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Kings of the Wyld (#1 Band)

Nicholas Eames



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Orbit Books
28 February 2017
Fantasy; Epic Fantasy; Dark Fantasy / Grimdark; Heroic; Questing & Adventure; Humourous Fantasy; Mythological Creatures, People & Places; Mercenaries Fantasy; David Gemmell Legend Award
Clay Cooper and his band were once the best of the best - the meanest, dirtiest, most feared and admired crew of mercenaries this side of the Heartwyld. But their glory days are long past; the mercs have grown apart and grown old, fat, drunk - or a combination of the three. Then a former bandmate turns up at Clay's door with a plea for help: his daughter Rose is trapped in a city besieged by an enemy horde one hundred thousand strong and hungry for blood. Rescuing Rose is the kind of impossible 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.

GALAXY BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Many years ago, Clay Cooper retired from the greatest Band in all the Heartwyld. Now he lives the simple life with his wife and young daughter. That is until his former bandmate and leader Gabriel shows up at his house begging for his help; Gabe's daughter is in mortal peril and only the old Band has the skills (and the crazy) needed to rescue her.

Set in a well-built and intriguing fantasy world where mercenaries are viewed like a mixture of celebrity rock stars and superheroes, with plenty of action-packed battles, amusing dialogue and a steady stream of mythological monsters to slay, Kings of the Wyld is an adventure that comes highly recommended for lovers of fantasy, questing and D&D. I certainly enjoyed this book and hope it won’t be the last time that this particular Band of rogues makes a comeback tour! – Tamara
By:   Nicholas Eames
Imprint:   Orbit Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Volume:   Book One
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 33mm
Weight:   360g
ISBN:   9780356509020
ISBN 10:   0356509028
Series:   Band
Pages:   544
Publication Date:   28 February 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Nicholas Eames was born to parents of infinite patience and unstinting support in Wingham, Ontario. Though he attended college for theatre arts, he gave up acting to pursue the infinitely more attainable profession of 'epic fantasy novelist'. Kings of the Wyld is his first novel. Nicholas loves black coffee, neat whiskey, the month of October and video games. He currently lives in Ontario, Canada, and is probably writing at this very moment.

Reviews for Kings of the Wyld (#1 Band)

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 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 Absolutely awesome. 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. -- Jon Hollins, author of DRAGON LORDS: FOOL'S GOLD It was 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, author of MALICE A promising, fast-paced debut that balances classic quest fantasy with modern sensibilities and liberal doses of humor. Huzzah! -- Alex Marshall, author of A CROWN FOR COLD SILVER 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 humour. Great reading! -- Ian Irvine Nicholas Eames brings brazen fun and a rock & roll sensibility to the fantasy genre -- Sebastien de Castell, author of TRAITOR'S BLADE I had a brilliant time reading this book. Kings of the Wyld is escapism of my favourite type - noble quests, edge of the seat action and well-rounded, likeable characters that carve out their own unique definition of family -- Forbidden Planet Manages to be 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 Kings of the Wyld is awesome, and quite possibly one of the best debut novels I've ever read ... This is, without a shadow of a doubt, unmissable -- TINY REVIEWS This will be one of THE books of 2017. Brilliant, innovative, immersive and just pure fun to read. -- THE BOOK PLANK There are gladiatorial arenas, aerial battles, pissed off dragons, crazy portal-hopping madcap assassins ... It is goofy and silly and fast-moving and explodey. And it does all those things well ... Wyld also works hard to make its characters meaningful - you're not just along for the craaaaazy ride, you actually care about the other passengers -- PORNOKITSCH An extremely entertaining debut ...Thoroughly recommended -- SFF WORLD Joe Abercrombie meets Terry Pratchett, and that is not praise I would give lightly -- FANTASY REVIEW BARN Amid all the airship battles and forest chases there's a vulnerability, a charm born from affection and nostalgia -- SFX, five star review I only have two questions that remain unanswered - (1) Where do I get my Saga tour t-shirt? (2) When does the second book come out? ... A highly recommended debut, I can't wait for more -- THE ELOQUENT PAGE An entertaining, brilliantly crafted adventure ... You'll fall in love with the members of Saga and want to cheer them on every step of the way ... From the first page to the last, Kings of the Wyld is a rollicking fast-paced novel with just the right amount of grit and wit -- BIBLIOSANCTUM Kings of the Wyld does everything right ... Nicholas Eames knows how to write and, more importantly, he knows how to pace and structure a novel. He mixes action and humor in equal measure, and weaves genuine emotion into the heroics. It's a fun novel, but one where sorrow and melancholy are always lurking just under the narrative ... I loved the characters, loved the journey and even loved the climax ... Kings of the Wyld is a fantastically fun read, from beginning to end, and I am already looking forward to the sequel. -- BEAUTY IN RUINS Fantastic ... Eames is an author that has the potential to set gene trends with this book -- BOOKWORM BLUES Readers will not be able to put this book down -- BOOKLIST Kings of the Wyld is rollicking, explosive fun from cover to cover ... written with exuberance and elan. Always assured, Eames strikes the same balance as Pratchett at his best, drawing humour from the conventions and tropes of high fantasy while also clearly loving them -- BLUE BOOK BALLOON Kings of the Wyld is, quite simply enormous fun ... a splendid rollercoaster of the most rollicking kind ... I adored this book. It's gone immediately onto my Books of 2017 list and I will pester you mercilessly to read it -- ESPRESSO COCO It's superbly written, full of action, has a really solid plot line that never lets up, some of the most awesome characters I've ever read, and a really well built world full of all kinds of mythological and legendary creatures ... This book is a hilarious romp from start to finish. I laughed my ass off. What a great debut from Nicholas Eames -- SUPERSTAR DRIFTER

  • Short-listed for David Gemmell Ravenheart Award for Best Cover Art 2018 (UK)
  • Short-listed for Gemmell Morningstar Award for Fantasy Debut 2018 (UK)

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