[Also, Kit's tale at the end was very cryptic and I need to reread it again with a clear mind. Yes, he’s guilty of many horrible atrocities – his actions indirectly led to the demise of a character I had come to love quite a lot – but he is also a victim.
I didn’t find any of it offensive, but I can see how some people would. Kings of the Wyld Quotes Showing 1-30 of 105 “Among them is a renegade king, he who sired five royal heirs without ever unzipping his pants. When I picked this up, I had been reading a lot of heavy fantasy, so this was a welcomed break from that.
Full of heroes, humor, and heart.“―Jon Hollins, “Nicholas Eames brings brazen fun and a rock & roll sensibility to the fantasy genre.”―Sebastien de Castell, “Kings of the Wyld took me back to my Dungeons and Dragons days. Clay fought down a surge of envy seeing that. Unfortunately, as each has aged, their particular strengths have either diminished or they have become so out of practice, it’s kinda tragic. Because, in the end, Saga – their brotherhood, the unification of their friendship – is that important. Time is a circle, he remembered Lastleaf saying at Lindmoor, in twilight. Winner of the David Gemmell Morningstar Award for Best Debut Novel, Winner of the Reddit/Fantasy Award for Best Debut Novel, Fantasy Faction’s ‘Best Book of the Year’ 2017. "'And they do. Then again, if something sounded ridiculous in your head, then voicing it aloud rarely did it any favours. He is quite complicated even though most think of him as merely muscle. You see a group of friends that were not close any longer getting together and sharing something special. The primary villain, Lastleaf, reminds me quite a bit of Prince Nuada from Hellboy II: he’s got a damn good reason for doing what he’s doing, but… well… y’know, “an eye for an eye only makes the whole world blind” and all of that. Kings of the wyld: the band. Matrick – “Skulldrummer” – uses royal daggers, a now King and married to Lilith the Queen who is trying to kill Matrick. In closing, YES, I absolutely recommend this novel. I’m definitely reading this sequel when it’s released, and I would read other books written by this author. I would like to thank Nicholas Eames, Nazia, and Orbit Books. Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames follows Clay Cooper, was once a member of the most revered bands in all of the Heartwyld. While his wife thinks he’s a fool, he’s quite the monarch and well, prone to gluttony and drinking a bit too much, but he still loves his “children” with all of his heart and his bandmates just as much. All spiced with a sly sense of humour that had me smiling throughout. But there were… measures of goodness, he figured. It would occur to Clay mere moments later, that the fights that seem to matter most weren’t always the ones that did, and that sometimes, the fate of worlds was decided by something so arbitrary as sheer dumb luck. Are you crazy, guys??? Friends – the families we choose for ourselves – are that important. Let’s chat in the comments. Clay reluctantly agrees to go along, and together they set out to reunite the disparate members of their old band: Moog, an absent-minded wizard; Matrick, a cuckolded king held prisoner by his own wife; and Ganelon, a deadly warrior who has spent the decades since Saga disbanded encased in stone. Then an ex-bandmate turns up at Clay’s door with a plea for help. Maybe a little out of shape? Is this going to be a duology or trilogy? ( Log Out / ( Log Out / The water was so clear Clay could see the tiles that checkered the bottom, blue and white. But their glory days are long past; the mercs have grown apart and grown old, fat, drunk - or a combination of the three. The characterization was great. ( Log Out / Is this book on your radar? When “Golden” Gabe, frontrunner of Clay’s old band, shows up on his doorstep, bedraggled… 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. And here it is, Clay thought wryly, turning and turning, grinding us all to dust. There was just… empty water. There are quick nods to popular culture (shout out to Portal, yo!!! She absolutely jumped off the page every time and cracked me up. Nicholas Eames knows how to take the tropes of heroic fantasy and simultaneously revel in them while often turning them on their head. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. If you like your fantasy gritty and your humor dark, then this is the next book for you.“―Forbidden Planet, “A great deal of fun…. What’s not to love about this considerate character – he was hilarious and smart (but, um, yeah… not crushing on him so much… blech).
I’ve even cast the main band to make your job easier: Moog: I’d like to see Gary Oldman take on this one, Matrick: Jason Statham can fatten up for this role. Refresh and try again. I read a variety of genres and age ranges. We are first introduced to Clay who is probably the most pragmatic of the lot. Great reading!“―Ian Irvine, “A promising, fast-paced debut that balances classic quest fantasy with modern sensibilities and liberal doses of humor.
Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Twitter: @amaysn1 In a year full of impressive fantasy debuts, Kings of The Wyld earned itself a top spot among the greats. ( Log Out / Eames is an excellent writer and funny with it too. And they call this civilization, he thought sourly. Lady Esbe read the Orbit paperback version of this selection. “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. Oh and also one of your friends has a kid who needs to be picked up at a party gone south.
Clay Cooper was once a member of Saga, the most renowned mercenary band in the world, ... “Kings of the Wyld took me back to my Dungeons and Dragons days. The story details Clay Cooper and his old ex-band of mercanaries getting back together when they learn one of his band mates' daughter, Rose, is in danger. BillMo read the Amazon Kindle version of this selection.
He’s married to the love of his life, and father to an insightful daughter. Read it now.”―Sam Sykes, “Absolutely awesome. How insignificant. The band gets into some serious and at times funny situations that just made me want to keep on reading. I enjoyed the evaluation of these topics because most fantasy characters I read are trying to prove themselves and seeking glory. But above all else, Kings of the Wyld is a book about friendship. While the whole point is to save Gabriel’s daughter, Rose, a rallying point for the team is Matrick. This is definitely not a literary masterpiece but damn, I had a lot of fun reading it. It's time to get the band back together for one last tour across the Wyld. He’s affable, fallible and quite frankly hilarious. However, we find that in our reality, it is clearly a major theme in this novel that deftly illustrates the issue at hand for each of our heroes. Their glory days long past, the mercs have… It hadn’t worked. Let me ask you a question, dear friends… Are you, perhaps, past your prime? Instead, I’ll have to content myself with waiting for the sequel, and reading it again.”―B&N SF & Fantasy Blog, “Brilliant debut novel… Eames has cranked the thrills of epic fantasy up to 11… Moreover, the plot is emotionally rewarding, original, and hilarious. It was a prerequisite, he figured, to be rich and evil. Too old to do the things we used to, no matter how good we were at doin’ ‘em. “We are each what the past made of us. “A fantastic read, a rollicking, page-turning, edge-of-your-seat road-trip of a book.
But if I have to pick, I’d say Clay & Gregor. Clay and his cast of 24 incredible entertainers show their versatility while performing all styles of music including country, rock n roll, gospel, and patriotic. I kind of felt sorry for Gabe at times, he had made some bad choices in life and was down on life and this was his chance to redeem himself. He wondered what might be caged in the bowels of that place even now, stirring restlessly in the dark, waiting for its chance to kill or be killed as a crowd of thousands looked on. ( Log Out / But above all else, Kings of the Wyld is a book about friendship. Posted by weatherwaxreport. There was one thing that puzzled me, though. I did, however, really dislike most of the bad guys… a whooooooooooole lot. Yet the deepest scars are often hidden and though a mirror might reveal our weakness, it reflects only a fraction of our strength. You could set one thing against another and find that one, if only by the weight of a feather, came out heavier. Due to issues I won’t reveal, he is imprisoned in stone for as many years as the band has been disbanded and once released, he’s as ready as he ever was to take on any foe that the band comes across. I hope we run into her again in future books. He was silly, but in a great way! Their priorities and motivations are different than a character who is trying to prove themselves. BillMo’s Favorite Character(s): Moog. He’s the quintessential absent-minded professor if you will. She’s trapped in a city that’s under siege by hordes of monsters … “But time did what it does best, didn’t it? No taxes meant no one to clean gutters or lay down stone for roads, and so Clay and Gabriel sloshed through what they hoped was mud as they passed through the wide-open gates into the city whose parents had hired a prostitute as a babysitter and never come home. It has powerful messages about the bonds of friendship, the price of glory, the fickleness of the media and the public, and, of course, aging and mortality. The singing, dancing, and hysterical comedy will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish! Kings of the Wyld Author: Nicholas Eames Published: February 21, 2017 Publisher: Orbit Books Ratings: 5/5 Book Synopsis 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. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Their glory days long past, the mercs have grown apart and grown old, fat, drunk – or a combination of the three. Since I won’t be going into too many details about the story, I will give you a bit of information on the main characters. And Eames has managed to stuff all of this content into a humorous, occasionally heartbreaking, absolutely entertaining story. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Even their old booker, Kallorek, is most definitely a user, if not a villain in his own right. Alas, he’s lost more than a step in his older age, but once he gets his daggers going, he’s a force to be reckoned with… until he trips over his own feet and well, you can figure out the rest from there. Dane is blind, and relies on his brother’s description to give him a frame of reference in the world. Quite an amazing story with amazing characters, now WHEN IS THE NEXT BOOK COMING OUT?!!! I loved the humor and all the characters including secondary characters we also get some magical creatures in the story.
I really love those guys.
Change ). One day when Clay is walking home from his mundane job, he finds Gabe, the former band leader on his porch. WHEN WE SEEK TO RULE ONLY OURSELVES, WE ARE EACH OF US KINGS. So despite his arrested development, the mental maturity still comes out as their quest moves on. ( Log Out / This book was crass, funny, sad, and awesome. A man to whom time has imparted great wisdom and an even greater waistline, whose thoughtless courage is rivalled only by his unquenchable thirst. In reality, a giant died much the same way anything else did: screaming and shitting itself. There was this herb that if you smoked it it could pretty much heal whatever ailed you, but the Band didn’t stock up on this shit.
Kings of the Wyld is an engaging and fun adventure where a band of mercenaries whose days have passed are coming together for a final time to rescue the daughter of their frontman. It’s only a thousand miles through a monster-infested forest. I’m sure I would have gotten through it faster if time allowed.
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