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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 his only known purpose as he continues his search for any information about his identity and the reason fo 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 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. Amidst 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 is the second book in the ongoing series “King’s Dark Tidings.” 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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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 his only known purpose as he continues his search for any information about his identity and the reason fo 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 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. Amidst 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 is the second book in the ongoing series “King’s Dark Tidings.” This book is intended for adult readers. It contains graphic violence, creative language, and sexual innuendo. This book does not contain explicit sexual content.

30 review for Reign of Madness

  1. 5 out of 5

    Gavin

    This sequel to the fantastic Free the Darkness did not disappoint at all. It had all the same elements that made the first book such a fast paced and exciting read. These books are just super fun fantasy/adventure! The last book saw Rezkin adapt to the "Outworld" and meet a host of new people as he sought to learn his purpose in life. This second book had less of the hilarious misunderstanding that I loved in the first instalment but was every bit as good as we got more of Rezkin being Rezkin. W This sequel to the fantastic Free the Darkness did not disappoint at all. It had all the same elements that made the first book such a fast paced and exciting read. These books are just super fun fantasy/adventure! The last book saw Rezkin adapt to the "Outworld" and meet a host of new people as he sought to learn his purpose in life. This second book had less of the hilarious misunderstanding that I loved in the first instalment but was every bit as good as we got more of Rezkin being Rezkin. Which means being awesome! I loved his growth as a character. He got sucked into a lot of political intrigue but also developed a lot along the way both on a personal level and with regards to the responsibilities that might go with his true purpose. My favourite bits are almost always Rez's interactions with his friends. Both how he reacts to them and how they react to him! He is one of the easiest characters to root for that I've come across in ages. That said, there is plenty of action and Rez gets to display the mindblowing skills we all love. Rating: 5 stars. An easy rating to give considering I was totally addicted to this book from start to finish. Audio Note: Nick Podehl is a fantastic narrator who is a perfect fit for this series. Reread Update: Just as much fun the second time around. This series is so great!

  2. 4 out of 5

    edge of bubble

    This book felt like transition book. The vibe of the series is changing from light and fun to a darker and more complex fantasy setting.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Anthony K

    SO... this is really 2.5 stars in my book. Here is the rundown... 1. Basically Invincible Protagonist that can do anything 2. all the other characters flip flop between disbelief and pandering to his awesomeness 3. Meandering story line, that makes me think the author just wrote the book sans outline or with any plot goals. 4. Didnt hate it 5. Will probably read the 3rd book when it comes out, to see how the plot resolves... but I think I know how it will end.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lance

    After reading the first book in a couple days and absolutely loving every word of it, I quickly grabbed this book and could not put it down, I plowed through the book in a day. The characters are so well done, I find myself rooting and for them, getting mad at them, and at one point Kai had me literally laughing out loud. I hope that part three is here soon I just don't know if I can wait long to see Rezkin, Frisha, Tam, Reaylin, Kai, Wesson, Jimson, and can't wait to see how a lot of the minor After reading the first book in a couple days and absolutely loving every word of it, I quickly grabbed this book and could not put it down, I plowed through the book in a day. The characters are so well done, I find myself rooting and for them, getting mad at them, and at one point Kai had me literally laughing out loud. I hope that part three is here soon I just don't know if I can wait long to see Rezkin, Frisha, Tam, Reaylin, Kai, Wesson, Jimson, and can't wait to see how a lot of the minor characters grow and have a bigger impact on the story... Really interested how we see Reaylin grow as the story continues. Mr. Kade.... Well done again!!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sade

    DNF!! I can't do this. If i have to read anymore inconsequential talk, or about anymore of this absolutely clueless, hormonal, can think only with their vagina women, i might scratch my eyes out. In case you're not getting how much i loathe this book, i'll close with this: I find every single character, every single word in this book repugnant. DNF!! I can't do this. If i have to read anymore inconsequential talk, or about anymore of this absolutely clueless, hormonal, can think only with their vagina women, i might scratch my eyes out. In case you're not getting how much i loathe this book, i'll close with this: I find every single character, every single word in this book repugnant.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    "It's better than the first one" "He isn't as overpowered in the sequel" Don't believe those lies. This sequel is far worse than the first book in the series. If you didn't enjoy the first one and are contemplating doing this book: Don't. I somewhat enjoyed some bits of the first one, such as the humour and over-the-top antics the protagonist got up to. This book, however, has none of that. The plot, world, characters and events are all absurdly stupid and frustrating. I don't even feel like wastin "It's better than the first one" "He isn't as overpowered in the sequel" Don't believe those lies. This sequel is far worse than the first book in the series. If you didn't enjoy the first one and are contemplating doing this book: Don't. I somewhat enjoyed some bits of the first one, such as the humour and over-the-top antics the protagonist got up to. This book, however, has none of that. The plot, world, characters and events are all absurdly stupid and frustrating. I don't even feel like wasting my time explaining just how bad it all is since it would mean wasting even more time on this unnecessarily long book. What I'll do instead is share my theory for what the major twist will be at the end of the series: This whole story takes place in a former home-schooled guy's head, with him being the protagonist in the book. He writes this story during his first few weeks of starting at a public high school. Most of the interactions will make a lot more sense since it would explain why everyone has the maturity level of 13-year-olds. It would also explain why all the female characters feel fake: the author has never actually spoken to a person of the other sex and writes their interactions like how he thinks they would act if they only knew how awesome he actually is. Finally, this theory would also explain how everything seems to work out perfectly for the protagonist and why everyone is in constant awe at everything he does. There you go. I just saved you twenty odd hours that you might have spent on reading the last book in this awful series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Piyush Rajput

    I have read upwards of 2000 books in Sword & Sorcery (S&S) genre and I like to believe I have read them all (if you know what I am saying), from horrible ones to the great ones and then some in between. I have come to appreciate good writing like I appreciate roasted cashews and chilli chicken with my beer. I like to believe that I have come to recognise the "gems" of the genre like I have come to forgive the errors (grammar and spelling mistakes). Though I realise that it is subjective and you m I have read upwards of 2000 books in Sword & Sorcery (S&S) genre and I like to believe I have read them all (if you know what I am saying), from horrible ones to the great ones and then some in between. I have come to appreciate good writing like I appreciate roasted cashews and chilli chicken with my beer. I like to believe that I have come to recognise the "gems" of the genre like I have come to forgive the errors (grammar and spelling mistakes). Though I realise that it is subjective and you may hate the books that I love. The first two books of this series by Kel Kade are the ones I am glad to have read. One of criteria for rating the books I have read is the number of pages I end up skipping while I am reading a book. This 'skipping of pages' could be because of meaningless dialogues / conversations / characters that I do not believe add to the story or have been added simply to increase the length of the novel or the author deemed them necessary and the reader i.e. me thought otherwise. I am glad to say that every single page of these first two books held my attention; even made me laugh a number of times while Rezkin made himself aware of the world and people around him and forged relationships. It is now my second favourite to my most loved current and ongoing series, the first being Terry Mancour's Spellmonger series. So Kel Kade I am glad that you decided to write these books and that I came across them. I wish you take some inspiration from Spellmonger series and produce a number of books in this series and not just a typical Trilogy. I hugely recommend this series to anyone who is in to S&S.

  8. 4 out of 5

    David Knowles

    I don't review much but the fact that this has better reviews than The First Law Trilogy made me throw up in my mouth a little bit so I felt the need to take action. The first book in the series, "Free the Darkness" was a BAD BOOK but it was SOMETIMES ENTERTAINING. I suspect I was mostly laughing AT it rather than WITH it, but hey, I was laughing alright? In particular the conservations between Tam/Frisha and Rezkin where either side are completely misunderstanding the other but still saying thi I don't review much but the fact that this has better reviews than The First Law Trilogy made me throw up in my mouth a little bit so I felt the need to take action. The first book in the series, "Free the Darkness" was a BAD BOOK but it was SOMETIMES ENTERTAINING. I suspect I was mostly laughing AT it rather than WITH it, but hey, I was laughing alright? In particular the conservations between Tam/Frisha and Rezkin where either side are completely misunderstanding the other but still saying things that make sense in the context are the book's saving grace. For the main plot line however Rezkin is so ridiculously overpowered that there is never the slightest doubt he will overcome the ludicrous challenges he faces, but the action scenes are none-the-less fun to experience in a Marvel superhero movie kinda way. Queue book 2. Rezkin continues to be RIDICULOUSLY AMAZING AT EVERYTHING EVER! He seduces every women within a 100m radius! Men want to hate him but can only respect him! He collects a motley crew of commoners, nobles, an officer, a battle mage and a healer, and HE HELPS THEM ALL WITH THEIR PROBLEMS! Oh REZKIN! Honestly it was going much the same as book one until the ferry to the tournament. That fucking ferry. I didn't know you could get cabin fever just from READING about people living in cabins. The entertaining-if-predictable action scenes dry up and instead we go round in endless circles of "how much will be revealed about Rezkin TODAY?" Everyone onboard must be LITERALLY FUCKING RETARDED to not put 2 and 2 together when the Stryker continues to refer to Rezkin as "my liege" and then talks about a mysterious "true king" trained in ALL THE SKILLZ. I gave up. tl;dr. There is not one believable or likable character in this entire series. I hope George R R Martin finishes the series. Valar morghulis. P.S. I would say something about how Kel Kade's female characters are ABSOLUTELY PATHETIC but that would ignore the fact that ALL THE CHARACTERS APART FROM REZKIN are approximately as pathetic.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rissa

    4.5⭐️ Everything is perfect and wonderful and violent. I love that he still is learning about well, communicating with others and the way of higher born live and act. It makes the story relatable and humorous through all the madness and Chaos.

  10. 4 out of 5

    John

    3.5 stars for book 2 of the Kings Dark Tiding series. There were some incredibly cool parts to this book, but the awkward naivety of the hero, Rezkin, became tiresome. There was no respite in the whiny female characters either. Even the women who could easily be very strong and empowering women were reduced to catty adolescents who can't help but fall all over themselves at Rezkin. Also, how many times do we need to read about the way Rezkin "cocked his head?" Meh....it was a good story, but cou 3.5 stars for book 2 of the Kings Dark Tiding series. There were some incredibly cool parts to this book, but the awkward naivety of the hero, Rezkin, became tiresome. There was no respite in the whiny female characters either. Even the women who could easily be very strong and empowering women were reduced to catty adolescents who can't help but fall all over themselves at Rezkin. Also, how many times do we need to read about the way Rezkin "cocked his head?" Meh....it was a good story, but could do with better editing.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Wilson

    Oh man, I need book 3

  12. 5 out of 5

    Suz

    I would have given the Gary Stu goodness (which I don't often think of as a negative unless it's very poorly done), the action, and the court intrigue a 4 star. The story really is entertaining in the way that sword and sorcery stories are entertaining. But the obliviousness required in most of the characters to move the story forward has been excessive, and the fact that we don't get a strong woman, or even a woman who isn't too stupid to live, until 2/3 of the way through the second book and e I would have given the Gary Stu goodness (which I don't often think of as a negative unless it's very poorly done), the action, and the court intrigue a 4 star. The story really is entertaining in the way that sword and sorcery stories are entertaining. But the obliviousness required in most of the characters to move the story forward has been excessive, and the fact that we don't get a strong woman, or even a woman who isn't too stupid to live, until 2/3 of the way through the second book and even she is a tertiary character with little page time, add up to a reduced score. There is just no way to continue to ignore these things. So, if you can shrug off stupid females who come off like they are all middle and high school idiots, and you don't mind contrived obliviousness to prop the story up, then it's a fun story. I will probably read the third book in the hopes that these gaping plot holes will be filled and the females have been presented as insipid so the author could give them room to grow.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jack

    I couldn't help but grinning through the whole book, I was like,"Christmas has already happened, but I'm still getting awesome presents!" It was also quite humorous how I was thinking how I was going to write review about how great the book was, and I hadn't even read more than twenty pages. Anyhow, I would just like to say that it's a real great way to start a prologue in the way it was written. Starting a book with poetry might seem strange. Howbeit, it's really brilliant in that it reveals so I couldn't help but grinning through the whole book, I was like,"Christmas has already happened, but I'm still getting awesome presents!" It was also quite humorous how I was thinking how I was going to write review about how great the book was, and I hadn't even read more than twenty pages. Anyhow, I would just like to say that it's a real great way to start a prologue in the way it was written. Starting a book with poetry might seem strange. Howbeit, it's really brilliant in that it reveals so much about the protagonist of the story, yet done so in such a simple manner. If poetry ever fit in a book, it was this. There's not much to really say about this book, I will say about a few words, but ultimately, the book was fantastic. Despite that, the next words I kinda of hesitate though, the book had action, and was still very good, but the book decidedly had less action than the first book. However, that is only if you observe very closely most of the time you won't even know. There was quite a lot of dialogue, but I actually really enjoyed the talking. In many ways, this book felt that not much happened, but a lot did happen. Probably the best parts of this book was the beginning and the end. Having said that, the book was all good. Also, when it came to revealing some facts, I felt that the author did a good job of writing how and who Rezkin trusted. Another nice way of doing things was how Rezkin's learning about life is still somewhat stunted. He seems to be very normal, yet he has some parts missing about what life is about. Even though that is so, I think it's great that the author does not treat him like a country pumpkin who knows nothing. There is a simplicity to Rezkin's character in that he doesn't still understand what friends about, yet he is able to deal with Dukes and Duchesses. Lastly, great ending, very fitting. And that is probably all that needs to be said.

  14. 4 out of 5

    BiblioJen

    This series. THIS SERIES. Rezkin sets the bar so high ... it's going to be hard for another character to come close for a while. Kudos to author Kel Kade, and audiobook narrator Nick Podehl can read me the phone book just any ol' time he cares to do so. This series. THIS SERIES. Rezkin sets the bar so high ... it's going to be hard for another character to come close for a while. Kudos to author Kel Kade, and audiobook narrator Nick Podehl can read me the phone book just any ol' time he cares to do so.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Flying Monkey

    4.5 stars Better than the first installment. Started off with the same issues as the first, but the only one issue that bothered me was girls fawning over Rez. The story quickly moved on to more action and many questions answered. Solid plot development. Looking forward to starting book 3.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Scott Bell

    Nope, sorry. Done with the series. I gave it two books and the writing never improved, he said mournfully. My suspension of disbelief was stretched so far the elastic is gone. Nineteen-year-old hero is a master-everything, has memorized the floorplans of all the major residences and the maps of all the towns, knows current events even though living 19 years in a fortress of solitude, and yet still believes *friends* are assigned by some metaphysical entity. He's a super-swordsman who can't be be Nope, sorry. Done with the series. I gave it two books and the writing never improved, he said mournfully. My suspension of disbelief was stretched so far the elastic is gone. Nineteen-year-old hero is a master-everything, has memorized the floorplans of all the major residences and the maps of all the towns, knows current events even though living 19 years in a fortress of solitude, and yet still believes *friends* are assigned by some metaphysical entity. He's a super-swordsman who can't be beat, and except for his literal interpretation of everyday usage, has no handicaps or fatal flaws. Head-hopping POV with every paragraph. Adverb abuse. A plot that made no sense. Leaps of logic. And, guess what, Our Hero may be royal blood. (That's not a spoiler because anyone who read the dust jacket could see that one coming.) A fun read for the kids maybe, but far from a polished effort by a student of the craft.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lundos

    Not really as good as the last one and not as funny. The main protagonist keeps adding to his entourage and they almost all have either special hidden powers and/or are among the most powerful within their class. (view spoiler)[And since the main character is the best at everything - and I do mean EVERYTHING - there really isn't any suspense. (hide spoiler)] The story and main plot progresses at a decent tempo and the author tries to include all the hangaround arcs in a fine way. I will probably Not really as good as the last one and not as funny. The main protagonist keeps adding to his entourage and they almost all have either special hidden powers and/or are among the most powerful within their class. (view spoiler)[And since the main character is the best at everything - and I do mean EVERYTHING - there really isn't any suspense. (hide spoiler)] The story and main plot progresses at a decent tempo and the author tries to include all the hangaround arcs in a fine way. I will probably continue reading the series when the next book is written.

  18. 4 out of 5

    C.W.

    *RE-READ December 2019: Re-read this whole series and really enjoyed it once again. Loved this one even more than the first! Will talk about this more extensively in a wrap up some time soon. Characters grew, situations got more intense, things got even more fun, and I cannot wait to see what happens in the next one!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Marat Beiner

    I was a little disappointed. The book was entertaining as the first was, but it felt short in a few parameters. 1. It did not go as I hopped it will. The first was portraying Rezkin as a mysterious figure, that has something strange in his mind when he was infiltrating the gangs, and I hopped that he's not that good and noble as he seems to be, and maybe he'll turn to be a great "bastard", an anti-hero or something, but it seems that my hopped were in vain, and the path that the author took, is pr I was a little disappointed. The book was entertaining as the first was, but it felt short in a few parameters. 1. It did not go as I hopped it will. The first was portraying Rezkin as a mysterious figure, that has something strange in his mind when he was infiltrating the gangs, and I hopped that he's not that good and noble as he seems to be, and maybe he'll turn to be a great "bastard", an anti-hero or something, but it seems that my hopped were in vain, and the path that the author took, is pretty obvious and the book became more cliche that even was. 2. Rezkin's fighting abilities are way beyond other people, and nobody in the world seems that can even hurt him, not to say kill him. he is toying with everybody, no matter who he's fighting and how many people, even a large number of "Strikers" who supposed to be the best warriors. And the explanation that author gives us, that he is just superior than they are, because he worked harder. Hardly believable. Did not liked that. I will read the next book in the series, but unfortunately I did not like this book, as I hopped I will. Still not a bad book, but just not good enough to get 4 stars from me.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ojo

    This is just too good.... Kel Kade has managed to create a very cool kind of fantasy here, a kind of fantasy that is just as thematically-oriented as the Sword of Truth series but still possesses many of the elements of modern, swashbuckling fantasy. The story is somewhat typical, but it's set out in a very unusual way that makes it very hard to predict. The main character is almost perfect, but it's all balanced out by the numerous flaws in the other characters. There's a lot of character devel This is just too good.... Kel Kade has managed to create a very cool kind of fantasy here, a kind of fantasy that is just as thematically-oriented as the Sword of Truth series but still possesses many of the elements of modern, swashbuckling fantasy. The story is somewhat typical, but it's set out in a very unusual way that makes it very hard to predict. The main character is almost perfect, but it's all balanced out by the numerous flaws in the other characters. There's a lot of character development in this book. A mark of truly good characters is when readers begin to feel actually emotions for these characters as regards their fate, and this book displays that. The pacing of the plot is quite steady. Combined with an increasingly complex magic system, it makes for a thoroughly enjoyable read. Events in the book start out slow and steady and only slightly ups its pace in the final fourth or so of the book. The story deals with a number of typical fantasy themes: love, loyalty, bravery, evil, and good. One would be forgiven for thinking the story predictable, but the author has an unusual way of churning up the norm and making it look extraordinary. A great read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ben Sanchez

    Although I feel that this story as a whole has a hard time sticking to any particular plot goals, I really enjoyed this book. Our lead character is more familiarized with the "outworld", and we get to follow more characters that I disliked at first but grew to like as the story progressed. We are introduced to more of the world and get a bit more of the magic through the adventures of our main character and a couple of his traveling companions. Still not a huge fan of stories that have almost su Although I feel that this story as a whole has a hard time sticking to any particular plot goals, I really enjoyed this book. Our lead character is more familiarized with the "outworld", and we get to follow more characters that I disliked at first but grew to like as the story progressed. We are introduced to more of the world and get a bit more of the magic through the adventures of our main character and a couple of his traveling companions. Still not a huge fan of stories that have almost super powered and undefeatable protagonists, but it actually feels like it works here. Will definitely check out book 3 once it comes out.

  22. 5 out of 5

    angel romero

    Awesome The way the author writes is just amazing. How he makes a situation and sets up his scenes doesn't make the reader cringe thinking the author pushes the bounds when writing mysterious parts. He writes in a way that leaves the reader wanting to know what comes next not how did this happen. Also most authors are terrible at writing necessary parts that exclude the action and bore the reader, but this author is able to roll right over these parts without losing momentum or interest. Awesome The way the author writes is just amazing. How he makes a situation and sets up his scenes doesn't make the reader cringe thinking the author pushes the bounds when writing mysterious parts. He writes in a way that leaves the reader wanting to know what comes next not how did this happen. Also most authors are terrible at writing necessary parts that exclude the action and bore the reader, but this author is able to roll right over these parts without losing momentum or interest.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Caleb M.

    I am in love with this series. It is a pleasure to read. The characters are well written and mostly enjoyable. The ones that aren't enjoyable are purposefully that way. My only complaint about these books is that they end so abruptly. This book had a much more satisfying ending than the first book, but it still feels like this was one humongous book that was forced to be chopped at certain points to create a series. I can't wait for the third book. Also a shout out to the audio version. Spectacu I am in love with this series. It is a pleasure to read. The characters are well written and mostly enjoyable. The ones that aren't enjoyable are purposefully that way. My only complaint about these books is that they end so abruptly. This book had a much more satisfying ending than the first book, but it still feels like this was one humongous book that was forced to be chopped at certain points to create a series. I can't wait for the third book. Also a shout out to the audio version. Spectacularly narrated by Nick Podehl.

  24. 5 out of 5

    The Nerdy Book Fairy ™ ©

    Kel Kade's King's Dark Tidings series continues in this second book in the saga, "Reign of Madness", and it does not disappoint! Part fantasy & part political thriller, this series will keep you up reading well past your bedtime. The story picks up right after the first book ends, and continues the journey of Rezkin and his companions as they head to the king's tournament. We learn more about King Caydean, and the political situation in the land of Ashai. We also learn more about Rezkin... but, d Kel Kade's King's Dark Tidings series continues in this second book in the saga, "Reign of Madness", and it does not disappoint! Part fantasy & part political thriller, this series will keep you up reading well past your bedtime. The story picks up right after the first book ends, and continues the journey of Rezkin and his companions as they head to the king's tournament. We learn more about King Caydean, and the political situation in the land of Ashai. We also learn more about Rezkin... but, do we?? It seems like the more we learn about him, the deeper the mystery about who - or what - he is only intensifies. The reader is as confused as Rezkin is himself. Book two ends on a major cliffhanger, and I had to jump right to book three and read several chapters before I could write this review because I wanted to see where the story might go. So far in book three, there are still no definite answers. Suffice it to say, Kel Kade knows how to write a compelling story. There's a lot of action, drama, and intrigue which draws you in and keeps you up way past your bed time reading just one more chapter. I highly recommend the series so far - unless you need your beauty sleep. Then forget it, cuz you won't have much!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rachelle

    “Any life that requires taking is not deserving of remorse. If it is not so, then the life should not have been taken in the first place.” Starting right where book one left off, we continue on Rezkin's journey. He is starting to learn more and more about himself, and as he does, he has to carefully veil these truths from his entourage and the strangers he encounters. His circle of friends is growing, and Rezkin still doesn't quite understand how it is growing and what mysterious entity has picke “Any life that requires taking is not deserving of remorse. If it is not so, then the life should not have been taken in the first place.” Starting right where book one left off, we continue on Rezkin's journey. He is starting to learn more and more about himself, and as he does, he has to carefully veil these truths from his entourage and the strangers he encounters. His circle of friends is growing, and Rezkin still doesn't quite understand how it is growing and what mysterious entity has picked and continues to pick these friends for him. But he accepts them, brings them into his protection and trust, and even lets some of them into his innermost circle, revealing his most valuable secrets. After their long journey, the story culminates at the King's Tournament, which spans several days and was the destination for many of his friends, where it builds to a glorious ending(ish, we're not done yet!) when Rezkin's true purpose is finally revealed. I found some of the sections on the boat when they were journeying to be a bit drawn out, with conversations and scenarios taking up pages and pages. But, the character development and relationship building did win out in the end. And the ending. That ending. If I had any negative thoughts about the book up until that point, they were all forgotten. Talk about heart-pumping and exciting. Of course, it ended abruptly but not without a finale of sorts, prompting me to immediately return this book to the Kindle Unlimited library and download the third instalment!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Brent

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Oh man, that sure ended with a bang. This book continues on with Rezkin and co's journey, specifically to the tournament in Skutton. I sure wasn't expecting the whole book to be pretty much the journey and to what happened in Skutton, and that tells me how detailed this series will be. The pages sure aren't lacking either. The author confirmed that it won't be a trilogy, so looking forward to this. Similar to the first book, I believe the 2nd book is also divided into two parts, the journey to Sku Oh man, that sure ended with a bang. This book continues on with Rezkin and co's journey, specifically to the tournament in Skutton. I sure wasn't expecting the whole book to be pretty much the journey and to what happened in Skutton, and that tells me how detailed this series will be. The pages sure aren't lacking either. The author confirmed that it won't be a trilogy, so looking forward to this. Similar to the first book, I believe the 2nd book is also divided into two parts, the journey to Skutton and the tournament. The first part introduces many characters, and I really liked some of them. Tieran also comes back into the fold. As usual, Rezkin is the center, and he manages to change everyone to the better. Tieran's change really surprised me, and he's becoming one of my favorite characters too. I also liked both Palis, who I felt is a more free spirited noble, taking up the sword and having ideals (good) of his own, as well as Wesson, the battle-mage that doesn't want to be a battle-mage, with his contradicting fresh character. Throughout the journey, we also learn more about The Rez, presumably the basis of Rezkin's name, introduced in the book called The Tales of the Shadow Knight. I didn't really pay attention to this at first when Frisha mentioned it in the first book, but well there ya go. With this, we also learn more about the actual story of the series, which I admit I didn't know where the series was going on the first book. Rezkin's claim to the throne being the point of the series is punctuated even more at the end of the book. During this part we also learn more about Rezkin himself, and if one didn't see enough of his ideas in the first book, you will definitely see the good in him in the 2nd book. He becomes emotional, and sometimes even romantic, which is a good change compared to his stoic, mysterious behavior in the first. I was definitely amused on how he acted at first with the nobles, and it was nice to see these nobles change throughout the journey due to Rezkin's influence, him not needing to put up a persona anymore. So yeah, this part is basically character development ++. The 2nd part of the book talks about the tournament, and is much shorter compared to the first part. Here we see much more action, and the Dark Tidings persona was definitely one of the best things ever (that voice, them fights). Towards the end, shit goes down, which I wasn't really expecting until the foreshadowing began. I was expecting some kind of light hearted celebration at the end, and then the group continuing on with their next adventure, but war happened instead. This series will definitely take on a darker turn on the third book. Some things that I didn't like we're some things that just gets dragged on for the sake of more drama later. Rezkin's encounter with Farson came outta nowhere, and it ended with no actual development. How could Rezkin just leave not gaining anything from Farson, when his entire purpose and standing highly depends on what the striker knows? Another thing is Rezkin's relationship with Frisha. I'm not really sure what the author is planning with this, since the relationship is way too one sided: Frisha is just too plain and really doesn't seem to be any outstanding qualities. It's hard to see that Rezkin actually has genuine feelings for her, at least not yet. Frisha needs to stop being shy all the time and maybe be more aggressive or things would not get anywhere. They didn't even have any romantic scenes (I think), and it's mostly teasing (which I felt was kinda forced). Ysseria is PROBABLY a better fit for him, but well there's Palis so it's kinda weird (RIP). Hopefully it doesn't end up Frisha dying later, and really I wish it's just him alone without with anyone (though fangirls are welcome). The girls' reactions to him in the first book was definitely fun to read. With that, I had quite a few favorite scenes on this book. My favorite is probably Rezkin's confession on who he is to Tam, him finally opening up and giving him some more of that character development. Rezkin was truthful to Tam, considering Tam his bestfriend, but Tam was overcome with the kills Rezkin has done. Kai then confronts Tam, and here we see probably one the best dialogues regarding Rezkin's character, who talks about Rezkin's good nature and ideals, and befriending Tam just because he likes him. This is significant, while thinking about the whole noble culture of the series, since Rezkin is basically the king --- a king being true and befriending a commoner. I'm actually surprised that Frisha did not have any issue with Rezkin when Tam talked to her, and though I'm still mixed about her, she has some nice potential for some nice character development later (please make this happen). In the end, Frisha doesn't have to be a warrior to be a couple with Rezkin. If the author goes this route, then it would be really interesting. Another favorite scene was when Wesson talks about Rezkin's aura of misdirection magic on him for the first time. It goes on to where Wesson gets becomes repeatedly a victim to the magic, making a hilarious scene much to Rezkin's frustration while talking to Wesson. In the end, this book surprised me, and looking back, it feels like the first two books of the series combined becomes the intro arc of Rezkin's conquest to become the king of Ashai. It will definitely become more interesting as we see more nations getting involved, delving on to their different cultures as we already saw some from Yssera's country of Lon Loresh where apparently women dominate. How would they react to the beast that is Rezkin? With that, the book gave immense character development for Rezkin, as well his companions. It also has a crapton of pages, which of course is always welcome. Looking forward to their next adventure.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Woodard

    Similar to the first one, in the sense that I thoroughly enjoyed it but has the same writing issues. I greatly enjoy the story and it is interesting enough that I again powered through it and have downloaded the final segment of the trilogy. However, the degree of the main characters power is still a tad too unbelievable (despite his training) for my liking. Again, I am really enjoying the trilogy and intend to finish it, but the pure invulnerability of Rezkin is such that you never feel like he Similar to the first one, in the sense that I thoroughly enjoyed it but has the same writing issues. I greatly enjoy the story and it is interesting enough that I again powered through it and have downloaded the final segment of the trilogy. However, the degree of the main characters power is still a tad too unbelievable (despite his training) for my liking. Again, I am really enjoying the trilogy and intend to finish it, but the pure invulnerability of Rezkin is such that you never feel like he will fail or struggle in any task. For me, this removes the sense of tension that I love in a fantasy book. I continue reading to find out how the story ends and what becomes of the characters, as I genuinely like them and their relationships with one another. Good books, if only the power was brought down a bit and the tension/realism increased ever so slightly they would be at 4 stars.

  28. 4 out of 5

    StormBlessed Fox

    4 star out of 5 This was in many ways an improvement to the first book, the world felt bigger(with them traveling half of it)many more interesting characters were introduced but still the real star of the show is Rezkin and his abilities.he also rescue a striker who along with Rezkin new mage determine that he is entitled to take the throne and later it is revealed that he even may have royal blood. the fights were very good and the book had a humorous tone that I liked.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    4.5/5 Stars

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dan Young

    This was close to a 4....Characters are still shallow and nothing ever seems to go wrong for the protagonist, however the plot wove together nicely and everything flowed smoothly.

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