This book is a wicked good time. As someone who grew up on 70s/80s rock, the idea of reimagining monster fighting mercenaries as touring rock bands makes my heart pitter patter. Saga being the retired “we’ve seen it all, smoked it all, fought it all” on a comeback tour/rescue mission is ingenious and hilarious. Read this if you love adventure, laughs, and amazing band names.
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.
WINNER OF THE DAVID GEMMELL MORNINGSTAR AWARD FOR BEST FANTASY DEBUT.
WINNER OF THE REDDIT/FANTASY AWARD FOR BEST DEBUT FANTASY NOVEL.
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"George R. R. Martin meets Terry Pratchett."—Buzzfeed Books
"Kings of the Wyld is gritty but not grim. It was a blast to read, from start to finish. The boys are getting the band back together, and woe be to anyone who stands in their way. Magic swords, broken promises, and some of the craziest action you're likely to read this side of the Wyld. Reading this book made me want to grab a sword and set off on an epic quest."
"A fantastic read, a rollicking, page-turning, edge-of-your-seat road-trip
of a book. Great characters, loveable rogues
that I genuinely cared about and all manner of fantastical monsters. All spiced with a sly sense of humour that had me smiling throughout. Wonderful."—John Gwynne
"A comedy, an adventure tale, a consideration on growing older, and a sendup of fantasy conventions, all at the same time. It also has heart. In short: it rocks....I finished this book in one night. If I could, I'd see the tour, and buy the t-shirt.
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. Eames clearly set out to write something fun to read, and he has succeeded spectacularly.
"—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Fantastic, funny, ferocious. Hugely recommended. Read it now."—Sam Sykes
If the Beatles held a concert tomorrow (with all the necromancy required for that to happen), it still wouldn't be as good a 'getting the band back together' story as this. Full of heroes, humor, and heart.
"Nicholas Eames brings brazen fun and a rock & roll sensibility
to the fantasy genre."—Sebastien de Castell
"A fantastic epic fantasy!
Just the right smidgen of tongue-in-cheek to work wonderfully. Go read."—Django Wexler
"An absolutely outstanding debut . . . [It has] all the heart and passion that great fantasy can bring in the hands of a master.
"Kings of the Wyld
took me back to my Dungeons and Dragons days. It has well-crafted characters long past their best but still fighting, non-stop fantasy action
and welcome touches of humor. Great reading!
"A promising, fast-paced debut that balances classic quest fantasy with modern sensibilities and liberal doses of humor. Huzzah!"—Alex Marshall
"An outstanding debut which will make you laugh and cry and hold your breath. This is a book that has it all.
"—K. J. Parker
"Escapism of my favorite type - noble quests, edge-of-the-seat action, and well-rounded, likeable characters that carve out their own unique definition of "family". If you like your fantasy gritty and your humor dark, then this is the next book for you.
"Nicholas Eames is the voice of modern fantasy."—Michael R. Fletcher
"Eames' debut fantasy tale has it all....Readers will not be able to put this book down
."—Booklist (starred review)