Kings Of The Wyld by Nicholas EamesKings Of The Wyld by Nicholas Eames

Kings Of The Wyld

byNicholas Eames

Paperback | February 21, 2017

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Glory never gets old.

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.
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 Wyldis his first novel. Nicholas loves black coffee, neat whiskey, the month of Oc...
Title:Kings Of The WyldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 8.38 × 5.5 × 1.5 inPublished:February 21, 2017Publisher:OrbitLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316362476

ISBN - 13:9780316362474

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from So much fun I was initially going to give this a 4 due to some plot elements being wrapped up too neatly and some world-building that I felt could have been further expanded on. But screw it. I had a ridiculously good time reading this. I loved the characters. The humour balances the grimdark so well; it had me chortling to shedding tears in a matter of paragraphs. And most importantly? It is such a smack on the lips to lovers of fantasy RPG's--the recruitment of companions (or "bandmates"), the journey to defeat the big bad evil, and the ridiculous and unexpected side "quests" that they get pulled into along the way. What a brilliant debut from this Canadian author. I can't wait to read more.
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read!!!!!! What a great debut novel!!! Excited for the next one. This book kept your attention from start to finish. This fantasy about Mercenary Bands had cliff hanging action and wonderful humour. Eames writing connected you to the characters so well you felt like they were old friends. So descriptive that I could picture it just like it was a Movie! Yes, make it into a would be awesome on the big screen. If you did not read this book using the sound track from Eames website you should...the songs he chose were spot on! Great book. Saga Rocks!
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rock on Saga. Rock on. I randomly picked this book up after seeing in mentioned in a couple reviews - I am SO happy that I did. The story is fast paced while the characters are well developed. It's the story of a bromance that will warm your heart while also including a hell of a lot of unbelievable battles. I can't recommend this book enough - very excited to see what else this author has up his sleeve.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kings of the Wyld does everything right - a fantastically fun read Kings of the Wyld is a book I'd seen kicking around on social media - mostly in the circles of grimdark - but one to which I really hadn't paid much attention. However, when an unexpected copy arrived in my mailbox, complete with a Canadian flag sticker on the front, the promise of "brazen fun and a rock & roll sensibility" from Sebastien de Castell on the back, and a cover blurb with a definite Expendables / Taken ring to it . . . well, I was suddenly intrigued. While I can see the grimdark angle, I'm thinking we need a new category of fantasy for the likes of Andy Remic, Mark Smylie, and (now) Nicholas Eames. I'm going to coin it maturesmirk and see if that sticks. What I'm talking about is an evolution of the epic fantasy novel, with characters, stories, and an overall tone that have grown up alongside long-time readers like myself. The teams of adventurers are still there; the enchanted forests are still prevalent; magical weapons still abound; and there are still elves, centaurs, dwarves, and dragons to be found. Unlike the stripped-down stories of grimdark, however, everything that defined epic fantasy in the 80s and 90s is still there - just with a new perspective. These maturesmirk stories never descend into parody or mockery, but they do poke fun at their own tropes and clichés, winking-and-nodding to the reader, even as they demonstrate a fearless, almost manic urge to be edgy, violent, profane, and sometimes even a bit kinky. Kings of the Wyld does everything right. It has a solid story, fantastic characters, real imagination, and a killer sense of humor. Instead of being a save-the-world or complete-the-quest kind of story, it's a simple tale of a washed-up mercenary who is desperate to get the old band back together to rescue his daughter from a monstrous horde. Although Rose represents a goal or a destination, the story is more about the band, their shared history, and their relationships with one another. It's a story of friendships, alliances, and even betrayals, with a band of men driven by loves lost, broken, and distant. Gabriel is desperate to rescue his daughter and avoid his ex-wife, while Clay is heartbroken to be leaving his own wife and daughter behind. Moog is still haunted by the loss of his husband, while Matrick is eager to escape his cuckold harpy of a wife. As for Ganelon, the only reason he doesn't have a wife or daughter driving him is because he was abandoned by his friends years ago, a man-of-stone in a Gorgon prison. In many ways, this is the equivalent of an epic fantasy road trip, an often-funny experience of male bonding and opportunistic heroics. Sure, the band gets robbed (twice) by an all-female gang of thieves and falls prey to an awkward band of cannibals, but they also take down a monstrous chimera, an angry dragon, and a legitimate giant. Along the way they hitch a ride on a magical airship, suffer through Moog's misfiring magic, and get hooked up with a remnant (most certainly not a zombie), a winged bounty hunter (with a split-personality), and a two-headed ettin (one of which lies to keep up the spirits of its blind brother). Nicholas Eames knows how to write and, more importantly, he knows how to pace and structure a novel. He mixes action and humor in equal measure, and weaves genuine emotion into the heroics. It's a fun novel, but one where sorrow and melancholy are always lurking just under the narrative. I almost hate to say it, but it's a kick-ass rollercoaster of epic fantasy heroics . . . with heart. I loved the characters, loved the journey, and even loved the climax (where, all too often, grimdark falls short for me). As maturesmirk epics go, Kings of the Wyld is a fantastically fun read, from beginning to end, and I am already looking forward to the sequel.
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome book! Amazing debut! I loved every page. With seemingly the whole story-telling industry trending (for better or worse) towards the gritty and grim, Kings of the Wyld brings heart and humor back into the fold. Don't be mistaken though...this is not a PG, classic fantasy trope-ride; rather, it's an action-packed homage to it's genre, with lots to appreciate for anyone who's ever had friends, enjoyed music, or gotten older. Yes, the boys are back in town, and if they want to'd better let 'em.
Date published: 2017-02-09

Editorial Reviews

"Eames' debut fantasy tale has it all....Readers will not be able to put this book down."-Booklist (starred review)