Title: Kings of the Wyld
Series: The Band #1
Author(s): Nicholas Eames
Release Date: February 21st 2017
Who said old geezers didn’t know how to have fun? I know I won’t after reading Kings of the Wyld. This book single-handedly rejuvenated every lifeless cell in my body. What Nicholas Eames brings to the table is an exquisite and juicy adventure with raw friendship sharpened by the experience that comes from doing the impossible.
Now let me tell you all about Clay Cooper. Old and content with a stable life alongside his wife and daughter, he had no worries to torture him at night and a fresh brew of whatever he wanted to look forward to in the morning. There simply was nothing that could stagger the old man until the knock on his door promised to toss him right back into a life that he had long abandoned. This is where hid buddy Gabriel arrives with a favour that only a long-established friend could understand. The words came right at him like a dreaded crazy ex-girlfriend you’ve been avoiding for years:
And upon uttering these words, Clay Cooper found himself dragged back into what he whole-heartedly wished was just a good ol’ joke by a good ol’ friend. The words still reverberates through my mind from the moment I first read them. They sounded innocent and didn’t hiss like a viper at first, but when Nicholas Eames smoothly unveils the history of this band, Saga, that has known fame in Grandual like no other, you knew they were in for some big shit hitting the big fan. Saving Gabriel’s only daughter from the inhuman dangers that lurk in Heartwyld is what will ultimately bring this band to reunite and attempt to repeat history. Only that it has been almost twenty years since they had slain anything but ham for breakfast.
Two things really stand out in this tour de force: the characters and the humour. Reuniting the band inevitably means putting together five different characters with each of their own individual baggage together. After almost two decades of inactivity, none of them are what they used to be. But getting back together with those friends with whom you had the most fun in your life is also a hell of a trip that will bring everyone down memory lane. Throughout Kings of the Wyld, a whole analogy to bands—the rock star kind—also shines within all the danger they go through. The cool part is that each of these dudes have a special bond with their weapons, similar to rock stars and their instruments. Half of the fun is seeing them make use of their weapons to play some of the most deadliest tunes.
But the humour? The goddamn humour is bloody brilliant. It is their genuine banter that really got me attached to every single one of them. With their personalities, it was almost impossible to not love every one of them as they all strive to win me over. I honestly don’t know how Nicholas Eames did it, but this is the most fun I had since reading The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. And honestly, I didn’t think I’d find any other author who’d be able to bring to life such an awesome chemistry between such badass characters. But the humour doesn’t bloom alone. With the help of an astonishingly beautiful world-building, there was so many different cues to work with and deliver hilarious moments.
In fact, Kings of the Wyld is overflowing with every possible creature that epic fantasy has ever created. With Nicholas Eames masterful writing skills, he incorporates everything seamlessly and humourously conveys the danger that lurks in this universe. Even if you turn out to giggle at the atrocities that crawl around, you’ll sooner or later end up finding out that the exploits of this band back in the days was no joke. They’ve done the impossible and they are now in for another frenzied adventure. It might seem linear at first, but don’t fret. You’re in for a surprise with these fellas. Nothing ever goes according to plan, and that’s probably the best part of it all. Bring on the next book already. I’m dying here!
MY OVERALL RATING: ★★★★★
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