Kings of the Wyld

Paperback, 529 pages

English language

Published April 11, 2017 by Orbit.

ISBN:
978-0-316-36247-4
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OCLC Number:
953598191

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4 stars (53 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"--

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

3 stars

It was said that the Free City drew all sorts, but mostly it drew all sorts of bad. Bright-eyed adventurers from all over Grandual came to Conthas with dreams of joining a band and touring the Wyld, and inevitably those dreams were distorted, like something reflected in a mirror made of shoddy glass. That, or they had the mirror broken over their heads.

I don't often dip into sword-and-sorcery fantasy like this often, which is kind of strange given the fact that I've either been in or have been actively running a D&D campaign pretty much continuously since 2015. You'd think that I'd be eating this kind of stuff up all the time, but reading this reminded me of why I tend to stay away from the genre with respect to my reading habits: it was an awesome, breakneck story that I feel like would've been more enjoyable in any …

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

4 stars

4.5/5

Amazing adventure, lots of laughs and great jokes. Clay was the best main character you can ask for, a loyal and solid man who got his friends through tough times and with great laughs. Loved the book and everyone in it, one of my favorites being Moog the wizard who always had a surprise up his sleeve.
The story was fun and exciting throughout and I loved the idea of a bunch of old out-of-prime adventurers coming back to do it one more time.
There were certainly some situations that were a bit too convenient but the story didn’t lose its charm because of them so they are easily excused.
Overall it was a fun read and I’m excited to read the next in the series.

Review of 'Kings of the wyld' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I picked this up at Vroman’s, my favorite local bookstore, because I liked the cover and the story sounded like fun. The basic premise is that mercenary bands are like rock stars and the main character has to “get the band back together” to save his friend’s daughter from a siege. The book is funny but not silly; one pull-quote on the cover compared it to Terry Pratchett’s work, which is a gross exaggeration, but did convince me to pick it up, so I suppose I can forgive the inaccuracy. Ultimately this is just a fun adventure. It takes the edge off of grimdark without feeling free of consequences.

Review of 'Kings of the wyld' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Imagine that after 20-25 years or so, you and your friends find the opportunity to play D&D again with your old characters. They've aged as you've aged. They've grown as you've grown, albeit without your guidance. And then... you get the band back together.

That's what it's like to read Kings of the Wyld. The setting is wild, humorous, and made for spectacle. Eames has set gentle hooks rooted in classic rock n' roll to get readers used to the in-jokes and the setting, but that's not the true appeal of this book. It's the characters.

Yes, there are scenes that are raucous and cinematic, but it's the moments between the chaos when the characters are interacting with each other that really give this book its heart. The wizard looking for an impossible cure. The warrior who desperately needs the help of his friends. The king seeking an escape. The …

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

4 stars

I can see why people loved this.
I'm torn between giving it 3 stars and 4, because while it wasn't what I want in a fantasy story, it is well-constructed for the type of story it is. Sadly, it's just not the type of story I like.

So what is it? It's a romp. A group of D&D archetypes in a world where D&D adventurers are treated like rock stars, quite literally. They're not just treated well: the story is framed as if they were a modern band in a medieval world, dealing with things a modern music act deals with. It is not a comedy, however, just a lighthearted adventure story.

It's packed with references to bands and music, which is not an area of trivia I'm great at, but I could identify things as references even where I wasn't sure what they were references to. Despite that, the …

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