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Summary

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.

©2018 Nicholas Eames (P)2018 Hachette Audio UK

Critic reviews

"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)  

"A rollicking, page-turning, edge-of-your-seat road-trip of a book...Wonderful." (John Gwynne) 

"Joe Abercrombie meets Terry Pratchett, and that is not praise I would give lightly." (Fantasy Review Barn)

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Bloody Rose is Bloody Good!

When most sensible debut authors produce something as spectacularly good as Nicholas Eames did with his Kings of the Wyld opener to "The Band" series they tend to follow up with something that gives the fans exactly what they want. And you could argue that Eames did that by continuing his stories of mercenary bands roaming the Heartwyld and its environs. But that would be to miss the fact that he largely ditched his old characters, changed from an aging band reforming one last time to a current and vibrant one. He then changed the sex of his leading heroes, replaced the excellent Jeff Harding with Katherine Fenton, moved most of his delicious musical references to the 1980s and started 6 years after the end of the previous book!

I can only imagine how deliciously smug Mr Eames might have become after taking these brave moves because "Bloody Rose" delivers an equally riotously funny, action-packed fantasy experience as the Kings book did. In fact I would venture to say that some aspects of it such as the action sequences are even better. The musical references are just as tasty with my favourite being the Hucknall Bean though the clever mention of Simon le Bon's pop rockers made me smile as well. Even us prog rockers are well catered for but these references are just a side show to the story.

Katherine Fenton is also something of a revelation. She covers such a wide range of character voices and tones you'd think it was two people sometimes mastering the bizarre cast of characters and voice tones with considerable aplomb.

Although Bloody Rose could stand alone I would read Kings first if you haven't already as quite a few of the events of that one are played upon and the background you will gain will add depth to this one.

In short, he's done it again, despite all the changes Eames has hit the sweet spot bang in the middle and I'm already looking forwards to where the next book will take us!

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Paler version of the first.

Perhaps my expectations were too high after the amazing first book but this one just didn't do it for me. The characters were not as interesting overall and the book seemed more about investigating the moral issues raised (eg humans treatment of so called monsters) and definitely lacked the sharp and biting humour of the first. Taken as itself, it's a decent yarn but there's almost no "wtf" moments, whether a scene or witty dialogue or commentary. It does feel as if the first book was written 'for the boys' and this second one 'for the ladies' (and yes I know this book was told from a young woman's point of view which I have no issue with) but where the first film breezed along (with serious undertones), this book seemed mired in angst and perhaps forgot what made the first book so good. The narration was ok, but nothing special and again a disapointment because the narrator in the first book with particularly its selection of US southern accents and drawls (to my English ear anyway) set an amazing tone and brought the world to life but here, there was no attempt to re-create that atmosphere. I do look forward to the next book but for me personally, more of the first book please, not the second. And definitely less angst.

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Great story

I devoured the story in a few days, between listening whenever I had more mundane paperwork at work and reading on kindle at home. Great expansion and development to world, looking forwards to more from the author.

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Not as good as the first one but still good

characters not as likeable as in the first book.
it's a very similar story/ theam but not as funny.
there are some great characters.
But overall it just feels like more of the same. not to say that's necessarily a bad thing but I'll not be writing home about this one.

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A cracking follow up

Superbly written and emotionally hard hitting. A saga for the ages. I strongly recommend this to anyone.

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Love Nicholas Eames style

Just like ‘Kings of the Wylde’ some great characters and the brilliant mix of humour and tear jerking moments. Really enjoyed the brother/sisterhood angle both books have taken and the focus on the family. Wait with baited breath for number three.

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Better than Kings of the Wlyd.

Set in the aftermath of Kings of the Wlyd but following Bloody Rose and her band Fable. Great story, great narration.

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Fantastic

Loved this fantastic adventure that takes you through a world of heroes and monsters. Wonderfully narrated as well. Look forward to book 3 hopefully

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Exquisite

So I lived Kings of the Wild. Absolutely adored it. I was gutted when I realised that Bloody Rose followed a different character arc. However, after about 30 seconds I loved it, and by the time I'd finished (after much laughter, and quite a few tears) I loved it even more. Read it, listen to it, eat it, but consume it somehow - it's absolutely worth every second.

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Absolutely incredible

Nicholas you've done it again, and once again you made me cry, phenomenal work, dare I say even greater than Kings of The Wyld