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.
©2015 Kel Kade (P)2016 Podium Publishing
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.
I read this book shortly after it came out and greedily jumped into book 2 afterwards. It is a great book! Funny, smart and an all around great read.
I have followed Nick Podehl's narrating for some time now. He has a great voice and a strong grasp of the characters in anything he reads.
This book, with Nick's voice-overs and timing, really kicks it up to the next level of enjoyment! Nick seems to have only improved and increased his repertoire of voices and it makes the listening to this wonderful story enjoyable beyond anything I have heard before.
I greatly enjoyed King's Dark Tidings--Free The Darkness. The story premise is utterly hilarious while providing a deep sense of ironic justice for the main character's brutal loveless "childhood". The concept of nurture over nature is clearly but brutally conceived. The miss understandings between characters is highly effective for not only comic relief from the violence but also helps the over arching storyline. By interacting with his commoner " friends" Rezkin finally has some normal life experiences. This humanizes a young man who may have become a true monster. I sincerely hope he and Frisha work out, not least because he deserves to have at least one person truly love him. This author rocks. The narrator is beyond good too.
This story is a wonderful blend of action, comedy, and suspense!!!! I can't wait for the next audiobook to come out. I know the Second book has already come out but I am waiting for it to come out as an audio book because I am also a fan of Nick Podehl and and thought his performance added much to the first book over all.
I absolutely wholeheartedly recommend this book!
one of my top 15's and i listen to a lot of audiobooks
right the the end, the moment is just to funny and ironic
the way the main character truly resembles a child and his understandings and relationship knowledge. also just how confused and strong the character is at the same time
cant wait till the next one comes out, it has a good start i just hope it keeping going without slowing down
This book was just wonderful, stop reading this post and just download it already. A truly different story.
The book is one to compete with that Game of Thrones and even Lord of the rings in greatness. The performance of Nick Podehl is that of few comparisons. One of the most enjoyable books to listen too. It will consume your life until you finish.
"Why don't more people know about this?"
A fantastic story with characters you care about and detail in every sentence.
I can honestly say I have no idea what to compare it to, in a class all by itself.
I felt he was a fantastic choice to narrate this book and he was more than adept at all the characters. But if I had to pick one I would say Tam. He really made them all feel real but Tam had a certain something.
I didn't want it to end, if I could have I would have but at over 15hours I don't have many uninterrupted 15 hour stretches!
I cant wait for the next in the series. And following that the TV show or Movie as this is a show/film I would love to see.
After wasting several credits on 3 truly awful books within this genre. What a relief! My faith in epic fantasy has been restored as I eagerly await the next book released soon!!
"Kel Kade's debut, and what a start it is!"
Fun, distinctive and covetous!
Rezkin - I really enjoyed his thought process about every day occurrences, which caused me on occasion to smile and laugh to myself. As a guy, I got pretty envious of his perfection, which is weird considering he's a fictional character, but that shows how much I enjoyed the book.
I believe it's the first time I've listened to Nick's narration, and believe he is stellar in his performance of the various characters.
Pretty much, and that's a rarity. I was staying up later than usual and listening to it during every spare moment.
The only qualm I have is with Rezkin's love interest, which I can sometimes find a bit annoying and too much.
Other than that, buy it, read it, listen to it.
"A solid start"
This is a very strange book. Normally a fantasy story follows the premise of a hero overcoming difficult enemies or obstacles. Not here, here the main character(Rezkin) is effectively a god, capable of inhuman feats on a regular basis and without much effort. This is unusual because author could be in danger of making a boring story as there is no risk to any of his actions nor does the author impose any restrictions on the character. The story is purely driven of the fact that Rezkin does not know who or what he is . And while there is enough clues that allow you to have a good idea it did manage to keep me engaged all the way through .
The great appeal of this book for me is that it is very easy to listen to, which I found a refreshing turn of pace considering the shift in fantasy to a more dark and bleak style over the last 7-8 years in particular. If you are able to disconnect yourself from the ubsurd premise and enjoy the well paced story ( really it's probably the best paced book I have read) it is really good fun. If you are unable to disconnect then I can freely accept that you may detest it.
As for the next book. It appears to be getting released in October of this year and I can't wait.
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