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Bloody Rose

(The Band #2)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  11,932 ratings  ·  1,659 reviews
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
Paperback, 544 pages
Published August 30th 2018 by Orbit (first published August 28th 2018)
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Nicholas Eames Hi! I have it on good authority (because I wrote it, edited it, copy-edited it, and am currently proofreading it) that it takes place 6 years after Ki…moreHi! I have it on good authority (because I wrote it, edited it, copy-edited it, and am currently proofreading it) that it takes place 6 years after Kings of the Wyld!

I hope you like it!(less)
Nicholas Eames The main character/narrator is gay. So yeah, all of the moments are gay.

Representation is hugely important to me, and it's been incredibly rewarding …more
The main character/narrator is gay. So yeah, all of the moments are gay.

Representation is hugely important to me, and it's been incredibly rewarding to get letters/emails from those who found Tam's journey relatable. Clay was a lot easier to write, but Tam is a character I'm infinitely more proud of. I hope you'll like her too.(less)

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Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Every fantasy fans
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ARC provided by the publisher—Orbit—in exchange for an honest review.

Attention avid fantasy readers; it’s time for me to ask for your consideration once again. Nicholas Eames did it again. As of now, I’m calling Bloody Rose one of the best sequels of all time.

Last year, Kings of the Wyld made it into my small “favorite debuts of all-time” list. Since then its sequel, Bloody Rose, has easily become my most anticipated
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
UPDATE: $2.99 on Kindle US 7/19/19

Another Omg! My special edition with that awesome bookmark showed up! Going to be so pretty on my shelf!

Omg! My Bday was April 19th & along with a few gifts from GR friends, I got these in the mail from the wonderful Nicholas Eames! I love them so much and am so grateful! I can’t wait for my rereads

Gah!! I loved it and added it to my favorites! Woot!

Happy Reading!

Mel 🖤🐺🐾💕


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1.) Kings of the Wyld ★★★★★

First and foremost: Hi Terry! Your son is so talented and I’m so proud of him! 💗

Next, friends, I loved Bloody Rose even more than Kings of the Wyld! This book feels like stepping into a fresh Dungeons and Dragons campaign, where you get to play as a Lesbian bard who is allowed the honor of going on a few quests and ultimately telling the story of the most famous mercenary this side of the Heartwyld. And, I’m not su
James Tivendale
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, freecopy
I received an advanced review copy of the well sought after Bloody Rose from Orbit Books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Nicholas Eames and the awesome Nazia.

Even Eames himself said that the success of Kings of the Wyld was like a guillotine to his neck. Metaphorically of course. With an exceptional, original award-winning debut there will always be doubts about where to go next and if it can be better. I'm happy to say Bloody Rose blows Golden Gabe, Moog, and Slowhand's adventur
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
How cool is this cover?

It fucking rocks!

This wonderful piece of art is done by Richard Anderson. He is the author of many great book covers; Kings of the Wyld, Beyond Redemption, Skullsworn, Time Salvager and more. He also does illustrations and concept art for video games and movies. I’m a huge fan of his work and if you want to check it out, you can do so by clicking on the following links:

Sep 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: buddy-read, fantasy
2.75 stars

I hate to say it, and I seem to be in a minority on this one, but this follow-up to the super entertaining Kings of the Wyld just doesn't measure up. I knew going into it that the book would be focusing on an entirely new band, Fable, so my disappointment has nothing to do with unmet expectations. It has everything to do with the fact that I just never connected with any of the new characters. The front woman for Fable is Bloody Rose, the daughter of the widely famous Golden Gabe. Oth
I finally read this and while I was fully expecting to be as blown away by this truly EPIC AWESOMENESS of a fantasy, I did NOT expect it to be this good, this deep, or this fun.

In fact, I just re-estimated Eames as one of the grandmasters of epic fantasy. By just two books. And I've read A LOT of fantasy, some great, some better than average, and some stinking like a bag of dicks.

I can rank The Band up on the fingers of one hand, and depending on what mood I'm in or what kind of rocker, or I sho
Petros Triantafyllou
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bloody Rose is one of those books that make you want to go back and lower every single rating you've ever given, simply so it will stand above everything else.

Tam, the daughter of the fearless mercenary Tuck Hashford, has been sheltered for all her life by her over-protecting father after the death of her mother. She has never even set foot outside of her home town before, and she can only ever dream how the life in a band would be. That is, until Fable, the band of the infamous Bloody Rose her
Sep 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Bloody Rose was a worthy sequel to Kings of the Wyld. Nicholas Eames The Band series is fast establishing itself as one of the top modern fantasy series of recent years in my eyes! Eames has an engaging writing style and his story has the perfect balance of hope and despair, triumph and tragedy, and dark and light moments in the story!

The big difference between Kings of the Wyld and Bloody Rose was the change of cast. KotW focused on the exploits of the legendary Saga while Bloody Rose focused
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The world is big, the young are restless, and girls just want to have fun.

Bloody Rose made me feel all of the feelings; I want to follow Tam’s lead and sing its praises from the rooftops. Kings of the Wyld was incredibly fun, and I expected the same from its followup, but Eames managed to pull on my heartstrings with Bloody Rose in ways that his first novel did not. I picked up Bloody Rose excited to embark on an Easter egg hunt for classic roc
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
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“You didn’t get to be the villain of one story, she supposed, unless you were the hero of another.”

Kings of the Wyld ★★★★ 1/2
Bloody Rose ★★★★

★ I think the fans have been split about the decision about which book in this series is better, is it King of the Wyld (I am in this group) or Bloody Rose. The thing that I think both groups agree on is that both books were great and the difference is not that huge enjoyment wise.

★ The writing was quit
Heidi The Reader
Re-read April 2020: In my continuing effort to distract myself from all of the stressful world events, I completed Bloody Rose for the second time. It was just as fun as the first.

And, I've read so many books between then and now, I honestly forgot how the adventure ended. In some ways, it was like reading it again for the first time.

I still highly recommend it for readers who are looking to indulge in escapist fiction. Though he can veer at times into juvenile humor, Nicholas Eames is delightfu
Bentley ★
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, cover-porn
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I always go into sequels to books I loved with a bit of trepidation. The fear is real that the next book in the series isn’t going to be as great, or that I’ll be let down in some way – but I can happily begin this review by stating outright that this book did not disappoint!

In Kings of The Wyld Nicholas Eames crafted a wonderfully vibrant and unique world with the land of Grandual. I found the writing and characters so compelling tha
Deborah Obida
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, fantasy
Some books are best enjoyed when read by oneself, others are best enjoyed through audio book, this book falls in the second category. I wasn't enjoying it that much when I was reading it myself, but when I switched the the audio everything changed, its like am reading a different book entirely.

World building and Writing
The world building is explicit, not the best I've ever read but it wasn't bad either. The depictions were all well done, no confusion whatsoever. The writing is also okay, it too
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Finally, FINALLY, the lights fade. A surge of excitement electrifies the arena as you become acutely aware of the hairs on the back of your neck. Months of waiting for this moment culminate into a blissful grin as the band finally takes the stage. You catch yourself screaming with the rest of the crowd as the opening riffs pulse through the speakers. It’s a feeling that defies description, shared only with those who are here in this moment with you. Complete strangers are forever bonded by this ...more
Sarah (thegirltheycalljones)
(I'm very late to the party, thanks to you, Adulting... Go back, demon, let me GR in peace!)

A second book, like a second album or a second movie, is known to be the true test, the moment when you decide if this piece of work and art – and its creator – will become something more.

You may have loved a first book and be excited to get your hands on the second one, but I do believe that it’s after #2 that the connection is sealed. Meeting « Book 2 » is kinda like a date. When the first date was bri
Dyrk Ashton
Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was one of my most anticipated books of the year, and I just got around to being able to read it. I was not disappointed. In fact, I enjoyed it even more than I expected to.

Eames proved himself an author to watch with Kings of the Wyld. Sharp, hilarious, and wonderfully written, he took the idea of music bands and applied it to adventuring monster killer/mercenaries to create a fresh and exciting twist on fantasy fiction.

With Bloody Rose, he's taken that approach above and beyond, proving w
5 Stars

**My #2 best read of 2018**

“The world is big, the young are restless, and girls just want to have fun.”

It’s always tough when an author has an outstanding debut. It puts so much pressure on the sequel. After how awesome Kings of the Wyld was, I was a little nervous about Bloody Rose. But I needn’t have been, because not only did Bloody Rose live up to my expectations, in some ways the sequel was even better than this first book!

Six years after the events of Kings of the Wyld , youn
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I was sent a review copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

We thought the wait for t his book would never end but it is finally (almost) here! Bloody Rose, the sequel to 2017's award winning debut, Kings of the Wyld, is so close to coming out and I for one love it more than its predecessor.

Unlike the vast majority of sequels and series in SFF, Bloody Rose does not pick up with the same main character cast as the f
Nov 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Bloody Rose, the daughter of Golden Gabe, is the front woman Fable. Fable is the best band and everyone knows them. Upon learning that Fable needs a new bard, Tam Hashford is lucky enough to get a chance to audition and join the band. She goes off on a greater adventure than she ever expected.

Bloody Rose was a solid book. I have to admit I never quite connected with it like I did it's predecessor. It has practically all of the same story aspects that made up Kings of the Wyld which didn't necess
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

It feels great to be getting wyld again with The Band in Bloody Rose, and like its predecessor, it’s sure to become an instant classic. With vibes of Almost Famous meets epic rollicking fantasy, this standalone follow-up to Kings of the Wyld follows Tam Hashford, a young woman with big dreams. Her father is a former mercenary who has become overprotective of his daughter ever since the death of his wife, who was a talent
Nicholas Eames's books are a godsend to a gamer/fantasy reader and a real inspiration (I hope) to the new authors out there!

An absolute-absolute pleasure to be back in his rich bizarro world where the best from the realm of sword & sorcery blends with hard rock sensibilities.

Book #2 is always really hard to pull. It gets even harder if the book #1 was such a knock-out like Kings of the Wyld was. I loved every part of it and gifted more than 10 copies to friends and colleagues by now. But someho
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Bloody Rose

This review might be the hardest I will ever make. In my opinion Bloody Rose wasn’t as great as the famous Kings of Wylds. But luckily it wasn’t a bad book neither.

First of all Kings of Wylds and Bloody Rose could be read independently but with a strong bond nevertheless.
Bloody Rose takes the scene six years after the events of the first book. Over the time of the old boys called Saga , here fresh blood with a band called Fable. The frontman of Fable is Bloody Rose, a character we had
Michael Sliter
Sep 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars (rounded to four).

I am a big Nick Eames fan. Kings of the Wyld grabbed me with it's satirical takes on common fantasy tropes while simultaneously instilling comradely-based humor throughout. Kings took a bit to get going until Eames got the mix right, but it was magnificent.

Bloody Rose, though, never quite found that same magic. The characters, while solid, didn't create bonds with me. Freecloud, maybe, and a tad of Tam. Luckily, some of the old Kings returned and were welcome.

The ear
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010s, reviewed, fantasy
I’m about to say something that many would find an absolute contradiction. This book is superior to the first novel in just about every way, but I don’t like it as much. Bear with me a moment here. I think Eames has improved as a writer, I think the final battle is stunning and while there were a few predictable bit, the overall plot is very clever.

It also keeps a sense of humor about it, but it is nowhere near as funny as the first book… and there lies the problem. Now I don’t want to come off
h o l l i s
This is a hard review to write because there's so much of what I adored about KINGS OF THE WYLD in here, not to mention some great writing by the author, and yet I feel like the magic wasn't as present? This just didn't draw me in, or keep me enthralled, the same way.

Maybe it has to do with how much more serious this installment feels. Gone are the heroes of old, aged and out and shape, and here is the new generation; still fighting monsters but not for the same reasons. There is a sense of manu
Scott  Hitchcock
Book 1: 4.25*
Book 2: 3*

First half 2*, second half 4*.

This definitely got a lot better but it took forever to get some real action and I still never connected with the new characters the way I did the old. The constant pop culture references also lost their novelty.

I'll continue the series but I'll probably wait for the library copy vs buying for the next one.
Holly (The GrimDragon)
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
“She never sang about what happened beyond that threshold, nor spoke of it to anyone who wasn’t present themself. What was obvious, though, to those who knew her before and after that morning, was that the woman who emerged was distinctly changed from the girl who’d entered.

Her smiles were shorter. Her laugh was louder. She became distracted at times, and would stare at nothing with a look of shattered sorrow that passed like a cloud the moment someone spoke her name.

She loved less quickly, but
Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
“You don’t get to be a villain in one story unless you are a hero of another.”
kartik narayanan
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
tl;dr: Bloody Rose is great but not as great as Kings of the Wyld

Yeah, I am going to compare Kings of the Wyld to Bloody Rose. Deal with it!

KotW is awesome (feel free to disagree but understand that you are wrong ;-)) which meant that when Bloody Rose came out (heh!), I dropped everything else I was reading and picked it up. Now that I have finished it ( a day's reading, 4 sessions overall), I have mixed feelings about it. In a lot of ways, Bloody Rose manages to keep pace with KotW but it fall
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