TITLE: Bloody Rose
AUTHOR: Nicholas Eames
SERIES: The Band #2
RELEASED: August 28th by Orbit
AGE RANGE: Adult
Synopsis: 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 .
This book destroyed me. I laughed, cried, got angry, and it is probably my favorite book of the year! I flew through this book! Each of the characters were so well developed and it was great seeing characters from the previous book. There was never a dull moment from beginning to end. If you haven’t read this series yet, do yourself a favor and read it!
I read Kings of the Wyld at the beginning of the year and fell in love with this world, the writing style and the humor! The minute I knew there would be a sequel, I made sure to put it on my TBR and I kept an eye out for release information, so you can imagine how excited I was to finally get my hands on this book.
This book takes place 6 years after the events of Kings of the Wyld and follows Rose, who is the daughter of one of our main characters from the first book. Rose has spent her life trying to get out of her father’s shadow and make a name for herself and boy does she succeed spectacularly! What’s interesting about this plot though it that we don’t get the story from Rose’s point of view, but instead their new bard Tam Hashford.
Bloody Rose is definitely darker than Kings of the Wyld was, but it still has all of the humor and rock-n-roll references that were in the first book. There were so many amazing life lessons thrown in that can apply to our own lives, such as going after what you want and what it means to be a parent.
And don’t even get me started on the characters! They each evolved and had so much growth as the story went on, and all of them have a special place in my heart, especially Freecloud who was my favorite! There are a ton of side characters but they never feel unnecessary or anything like that, they all move the plot along and each has a role to play.
If you know me and what I like in books, then you know that world building is something that is extremely important to me as a fantasy lover. This book not only had great world building, but it built on the foundation of what we got in Kings of the Wyld, answered some questions and gave us more to look forward to with future books.
Something else that I feel is important to note is that this entire series has references to all sorts of media: music, video games, other fantasy novels, and it is fantastic! I definitely didn’t catch them all myself because I don’t know all of the references, but from reading other reviews, there are TONS of references that I missed that you may find!
I have no idea how someone can create something that can make you swing wildly from laughing to crying to angry all within the space of a few pages, but somehow Eames created that and it all feels so seamless and natural.
I don’t even think I have the words to fully express how much I love this book, this series, and Nicholas Eames as an author. I would read his grocery list if he published it. It’s safe to say that he is now firmly at the top of my auto-buy authors and will probably hold that top spot forever. If you haven’t picked up this book or series yet, I cannot tell you enough how badly you need this!