Genre: Adult, Fantasy
Publication Date: February 2017
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
Goodreads link: Kings of the Wyld
This was another book that I picked after it was recommended from one of my favourite Youtuber, Holly Heats Books, and as always I wasn’t disappointed.
Kings of the Wyld is a “getting out of retirement of one last job” story. A band of five getting back together to save the daughter of one of them. The story is very well written, action-packed with a touch on humour here and there. Might contain spoiler…
Things I liked:
- All the characters are very well written. They all have their own unique voice, personality and they offer something different to the band as well as the story.
- The relationships between all the characters are well crafted. By the end, you know and feel how close this band is and how much they love each other.
- I generally adore when an action/adventure book or movie has just a hint of comic relief without going overboard and turning it into stupid moments. And the author knows exactly when and where to add this little moment of humour to make you laugh without turning the story into ridicule. Love, love that!
- You never get bored. There is always something happening, twists and turns and obstacles being thrown to our heroes, without the story getting repetitive.
- They weren’t a lot of twists and most were obvious but one of them I didn’t see it coming. Maybe if I had paid more attention I could have seen it coming but I didn’t so I was quite surprised.
- The final battle. I spend the entire book wondering how 5 guys will manager to fight a whole army. And the answer wasn’t something that I was expecting and it was epic! Maybe with some clichés, like the “final speech to get people to follow you”, but they were all so well done!
Things I didn’t like:
- The fantasy world contains EVERY creature ever mentioned in fantasy, folk stories, and mythologies. From dragons and orcs to merpeople to vampires and werewolves. Which is amazing and interesting but… because there are so many creatures mentioned some of them are not described maybe because we should know how they look (?) and if you add all the author places and his own fantasy creature some time I got confused and overwhelmed and didn’t necessarily know what kind of creature the author is talking about and I couldn’t picture the scene properly in my mind.
- Magic has no rules. Which I don’t really mind but…. [Spoiler] at some point it was used in a way that kind of put me off. Towards the end, our primary MC loses his hand and I liked the fact that the author didn’t shy away from injuring his character but… this was fixed a chapter later with a magic potion that just made his hand grow back. What? Why? And this is where a draw the line on the “magic with no rules”. Don’t use random magic as a way to “fix” your character because you didn’t want them to be hurt after all! Scars are witness to our own story and our past. Those guys went through a crazy adventure they should have scares and injuries, so if one of them loses his hand during a battle why go back on that a chapter later with a convenient magic potion. I was quite mad about that part but it was just a minor part of the story.
Despite a couple of tiny details, I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it. It was one of the best books I’ve read so far this year.