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Reign of Madness Audiobook

Reign of Madness: King's Dark Tidings, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

The mysterious, indomitable warrior? Ruthless criminal overlord? The Riel'gesh - mythical demigod? Dedicated friend and protector?

Equipped with skills far beyond those of the outworlders, Rezkin has been suddenly thrust into a foreign world. The young warrior clings to his only known purpose as he continues his search for any information about his identity and the reason for his existence.

While the hardened warrior scorns both dueling and tournaments, he believes some of the answers he seeks may be found at the King's Tournament, the greatest dueling championship in all of the kingdoms. As he searches for the elusive Striker Farson, who may be the only person alive who holds the clues, the young warrior and his friends embark on a journey fraught with danger, mystery, and intrigue.

Amid fears of the kingdom's economic collapse, rumors of an eminent military draft, and the machinations of a mad, tyrannical king, a new revelation threatens to upend all the warrior's plans.

This book is intended for adult listeners. It contains graphic violence, creative language, and sexual innuendo. This book does not contain explicit sexual content.

©2016 Kel Kade (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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    Jeff 30/10/2016
    Jeff 30/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Thoroughly worth the listen"

    A fantastic lead character and action filled plot. Intriguing with drip fed revelations but not so much so as to be frustrating or confusing. No annoying flash backs or poorly contrived dual narratives as often found in this genre.

    Looking forward to book 3!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Yunus 16/01/2017
    Yunus 16/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "amazing"

    this was one of the best audio books i have ever listened to. it kept me listening right till the end wanting more. i cant wait till book 3!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Frew 05/01/2017
    David Frew 05/01/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful performance by Podehl"

    Podehl brings to life the world of Rezkin, a world which is like a rough cut diamond and marks the beginning of a new world creator

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nicola 05/01/2017
    Nicola 05/01/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "awesome enthralling adventure"

    An absolutely awesome story, characters good, storyline and narrator all fantastic. I. can't wait for the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Helen 05/01/2017
    Helen 05/01/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic!!"

    I absolutely loved book 1 and this book did not disappoint as the follow on to Rezkins adventures.. cannot wait for book 3!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jon Beckton 01/01/2017
    Jon Beckton 01/01/2017
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    "More characters more depth"

    Good to see an attempt was made to make the female characters less one dimensional than the previous book. They are all completely infatuated with the main character, I realise potential reasons were given, but they were given a few more characteristics here (except for Frisha). The fact that they we spent less time with them made it less painful. I enjoyed the book and am giving it a positive review, however I hope the next book will either develop the female characters or ignore them because they are unbearable to read as they are.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cody 26/12/2016
    Cody 26/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "if you pick up this do not expect to put it down"

    i finished this book within 24 hours of getting it, i have absolutely no shame in saying i avoided everybody and ignored people to read this, and 4 hours sleep was all i needed for a break, This is now my #1 book. Only flaw i can give it is the length was too short 😖

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Adam 15/12/2016
    Adam 15/12/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "OUTSTANDING!!"

    if the story were not enough, the narrator completes it. this was an amazing book, i look forward to the third!

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    Joshua 30/11/2016
    Joshua 30/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "A Second Book Stronger Than The First"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - I have already recommended this book to friends. The story is strong and is progressing at a fast yet maintainable pace. The characters are growing in interesting ways. The performance is exceptional and made it a joy to listen to the book


    What did you like best about this story?

    The pacing of this story is fantastic. The character development is becoming a fantastic element of the story.


    What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

    Nick is clear and accurate. Nick's character voices are perfect! I could not dream of another reading the next part.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wanted to listen to the book in one sitting but it was just too long for that. I was able to do multiple hour long sessions.


    Any additional comments?

    loved the book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ben 29/11/2016
    Ben 29/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Super Fun."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, Easy read/listen. Don't need to think to much, just sit back and enjoy epic awesomeness.


    What other book might you compare Reign of Madness to, and why?

    Blood Song


    Which character – as performed by Nick Podehl – was your favourite?

    Rezkin


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The Battles


    Any additional comments?

    Super fun and easy read... Like watching a mindless action hero movie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Lorraine
    WEST VALLEY CITY, UT, United States
    5/10/16
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    "Oh, very WELL DONE!"
    If you could sum up Reign of Madness in three words, what would they be?

    Only need two: VERY SATISFIED


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I stated in my review of the first book in this series that the main was my favorite because the other characters didn't have much to them. I am very happy to see that the author has had his cast of character grow! I thoroughly enjoyed the maturing of these characters, all of them.


    What does Nick Podehl bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narration of this book was done very professionally. Nick Podehl brings much to this medium. Each medium has its pluses and minuses and I don't like to say one is better than another.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yup and did! I don't regret that in the slightest.


    Any additional comments?

    It is painful to leave the immersion of this story and I will be checking a lot for the next in the series! BRAVA Kel Kade! Keep going!

    18 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • tony
    6/10/16
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    "Must read for epic fantasy fans"

    With a healthy mix of character development, amazing battles, humor, and some mystery, it is definitely a must read. While it is a little "i know what will happen next," it still draws you into the story. I liken it to the Kingkiller Chronicles, but with less mystery and cliffhangers, and, so far vs the KKC, more battles and a faster paced story.

    While I do prefer the mysteries of KKC, Kings Dark Tidings is more than worth a read. (plus, books are actually released so you don't have to wait SIX PLUS YEARS between installments... I'm not bitter.)

    As always, Nick Podehl is a five star narrator, and his voicing of characters makes the story that much more interesting.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    6/10/16
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    "Dexter in the dark ages... with magic."

    The character growth in this story never ceases to impress me. Rezkins' childlike, and psychologically stunted, mindset keeps the horrid situations strangely lighthearted while the actions of his personas show sociopathic logic. it's devilishly entertaining.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Alex
    6/10/16
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    "Wow"

    I read a review for the first book claiming the nature of the main character did not allow for suspense. I disagree.

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Joshua
    6/10/16
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    "Please don't make me wait for the 3rd book"

    this was amazing!!!! i greatly enjoyed every part of this book. a bigger than life character i found fascinating!

    21 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • PhD hiker girl
    WA USA
    25/10/16
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    "This author obviously has a poor opinion of females..."

    Let me start by saying that overall I LOVED this book and its predecessor. Great story, page turner, the narrator is amazing, all very good things. Except the female characters have to be the most annoying little twats I've ever encountered. They are all SUPER obnoxious, jealous, and cat fight constantly. It would be nice to have even ONE redeeming quality but frankly the female characters of this story are ludicrously flirtatious and hostile. This really dampened my enjoyment of the story. Still recommend, but it was hard to endure these characters. The male characters are excellently written, but truly no male in real life would have the patience with the females characters the way every male in these books seems to.

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Tyrone
    6/10/16
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    "Nooooooo"

    it's one of those books that you hate when it's over!! I enjoyed it better than the 1st.

    16 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Curtis L.
    Utah
    5/10/16
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    "Written and Performed Flawlessly"
    If you could sum up Reign of Madness in three words, what would they be?

    Very well written


    What did you like best about this story?

    The entire book is excellent. There was always something exciting happening and you didn't have to wait long for things to get interesting. Just when you thought things couldn't get more exciting it does. The tournament was very well written and was very satisfying. Thankfully the ending didn't leave you a huge cliff hanger but still leaves you excited for the next book.


    Which character – as performed by Nick Podehl – was your favorite?

    Rezkin by far.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Nearly did so. Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for book three. I will probably read book one and two a few more times which says a lot from me as I hardly ever re-read books.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    Little Rock, AR, United States
    13/11/16
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    "Still Fun"
    Any additional comments?

    Does it make sense if I say that this is a better book, but a less entertaining book?

    I don't really get the point of reviewing books in a series past the first one. That is unless the series becomes terrible. So here is all you need to know: If you like the first book, you'll like this one. If you didn't like the first book, this one doesn't improve enough to make it worth it. If you are on the fence, read on.

    The biggest difference is that the supporting characters of the first book, such as Frisha and Tam are basically minor characters this time around. This is probably a good thing because Frisha kind of becomes a jealous cardboard cutout. However the new supporting characters are quite enjoyable. There is a bit more depth to Rezkin and the story this time around. In fact, the overarching plot seems to have had rockets strapped to it! It moves along non-stop (in a 98% logical way).

    If you were on the fence after the first book because you wanted more depth or disliked the characters of the first, grab this one. If you were on the fence because Rezkin is perfect and faces no true challenge, then pass on this sequel.

    Was I entertained? Yes. Is this still a great, light-hearted book to enjoy after a long day? Oh yes. Do I still recommend it? Definitely. The third book will be a day one purchase for me.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Joe k
    5/10/16
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    "another hit"

    better than the first book. just after two book where rezkin searched for farson, he finally finds himself, they talk for about only 5 minutes?!? what's up with that!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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  • katkab
    20/10/16
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    "One of the greats."

    This book and the previous one are in my top 10. The story starts slowly and keeps building to a brilliant ending that left me begging for more. I cannot wait for the next instalment. The characters and story are extremely well written and Nick Podehl is a master reader, each character is recognizable throughout and he reads with such passion, I enjoyed his performance thoroughly.
    This book is one I am glad to have chosen and the author should be proud, five stars from me!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Euan
    6/10/16
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    "Just as good as the first"

    Beautifully crafted book that is gripping from start to finish can not wait for more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Macmedal
    England
    12/01/17
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    "Fantasy at its best"

    A very enjoyable series. Well written and maintains a great pace throughout. Looking forward to Book 3. Narration was also good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • TERENCE
    12/01/17
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    "Magnificatly awesome"

    I've never commented before on a book, but this one capture my imagination and conjured up such great images in my mind I had to leave something behind.
    I listen via audible books, the narration was perfect, the characters in the books were well form and link together perfectly. I just didn't wanna stop listen.
    At points of the book I had shiver of excitement. I will now read the books aswel, can't wait for book 3 and hope there will be more after that.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • James Langford
    10/01/17
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    "absolutely brilliant"

    the first book in the series was great fun. the second builds on the first and is even better. a brilliant listen. struggled to stop listening. can't wait for book 3.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lee
    15/01/17
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    "Can not wait for the next book"

    my only disappointment is that I can't download the next book. It was riveting and you really get involved in the characters development. It leaves you hanging for more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Callum
    9/01/17
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable ride"

    Really enjoyed listening to this. Quite easy to listen to and really well narrated.
    The central character is one who is both intriguing and engaging. Will continue to listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adamskie
    9/01/17
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    "Great follow-on from book 1"

    Great follow-on from book 1, cannot wait for book 3 now! love Rezkin. brilliant performance again also.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sam
    8/01/17
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    "My first ever review - this needed it!"

    I have been an avid audible listener for some years now, with my focus on heroic fantasy (LoTR started it). I have listened to all of Sandersons, Rothfuss, George RR Martin, Anthony Ryan, Joe Abercrombie etc and this one came out of nowhere like The Name of The Wind or The Blade Itself. If you like this genre, give this a listen. A different writing approach to the others but thoroughly enjoyed it. I was gripped from the start and used every moment I could to listen to that extra little bit. The narration of this story is one of the best yet, the characters are clear and concise and you know exactly who is talking. I wish someone had put me onto this series before, I'm going straight onto Book 3!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    6/01/17
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    "Amazing!"

    kept in a good pace an exciting story with excellent twists.

    when is book 3 available?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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