Saturday, March 18, 2017

Play It Purdy for the Heartwyld

Nicholas Eames, “Kings of the Wyld” (Orbit, 2017)

Ever wonder what happened to your D&D party 20 years later? I think that Nicholas Eames has.

Gabe’s daughter has gone & gotten herself in a world of trouble. What’s a dad to do? Well, you get the band back together, travel across the world, & start a fight with an angry horde of monsters.

Too often fantasy books can read like they are write ups of video games or D&D campaigns. And yes, at times this has that feel. But it also always feels like that’s intentional. There’s a sense of a grinning DM behind the narrative who is saying “Of course! That will be fun!”

And fun this book is.  In a sense it deconstructs the deconstructions, and makes the case that fantasy can be fun (and funny) and still be smart.

And for you old rockers out there, you get to play find the references. I think that you’ll enjoy all the classic rock references.

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