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..Show More » 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.