Sunday, July 2, 2017
Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
The Band - Book 1
This book was highly recommended throughout the fantasy book blogosphere over the winter - it was published in February - and I think it's the author's first book. Anyway, I quite enjoyed it!
Kings of the Wyld is one one of the new flavours of fantasy, mixing grimdark with humour with epic and of course, magic. It's the tale of a group, a band if you will, of aging warriors/adventurers/mercenaries teaming up together for one last mission. I saw the book described as Lord of the Rings meets Guardians of the Galaxy and you know, that description works!
I actually loved all the characters. The main character is Clay Cooper and I think he really was my favourite. Or maybe it was Ganelon... hell, I really loved them all. Cranky old men whose bones creak and crack, who reminisce about the old days but can still get the job done. The banter and the quips that fly back and forth between them worked very well and brought me to laughter on more than one occasion. The narrative also, at times, would take on a humourous aside that I also appreciated.
Rollicking is a word that's been used to describe Kings of the Wyld and it's a perfect word for it. The tale is a complete one even if it seems to be the first in the series. The story of the band, Saga, has come to an end even though we're going to see familiar characters in other books it seems. And that's okay. It's perfect, as a matter of fact!
A good, fun read!