• Kings of the Wyld

  • The Band, Book 1
  • By: Nicholas Eames
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Series: The Band, Book 1
  • Length: 17 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 02-23-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (49 ratings)

Regular price: $21.31

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of Fantasy Faction's Best Fantasy Book of the 2017 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 100,000 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. 
©2017 Nicholas Eames (P)2017 Little Brown Book Group
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Critic Reviews

"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)
"A fantastic read, a rollicking, page-turning, edge-of-your-seat road-trip of a book." (John Gwynne)
"Could very well be the debut of the year." (Fantasy Book Review)
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Customer Reviews

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2 out of 5 stars
By znidarsic.blaz on 12-20-17

The narrator is chosen poorly

The "Murican" accept doesn't fit the book or is even preformed in a coherent fashion. Somehow it sucks the life out of the book while making it seem that it's being narrated by a 13 year old trying way too hard to make the main character seem though and masculine. There's little to no nuance. Alternate voices for other characters aren't that bad but the intonation and tone overall are quite drab for my ears Considering returning the book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Constantin Pietschmann on 08-06-18

refreshing taste of comedic fantasy

I'm not usually someone who enjoys comedy, but I was pleasantly surprised with this one. the perfect flair of self-referential fantasy clichés, dark grit, humour and D&D references. I fun ride.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mads on 03-05-17

Gritty and humorous.

If you could sum up Kings of the Wyld in three words, what would they be?

Camaraderie, adventure and nutjobs.

What other book might you compare Kings of the Wyld to, and why?

I could definetly compare this to Abercrombie's "The first law" series. It shares many themes, though this book is better. It has a broader spectrum of emotions. It's quite funny, even though it can at times be dark. You feel for the characters in it, you care.

Have you listened to any of Jeff Harding’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I havent, I don't think. He was great though. I was a bit sceptical due to the accent, but it worked really well. He manages to differentiate voices very well, he adds feeling and emotion at the right times... When there is humour, he makes you honestly think that the character finds whatever is going on amusing.
He even pulls of gritty voices. I am pleased.

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

It is very long, so no.. But I did finish it in a couple of days, it was more or less impossible to put down.

Any additional comments?

Never heard of either the author or the narrator before, but this was just magnificent... It's like finding a brand of whisky that you've never even heard of before, sampling it and finding something that has the exact amount of sweetness and complexity, countered by a smokey and warm taste.. With an after touch of sensation that leaves you considering it even after you've finished.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 02-28-17

A refreshing and enjoyable take on a classic tale

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

The fantasy is preserved and surprisingly improved upon by the wry and sharp humour which affectionately pokes fun at all the tropes fantasy stories are reputed to embrace.

What other book might you compare Kings of the Wyld to, and why?

It's hard to find a story to accurately compared KotW to - it would be more appropriate to describe it as Game of Thrones tones interlaced with Diskworld humour.

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

The charming southern drawl possessed by the majority of the main cast make it easy to find yourself attached to them - however the character of Clay Cooper, who effectively narrates the story and takes the listener on the journey with him is a particularly charismatic figure, whose tones made the entire experience akin to listening to a friend tell your their life story.

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5 out of 5 stars
By narda on 09-20-17

Tough as nails are the Kings of the Wyld

I only brought this book because Jeff Harding was the narrator, I think Jeff could even make a bad book sound book. I really enjoyed this story, lots was Witt an humor, filled with fantasy characters an lots of action.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By lillian patterson on 05-05-17

Fantastic!

One of my favourite authors Mark Tufo mentioned he was reading Kings of the Wyld. I thought I'd see what it was like.
Nicholas Eames you have a new fan. Jeff Harding is a great narrator. Laughed out loud in parts.
The battle scenes were enthralling. Great book. Had every supernatural creature and then some.

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