Title: Kings of the Wyld | Series: The Band #1 | Author: Nicholas Eames | Publisher: Orbit | Publication date: February 21st 2017 | Num. Pages: 502 | Genre: Fantasy
5 stars – The best Debut of 2017
GLORY NEVER GETS OLD.
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.
Kings of the Wyld is an uproariously jovial clusterfuck of old dudes who are clinging with bloodied fingertips to their youth. They’re fat, old or drunk or a wicked combination of the three, there’s a couple of crazy ones, the king and then there’s Clay ‘Slowhand’ Cooper – he is the rock, the one solid guy in the band.
This book was a wicked debut from a new author who seems to have burst onto the fantasy scene swinging a mighty axe, Nicholas Eames is here ladies and gentlemen and he’s here to stay.
Last year I had the joy in meeting Mr Eames in London at Comic Con and he’s such a laidback guy it’s unreal. He’s managed to combine hard rock leanings with a fantasy background and he’s done it really well.
His characters – Clay ‘Slowhand’ Cooper, Golden Gabe, Arcandius Moog, Matrick ‘Skulldrummer’ and Ganelon – are the epitome of hard rock rabble rousers with a classic fantasy twist. They blow shit up in style, piss off whoever they want and live to tell the tale of their madness.
Nicholas Eames’ writing style was really easy to get along with – the book was funny throughout with the interspersed jokes thrown in seemingly willy-nilly, characters that were humourous without trying to be and there was a real nice flow to the whole book.
The plot line at first might seem a bit confusing but I assure you – wholeheartedly – that it only gets better as the book progresses, the band get back together! Although they’re old, fat or drunk, crazy or just downright weird the five men drag themselves together and make it so that they will relive their glory days.
The Kings of the Wyld relive their glory days in style, crossing the Heartwyld through trials and tribulations, through towns filled with cannibals, goblins, ice roads and storms. Dodging bounty hunters (to a point), blowing things up and causing all manner of hell raising, these boys sure know how to do things thoroughly.
Kings of the Wyld is easily the best debut I read in 2017 and I convinced my fiance to read it too.
I would highly highly recommend you read this book.