Kings Of The Wyld


Winner of the David Gemmell Morningstar Award for Best Debut Novel

Winner of the Reddit/Fantasy Award for Best Debut Novel

Fantasy Faction’s ‘Best Book of the Year’ 2017

Clay Cooper was once a member of Saga, the most renowned mercenary band in the world, but has since retired to live in peace with his wife and young daughter–until the night his old bandmate Gabriel shows up on his doorstep, desperate for help.  Gabe’s daughter, Rose, is trapped in a city half the world away, besieged by a host of monsters known as the Heartwyld Horde.

Clay reluctantly agrees to go along, and together they set out to reunite the disparate members of their old band: Moog, an absent-minded wizard; Matrick, a cuckolded king held prisoner by his own wife; and Ganelon, a deadly warrior who has spent the decades since Saga disbanded encased in stone.

Reunited, they set out across the vast, monster-infested forest called the Heartwyld, clashing along the way with feral cannibals, vengeful gods, and a relentless bounty-hunter named Larkspur.  The Horde awaiting them at Castia, however, is the greatest threat of all, and to overcome it Saga must convince both their aging peers and a generation of restless youth to risk everything in pursuit of a mercenary’s most valued currency: everlasting glory.

It’s time to get the band back together.


“A fantastic read, a rollicking, page-turning, edge-of-your-seat road-trip of a book. Great characters, loveable rogues that I genuinely cared about and all manner of fantastical monsters. All spiced with a sly sense of humour that had me smiling throughout. Wonderful.”―John Gwynne

Joe Abercrombie meets Terry Pratchett, and that is not praise I would give lightly.”―Fantasy Review Barn

“A comedy, an adventure tale, a consideration on growing older, and a sendup of fantasy conventions, all at the same time. It also has heart. In short: it rocks….I finished this book in one night. If I could, I’d see the tour, and buy the t-shirt. Instead, I’ll have to content myself with waiting for the sequel, and reading it again.”―B&N SF & Fantasy Blog

“Brilliant debut novel… Eames has cranked the thrills of epic fantasy up to 11… Moreover, the plot is emotionally rewarding, original, and hilarious. Eames clearly set out to write something fun to read, and he has succeeded spectacularly.“―Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Fantastic, funny, ferocious. Hugely recommended. Read it now.”―Sam Sykes

Absolutely awesome. If the Beatles held a concert tomorrow (with all the necromancy required for that to happen), it still wouldn’t be as good a ‘getting the band back together’ story as this. Full of heroes, humor, and heart.“―Jon Hollins

“Nicholas Eames brings brazen fun and a rock & roll sensibility to the fantasy genre.”―Sebastien de Castell

Kings of the Wyld took me back to my Dungeons and Dragons days. It has well-crafted characters long past their best but still fighting, non-stop fantasy action and welcome touches of humor. Great reading!“―Ian Irvine

“A promising, fast-paced debut that balances classic quest fantasy with modern sensibilities and liberal doses of humor. Huzzah!”―Alex Marshall

“An outstanding debut which will make you laugh and cry and hold your breath. This is a book that has it all.“―K. J. Parker

“Escapism of my favorite type – noble quests, edge-of-the-seat action, and well-rounded, likeable characters that carve out their own unique definition of “family”. If you like your fantasy gritty and your humor dark, then this is the next book for you.“―Forbidden Planet

“A great deal of fun…. I only have two questions that remain unanswered – (1) Where do I get my Saga tour t-shirt? (2) When does the second book come out?“―The Eloquent Page

Will be one of THE books of 2017. Brilliant, innovative, immersive and just pure fun.”―The Book Plank

“Eames strikes the same balance as Pratchett at his best….Just a super read, a really fresh book, one to savour from start to finish.”―Blue Book Balloon

“Fantastic…Eames is an author that has the potential to set genre trends with this book. This book is a breath of fresh air.“―Book Worm Blues

“Eames’ debut fantasy tale has it all….Readers will not be able to put this book down.”―Booklist (starred review)

Kings of the Wyld, the first book in THE BAND series, is available now in trade paperback, ebook, and audiobook.

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