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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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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

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Wonderful Sequel

Wasn't sure how I'd feel about the narrator change, but a few chapters in, my doubts were put to rest.

Fantastic listen - if you enjoyed Kings of the Wyld, this is a very worthy sequel.

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Truly Awesome.

I don't think a sequel has ever outdone its predecessor, and neither has this, but it is not lesser than the previous book at all. it is strictly on par and conveys an amazing story from a time old concept.

Bloody Rose surpasses Kings of the Wyld in emotional depth and character exploration. My only problem with the exploration is that it came and went so quick, I personally would have loved more explanation and adventure into all of the characters pasts and advancement as people. I don't want to call it rushed because this book feels so lovingly crafted and well-tailored, but it left me wanting more in some of the scenes of the characters progression. Where humour was more lacking, not a bad thing, came even stronger and epic characters and I thank Nick for that. Kings of the Wyld had me laughing a lot more and in general felt a bit more epic, but this book had my throat constricting and tightening very often, that is not to say this book is not funny, Eames has a sly way with words and a simple yet wicked humour that works well with me and had me chuckling through the book. Bloody Rose feels more real and gritty in its portrayal and thats where I think it matches book 1.

The Cameos made this book that much more wholesome and epic, each time I heard of a prevalent object or person I had a big smile on my face both from smug satisfaction of recognising them to the indepth and strong ties that the previous "heroes" and items left. It continues on superb universe with ever more interesting personalities. It would be interesting to see some tales from before Clay.

There is not a lot more I have to say; the book is masterfully written by someone who obviously cares for this art with unsurpassed creativity.

Nick, thank you for a wonderful book yet again.

As for the audio production, Audible standard in quality. There was no background noises or distractions. My only gripe is that 3/4 of the male characters sound like Michelangelo from TMNT and the awful whisper shouting that every single audible product seems to have. Katherine did a good job and I actually liked her right off the bat unlike in the previous book, where I had to get "used" to the narrator as his voice was displeasing at first.

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Rockin'

Loved it. Non-stop action, Great Characters, The Greatest Hits of a Story line. Book Three Now Please.

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A Worthy Sequel!

This second instalment in Nicholas Eames The Band series might have had a whole new Band, in Fable, as the focus but it retained all of the elements that made the first book such a fun read! Eames achieves the perfect balance in his story and I loved the contrast between the humour and likeable characters and the dark and gritty world the story takes place in.

I'm not usually a fan of narration changes mid-series but felt like it worked well in this instance. Jeff Harding did a fantastic job narrating Kings of the Wyld but Katherine Fenton did an equally good job narrating this one and she felt like a perfect fit for our young, naive, female, lead character!

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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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A worthy sequel

A sequel that introduces and invests in a new band without them being overshadowed by the former. this is a fantastic tale of personal growth and high adventure. the narration is top notch. definite recommendation.

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Girls just wanna have fun

Breathless, hurtling juggernaut of a tale. Spiked with humour, bejewelled with wisdom and beautifully told.

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good not as good as the first but good

it doesnt quite have as much bite as the first but definately worth a listen