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Publisher's Summary

A stand-alone epic fantasy adventure featuring a band of legendary mercenaries set in the world of Kings of the Wyld from author Nicholas Eames, who has been hailed as "the voice of modern fantasy" by Michael R. Fletcher.

Live fast, die young. 

Tam Hashford is tired of working at her local pub, slinging drinks for world-famous mercenaries and listening to the bards sing of adventure and glory in the world beyond her sleepy hometown. 

When the biggest mercenary band of all rolls into town, led by the infamous Bloody Rose, Tam jumps at the chance to sign on as their bard. It's adventure she wants - and adventure she gets as the crew embark on a quest that will end in one of two ways: glory or death. 

It's time to take a walk on the wyld side.

For more from Nicholas Eames, check out Kings of the Wyld.

©2018 Nicholas Eames (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"I was a big fan of Kings of the Wyld, but I think Bloody Rose has actually topped it. Eames once again hits the perfect balance of humor and heart, irreverent references and real emotion. The characters are great, the adventure is epic, and he's slowly deepening the worldbuilding in a way that has me eager for more." (Django Wexler, author of The Thousand Names)

"Bloody Rose solidifies what Kings of the Wyld proved. Eames writes like a hurricane and has a voice like no one else in this genre." (Sam Sykes)

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Predictable Story & Bad Characters

The book feels rushed and lacks the depth of the first book in the series. When we are introduced to the narator of the story, we are given some early detail but the outstanding part of her is her sexuality, I'm all for inclusive and more modern takes on sexual identity, but the main footnote on this character is that she is a fan girl and she is into girls, woo...

The story is extremely predictable, the foreshadowing is about as subtle as a brick to the head. The characters except the shaman are barely fleshed out and the reader doesn't even get a chance to care about them. Midway through to book you will be able to see the ending coming with little deductions.

If your came from KOTW and you want to see what Gabe and Saga got up to you'll find some tidbits, but it's twice bitter and once sweet.


I really wanted to enjoy this book and came into it excited. I found myself in a constant state of cringing and disappointment. Maybe you will find it different, if you have the extra credits give it a shot and let me know.

Have a great day.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Change of Perspective

The MC of Kings of the Wyld was old, tiered, and world weary. This gave it a more cynical tone. Bloody Rose is narrated by a new character, Tam. She is young, energetic, and only getting started.

This makes for an interesting perspective that contrast with the first book.

I liked this story, the characters, and its connections to Kings of the Wyld. I like the strongly written female characters (MC included).

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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A solid sequel, if a bit less fun

'Bloody Rose' is the semi-stand alone sequel to Nicholas Eames's excellent 'Kings of the Wyld' and is a worthy follow up, despite not being as enjoyable as its predecessor.

Set approximately six years after the events of 'Kings of the Wyld', 'Bloody Rose' follows would-be bard Tam Hashford as she joins up with the infamous band Fable, fronted by the titular Bloody Rose, as they tour their way around Grandual in classic rockstar fashion, i.e. sex, drugs, and sold out arena shows. Whereas 'Kings of the Wyld' was about former legends coming to terms with age and glory days past, 'Bloody Rose' is about young superstars in their prime coming to terms with the shadows of the past they can't escape and the uncertainty of the future.

In a number of ways 'Bloody Rose' is deeper and more complex than 'Kings of the Wyld'. However, this comes at the cost of not being as fun or adventurous. While 'Bloody Rose' was certainly enjoyable, it lacked the energy and humor of 'Kings of the Wyld'. This is understandable given the darker edge found throughout 'Bloody Rose', both in the overall plot and in the characters themselves. This is demonstrated by the brokenness of the characters, and the scars they bear from troubled pasts. But part of what made 'Kings of the Wyld' so good was that it ignored the grimdark fantasy trend and doubled down on fun. None of this is to say 'Bloody Rose' is a bad story, rather it is a more grown-up story, and growing up is not always fun and sunshine.

Katherine Fenton's narration is good, and the majority of the voices she does are clear and unique. Her performance during some of the action scenes and dramatic moments was a bit underwhelming and didn't convey the intensity needed, but she wasn't bad.

'Bloody Rose' is good, and it expands and grows the world of Grandual, adding much needed history and depth to the world and its inhabitants. While I enjoyed 'Kings of the Wyld' more, 'Bloody Rose' is a solid and necessary progression in terms of characterization and world building. The diversity and humanity of the characters reflects Eames’s growth as an author, and I, for one, can’t wait for the next book.

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  • Colin
  • atascadero, CA, United States
  • 10-03-18

Young Adult Fiction

If you came into this book looking for more of Kings of the Wyld you will probably be disappointed. This is young adult fantasy fiction so if that's not your thing, you should probably save your credit. I was on a 26 hour drive so figured YA or not, I'd give it a go; I was pretty disappointed. Plot was very predictable, characters were flimsy and the book just didn't have the "fun factor" that Kings of the Wyld had.

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No a sequel - not really.

I sorely missed the sarcastic humor I enjoyed so much in Kings of the Wylde. With strong lesbian overtones, a voice that made tough characters sound like 10 year olds and a battle scene that went on for way too many chapters, I was disappointed in this book.

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slow start, but ultimately fun story

first quarter or so reads like young adult fiction, possibly designed to embarrass the author's daughter. eventually hits stride with more action and story telling. fun, though not quite as amusing as the first. strong emotional ending. interesting insight into the life of a band.

the narrator did an impressive job differentiating characters. it was difficult to imagine it was the same reader at times.

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  • Patrick
  • Woodstock, GA, United States
  • 09-15-18

Not as good as the Previous book

Seemed like a YA book with a lot of cursing. It was trying to be preachy about the adversary. The author felt it necessary to go over the same point too many times. It got boring

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meh

yeah I struggled a bit with slow moving of the story. it was a good but average. now the KINGS, that good was real goo but the characters were funny as S##t together. I bit of a let done but I have another I'm bought to read so , Cheerio darling

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  • Matthew
  • Kansas City, MO, United States
  • 09-13-18

It's good

It’s good, but this is not the sequel to or style of Kings of the Wyld, instead it is a book in the world of Kings of the Wyld.

Kings of the Wyld was a satire of the rock scene painted in the brush of high fantasy. Bloody Rose, on the other hand, is just a high fantasy novel. So this doesn’t make the book bad by any means, but it is something you should know so that you don’t go in with the wrong expectations.

The world that is shared by the two books in this series is a fascinating one that is a great fun to explore. This is what makes the book good. The faults of this book lie in a case of identity crisis. It doesn’t know if it wants to continue the satire of the first book and promptly drops it near the beginning, it doesn’t know if it wants to be a coming of age novel, it doesn’t know if it wants to be an classic adventure fantasy book, it just doesn’t seem to know. So there is a loss of cohesion there.

Don’t get me wrong, this is still a very good book and I recommend it to fans of fantasy. Eames is an impeccable writer of prose and characters, so I am sure you will enjoy the trip. As I said before, I recommend this to fans of the first with the caveat that it is no longer a satire, and I recommend it to fans of fantasy.

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Same world, new characters

I thought the story was good, but it did seem more serious and less tongue-in-cheek than Kings of the Wild. I do like how the author maintained continuity with the first book while moving on to new characters. Katherine Fenton did a good job reading; it was a little disconcerting hearing characters from the first book with different voices, but I think it was the right call to have a different reader.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful