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
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!
Truly captivating. Kel Kade i applaude thee. listened to both books in 1 week! very reminiscent of 'the way of shadows' by Brent Weeks. This followed by Nick Podehls performance makes this series one of my absolute favourites!
Rezkins future plans are revealed by the constant contact of the nobles he calls friends as the tournament gets in full swing.
A great read that makes you listen intently to every word or to miss something would be terrible.
Narrated well and the accents although can make me giggle sometimes were good .
Best one yet.
Story is good, however, female characters unfortunately very one dimensional. It feels like every piece of female dialogue includes whining and they are all obsessed with men.
KTD is my new favorite series, fantastic story line as well as gripping throughout, i could put the book away, always trying to listen to it when ever I could, I haven't found a book let alone two that have made me act like this in many years.
Kel Kade is an amazing writer, the way he describes his characters and how they act is amazing, it feels like you are right there with them.
5/5 for this series, very much looking forward to the third book once it's released, its going to be a long wait for me as I can happily say that the KDT books so far are my new favorite series 👍
Thankyou Kel Kade for creating this amazing series
The book is just as good as the first even though there are significantly less plot points. I would usually think that a book that spends the first half on a ship and then followed by a tournament is a plot not worth reading. However, this book is magnificently written and all plot points from the first novel are nicely tied up making room for an exciting third instalment.
when he revealed himself. Although i find it to be a major cliffhanger, I still think it's a good ending for this book anyways.
EVERYONE! He played every character so good, you could definitely distinguish each character by his narration. I couldn't even tell that it was him that was narrating females.
To be honest, when I listen to a book in audible, I usually finish one book in a month in average. But this series, I finished within a week.(probably less)
I would definitely recommend this book if you like KINGKILLER CHRONICLES. Cant wait for the next book. This series will definitely be in my top 3.
"Oh, very WELL DONE!"
Only need two: VERY SATISFIED
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.
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.
Yup and did! I don't regret that in the slightest.
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!
"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.
"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.
"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!
I read a review for the first book claiming the nature of the main character did not allow for suspense. I disagree.
it's one of those books that you hate when it's over!! I enjoyed it better than the 1st.
"Written and Performed Flawlessly"
Very well written
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.
Rezkin by far.
Nearly did so. Yes
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.
"Worth every cent"
First let me start with for you masochist who like your characters to suck and get beat up and fail the whole book this book is not for you.
Who in there right mind wants to read about a loser I'll tell you everything one who gave this book 1 star. They all complain about one thing the the main character is too good. How bout i write a one page book that you will love. Jim sucks. Jim get stabbed. Jim lives to suck again. The end. Hope you enjoyed. I read books like that and i guess i feel how you feel about this one cause those books had almost full stars too. But seriously why do you want you characters to suck.
Not liking this book is like saying that You don't like Batman. Let face it Rezkin is Batman if Batman were not insane and got stuff done. Instead of just locking up murders who he knows will brake out and Kill again over and over which is one of the definitions of insanity.
The story is amazing and it doesn't at least for me get annoying like most books do when one character has a secret but never tells anyone. I guess that because he slowly be surely lets people in to his confidence. My favorite part is that he does not forget rule #1 and no it's not to protect your friends. It's to at all times remain a BADASS.
Masterfully job Kel Kade I make you up there with my favorites Orson Scott Card, Brandon Sanderson and John Conroe.
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.
"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.
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.
"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!
"Just as good as the first"
Beautifully crafted book that is gripping from start to finish can not wait for more.
"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.
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.
"An excellent story which you wont put down"
An amazing story with one of the best heroes/anti-heroes applied to a story. A lovable main cast and enough political intrigue mixed with great action to rival many fantasy epics. cannot wait to get my hands on the 3rd book.
"slow to get going"
not as fast paced and action packed as book one, understandably since there was a lot to develop on and story to set. it has set up book 3 to be a real epic I am eagerly awaiting
Well written, well narrated, set in a interesting and engaging world. Definitely an author worth perusing.
"Riveting and spellbinding
Loved it, more please!
I was hooked from the start, brilliant performance, buy it now
this 2 books are astoundingly good.
i cant wait for the next instalment.
if you like swords mages fantasy brandon sanderson beent weeks or jedf wheeler then u have a new favorite author in this book
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