Nicholas Eames’ “Kings of the Wyld” was an epic blast. It was a breath of fresh air to have really fun but not sardonic characters and going out in wild adventures. At its heart, “Kings of the Wyld” was a road trip story about reconciliation.
So yes, the fool in me expected something similar in the sequel, “Bloody Rose.”
I was a fool.
Humor my poor analogy – my brain has been in the frying pan for weeks – if “Kings of the Wyld” was “The Hangover” (I liked the movie, okay? Fine! “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles,” happy?), then “Bloody Rose is “The Breakfast Club”  on the road. 
There’s adventure, there’s drama, there’s heartaches. It’s everything that made “Kings of the Wyld” a great book and more. I love the characters and each of their respective arcs. Though some part in me wanted to explore them more, instead of going through a few pages or chapters about them. But in the end, it’s really a story about the newest member of the band, Tam. Okay, okay, maybe not, it’s actually really about the band itself and leaning more toward the frontwoman, Rose, because of plot reasons. But it’s also more about Tam learning more about the world. Like, I don’t know, a millennial getting slapped in the face about the real world.
I kid. I kid! I fucking kid! We cool? Okay.
Look, I don’t think I have anything much else to say but a redundancy of praises. The book has been out for months now, so here’s the spoiler parts.
HERE BE RANDOM POSSIBLY NO-CONTEXT SPOILERS
I’m just glad we got to the adventure part fairly quickly. I mean, it’s going to be obvious one way or another that Tam is going to be part of the band.
That cyclops event was glorious. It’s also a point to remember that stories what everyone knows is very much different behind-the-scenes.
I was curious how their quest will weave into the current Horde, where all other mercenaries are eager to get into. I assumed it was going to be a cliffhanger thing or something really wild was going to happen. And yes, something wild did happen.
Finally, we get to meet the client! Of course the client is sketchy. There’s always something about the client. I bet, she’s a baddie related to the antagonist in “Kings of the Wyld.”
It’s called the “Dragoneater” for a fucking reason.
… And Rose killed that motherfucker like a boss.
Baddie revealed. Called it.
Holy shit, she can keep on resurrecting the dead.
Not only can she resurrect the dead, she has Spider Senses that alerts of her of any incoming danger.
Okay, I can see what’s going to happen here. Tam is going to shoot an arrow straight into Cloud, which is going to pierce through him and kill the baddie.
Okay, that didn’t happen, not technically like that, but something like that, and now I just want to curl up and cry.
The ending was so bittersweet for me. I really like the father-child theme with each character. Tam and the overprotective Tuck. Brune and Cura’s sick fathers. Cloud and his elitist father. Rose and the Golden Gabe from “Kings of the Wyld.” Pardon me while I curl up once more and cry again.
Also, I forgot to mention, Nicholas Eames is a known gamer. He loves “Final Fantasy” and had the galls to include a Tonberry into the “Bloody Rose.” Yes, a fucking Tonberry.
 OMG footnotes! Anyhow, maybe “Breakfast Club” wasn’t the best example, considering it kicks off with a bunch of kids getting stuck together in detention. But then again, I guess the essence here is, each of these kids has a story to tell, and we get to know them more one-by-one. Or something, whatever. That’s how I relate to “Bloody Rose,” ‘kay?
 Fucking footnotes! Ew! Okay, I just had this realization, only now, that mostly all adventures in fantasy stories are basically road trip stories. Okay, I’m done.