Kings of the Wyld

The Band #1

Paperback, 529 pages

English language

Published April 11, 2017 by Orbit.

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3 stars (5 reviews)

"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"--

2 editions

reviewed Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames

Kings of the Wyld - A Fun Ride

4 stars

I enjoyed this book. The pacing and overall tone reminded me of John Scalzi or Joe Abercrombie. The plot is predictable in places, but that doesn't really hurt the story. There are a number of moments where just the right thing happens at just the right time, and the story does get a little into the "nothing real bad will happen and if it does it will be ok later" territory, but for the most part that didn't bother me.

If you are looking for a deep thinking, obtuse plot where nothing is spelled out for you, this book is not that. If you're looking for a fun read with interesting takes on fantasy tropes, with more or less likable characters, this might be more your speed.

All in all it was an enjoyable read and I will check out the sequel at some point.

Review of 'Kings of the Wyld' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

An enjoyable enough fantasy romp stuffed to the brim with the usual fantasy tropes. What did end up annoying me though was the overuse of dei ex machina, which eventually nullified any suspense at the outcome of most situations.

A quick word of praise for the narrator of this Audible recording, who I felt did an excellent job.

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