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
Author: Nicholas Eames
Release Date: 30/08/2018
My Chosen Format: Paperback
My Rating of ‘Bloody Rose’: 5 out of 5
Nicholas Eames returns to the world of heavy-metal fantasy in this fast-paced sequel to Kings of the Wyld (Click HERE for that review)! Get ready to experience the touring lifestyle like never before. You get the drinking, the drugs, the sex and …goblins, orcs, owlbears and every other conceivable monster under the sun thrown in for good measure.
I got to meet the author when attending Comic Con in London this past October and having the chance to get a signed copy of this quickly solved the dilemma I was having as to whether I should get the physical version or get the audio book (I already own the audio version of Kings of the Wyld).
Bloody Rose is one heck of a thrill-ride. I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I enjoyed Kings of the Wyld, but I think this may even top the first book. Which, considering it is set a few years in the future with a different main cast of characters, is a surprising thing. I got attached to Clay, Gabe, Moog and his owlbears. I wanted them to carry on kicking and slashing their way across the world. One thing the Kings of the Wyld perhaps beat Bloody Rose for was humour. Bloody Rose was still funny, but when Moog is a main character, I’m afraid he adds so much hilarity that any book without him in the main cast just can’t match.
The fresh faces in Bloody Rose’s band (Fable) grow on you very quick. Brunne, the shaman who can turn himself into an animal to fight his enemies, was just downright awesome. His attitude and the way he meshed with the summoner, Cura, was perfect. I won’t (although I’d like nothing more) go into great detail about each character and their abilities as it’ll leave nothing for the reader to uncover for themselves.
The story itself, is told through the eyes of Tam Hashford, the daughter of a famous mercenary and a famous bard. The way Tam flourishes from the start of the novel all the way through shows true growth and integration with her new band that feels seamless.
Eames creates a fantastic cast of characters that blend so well together it almost feels like they’re real people. Obviously, the odd giant, orc or harpy flying through the air quickly dispels that thought!
For me, and I don’t know if I have read so many books that I have become numb to it, I just don’t get that ‘pulse-racing, adrenaline-fuelled’ feeling whilst reading books. I know when I’m enjoying a book and I know when they are exciting, but my heart just never pounds. With ‘Bloody Rose’ my heart pounded. I got properly hyped during several parts of this book and the heights that pumped feeling reached during the final five or so chapters were off the charts. Somehow, Bloody Rose managed to bring and even more epic scale of combat to the table than Kings of the Wyld … good omen for future books if the trend carries on.
I also feel that Eames wrote this in such a way that anyone could pick it up and enjoy it without having read Kings of the Wyld. Obviously, you’ll enjoy it far more if you read Kings of the Wyld first (something you should totally do mainly because the entirety of the first book will be spoilt for you if you don’t).
The only disappointing thing is that its finished and I now have to wait until Nicholas Eames finishes his next book … this is why I like to wait until a series is completed before starting it. I’m too impatient!