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.
"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)
"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)
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Locke Lamora Meets the Blues Brothers
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.
My First Review! Kings of the Wyld
I enjoyed the audio version enough to go back and reread in print or ebook.
No spoilers, but any scene with Moog, the wizard of the band. He was equal parts brilliant and teetering on the edge of insanity.
Clay Cooper was the central figure. I become thoroughly engaged as his past, present, and future unfolded.
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.
It has a fantastic mix of humor, fantasy, and adventure. Potential listeners should be advised that it contains adult language.
- Drew Pearson