A retired group of legendary mercenaries get the band back together for one last impossible mission in this award-winning debut epic fantasy.
"Fantastic, funny, ferocious." -- Sam Sykes
Clay Cooper and his band were once the best of the best, the most feared and renowned crew of mercenaries this side of the Heartwyld.
Their glory days long past, the mercs have grown apart and grown old, fat, drunk, or a combination of the three. Then an ex-bandmate turns up at Clay's door with a plea for help -- the kind of mission that only the very brave or the very stupid would sign up for.
It's time to get the band back together.
In this brilliant debut novel, Eames creates a high-energy epic fantasy adventure straight from a heavy metal album cover. Clay Cooper's quiet retirement following his many adventures with Saga, a band of mercenaries, is interrupted when Saga's ex-leader, Gabriel, begs for help rescuing his daughter, Rose, who has become a mercenary in her own right and is now under siege with no hope of escape. Putting the band back together requires getting an enchanted sword out of hock, retrieving their wizard from his search for a cure for the disease that killed his husband, getting their dagger man to give up being a king, and freeing their main muscle guy from dire imprisonment. Where dignified heroes would despair, Saga rises to every occasion, whether by old skill or uncanny good luck. Eames has cranked the thrills of epic fantasy up to 11 with gleeful disregard for restraint or good sense. The world is rich and exciting, with every classic fantasy monster on hand and a few delightfully horrifying new ones. Moreover, the plot is emotionally rewarding, original, and hilarious, and boasts a satisfying conclusion while leaving room for future books. Eames clearly set out to write something fun to read, and he has succeeded spectacularly.
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Just a blast to read all around. Has it’s sad moments but the experience is just fun.
D&D meets classic rock meets Terry Pratchett
One of my favorite books of all times. Go for this crazy ride - you’ll love every second of it!
This book is phenomenal!
I was looking for a new read and I couldn't have stumbled upon something as good as this. Did I say good? I MEANT FANTASTICALLY AMAZING! The main character, Clay Cooper, is one of the most well crafted characters I've ever followed and Saga's reunification and journey is heart-warming, hilarious, and downright depressing at times. I will proudly add this book to my finished list and I will most certainly be picking up the next book in the series, 'Bloody Rose'. Thank you Eames!