Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
My rating ✰5✰
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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.
This book has a lot of baggage for me. It was the gift I received at the last holiday we had as family with my husband still living and largely conscious. I was reading this book the whole last month of his life as I watched him degrade day by day. I read it to him in the hospital and while holding his hand as he got closer and closer to death first in our home and then his father’s house where he finally died. This book was by my side or in my purse during all of the worst parts of my husband’s death. It was the last book I was reading as a happily married woman and the first book I finished as a newly widowed single mother. Even so I loved this book. I think I would have loved it even more without all of this negative surrounding it.
This book was so much fun! From a battle where everyone had erections, to getting robbed by the same group of thieves multiple times and then rescued by them, to a wizard getting beat up by his own magical weapon, this was just a crazy and fun ride. I was constantly impressed with how the author managed a cliff hanger at the end of every single chapter. I wanted to just keep reading, even when I really couldn’t.
This book made me miss my Dungeons and Dragons days a whole lot. I used to play with my late husband. I don’t know that I could ever play again at this point due to missing him so intensely, but this book gave me all the excitement of the various battles and stories along the way to the main mission. And the overall quest, to save one of their daughters, was amazing to follow as well.
The characters were all so wonderful. Fully crafted and complex and so fun to get to get to know. I enjoyed every minute of this bloody and hilarious adventure. My husband would have adored this book. There were so many points in the story where I could picture his face as he would have laughed.
The end had me in tears wishing for the same thing for myself and knowing that I could never have it.
This story was so worth the wait it took for me to get a copy and to read it. It is definitely one of my new all time favorite books.