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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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    daniel mackerill 30/04/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "excellent story, female character depth lacking"

    I enjoy the story, but like many others think it's disgusting that every female in the story is gushing for the main character. eg, new character enters the story and within 10 sentences they're being openly suggestive about banging Rez.

    if you can ignore anytime a female character is mentioned as they're one dimensional in this novel, it's a fantastic story.

    Take some pointers from The Emperor's blades by Brian Staveley about female character depth

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff 30/10/2016
    Jeff 30/10/2016
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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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    28/06/2017
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    "Made for younger readers"

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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Iona 26/06/2017
    Iona 26/06/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Electric"

    Book two of this series is a wild ride with much more intrigue and many answers to the intrigues of book one and yet you will reach the end feeling that it has come too soon - and in my case chomping at the bit for the third book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly 15/06/2017
    Kelly 15/06/2017 Member Since 2016
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 07/06/2017
    Michael 07/06/2017 Member Since 2015
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    08/08/2017
    08/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "I like it."

    Second book straight after the first! Though I feel the narrator is a little robot like, he has great pronunciation and excellent voice changes for all characters. It's a strange story and often a little annoying or farfetched that the main character is so completely infallible...but I have grown a fondness for him and eagerly await the third.

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    Brett 10/07/2017
    Brett 10/07/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "gets really good"

    If you are on this second book you can clearly overlook the over perfection that is rez. This book excels from the first and ends strong. performance of the reader is great.

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    Sean 08/07/2017
    Sean 08/07/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "An amazing nov!"

    This was a great novel and s fitting 2nd book in the series. Filled with all the twists and turns you could want!

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    Amazon Customer 28/06/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "awesome"

    loved it from start to finish. only issue is that the third book isnt out yet.

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  • KC Jones
    Houston, TX, United States
    23/04/17
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    "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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • 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!

    26 of 29 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.

    26 of 30 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!

    29 of 35 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.

    16 of 19 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.

    22 of 27 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.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    Little Rock, AR, United States
    13/11/16
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    "Still Fun"
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    Does it make sense if I say that this is a better book, but a less entertaining book?<br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>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).<br/><br/>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.<br/><br/>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.

    13 of 16 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.

    13 of 16 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.

    27 of 35 people found this review helpful
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  • 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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 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!

    5 of 6 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
  • 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
  • Paul Swinbank
    25/07/17
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    "Excellent fantasy"

    I can't get enough of this series! Bring on the next! The characters have all developed well and things which were obscure in the first book have now come into focus.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kevin leigh
    18/07/17
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    "Best book I have come across in a long time."

    Excellent plot which was well read. Can't wait for book 3. When is it going to be released?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nigel Currie
    UK
    13/07/17
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    "Excellent story"

    Fast paced without boring bits. Well read. Like Red Rising but with swords instead of high tech!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr William C. Small
    Irvine
    9/07/17
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    "An excellent second book read with amazing skill."

    A must read for all those who enjoy a good yarn. The skill of the reader helped turn the book into a masterpiece of fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stuart Kennedy
    Scotland
    4/07/17
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    "Reign of madness kings dark tidings "

    A brilliant book. I read the first book and was sceptical at first. To many small men, large men quotes but it soon changed and I could really see the characters come alive. I was so engrossed in book two that I finished it in three days. Listening to the audible version just enhanced the experience. Really can't wait for book three. No title as of yet that I can see to let me pre order though

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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