Hello beautiful people!
So … August of 2019, Chaz @ Life of Chaz and I decided to buddy read Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames. As you can see, it’s December now. Honestly, life just got in the way for both of us (mainly me) so this fell on the back-burner. But I can DEFINITELY tell you that we both really enjoyed this novel!
For more information on how these particular buddy reads work, please visit my first buddy read post here. Note that this one is a LITTLE different. Rather than answering the exact same questions, Chaz answered some for me and vice versa!
Thank you Chaz for being so patient with me!
Buddy Read Partners
Chaz @ Life of Chaz: “My name is Chaz, and I write boring blog posts. Most of my posts are my random thoughts about the books I read, and I call them reviews. (Or shitty blog posts) I created this blog to force myself to get writing practice, and hopefully meet some cool people on the way.” (About Page).
I beg to differ … since Chaz writes AMAZING (and well detailed) posts, so make sure to give his website some love!
Jenna’s Questions to Chaz
Q1. A number of reviewers have mentioned that though they typically don’t read fantasy, they’ve really enjoyed Eames’ novel. Why do you think that is?
“I think that humor and adventure is easily accessible for a lot of people, and Kings of the Wyld does each of those well. A lot of fantasy books can be boring for people because some authors do the world-building infodump before anything interesting happens. This book will not drag you down with superfluous details. It’s made to entertain!”
Q2. You have the opportunity to cast the 5 main characters in an upcoming film? Who would you choose?
“Clay: Kevin James?”
“Gabe: Vince Neil (Current age)”
“Moog: John Malkovich”
“Ganelon: Arnold Schwarzenegger (Conan days) , Jason Mamoa now”
“Matrick: Mark Addy”
Q3. What elements do you think Kings of the Wyld excels in with regards to the plot portraying a rather “traditional fantasy novel” story? What parts could’ve been worked on more?
“It does follow the basic outline and plot structure of a fantasy ‘Hero’s Journey’, but there is nothing wrong with that. What really stands out for me is the filler scenes with the humor. More suspension could have been built to really hone in on each of the big plot points to give a bigger payoff, but I don’t think that’s what this book is about. Sure there are moments when you cheered, but I know I will forget them. I will not forget a bunch of warriors trying to fight with erections because of a crazy wizard though.”
Q4. Would you recommend this to other readers? If yes, who would you recommend it to and why? (I.e. fantasy lovers, age groups, any kind of reader, etc.)
“Yes I would recommend it. Fantasy lovers that are not looking for a hardcore experience, and anyone that likes adventures and humor.”
Q5. And copying one of your questions, do you plan on reading the next book in the series Bloody Rose?
“Yes! I already have it on my bookshelf. (AKA the TBR of doom.) I have no idea when I will get to it though. My reading has dropped off quite a bit in the second half of this year.”
Chaz’s Questions to Jenna
Q1. What were some of your favorite funny moments that happened in the book?
“Hmmm … I don’t want to spoil anything for people ha-ha! But I think my favourite is when they first introduce Moog and when the group first meets Jain and the Silk Arrows … the way the group reacts is absolutely priceless! And I have a real love of Jain and the Silk Arrows!”
Q2. We had talked about this on IG already, but how do you feel the monsters and places were introduced? Could there have been a way to make them more memorable?
“I love the diverse amount of monsters and the different cities. I found the cities are described pretty well and the monsters too. My ISSUE is that there’s SO much going on that I can’t quite remember it all. I think this novel would GREATLY benefit readers if there was a glossary or something.”
Q3. What made the characters really stick out for you?
“They are all so unique! They each have their own story, personal growth and unique character traits about them. I was honestly shocked to see that, since I find it hard for most authors to really make each character stick out and be unique when you have such a large number of central characters.”
Q4. Are you planning on reading the next book in the series Bloody Rose?
“Oh … 100% yes. I honestly meant to read it RIGHT after Kings of the Wyld, but I had to play catch up and life kind of got in the way of my reading time. I’m hoping to start it either the end of December or early January 2020!”
Q5. I picture actress Jane Lynch in my head while reading about Jain and the Silk Arrows. Could you see that connection and did you have anyone that came to mind while reading any of the other characters?
“I actually didn’t see that connection, but I totally see where you’re coming from! If she were in it, she’d be a Jain … 100%. That sassy and confident attitude would totally work well with Jane Lynch’s acting style. I think a lot of it is also because a lot of the women in this novel are strong, independent and not intimated by men or beasts so easily. And Jane Lynch basically radiates that strong woman figure vibe — hence why she’s so loved ha-ha! A lot of the humour in the book is similar to her humour as well.”
Want to participate in a buddy read?
If you’d like to participate in a buddy read, simply message me by clicking the Contact tab on my website. If you have a particular book in mind, make sure to leave that in the request. If you aren’t sure of a book, that’s okay! Either say you’re up for anything or check out my Want To Read shelf on Goodreads to see if there’s something we both have on our TBR!