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In a war-scarred world where horrible Creatures ("Creats") roam wild, the future of humanity rests upon the shoulders of Lash and Ander, two brothers who failed to fulfill their prophecy once before.

Liv cut her teeth on war, famine, death, and despair. When her brother vanishes, she and her adoptive father, Carian, abandon their homestead in search of a Priestess rumored to find lost things.

With their fates inexplicably tied, the four must claw their way through the horrors of a fractured American South... but none are prepared for the theater of terror that awaits them, nor how badly they will need each other to survive.

Their nightmares prove very real, but hope, however small, may yet prevail.

Where things are wild, wild things will roam...

[Content Warnings available at kmwestwrites.com/content-warning]

460 pages, Hardcover

Published January 10, 2021

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K.M. West

1 book38 followers
K.M. West loves to write characters who explore their ancient traditions, cultures, and world with “humour-wrapped ruthlessness.”

An insatiable knowledge seeker, she’s likely to be found devouring books on myths and ghosts (both real and perceived) alongside research papers on serial killers, war, and mental illness.

As an IT professional, gym owner, yoga instructor, strength coach, mother, and partner, she spends any spare moment she has writing stories for people who want to believe in magic and love to have their hearts broken.

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Profile Image for Mari Stewart.
36 reviews7 followers
May 13, 2022
Wild Things Will Roam, the debut novel by K.M. West, is a post-apocalyptic gore fest with a soul. The surprises don't stop there.

The concept that the things that go bump in the night are still with us is reframed. The beasties are wearing new fangs in the wilds left behind by the destruction of our familiar order. The idea is handled so skillfully that the reader is left wondering what might already be staring back from the dark.

The story is written with a crystal clear prose that doesn't hamper the reader's experience. The style allows the characters to shine and the story to move forward unimpeded. In short, it was a pleasure to read. A genuine surprise is waiting in West's fluid and graceful prose even while walking the reader through the horrors of Hell.

The horrors of Hell, it is. The landscape drawn by West is far from benign. Readers who have a history of trauma might want to bear this in mind. The story is a frightening look into what lies under the thin veneer of civilization. It explores not only the world post disaster but also the consequences when that protection from the wild within our own nature is broken.

Within this brutal landscape the story follows the struggles of a small group of people thrown together by happenstance – or is it fate?

That is the question that challenges one of the characters, Liv, throughout the story. How much of our action is self-determined versus what our circumstances lead us toward?

While Liv struggles with the concepts of something beyond the seen, others in the group offer varying levels of acceptance with the unknown. Liv's guardian, Carian starts the novel as aware of the unseen. Lash, a protector and guardian, takes the presence of an infinite plan for granted – perhaps he even sees it as his due. Ander, the younger brother to Lash, is so steeped in the ideas of some overarching other that he is often lost beyond the borders of reality. This causes him to act as something of a lightning rod between what is and what will.

But the question remains at the end, as we see everyone's sense of the world has changed, is Ander led or deluded? What of his vision is true and what of it fantasy? It looks like we will have to wait for the next book in the series to find the answer.

I would consider buying the hardcover to have it on my library shelves. In a day of electronic consumption this says more about how I feel about this work than all the analysis I can offer.
Profile Image for Kaitlyn.
151 reviews10 followers
February 18, 2021
Wow, wow, wow!

"Wild Things Will Roam" by K.M West is an incredible debut novel set in a post-apocalyptic world that blends mythology and creatures together in a single captivating, action-packed story.

This novel is a lot like a rollercoaster ride, but with no safety measures in place. West leaves no time for readers to get settled into the story as it takes off in a hurry and only gains speed throughout the novel. Humans are pitted against humans. Creatures roam freely to hunt what's left of the human population and feast on their flesh. Mystics, gods, and those with spiritual gifts are caught on the verge of another war, and it all centers around the Farrow brothers and Liv.

"No, she looked at me, looked up at the grand cosmic abyss above us, and slammed her book shut. Then, she smiled and just said 'live'."

Ander Farrow might've failed the world once--supremely--but the powers that be have given him another chance to make things right, to be King. To do that, he's going to need the help of his brother Lash and Liv, a young woman who doesn't believe in anything except doing what it takes to survive until tomorrow. As the three trek across the tattered remains of the American South in the search of the Priestess--a woman who possesses real power and the ability to guide them on their journey--they find themselves hunted by Creatures, humans, and the gods themselves.

This novel deserves all five stars for its incredibly beautiful writing style tainted with dark and unnervingly morbid undertones, as well as its realistic portrayal of characters that seem to be made of more flesh and bone than humans themselves. West has taken the post-apocalyptic genre to a whole other level by shunning any cliches or predictions one may have upon reading the synopsis. "Wild Things Will Roam" is original right down to the marrow and is guaranteed to surprise and enthrall readers from start to finish.

There better be a second novel coming soon! I can't wait for readers to give this one a try because it's worth the money and time spent reading. "Wild Things Will Roam" by K.M West is out now!

*Do take note of the trigger warnings as some scenes are violent and depict sexual abuse*

Thank you to BookSirens and Lights Out Ink for providing me with a free e-arc to read and review!
Profile Image for Sarah Lillian Books.
398 reviews45 followers
March 8, 2021
This was a fun read! It was also often unexpected, which was something I was concerned about going into it. It was a refreshing take on the post-apocalyptic story. I think even two years ago, Wild Things Will Roam would be hardy read just because so many people got sick of the zombie/post-apocalyptic trend. Wild Things Will Roam did have some of the zombie trend format with a collapse of society as we know it, zombie-dead creatures, survival, etc. K.M. West made some great choices with using creats for example, for the zombie-like creatures that made Wild Things Will Roam unique. But the only thing that bothered me about the creats was that they disappeared from the story completely in the later half. Other than that the plot was well told. Then, added layers of the prophecy and the magic were excellent additions, although, I would have preferred a little bit of more history behind the prophecy and why Ander was the Chosen One. It was touched on it a little bit, but not enough to satisfy the justification to me as to why Ander.

There was a nice balance between action and story. West wrote some wonderfully tense moments, either tension between characters, fighting scenes or surviving the creats. The characters were well written as well, especially the main four. I really loved Lash. He was just as much as unlikeable as he was likeable. 

I do want to mention how mental health, trauma and dealing with overall emotions were handled. There's definitely needs to be a trigger warning for some subjects that readers may be sensitive to, for example, sexual assault. The author definitely did not shy away from these real issues. I most appreciate this space that West created for healing. With each character, especially Lash and Liv you can see how they deteriorate mentally from the strain of previous events, but they have to keep going to survive. Although, it's not said directly, but I got this sense that it's okay to not be okay. A great relationship that showed that was between Ander and Lash and how they interacted with each other. 

I really hope there's another book. I would 100% read it. There's just still so many questions left open that could allow a sequel. 
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7 reviews1 follower
March 6, 2022
This was a true diamond in the rough. KM West blends words so beautifully in this dystopian post apocalyptic story.

A true 5 star read for those who love fantasy fiction. The character development and world building is top notch. She brings magic into this unique world, blending a wide range of cultures and beliefs.

KM West is a true story teller.

I highly suggest supporting this indie author. Just read the book and you'll understand why.
Profile Image for L.M. Riviere.
Author 4 books66 followers
December 10, 2020
A heartrending, gut twisting, absolute ride! With the rhythm of a murder ballad and the soul of an epic-- West delivers a dystopian thriller rife with realistic perils and pitfalls, vivid characters, and intricate mythology.

Prepare to fall in love AND have your heart broken... over and over again.

Fans of Justin Cronin, Anne Rice, and Stephen King will LOVE this.
32 reviews3 followers
June 18, 2021
It's hard to describe Wild Things Will Roam, because it blurs so many lines and creates so many questions. The settings are brutal, gritty, and relentlessly violent, yet the writing is fluid and graceful. The characters are emotionally realistic, yet touched by magic. It's a blend of dark mythology, atmospheric surroundings, and a desperation to survive in a world where it's questionable if survival is worth the extreme effort it requires.

It would be easy for a book like this to go over the top, but I found the characters to be believable in context. They often don't have the luxury of choice; fate pushes them in certain directions and they cannot - or choose not to - push back. But is it really fate, or has the harshness of their lives rendered the characters delusional? And if they believe in their delusions, does the question become moot?

I understand that I'm not giving a lot of technical details in this review. I could highly recommend it as a dystopian dark fantasy. I could write that it is well edited and that the changes in point of view are deftly handled, and that the characters and their story arcs develop in fascinating ways over time. All of this is true. But it also falls short of the book's power to captivate. This is a book full of uncertainty and dark magic, designed to make the reader question everything.

By the time you reach the end, you will be left wondering: Who are the wild things - the creatures, or those who hunt them?

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Profile Image for Courtney (caffeinereadrepeat).
417 reviews123 followers
February 27, 2022
What. The. Panini. Head?! 😳😯😳😯

First, I want to thank KMWest so much for not just sending me this book, but also to help me push myself outside my reading genre bubble to try something new. & I was NOT disappointed.
I didn't think I'd be interested in a dystopian / fantasy type novel, however, with the fun thriller type aspect & humor along the way, I was pleasantly surprised & proven wrong! I honestly gobbled this up. And once I understood what I was reading after a few chapters, I was yanked in and everything else faded away!
After the "Collapse" in the world years ago, disgusting, vile creatures (Creats) now roam about. Liv & Carian have been on a path to find and talk with The Priestess. They come across two brothers, Lash & Ander, who are essentially hunters for these Creats and fulfilling a prophecy. With these four having fates aligned, can they face what's to come? The drama, the thriller aspect & nightmares. Can they succeed?
The writing was beautiful & so smooth you wouldn't think it's a novice writer. Things were described so well, you could picture the movie in your head. I finished this in a sitting and I still wanted more. Sensational, riveting, truly well done!

I give this a strong 4 / 5 snowflakes! ❄️
Profile Image for Brianna McNall.
17 reviews1 follower
January 16, 2021
This is not my typical genre, but my husband ordered the book and wasn't ready to start it yet, so I did. I finished it in 5 days! It definitely kept me wanting more. I had a hard time reading some of the depictions of violence, but just skimmed the more difficult passages.
I am a fan of the shorter chapters, and even shorter sections within chapters. I often do not like when author's switch the character perspective, but I found I really liked seeing inside the brains of many different characters, even the "villians."
I struggled a bit deciphering between the different monsters in the book, as well as not always knowing what was being said when the characters used Welsh or French creole.
Overall an enjoyable read! Looking forward to future books to see what happens with Lash, Ander, Liv, Carian, and others!
Profile Image for JJ Graham.
43 reviews3 followers
May 4, 2021

Wild Things Will Roam is not a book to be read quickly, nor in one sitting. The brutality of a post-Collapse world combined with very lyrical prose made this book something to be read in small doses with time to reflect on it.

The book follows the adventure of a group of survivors a few decades post-Collapse through what was the American South. The brutality of the world built in the book must be underscored: if you're squeamish, this is not the book for you. However, if you like an impressively well laid-out plot, plenty of "Oh SHIT" moments, and thoroughly fleshed-out characters, then you will be well pleased with Wild Things Will Roam.

I received an advance review copy of Wild Things Will Roam from Booksirens, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

January 5, 2021
An engaging and well crafted story! I read this book in two days and stayed up way past my bedtime because I had to know what happened next. It's easy to become immersed in the world and to care about the characters created. You might think you know where the story is going but there are no tired tropes here. West has created a world that feels both real and darkly magical, players that you feel like you may know, and moments of extreme tension with the promise of something good on the other side. Cannot wait for the sequel!

Fans of Supernatural, modern day fairytales (original Brothers Grimm style), lore, and Last of Us will find this book right up their alley.
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May 26, 2021
This story is a well written adventure through some dark events and emotions set in a post-apocalyptic America. I personally enjoyed the style of reading the story through different characters perspectives, especially Liv. The development of the relationships between these characters gets deeper and more complex throughout the novel which really makes you feel some of the struggles that they face on this path of survival. West incorporates evil creatures and magic to the writing in a valuable manner too! I would recommend this book to anyone whether they are typically drawn to this genre or not! Looking forward to the sequel :)
May 20, 2021
MUST READ!!! Wild Things Will Roam takes you on an adventure through the world after the collapse. Nightmares, bad guys, witches, magic, voodoo, monsters and of course heroes. The writing style is nothing short of spectacular as you are reading through each characters point of view. Each chapter leaves you wanting more as you fall in love with the characters and feel sympathy towards what they are going through (although no one wants to go through what they are going through). There is so much thought that goes into every word and the only thing missing is the second book.
4 reviews1 follower
November 23, 2020
I looove a good fantasy novel, and this post-apocalyptic story has everything I could want. I fell in love with the characters, and can’t wait to see what else West creates. I’ll keep from any spoilers, and I will just say that this is not your run of the mill post-world-collapse story of survival. There are well-written characters intertwined with lore, action, gut wrenching adventure, moments of hope, and monsters. I.love.this.story. Do yourself a favor and read it, you won’t be disappointed.
58 reviews
May 3, 2021
I enjoyed this book. Reading about Ander, Lash, and Liv trying to find the priestess to see if she can find Liv's brother. But by the time she meets the priestess, her main concern is getting help for her guardian who is badly injured, and is knocking on death's door. Ander and Lash protection against the creatures (create) on her mission to find the priestess. But little do they know that their plans change after finding the priestess.

Would I read this book again? Yes!

I received an advanced review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
1 review
November 24, 2020
LOVED it! I don't usually go for dystopian novels but there was so much more to this than "just another dystopian" story. West created depth and rich characters in this story that have me eagerly awaiting book #2! It's definitely one I'll be re-reading again and again because I'm sure it's one where you discover something new and thought-provoking each time you read it.
1 review
April 27, 2021
Wild Things Will Roam by K.M. West, is a post-apocalyptic novel with a dystopian society. It is refreshing to see a new perspective of what society could look like if it collapsed. I highly recommend this read to the adult community due to some of the language, as well as, the story can be graphic at times. This story will keep you on the edge of your seat as the characters fight for survival while they cross what appears to be the southern U.S. West does a good job using figurative language to captivate the reader; you can almost feel what the characters are going through and experiencing. Even if this genre is not your style, I highly recommend giving it a chance. It has a strong female main character that will leaving you rooting for her in the end.
5 reviews
April 9, 2021
Really a pleasure to read. Pleasure in the well-written sense anyway. This book is terrifying in all the best ways.
October 16, 2021
Picked this up and have had a hard time putting it down. Very engaging storyline, excellent characters, and mindful pacing. Very much looking forward to the rest of the series.
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Author 9 books9 followers
January 31, 2022
This book had it all. Great characters who jump off the page, real heart, and plenty of action. Liv and Ander are, for me, the most sympathetic characters, though I do like Lash’s arc. West does a good job examining the psyche of people caught in a world of monsters. I can’t wait to see where the series goes from here.
Profile Image for Kim.
979 reviews1 follower
March 9, 2021
**I received a free ARC from Book Sirens and am leaving this review voluntarily.**

Ok, I am completely editing this review...I am not sure where I got the idea that this was YA. I could have sworn I read it somewhere, but when I went and looked, nada. So, please excuse my brain blip.

I was really enjoying this book. Good storyline. Fresh. Inventive. Something different. And then...warning...there are some triggers in here. I am not sure I am completely on board with them, even now realizing this is NOT a YA book.

All in all, it was a good book. I was honestly fully on board to give this one five stars. However, as to my little surprise mentioned above, I am not sure it was entirely necessary as a plot device.
24 reviews
March 9, 2021
After the collapse of society and the world Liv and Carian meet up with Ander and Lash and end up travailing together in this world full of monsters and villains! This book is non-stop action and adventure and a good read. If you like dystopian tales! I enjoyed reading this book because the characters seemed so real with their emotions and baggage. I received this book for free as an ARC (advanced reader copy) in exchange for my honest review!
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2 reviews
February 8, 2022
I absolutely loved Wild Things Will Roam! It’s a clever book following two brothers (Lash and Ander), a young girl (Liv), and her father-figure (Carian) in a war-scarred world. Liv and Carian are on a mission to find Liv’s missing brother and runs into Lash and Ander on the way. The two groups gang up to travel across the country on the mission.

The story weaves folklore and an epic quest to deliver an unbelievably action-packed and heartfelt tale. It will leave you on the edge of your seat but still ravenous for more. I would highly recommend to anyone who loves fantasy and adventure. 10/10
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16 reviews
May 24, 2022
This debut novel has a bit of everything a reader could ask for. I personally felt like it would make a great television series. The storytelling was so compelling, the horror and elements of the dystopian world were haunting. The gore was brilliant. While romance isn’t a huge focus, it was blended well with the adventure. I can’t wait to read more from this author!
Profile Image for Brandi Schonberg.
Author 5 books6 followers
December 28, 2020
Monsters, survival, and post-apocalyptic southern US? Yes, please! The action starts at the get-go and this book never lets up! Wild Things Will Roam has it all - characters you have no choice but to invest in, a wickedly intriguing setting, and a story that delivers page after page of delicious and intricate relationships mixed with a little magic mixed in.

K.M. West has crafted a dark, yet intoxicating story that pulls you in and keeps you wanting more!
1 review
February 19, 2021
K.M. West does a fantastic job at creating a dark world almost tangible to reality. This post-apocalyptic thriller will leave you on the edge of your seat wanting to know what happens next to your favorite character. The writing style is beautifully done, showing the reader the inside and out of each character and how they work through the dark surroundings.

This gripping tale follows a ragtag group of misfits as they work together towards a common goal, with a possibility of differing aspirations. A mixture between reality and fantasy take the main characters on quite an adventure through the wild and back. The author pens new antagonists behind every curtain, from wild things to people who have sincerely just adapted to a world after it ended. Cannot wait for the next book of the series to see where this journey will end.
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Author 2 books18 followers
November 24, 2020
Where can I begin? Evocative descriptions, compelling characters with complicated and tense relationships, magic... this story kept me on the edge of my seat right until the end. Parts of it almost broke me, which is testament to K.M. West's skill in bringing this world to life.
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