Free the Darkness : King's Dark Tidings

  • by Kel Kade
  • Narrated by Nick Podehl
  • Series: King's Dark Tidings
  • 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Raised and trained in seclusion at a secret fortress on the edge of the northern wilds of the Kingdom of Ashai, a young warrior called Rezkin is unexpectedly thrust into the outworld when a terrible battle destroys all that he knows. With no understanding of his life’s purpose and armed with masterful weapons mysteriously bestowed upon him by a dead king, Rezkin must travel across Ashai to find the one man who may hold the clues to his very existence.
Determined to adhere to his last orders, Rezkin extends his protection to an unlikely assortment of individuals he meets along the way, often leading to humorous and poignant incidents.
As if pursuing an elite warrior across a kingdom, figuring out who he is and why everyone he knows is dead, and attempting to find these so-called friends and protect them is not enough, strange things are happening in the kingdom. New dangers begin to arise that threaten not only Rezkin and his friends, but possibly everyone in Ashai.
This is the first installment of an ongoing series. This book is intended for adult readers. It contains graphic violence, creative language, and sexual innuendo. This book does not contain explicit sexual content.


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Customer Reviews

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Extreme wish fulfillment with just a little charm

So the main character is pretty much the ideal guy any 13 year old boy wants to pretend to be. The suspense is entirely killed due to MC being so overwhelmingly more skilled than everyone else who lives. At everything.
These books thrive on reactions, and the book does this pretty fluidly. It seamlessly switches POV so that we can see how awesome MC is from the eyes of his posse. However, this gets old pretty quickly.

The small amount of charm from this book is the main character's borderline-autistic personality. MC just doesn't understand certain basic social skills. This is intentional, and handled pretty well. However, this charm also loses its novelty long before the book is over.

I really despised the romantic chemistry between MC and Heroine. MC is super badass and refined and so i understand the school-girl-crush impulse from the heroine, but that's all there is. Why does MC slowly begin to fall for her? Because she's a woman and throwing herself at him... Oh ya, its 13 year old wish fulfillment, i forgot.

Last thing to note - the narrator is phenomenal
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- EzBake

Wow!! This book...

Any additional comments?

I really want to write a review to do it justice. I can't express how much I love Rezkin and his adventures in the 'outworld'. Watching Rez shift from being totally isolated all his life in brutal training to being thrust into the populous is touching and often times comical. There is tons of action, a minor magic system and a bit of romance on the side.
I am a huge fan of Anthony Ryan, Michael J. Sullivan and Patrick Rothfuss. If you like these authors, you should really give this book a try. It is a great addition to the genre of epic fantasy.
Nick as narrator, as usual, is brilliant and truly brings the characters to life.

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- Conflicted5

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-30-2016
  • Publisher: Podium Publishing