Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames

Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
Kings of the Wild by Nicholas Eames. This edition Orbit, 2017

Damn, but this book is good. It’s another one that reads like pretty much every D&D game I’ve ever played in, and it wouldn’t surprise me to learn the author worked out the plot by simply rolling on a random encounter table for every chapter.

The main premise is that a bunch of retired monster hunting mercenaries come out of retirement to rescue their frontman’s daughter from a besieged city. Along the way they run afoul of their old manager, a slightly tyrannical gorgon and the fae son of one of their old adversaries, as well as a host of monsters recognisable to any veteran role-player. The narrative itself is presented as part epic fantasy, part rockumentary and part road trip and literally rolls off the page at a fair old pace.

All in all, I really enjoyed this book. There were moments of laugh out loud humour, moments of gut-wrenching sadness, and everything in between. Definitely one I’d recommend to fans of epic fantasy with a slightly absurd twist. A good 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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