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Publisher's Summary

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

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What the heck people?

I couldn't finish this book and returned it. I'd like to focus on 2 main factors that I found very annoying. First, the characters, particularly the protagonist, all seem to be total idiots who are victims of elephant-sized plot holes. For example, the hero had been trained in every conceivable facet of life during his isolated upbringing in order to become a master manipulator, but somehow during that time no one gave him the birds and the bees talk or explained the literal definition of the word "friend." We are left with a protagonist who can dress up as a merchant from some far off land and expertly talk about current grain prices, but has zero concept of love, sex, etc. The effect on the story is maddening and totally unbelievable.

The second issue involves the prose and dialogue. Every page seems to have some lengthy, weird description about how gorgeous and ripped and strong and intelligent the hero is... over and over and over! The discussions the characters have with one another are also very one dimensional. They are basically caricatures of themselves, no matter what has taken place in the story. There is also a burdensome amount of exposition. The hero repeatedly stops to explain or think about everything he has done or plans to do, instead of letting his actions speak for themselves.

If you want a good fantasy book, try Blood Song Raven's Shadow or The Way of Kings.

207 of 245 people found this review helpful

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  • Em
  • 10-17-16

Started strong, went nowhere

The narrator is the best in the business; Nick Podehl's narration can strengthen and breathe life into an otherwise weak story, and this book is a great illustration of that part of his skill.

The main character Rezkin is pretty much a composite of Wesley from The Princess Bride mixed with a Chuck Norris joke. Rezkin knows everything, he's more powerful than twenty men combined, he sweats justice, his tears cure cancer/but he never cries. When the author wanted him to be socially naive (about women) he was. When the author wanted him to be a keenly discerning judge of human character and social situations, he was that instead. All the women in the story were charmless, dimwitted, sobbing helpless victims who needed Rezkin's protection and every single woman (and some of the men) immediately fell in love with him from their first glance. All the men in the story were similarly dimwitted weaklings who were jealous of him and bowed down to him if their job in the story wasn't to be killed by him.

In the beginning it was kind of funny - Nick Podehl's narration almost made it sound like at some point we'd get a wink and a laugh about this, but it never happens. At once point Our Hero had broken his leg and the narration went something like, "The river was far too dangerous and impossible to swim across - so Rezkin swam across it anyway with his broken leg trailing behind him" It goes like that a lot.

The story starts out interesting, gets ridiculous but is still enjoyable, gets even more absurdly overblown but is still enjoyable because of all the action, and then stalls out 2/3 through when we get to the house of the Uncle of one of the side characters. (Nick Podehl narrates the character of the Uncle as a pitch perfect Sean Connery!!! This kept me listening to it when I really, really wanted to fast forward the story line.) The characters stay there forever, nothing happens, descriptions abound of various characters drinking tea and feeling socially uncomfortable (except Rezkin, who is never uncomfortable) in the formal living room. Hours of this. It's like listening to music on hold.

Anyway, it finishes in line with a set-up for Book 2. I bought both at the same time and regretted buying the second while listening to the first, but I'll give Book 2 a go because Nick Podehl could make my shopping list interesting, and I hate skipping a book he's got so many good character voices in. I wish he had better characters to work with, but his performance is exceptional.

62 of 76 people found this review helpful

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A great book for over powered Protagonist lovers

This is a book for those of us that LOVE a strong male lead. If you are looking for a protagonist who has outstanding abilities, powerful armor and weapons, and an award winning personality then this is the book for you.

Things that I love about this book: sometimes I am in the mood for a book about someone who has got it all, and that person needs to use that incredible power and fortitude to the max in order to make it through book.

39 of 48 people found this review helpful

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Reader Beware: Worn Out Tropes Abound

I was a bit surprised with what I found, given the many glowing reviews of this book. I listened to the whole thing, which is rare for books I don't like much, so I thought I'd offer a different perspective. This review contains some minor spoilers.

The Bad
The protagonist of this book is the complete Mary Sue package. At 19 years old, he can fight better than anyone, is a master of stealth and subterfuge, is a brilliant scholar in history, a doctor, and has a detailed knowledge of all intrigue and current events. Oh, and nearly every woman he meets is so smitten with his impossibly good looks, they find it very difficult to function. Despite this, the Macguffin used to drive the plot is the fact that he can't figure out what the word "friend" means. Not in a metaphorical sense, but literally.

The author's female characters are something you'd expect out of speculative fiction written 50 years ago. In one scene, two of the main characters get into a catfight (over who gets to woo the protagonist, naturally). The author tells us that possibly due to their "basic female nature", they fail to remember any of their training and just brawl it out (naked while bathing, of course). Female characters who aren't taken in by the protagonist's charms are usually cast as fallen women or Jezebels. The protagonist elevates them or puts them in their place accordingly.

The Good
The pacing in the book is good, and Nick Podehl is a great narrator.

Summary
The cover art, taken along with some of the reviews, may lead you to believe this book is gritty fantasy like Abercrombie, Lynch, or Martin. It's not. It's much closer in tone to someone like Scott Meyer, albeit with a bit more violence. If that sounds appealing to you, and you don't mind some of the well-worn tropes, you may enjoy it.

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Not completely horrible. . .

There are many books that are either good or horrible. This book however fit into a very unfortunate middle ground. While parts of it were quite interesting, that amounted to an overall small percentage of the book. Let me explain:

In the beginning of the book we are introduced to Rezkin, an incredibly overpowered killer who has been raised away from the world. The very first plot point is that he is released into the world with unclear objectives, except he is mistakenly told that the two rules above all rules are to protect and honor his friends and to kill with conscience. So this hardcore killer now has to find friends and honor them, all the while hunting down the last man who managed to escape him. The is could have had great potential for a growing character and hilarious interactions, unfortunately this was not the case.

1. Rezkin has no character flaws. He is a better thief than the thieves , a better warrior than the warriors, and more honorable than the most honorable general. His character flaws is supposed to be his utter lack of knowledge in social matters, but he is made to be so completely honorable and likeable that his friends let him get away with everything. This leads me into the next point.
2. The side characters are completely useless. The two main side characters are purposeless and are only there to show how awesome Rezkin is. On top of this every single female character is completely in love with him, for no other reason than how awesome he is.
3. Instead of pursuing a plotline that suited an incredible assassin character the plot is basically a soap opera. Women are fighting over the completely perfect Rezkin, all the while he is off at night killing people and doing things beyond the realm of reason.

Conclusion: While the small parts of the book that follow Rezkin's rise to power and incredible feats are interesting, they don't make up for the huge shortcomings in the rest of the book and even they eventually become stale since you know he won't fail in any meaningful way. If you want a soap opera in a fantasy setting then give this book a try. If you want an actual epic fantasy novel then I would recommend something else. Maybe Mistborn or the Riyiria Revelations.

13 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Wow!! This book...

Any additional comments?


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.

94 of 121 people found this review helpful

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A level 100 fighter beats up all the noobs

In this game a level 100 fighter named Rezkin goes to the book area called Ashai and beats up everyone.

He also happens to be a level 100 healer, level 100 thief, level 100 diplomat and gets everyone to do what he wants.

I'm not sure what keepse.going in this book. All I can think if is that the narrator Nick Podehl is so good.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Simple and drawn out with ridiculous characters

1 - I like my protagonists strong and capable as the next person however this one had my eyes rolling just too entirely much.

2- I am so upset over the poor and ridiculous character development of every female character in this story line. It borders the ridiculous as each female is petty, jealous, demure and incapable of making decisions that inspire respect. I understand if it serves the storyline but even some respectable qualities would have only enhanced the story line. This angered me.

3. Poor storyline. There is entirely too much emphasis on how much of a warrior and perfect the protagonist is from physical capabilities and it gets overly redundant. We get it - wish more time was spent on the actual plot and story development instead of 2/3 of the story spent expressing how amazing the character is...

I was hoping this would get better by the second book. Part way through and it hasnt. I like to finish through with story lines but I am so frustrated at the poor character these people were developed as.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

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great narration, frustrating writing

What disappointed you about Free the Darkness?

The main character is essentially perfect. He has been trained so he can do everything and do it better than everyone else. He never does anything wrong. He has no flaws except being un-used to common society but even then is still perfect in all of his interactions. Every man wants to be him, and every woman wants to be with him. It's the literary equivalent of playing a videogame with "god mode" on and unfortunately makes for a very boring read after a while.The writing is repetitive. I honestly lost count how many times the main character is called "The young ______ " with some added descriptor like "warrior" "man" "assassin". In addition, the main character "easily does ______" with almost every action. An example of this would be a scenario like "The young warrior EASILY disarmed the man", which once in a while wouldn't be so bad but I feel like I heard it almost once every 5 minutes.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I think the premise and overall plot is somewhat interesting and will consider giving the author another try later.

Which character – as performed by Nick Podehl – was your favorite?

He does ALL of them exceptionally well.

97 of 127 people found this review helpful

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Nick tried his best, the story just sucks.

I really tried to like this book. I love mr. Podehls narration and he tried his best to bring some life to this story but it's just not there. The main character Rezkin is boring. Just gutwrenchingly boring. He's skilled... Very skilled... Like a god... No one is better than Rezkin, and he makes that fact known on every page. Oh, and he's handsome, that is made known on every other page. Every woman (and man it seems) falls instantly in love with him. Women will scratch each others eyes out just for the privilege of gazing upon his perfect body. Ugh. He faces exactly zero challenges. In everything he does, he wins. He makes it through every fight without a scratch. He's insanely rich. He has absolute immunity from any crimes he commits. He has the best weapons and armor. He's not a Mage, but that doesn't matter because his will is so strong he can out do any magic thrown his way. And he's a bully. He throws his perfectness around to get his way and get what he wants by killing or threatening to kill people. He'll even threaten his friends with death of they do something he doesn't like. What's the point? Why even tell this guy's story? Oh an he "cocks his head" at least twice a page like some kind of neurotic puppy dog.

48 of 63 people found this review helpful

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  • twinkipink32
  • 06-27-17

Good story overall

Very good narration, good story if a little slow during the middle. Tends to focus more on dialogue and has a little less action that I would have liked. Also names of guilds a little uninventive but nevertheless, would recommend!

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  • Aaron
  • 10-02-16

Refreshingly excellent!

I've read reviews for other stories, were the reviewer will complain that the protagonist is too string and perfect, but in this case it's the whole point of the story and is so blatant, it's brilliant.

Many books in this genre have a very similar story line; young man suffers tragedy, then goes to train with masters, comes back to kick some butt. This one has a refreshing angle; our guy is already kicking butt by hour number 3-ish.

The pace of the book is excellent there are no points where the story drifts into nothingness for a while, but keeps going on string with action around every corner. There is however only one story line, making the book easier to follow if you're the type to be listening to books while engaged doing this else.

I think if you're into books that world build for hours with incredibly well drawn out characters (a-la Joe Abercrombie), this isn't it; but it is well written and has (so far) an excellent story with an original twist.

It's seems to be getting more difficult to find good books in this genre; of course it's all personal preference, but similar-ish stories that I consider good recently are (hopefuly can help someone also looking);
Dawn of Wonder
Licanius Trilogy
Cycle of Arawn/Galande

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Simon
  • 08-04-17

Kings Daft Tidings

I have to doff my hat to Kel Kade, I really do! Looking at the fabulously large number of high ratings these books are getting it's undeniable that people are simply lapping them up. For someone likes me who puts the likes of Sanderson and Abercrombie with their hugely detailed worlds and finely crafted characters it just shouldn't work though.

The main character is stupidly unrealistic. Rezkin is a young lad brought up as an orphan by en elite team of mentors and warrior-trainers isolated from the rest of society this much is true. However, the resulting mix of Spock, a fantasy ninja, High Ambassador and the man from the Milk Tray adverts is breathtakingly unreal. His achievements within days are mind boggling as is the utter fawning weakness of much of the surrounding cast. He reaps and charms his enemies like the Fellowship of the Ring on acid.

Nick Podehl plows his way through it with considerable aplomb and never once gives the hint that his mind is screaming at the text with its sheer implausibility. He injects excitement even though Rezkin just seems untouchable.

And, really that's the magic of course, it's just gloriously absurd! Naturally this means that someone like me who prides himself in liking more serious or at least more logically constructed fantasy would not be seen dead giving it a high rating and it's beyond doubt that I would not even consider carrying on with the rest of the series. I really won't, honest . . . in fact tomorrow I'll return this one . . . yes I will . . . tomorrow.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • antdac
  • 09-18-16

Kel Kade's debut, and what a start it is!

If you could sum up Free the Darkness in three words, what would they be?

Fun, distinctive and covetous!

Who was your favorite character and why?

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.

What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

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.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Pretty much, and that's a rarity. I was staying up later than usual and listening to it during every spare moment.

Any additional comments?

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.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Stu
  • 11-10-16

16 hours I'll never get back...

Any additional comments?

Lots of 5 star reviews with an interesting premise so thought I'd give it a punt...

... and what a complete pile of bilge it turned out to be!

A flawless demigod of a protagonist who quite frankly I couldn't care less about after the 1st few chapters. One-dimensional, completely forgettable supporting cast, vacuous female characters who's entire existence appears to be to faun all over the lead.

The writing style was juvenile, clumsy and utterly cringe worthy in places. By half way through the repetitive phrases like 'the young warrior' and 'cocked his head' were driving me to distraction.

Nick Podehl does a passable job but some laughable English accents and mispronunciations did take the gloss off somewhat. I can only imagine that those giving the performance 5 stars haven't listened to a book narrated by the likes of Steven Pacey, Rupert Degas or Stephen Fry.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Euan
  • 09-06-16

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.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Vivien Z.
  • 01-09-17

Ho hum

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Not particularly. It's okay as a teenage boy fantasy of wanting to be a demi-god in a world populated by whiny voiced females, but unlike the intended character of the main protagonist, definitely not dark and deeply satisfying.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

A long wait for not very much.

What three words best describe Nick Podehl’s voice?

Average. Reasonable male voice characterisation badly let down by female. Even stronger female characters had an air-head whine to them.

Did Free the Darkness inspire you to do anything?

Well, I thought about Rezkin but went off to get some coffee as it did a better job of raising my pulse rate.

Any additional comments?

It's an okay background listen and probably more suitable in the young-adult genre.

7 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Samantha Ella
  • 06-19-17

Avid fantasy reader - couldn't make it through

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

To me this story is too heavy, you have to fight through details that are given where they are not needed to get the story to continue and you are constantly asking why the story is so flat. It bounces from one idea to the next without giving a real plot and fills the space with more needless detail.

What could Kel Kade have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

A more relatable or empathy inciting main character and a clearer story line. I got 6 hours in and was bored.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The voices were generally ok but it was a little bland, and I can't tell if that was the writings fault or not.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Free the Darkness?

Too many to list.....

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • A. Schneider
  • 12-27-16

Surprisingly entertaining, but...

This book did entertain me, but it comes with some big flaws. A big mystery the author dangles in front of our noses is a strong incentive to keep on reading, and who doesn't like a person who gets things done?
However, if the protagonist is perfect, things can grow too unrealistic even for a fantasy book. Rezkin, despite having grown up in seclusion, takes over significant parts of society within days of becoming part of it. He is, however, surprisingly dimwitted when dealing with his 'friends'. This is a useful comic counter-balance to his otherwise perfect appearance at first, but it does grow tedious after a while.
Oh yes, and perhaps crucial in a modern fantasy novel that really should overcome traditional stereotypes of the genre: all women are stark stupid - eager to jump into bed with the protagonist and willing to fight one another over it. Literally. Bechdel test? -Failed big time.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-18

Captivating

Good balance between action and conversation.
This book catches your attention, makes you forget the worl around you.

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  • Dean
  • 09-08-16

Absolutely stunning!

Would you listen to Free the Darkness again? Why?

Yes, I would and will a number of times. The story is so well written, and the character is built up in a way so that you know how and why he acts even in simple interactions is true to his character, not just a plot device like so many authors do.

Also the narrator is stunning in his execution of the characters individual voices and expressions of emotion

What was one of the most memorable moments of Free the Darkness?

All of it, I genuinely laughed a dozen times through out the book. Its not a comedy per say, but so well written that the way peoples concepts of each other are almost enjoyable confused and written so well it does not seem forced i any way and is a very fluid read. I finished it within 24 hours of buying it.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I don't know to be honest. It had everything i enjoy in a books main characters. Bad people are not spared because the people who should act aren't cowards, people don't have convenient spontaneous genius assumptions then go back to being innocent and stupid - well over played in so many other books that I am thoroughly sick of it. And there's a refreshing lack of bravado in the main character when usually people in the story will let something slip to make them seem better than themselves through happenstance of the writers choice.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I don't know if a movie could do the book OR the narrator credit

Any additional comments?

Now my new Favorited book and narrator. Each character has a distinct accent, there were appropriate emotion and pauses in the sentences that you would expect in any conversation. Love it

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • s
  • 03-18-17

Don't judge a book by its cover; its cover is good

Would you try another book written by Kel Kade or narrated by Nick Podehl?

No

Which character – as performed by Nick Podehl – was your favourite?

None but not because of the performance, which was pretty good.

Any additional comments?

The story is cliched, linear and boring. The characters are two-dimensional, ridiculous and stereotypes. Based on the ratings, I kept waiting for it to become good, but it never did so then I couldn't wait for it to be over. Very disappointing.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Nina crause
  • 10-12-16

Brilliant!

I couldn't stop listening, can't wait for the next instalment. The author does such a great job at creating a believable key character and why he would be so unaware of how the emotion of loss and sadness would feel. He is a contradiction played beautifully by the author.

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  • Andries
  • 09-16-16

What a fantastic journey so far!

This was a very very enjoyable book. The likes of caricatures witch I have not come across since the books of David Gemmell. Extremely detailed and well researched. I for one, can not wait for the next instalment!

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  • Matt
  • 03-23-17

Edgy, cringe-inducing egotist fantasy.

Not particularly well written. While the story calls for a character devoid in understanding of societal norms, Rezkin comes off as foolish and slow-witted. This makes for difficult listening.

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  • Phil Davison
  • 03-21-17

Way too much swooning!

This series definitely has potential but I nearly gave up on their journey to kaibane. So much swooning from the female characters and time spent describing the hero's perfectly chiseled body (e.g. "like a god carved in alabaster") just distracts from the actual story. Won't be continuing with the series as a result which is unfortunate as it's a good story.

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  • Tim
  • 03-19-17

primary character is badly in need of flaws

The main character is too perfect and powerful without weakness (apart from not knowing the word 'friend' which make no sense given his wide reading of history and ability to pretend to be anyone).
If you want to read about overly power but flawed characters I suggest the Vorkosigan saga or The Name of the Wind.
Additionally the treatment of woman is insulting.
On plus side there is an interesting mystery as why the main character exists.

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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Paul Rowan
  • 06-28-18

Interesting though Repetitive

Extremely repetitive for the first two thirds of the book. Interesting enough, though not captivating.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 03-07-18

Male power-fantasy trash

The protagonist isn't likeable. He is never in any danger. The "he doesn't understand how society works" joke is overplayed. Every female character is weak and most fawn over the protagonist. The protagonists motives and actions are extremely questionable. Just not interesting at all. Nick Podehl is great as always, bit his falsetto female voice combined with the terrible female dialogue just makes me want to end my life.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • ryan lawson
  • 11-19-17

Bland

I really struggled to care about the story or any of the characters in it, bored me for much of the first 7 chapters until I simply gave up on it

1 of 1 people found this review helpful