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Kings of the Wyld

Written by: Nicholas Eames
Narrated by: Jeff Harding
Series: The Band, Book 1
Length: 17 hrs and 49 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Glory never gets old.

Clay Cooper and his band were once the best of the best, the most feared and renowned 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 - 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.

©2017 Nicholas Eames (P)2017 Hachette Audio

What the critics say

"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)
"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)

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Fantastic

A must listen, the story is a beautiful twist on the typical adventure and is read and voiced perfectly.

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Awesome!

I felt it started slow, but gained momentum. It was worth waiting through the build up.

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loved the concept

great idea and well executed loved the idea of getting the band back together and then having a special appearance of Neil "the" younger excellent

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you need this book

this is the best book you've never heard, pick it up right now, seriously what else are you going to do?

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A must-read for any Fantasy lover

The story is like an incredible combination of the movie RED (Retired, Extremely Dangerous) and a crazy college Dungeons and Dragons session. The tone, a hillarious combination of the writing style of Joe Abercrombie and Monty Python. The book inspires scenes of incredible awe and gut busting comedy, sometimes dancing on the line of going over the top, yet miraculously maintains a strong heart and manages to be surprisingly moving. If you are a fan of the fantasy genre, I cannot recommend this book strongly enough.

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Swords, Sorcery, and Laughs

A really fun fantasy adventure story with a sense of humour and refreshingly modern egalitarian sensibilities. The narrator's delivery is great, doing multiple voices as a seasoned voice actor. His comedic timing is also impeccable, making humourous writing laugh-out-loud funny at times.

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Great book with great narration!

Love this book start to finish. Although I havent listened to a ton of audiobooks this was easy my favorite narrator.

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Fantastic

Such a fun book and a great narration. The voices gave it a real Lynrd Skynyrd vibe. I enjoyed it the whole way through.

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Very laid back story

very enjoyable! Great book for a easy relaxing fantasy read/listen, looking forward tovthe sequel

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pretty good, not great not terrible.

it's like R.E.D. but for D and D. one liners and " we're getting to old for this shit". Narrator so so with a story that starts to flag at the end. worth a listen though

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  • Damon
  • 2017-07-08

Awesome

Great book. Solid characters, interesting world, good story and, best of all, freakin' hilarious. If you want a fast paced, but solid fantasy entry that'll make you laugh (and experience other emotions), look no further. Excellent first novel that I fully recommend, and doubly so if you have any affection for bands and/or rock-n-roll (but totally not necessary).

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  • James H
  • 2017-08-21

A lot better than I expected

Get this out of the way quick, there is a constant running joke/reference to mercenaries be like rock bands. I'm not sure why the author leaned in so hard on this and while it can be light hearted and fun sometimes, it is so prevalent that it becomes a bit heavy handed sometimes. In the end though I think it makes the story less intense and more enjoyable.

Completely strip that from the book, and you would still have a pretty d@mn amazing book. The main characters are all great, flawed, complex, different and each one you genuinely want to root for. Clay is about as good as they come to, with a constant struggle of righteous ness. The humor is genuinely funny, but it still has great emotional depth and a sincerity about it. Story arcs just about right, without being over the top on action, and hitting any stagnation.

This is HIGH fantasy, about as much as any book I've read, which isn't a positive or negative for me, just a call out.

I am really considering giving it a second listen, and I just finished this yesterday.

If you are okay with high fantasy and a little over the top running joke, then I can't recommend this book enough.

Enjoy.

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  • Z. Bouis
  • 2017-10-19

Its all part of my rock 'n roll fantasy

Am I the only one to think of using that headline for this book? It's very fitting.

This is not a fantasy novel you read if you want depth and long drawn out lore and worldbuilding with character family trees and lineages to research, maps to pore over, etc. This is a callback to fantasy novels where it's all just about some rollicking barbarians breaking shit and hitting things with a sword. Drinking, carousing, fighting, loving, etc. At the same time, the twist is, (and the running joke throughout the novel) is that this fantasy universe takes a lot of cues from the history of American rock music and these mercenaries are "getting the band back together."

So, Clay Cooper and his friends used to be the baddest, toughest band of mercs the world had ever seen. They were legends in their own time and accomplished feats most thought to be utterly impossible. And then they retired. Now, they're all in their 50s, washed up and burnt out, until their old leader Golden Gabe, comes by with a request for one last journey into dangerous territory, that he can only trust his old bandmates to accomplish.

Most of the novel is the band coming back together, reconnecting, and rediscovering their old skills, but the latter part of the novel (and the most interesting in my opinion) mostly details their journey through the HeartWyld, which is this mysterious magical forest which is supposed to be the most dangerous place on earth, as it's filled with monsters and magic and cannibal tribes. The actual finale of the book, which I don't want to spoil, ended up being very quick and almost rushed in my opinion, but still satisfying.

The rock and roll references aren't too heavy, but they're still apparent in some places. They get attacked by a group of bounty hunters with their faces painted like KISS for example. This novel is fun. But don't let that distract you from the real emotional depth with some of these characters. As well as there being a really good core story about a group of washed up heroes trying to remember what made them so great in the first place. And Clay Cooper, the focus of the novel, is really the moral cornerstone of the whole thing, and an infinitely likeable character.

If you're just looking for a light, fun fantasy read, this would definitely get my recommendation. If you feel like you need to learn a new language and memorize tables of lore to understand a magic system, it might not be for you.

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  • Edward Jones
  • 2019-08-16

It's pretty alright

Some good ideas and an interesting story but this book feels really full of itself. People online were constantly citing the humor as a notable positive but I didnt find any humor; just poor attempts at jokes. It's fine. Not great but also not bad. Worth a read, just temper your expectations and don't take it too seriously.

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  • Evan Essen
  • 2019-05-19

overrated

I don't understand why so many people are giving this a high rating. I couldn't even finish it. All of the reviews that I read said that it was hilarious but I found the humor to be cliche, repetitive, and low brow.

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  • Matthew
  • 2017-03-07

Locke Lamora Meets the Blues Brothers

Any additional comments?

Like a world class chef took my comfort food and turned it into a thousand dollar a plate meal.

A TL;DR: After 200+ books, this is the first one that is truly like Lies of Locke Lamora, except I like this one more.

This is a tale of a group of buddies that were great back in the day, nay, the greatest group of mercenary heroes in the land. Now, however, families and middle age have set in with the group having gone their separate ways. This was likely how it would end if not for the band's (oh yes, that is the pun and joke that drives this whole tale) frontman showing up on the doorstep of the protagonist of this tale, Slow-hand Clay. Of course, to get the band back together, they have to convince the Crazy wizard, the murderous thief turned king, the stone cold killer that was imprisoned, and maybe a bard that won't die first. Oh and if they do get the band back together, they have to avoid old enemies, old friends, a forest where dang near everything wants to kill you, and up and coming new bands!

Are you sold yet? No? There are bunny rabbit eared elves that are total jerks, a vicious fascinating world, and cunning (crazy) plans (dumb luck) to get them out of all those things when the greatest enemy is they are just getting too old for this [crap].

Do you like adventures? Humor? Wonderful tales? Interesting worlds? The Blues Brothers? Gentlemen Bastards? Silly wizards? Terrible odds that are defeated in actual believable ways? Then I recommend this book to you.

PS: It says this is part of a series, and I hope it is, but this book is effectively stand-alone.

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  • lisa wilson
  • 2017-09-26

A Wyld Ride!

Let me just say that I've been an Audible member since 2009 and this has been the most I've ever been entertained by a book. It was fun to listen to, full of adventure, and peppered with humor. The storyline was never dull and the author's descriptions of people and places really sparked the imagination. His characters feel like real people and I am actually going to miss them now that I've finished the book. The narrator was excellent. He has a wide range of voices for different characters and I could always tell which character was speaking even during strings of dialogue. Even his female voices were excellent and never sounded forced or faked. All in all, this book was a sheer pleasure. I really hope they pair this author and narrator again. I'm really looking forward to the next book. Until then, I'll just have to satisfy myself by listening to this one again.

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  • Drew Pearson
  • 2017-03-02

My First Review! Kings of the Wyld

Would you consider the audio edition of Kings of the Wyld to be better than the print version?

I enjoyed the audio version enough to go back and reread in print or ebook.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Kings of the Wyld?

No spoilers, but any scene with Moog, the wizard of the band. He was equal parts brilliant and teetering on the edge of insanity.

Which character – as performed by Jeff Harding – was your favorite?

Clay Cooper was the central figure. I become thoroughly engaged as his past, present, and future unfolded.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! I found myself staying in my car to finish a chapter. I rushed home to plug into the wifi speakers to listen as I cooked in the kitchen. I even gave up watching (*GASP*) TV to finish.

Any additional comments?

It has a fantastic mix of humor, fantasy, and adventure. Potential listeners should be advised that it contains adult language.

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  • Nathanael
  • 2020-02-21

What a waste

Wow- don’t waste your time with this mess. The main cast doesn’t live up to their “legend” and who could write a more helpless wizard. A disaster from the start.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-10-03

unique take on fantasy

I loved this book so much! You always hear about young adventurers seeking out their first quest for fame and glory; but this is long past glory days. These are tired old men who join back together for a real purpose and against all odds succeed.

I'm in love with the unique way this story is told, and I love all the cursing and incredibly vivid descriptions. I love the wylds and the eerie feeling that overall part of the book has and l adore the strange, unidentifiable creatures. When they found the owl bear cubs I literally squealed, it was one of the most memorable moments in a book to me ever. I can't wait for the next book, I hope it comes out soon.

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