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Reign of Madness

King's Dark Tidings, Book 2
By: Kel Kade
Narrated by: Nick Podehl
Series: King's Dark Tidings, Book 2
Length: 19 hrs and 21 mins
5 out of 5 stars (1,051 ratings)

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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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Made for younger readers

great storyline. I wish the author gave the duels more time and more description to them...

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Amazing Series

I downloaded this on a whim. I'm very glad I did.
the shorter nature of the books allow for a fast and furious plot with plenty of action.
The protagonist is the dark anti-hero type that I absolutely love and reminds me of others like Logan nine fingers from Joe Abercrombie's works.

very much looking forward to the third book.

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Intense complex and beyond the normal .

I can't believe how good this story is and the performance is remarkable .
You will not be disappointed .

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kings dark tidings

This book is one of the best books I've ever listened to. The narrator did a great job. i absolutely love Rezskin the lead character . can't wait for the next book. This is one of the best book series i have read.

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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!

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need more of them

needs to be more then the 4 books that are in series absolutely loved it

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Good yarn

Fast passed, sometimes too fast but for an escape it's great fun. Second book is as good as the first

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Brilliant! Captivating!

This book was brilliantly written and performed. I could not stop listening to this nor the first of this series. I look forward to my next immersion with book 3. The characters and the world in which they live have me totally hooked.
The performance is one of the best I have heard on audible. Utterly captivating and believable.
Thank you. I highly recommend the full series.

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What a wonderful series! Brilliant narrative!! <br />

Looking forward to book 3!
Thank you so very much for such a brilliant story & the narrative made it come to life!

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Cat fights? A bit over the top!

Kade creates a good solid world, with strong male characters. Unfortunately his simpering female characters, who always engage in fights over the main character, or a little too sickly to bear. I was sure at first, that this must’ve been some sort of spell, but this was never explained.. The man baby the best looking person on the planet, but he is quitebroken. I don’t see why these women become totally irrational with respect to him. It detracts from the storyline, which could be much better without this input.

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  • LD
  • 05-10-2016

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!

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  • Felix
  • 06-10-2016

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.

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  • Andrew
  • 06-10-2016

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.

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  • Tyrone
  • 06-10-2016

Nooooooo

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

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  • Curtis L.
  • 05-10-2016

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.

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  • Joshua
  • 06-10-2016

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!

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  • Matthew
  • 13-11-2016

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.

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  • James C.
  • 21-11-2017

Main Character is OP

not a bad story overall, but some of the characters do fail the common sense test, the over explanation grinds on a bit (it is more boring academic baby steps then adding insight and wonder/potential in exposition), and Op main character is OP. It is very lacking because of that 0 tension the MC has when faced with anything.

Not bad overall, but there are just too many parts where I just cringe or roll my eyes and just get annoyed. Had potential.

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  • Alex
  • 06-10-2016

Wow

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

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-10-2016

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!

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  • TERENCE
  • 12-01-2017

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.

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  • Sam
  • 08-01-2017

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!

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  • katkab
  • 20-10-2016

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!

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  • Macmedal
  • 12-01-2017

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.

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  • James Langford
  • 10-01-2017

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.

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  • Euan
  • 06-10-2016

Just as good as the first

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

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  • stephen trainer
  • 07-11-2019

Amazingly gripping!!

I love all the books in this series but this was my favourite, I could just listen to it over and over!

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  • Elliot Fletcher
  • 04-11-2019

Book 1 and 2. Amazing. Book 3 and 4. Trash

Read book 1 and 2. Dont bother with the rest. Trust me on this one.

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  • Kim.A
  • 29-09-2019

late nights

I couldn't put the book down. I've had some really late nights as I just need to know what happens next. I really enjoy the narrator.

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  • Trekkie Monster
  • 15-09-2019

Needs editing down more

First let me say I do love the King's Dark Tidings series and Nick Podehl's performances over a number of authors work. However I must be honest with this review as much as it pains me to do so as I've got two problems with this title.

Firstly it's just way too long. It feels like Kel Kade was keen to keep the book as equally hefty as the original. However the original was a breath of fresh air. This is more of the same. Too much so. All the women swoon over Rezkin. All the men envy his skills, then become his friend.

The majority of the books story revolves around the fighting competition but it takes half of the book to arrive there. The explaination of the magic system felt especially waffley. I personally feel half of the journey section of the book could have been edited tighter to stop it dragging quite so much.

All that said though once we arrive at the second half of the book things really pick up and as with book one the conclusion of book two wants you leaving more.

So on to my second problem... Nick Podehl. For the first time ever I did not enjoy his performance. His voice for the upper class women that fawn after Rezkin are all the same and towards the end they were making me cringe whenever the characters cropped up. Sheila was especially painful. I do appreciate that Nick's hands are pretty much tied by Kel's characterisation so this reflects as much on his number of back characters as Nick's performance. It is like Roy Dotrice and the A Song of Ice and Fire series (Game of Thrones). Any female back characters that were in the book like maids or cooks etc all had old crone voices which are pretty dumb but that's a whole other series and problem. :D

In conclusion though I still recommend the series and the narrator but this really does struggle with second-book-itis. (Sorry for any typos I'm writing this on my phone...)