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Publisher's Summary

Rezkin is an elite warrior who aims to restore order in Ashai after Caydean's attack on the King's Tournament transformed former allies and trading partners into enemies. With no army and only a ragtag group of refugees, Rezkin must wrest control of the kingdom from the mad and powerful usurper, who seems bent on destruction, and this may not be the biggest challenge. If he fails, the kingdom will be ripped apart, and Rezkin will have violated Rule 1 - to protect and honor his friends - leaving him without country, purpose, or honor.
©2017 Kel Kade (P)2017 Podium Publishing
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2 out of 5 stars
By Croda on 04-11-18

Book 2.5 at best

So, I enjoyed the first 2 books quite a bit. Yes, a lot of it was somewhat predictable and the characters were a bit dense, but the writing was enjoyable and it seemed to be going somewhere. The writing wasn't going to break any records as far as plot and believable characters went, but they were in good fun and enjoyable to read. This book however seemed to lose a lot of the charm that had made the first couple books so interesting and really didn't go anywhere. Nick Podehl did a great job as always, but I really have no idea why this book is so highly rated.

First off, essentially none of the characters from the previous books save Rezkin have any screentime or character development. Frisha is upset that Rezkin doesn't match her image of the perfect man anymore. She's not willing to spend time with him to try to find out anything more about him or to examine her feelings in any depth, but she's unhappy.

Malcius blames Rezkin for his brother's death. He's not going to do anything at all, but gosh darnit, he's not happy either.

Reaylin existed. As did a couple other formerly important characters. Can't really say anything else about them because they were essentially non-existant as far as the story goes.

Not to worry though, we've got a new princess to add to the fold, pretty much so that Tam has a new love interest. Luckily the new princess has no hangups with regards to station.

Magic gets more messy. Rezkin's abilities are still unexplained even in the least little bit, but he can still use it to solve almost any problem that comes his way, in ways that all mages agree is impossible. I'm sorry, but by book 3, we should be getting at least an idea of the scope of his powers, rather than having them expand constantly to meet every possible otherwise insolvable problem.

Demons and fey are introduced and seem likely to become a major plot point, in spite of no one knowing that they actually existed in the books prior. Oh goody.

To sum up the book briefly, Rezkin gets a base of opperations and has to fight mysterious force. Everyone conforms to his will and we essentially see zero character development. Main plot (defeat evil king) gets postponed and by statements in this book, we can likely conclude that it's going to be postponed at least one more book so that Rezkin can make other countries leave his country alone with threats and blackmail. No character developement, no plot development; I really don't see how this counts as the next book in the series.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 02-28-18

Let down

I was riveted to the story in books 1 and 2. I eagerly waited for book 3. How was Reskin going to take down the usurper? How would he handle being King, or would he hand it over to another after rescuing the country? What were the circumstances that had led to Reskin's unique upbringing that merited the lives of the strikers and the costly seclusion and secrecy?

In stead I feel the author completely lost his way. There was no character development in the book. In fact the quality of character of the leads in the story was eroded. Many main characters from the previous books were mostly ignored and even Reskin was not the same character as before.

I felt the last several chapters devolved more and more. I got to the point that for me the original story was lost. This third book destroyed for me all that the first two books had created and I don't plan to read any more of the series. I'm really disappointed because my hopes were so high.

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4 out of 5 stars
By lloyd on 12-09-17

Not as good as the first 2

honestly I love this series but I feel this book is a bit of a let down. Nothing really happens, it's got what is usually second book syndrome but this time in the third. the narration is top notch as always though but I just feel the story is lacking in this one.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Clare on 02-21-18

Amazing! Hurry up book 4!

Loved it...great story, could not stop listening 😊 great characters and how could you not love Res!

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5 out of 5 stars
By AliO on 12-16-17

Brilliant!!!!

Loved it! Amazing performance and enthralling story. Disappointed that it finished so soon and I must wait so long for more.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 12-16-17

great voices

Great voices. book not as good as the first two, but I think only because the story changed from very personal to interactions with a lot more people and dialogue. It was a natural progression and needed to happen but did not enjoy quite as much.

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