awesome, the storyline is incredible, and the fight scenes were epic. The entire time I kept looking at how many pages were left because I did not want the book to end! I really hated knowing I was getting closer and closer to the end. I laughed, I cried, and I cried from laughing. Most of the fantasy books I have been reading recently have been so intense and serious. It was a huge treat to read one that was just as epic, if not more, and hilarious! Nicholas Eames is now favorite writer, he knew how to pull on all of my heart strings.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The rock band fusion with fantasy is an awesome angle. The story felt like a new take on fantasy but there were so many creatures mentioned that were from traditional fantasy games like D&D. Truly a fun read. I kept imagining what it would be like as a movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A lot of humor mixed with violence and drama. Fun and worth reading. The pace was good and the characters were likeable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rollicking, fast paced, humorous and even manages to tug at the heart strings here and there. Fantasy done well lives here. Unique application of inspiration for character and world building. Read it and see.
Amy_Jo More than 1 year ago
The characters of this ridiculously fun romp draw you in and make you their friend. The relationships between them are great and their shared humor is the best part of the book. I could see everyone in my head and it made the book so fun to read. I did have some difficulty imagining some of the monsters (I apparently have a stunted monster image gallery in my brain), but the action never left me confused as to what was happening or where anyone was. I flew though the book and would highly recommend to any fantasy reader. Moog is the best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A near perfect mix of comedy, action, heart and more comedy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the characters and story! I would definitely read again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty fresh take on fantastic creatures and the new world of wild
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great opening novel. Nicholas Eames weaves a great tale of a band of older, not quite washed-up heroes who join together for one last do or die adventure. "The Boys are indeed back in town!". Well done, Mr. Eames, well done!
Fantasyhorror514 More than 1 year ago
This book was so funny I had to put it down because I was laughing so hard. The adventure was intriguing and the fight scenes were exciting. I love this book and strongly recommend it!
mcgillchris More than 1 year ago
“There was something wrong about this moment. Like watching a beard-spider dance, or getting stabbed on your birthday.” If you’re looking for the perfect balance of blues, you’re last D&D campaign, and a bunch of old dudes, then rest your weary toes and dive into Nicholas Eames’ debut novel. With a dark sense of humor and characters that surprise you with moments of earnest depth, “Kings of the Wyld” is a brilliant reminder that a story doesn’t need to be dark, moody, or even overly unique, to sweep you away in a new world and leave you aching to stay there for just a page more. “Slowhand” Clay Cooper is a retired member of the legendary mercenary band “Saga.” Or at least they were legendary 18 years ago, but now Clay is married, has a daughter, and is undisputedly… old. When his best friend and former band mate Gabe shows up on his doorstep begging for help to save his daughter, Clay reluctantly leaves his family, helps Gabe gather the band back together. They bumble through aching backs, creatures pulled straight from the D&D monster manual, and face an enemy more deadly than any they did in their glory days. Solid 8.5/10, and I would definitely recommend to a friend. A fantastic mix of Grimdark and Sword and Sorcery, for a story that will leave you laughing, and then suckerpunch you in the feels before you can recover.
RedhatEngineer More than 1 year ago
Fantastic debut! The idea of a group of adventurers being equated to rock bands is a fresh take on the swords and sorcery worldview, and Eames executed with precision, developing a cadre of sympathetic characters with a strong lead. I'll be reading this one again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent story, good character development, one of the best new authors of the genre I've read in a while! Looking forward to the next installment!
MC1963 More than 1 year ago
Buy this book! If your into sword and sorcery fantasy you can't go wrong. A great first book. Looking forward to the next one. Buy it.