• Dragons and Demons

  • King's Dark Tidings, Book 5
  • By: Kel Kade
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 17 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (3,446 ratings)

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Dragons and Demons

By: Kel Kade
Narrated by: Nick Podehl
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Publisher's Summary

Every kingdom Rezkin touches has shattered, and the turbulence in his homeland is spreading across the Souelian.

From the shards of kingdoms past, he begins to forge a new empire. But there is a price to pay for power, and the balance has come due.

When Rezkin is confronted by something mysterious and ancient, he is stolen from his intended path and driven toward shocking revelations about his identity. With every whisper of knowledge comes new dangers and one certainty.

Rezkin’s past has finally caught up with him, and the mad king Caydean is playing a darker game than anyone realized.

©2022 Kel Kade (P)2022 Podium Audio

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Ridiculous ending.

Why would the author think this is a good way to end a book. No way I read the next book. I can’t believe I used a credit on this. The author literally wrote this book to ruin everything that was good from the previous books. It was a well written travesty. Too many people have been inspired by the George R. R. Martin style. Not every nook needs to end terribly. Don’t you think there is enough negativity in real life. We read these books to escape the hopelessness of real life and enter a world where the good guys actually win. If I wanted to experience the bad guys winning, and good men being corrupted, I’d read the newspaper.

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Its really good, however;

This book is really good! Their are answers provided for many things. And many threads are tied off, such as situations as the ending of the previous book, Tam and even Rezkin's abilities. Both the lore and character development is progressed across all fronts positively.

The issues that seem to pop up are similar to the last book's problem. One being, some events and in particular the ending, seemed to be rushed. This isn't always a problem but when you compound it with where the book ended, it leaves many characters status ambiguous to each other. Many people like to say it's cliffhangers in general that are unlikable, but that is not really true. Most multi-part series end in cliffhangers (save the final entry). The reason I did not personally like this book's ending was the same reason I didn't like previous entries ending. In fact, they are very similar in that regard; the status of the MC is ambiguous to every other character in the main cast and one of the cast's fate is truly ambiguous. Where as comparatively the first three entries in the series also ended in minor cliffhangers. The difference is that the main characters status was NOT ambiguous to each other. It was only the story's direction, as the group had similar and different tribulations but their statuses were known within the group to each other when the story concluded.

These last two entries just pause in ambiguity for nothing more than fake suspense but good books don't need that. The first three didn't. It's frustrating, but peoples, whether fiction or not, lives don't pause even though their situations might. That's why the first three books left a positive satisfactory note comparatively to the last two books. In the early books, the group's future fate was unknown but their status to each other wasn't paused. When the author decides to end a book like this, it almost feels like the book ended mid-arc. The arc wasn't truly finished until the aftermath is settled, not during the after action report. Their is no closure. The concern also stems with; will the wait for the next entry be just as long for similar results?

Again, the book was really good. I enjoyed it! I especially loved the new and different characters. I feel that the world is large and interesting enough with the main character also amazing enough to continue even after the originally series wraps up. The book was still very entertaining and I love the characters (not Frisha haha) and the world. 4.3 Stars!

That being said, people dislike the ambiguous cliffhangers. Especially with the current fad of short quick media summarization styles and eastern influences like manga/light novels where stories are separated by arc's with starts and conclusions within each arc. It's why people love the first 3 books or Tolkien or the Harry Potter books, a complete arc within each book even with overall story cliffhangers at the end. Even the title of this book introduced a powerful subject matter that never actually fully concludes but just segues into future possibilities, leaving some frustration.

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what...

what the hell? this book is just disappointing on so many levels... I mean really most the interactions between characters are a just... wtf... I'm done.

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Don't waste your money. it's going to take four mo

The best part about this book. it's Nick hodell but for a 4-year wait long years of them writing other books that are only half-ass and then it's just too long and this book seems just a drag times. The first two were just so good. I don't know what happened

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VERY DISAPPOINTING

SPOILER ALERT:

Let me start by saying I absolutely love the first three books. I thought they were exciting and incredibly engaging. However, I am hugely diappointed in this book. My diappointment is for a couple reasons:

1. Starting in the fourth book the story started to get more and more fantastical. As in they kept adding more and more different fantasy elements that had previously no place in the book. Previously they had introducing that Elves used to exist. That is fine, a little weird since it had never been discussed nor been relevant before, but it wasn't playing a big role in the story. But starting in the fourth they kept adding elements that kept detracting from the story, and in the fifth they just went crazy. In the first three books it was essentially a much better version of the Night Angle trilogy by Brent Weeks, it had a lot more elements and was better in every way. However, that was the story the author set us down. Now by the end of the fifth we have: demons, living elves and the MC is one now for some reason, Wes is a demon for some reason, dwarfs were mentioned as were giants, there are apparently thousands of anamorphs everywhere that no one seemed to know about, oh yeah and dthere are fay, ferries, elemental spririts, necromancers, gods, dragons and probably a few more things I can't remember. It is getting absloutely ridiculous. And the worst part is, is that they are not even adding to the story, they are all distractions. The basic need of needing to over throw the king still exists, but they just keep adding a bunch of elements to try and make the story feel bigger, but all it does is make it really boring because the story is never moving along.

2. In the same vein as my previous comment, even the parts of the story that are not too fantastical are just rambling. The 4th and the fifth are just going from one event to another with very little development or dialogue. There are just things happening and none of them seem to be a big deal becasue there are too many things that are a big deal. The story keeps mentioning that the MC is struggling but then he just waltzs through life and everything goes his way. Even the things that don't turn out to be part of some master plan and it all works out better. Like Tam suddenly becoming amazing at everything and needing no time at all to recover from his slavery, also he is now a sword master because apparently....... well they never gave a good reason. Bottom line there is far too many 'big' events like taking over kingdoms and meeting unnecessary mythical creatures that we are spending no time on real character development. The first three books were all about relationships and growth and strategy and the MC learning. Now he just is learning because they are trying to add more fantastical events that don't really mean anthing to the bottom line.

3. Basically, I am just sad that a series I really loved has gone so far off the rails. I am not saying that the elements they are adding aren't fun, but they are a far cry from the story we all love. It just was a huge diappointment. I wish the author could just erase the last two books and start again.

Here's to hoping that there is a serious course adjustment, where we get back to hearing a story and not just a series of events that move you at all.

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A good, not final, book in the series.

A lot of reviewers so far seem upset with the ending as if this is the last book; it isn't and to think otherwise is absurd. The plot moved on, characters developed, some questions were resolved, and as so many others are upset about it left off with cliffhangers.

I look forward to the next, and possibly last book in the series to come.

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not worth the wait

not worth the wait

and if the next book takes more then a year then this was a weird end to a series

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did not feel like it was apart of KDT

For me this book felt rushed. I read the reviews for her other series and so many were asking when she would continue these books.
This book did not have the same feel of the other KDT books. Overall I am unimpressed.

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what a disappointing ending

a disappointing ending to a great story a game of thrones ending author left to many questions unanswered a slow moving plot very dismal

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I’m done

There was some interesting stuff in here
But it been two or three years since the author of written a book in the series and to be honest for me the momentum ended in the last book

It wasn’t bad I think I just lost interest in the story

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-16-22

Hmmmmm

I'm not sure what to make of this 1 it feel's like for the long wait time between books it could have been better, I think it's like a mix between book 3 and book 4 for action and development.

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The ending just felt off after such a build up from the 5 books only to have this outcome is not what we have been lead too, i think the Author just cut the end of the book off like he thought he could add it to book 6 instead.

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  • Jack
  • 09-10-22

disappointing considering the long wait

I have loved this series from the first book and was desperate to get hold of book 5.

Honestly, I think the way the author treats this series as a chore is what put me off. years to release one. who knows how long the next one will take.

no wonder kel kade feels like finishing books in this series is a chore. more than 50% of this book was uneccessary overcomplicated world building. Just get on with it. I actually really enjoyed the last 3 hours of the book but had to struggle through all previous hours to get there. Most of which was not relevant. what about all our other favourite characters from the thieves guides or general Markham? not even touched on. sad really...

I will setting a timer of 12 months for the next book to come out. if it has not then I will be dropping this series.

if anyone wants a good series with an author that produces quality at speed then have a look at "Path of the ranger". 14 books in under 4 years.

I really hope kel kade listens to her fans and produces another in a reasonable time frame or I fear she will lose more than just a couple.

Nick, performance was great as always!

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  • Danielle Allan
  • 09-07-22

my favourite series

I have loved this series since stumbling on the first book and after years of waiting book 5 did not disappoint in any way other than that it finished, I want to read book 6 so badly

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  • R. W
  • 03-30-23

Great series

Great series, waiting for the next book is extremely frustrating, I read so many books that I forget the story.
Still no news on the next book 😩

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  • J Hughes
  • 02-07-23

Continues to addict me

This series is my personal favourite. Some books better some worse but still excellent.

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  • jake
  • 01-30-23

Love this

Not sure to feel about this particular book after waiting so long but I’m glad the author decided to continue it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-26-22

Amazing

Amazing story and great performance by Nick Podehl. It had a good Ending and im looking forward to book 6

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  • Alexander Betz
  • 10-22-22

Fantastic continuation of the tale

First thought it'd be difficult to get back into the story after the long break since the last book but flashbacks in the book and Nick's voice made it easy. Very interesting development of the different characters kept the story gripping eager to hear how the tale goes on. I hope there is book 6 in the making not too long away.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-18-22

Last 2 books read like written on the fly

I enjoyed the first couple of books; but once they find the island and the fae in 3rd book things seem to go off in any direction and on a whim rather then having a plot thought out beforehand. This book is no different and again feels like as each chapter starts a new idea by the author is thought of and then changes the story to match the new idea. It was a struggle to listen to because of this.

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  • mark
  • 10-17-22

Brilliant

Yet another outstanding book couldn’t stop listen, and cannot wait for the next one. I am so surprised they haven’t started to make a film about it ??

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  • ben
  • 09-07-22

Absolutely trash

Another book of added random main characters, added random magic's never before discussed, more fantastical creatures and ever building stakes. Except there is never any resolution to anything in 5 books. Everything done in previous books means nothing, the stakes are ramped up bigger to completely undermine any importance of the things before.
Characters are just forgotten plotlines are just left dangling only to be supplanted by something bigger, then BIGGER, THEN BIGGER AGAIN!.
Absolutely trash.

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  • Chris
  • 02-02-23

We want MORE!

This was a great 5th addition to the series and I cannot wait till the next one arrives. The story took on a couple of nice twists and the development of the characters continues to grow quote well. As the 1st book is the reason I joined Audible, I am certainly looking forward to the story continuing. 5 out of 5 mate, well done.

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  • John Watson
  • 10-30-22

Awesome!

Kel kade is one of my favourite authors.
All her books are masterfully written and highly entertaining.
Thank you Kel for another wonderful book, looking forward to the next one 😁

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  • James Burgiss
  • 10-26-22

Omg

Simply put wow great story can not wait for book 6, I came into this one thinking it would be the end but the story must go on

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  • mel
  • 10-24-22

Great young adult series

Occasionally a bit too juvenile for me but I can’t deny it’s hard to put down. I feel like the series keeps improving from its unbelievable beginnings. I wish the women were less whiny and helpless but possibly that’s the narrator that’s dragging on my nerves. I feel like this would have great appeal to young audiences.

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  • timothy
  • 10-17-22

Ok but not great

This book did tend to let me down in regards to expectations based on the previous books. It was ok as needed to finish off the series but was no where near as good as the first or second book.

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  • Zachary Powell
  • 10-08-22

why isnt it possible to give 6 stars?

this book and narrator both deserve them. nick poedhl is perfect as always, and this book is everything i hoped for and more.

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  • Kael
  • 10-08-22

A long awaited continuation

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I've been waiting for it for years and am very happy with how it turned out. The narration was perfect. I only wish the book was longer. Please don't make us wait another ~4yrs for the next book Kel Kade (but if you do, I'll be there ready for it).

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  • Tegan
  • 10-04-22

Great series

I first purchased this book for my son and I to listen too. Now we both have to wait for the other, much to our chagrin, to be at the same place. Each of us trying to sneak a little ahead as we both are desperate to find out what will happen next. Nick Podehl is a brilliant narrator the only small laughing critic, his raven sound definitely needs a little work (lol) but love all these books and the narration. I believe my son has listened t the first book over 18 times.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-02-22

Fantastic

As usual both story and narration sucks you in. Worst thing is having to wait for the next book. Well Done!!