Clay Cooper and his band were once the best of the best – the meanest, dirtiest, most feared and admired crew of mercenaries this side of the Heartwyld.
But their glory days are long past; the mercs have grown apart and grown old, fat, drunk – or a combination of the three. Then a former bandmate turns up at Clay’s door with a plea for help: his daughter Rose is trapped in a city besieged by an enemy horde one hundred thousand strong and hungry for blood. Rescuing Rose is the kind of impossible mission that only the very brave or the very stupid would sign up for.
It’s time to get the band back together for one last tour across the Wyld.
That was a really entertaining read and a Stand Alone, for a change. I know there is another book coming, but the story itself gets a solution and you are not required to read on. I liked how this mixes Fantasy tropes with Rockstar/Band stereotypes. It works really well and is refreshing. I didn’t get all the insiders but that didn’t hurt, you don’t have to get them to understand the story. It’s funny, but not overly goofy, has some great dialogue, but also really nice quiet & emotional scenes, that get to you. It’s a good mix!
‘You should write a book,’ Matrick suggested.
Kit snorted. ‘Who wants to read the self-pitying lamentations of an old revenant?’
‘There’s your title right there,’ said Ganelon.
The characters are great – you can’t help but love them! And they way of introducing them one after the other was good way to give them all enough space to shine. You get Clay, who is the narrator and the quiet, (most) reasonable and strong guy, you have the leader, Gabe, who was once the charismatic hero but lost his money & confidence and now only worries about his daughter. Moog, the gay, slightly insane wizard who wears colourful onesies is just too much fun to read about. I DO BELIEVE IN THE OWLBEAR AS WELL! Matrick, the fat drunk of the group, turned King only wants to get away from his murderous & cheating wife^^ And last but not least, you have my favourite badass, Ganelon – the ‘natural fucking disaster’. A silent killer, who spent the last 20 years turned to stone and therefore also the only one who stayed young.
As individuals they were each of them fallible, discordant as notes without harmony. But as a band they were something more, something perfect in its own intangible way.
If you like a good old quest fantasy, a group of different but strong characters, fighting, monsters, puns, funny scenes & drama, there you go! You don’t even need to be a fan of Rock or Metal, but it will certainly be a treat if you are!