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The future of the Ashaiian haven, the newly founded Kingdom of Cael, is anything but secured. Rezkin must seek recognition from the King of Gendishen if his people are to maintain possession of their island home and the enchanted secret it contains.

In an unexpected twist, events overtake Rezkin, and he is thrust into a frustrating adventure to seek a worthless prize. He finds that his carefully constructed reputation as an indomitable foe has consequences as others seek to use his strengths for their own gain. Meanwhile, friends are confronted with too many truths, power and strength might be more than some desire, loyalties and friendships are tested, and at least one of Rezkin’s friends might be headed for a miserable demise.

©2018 Kel Kade (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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Whiny 'friends'

*sigh*
the first two books in this series quickly became two of my favourite fantasy books of all time.

however, at this point, I suspect the books are now being dragged out because I'm certainly not seeing any normal and expected progression among the side characters.

As a result, I finished this book with mixed feelings. while I did enjoy reading about the main character, I could not shake the feeling of annoyance on how the main love interest has been portrayed.

A this point, she subtracts more from the story than she adds.

Nick Podhel has done his voice acting miracles once again.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

I still hate Frisha, other than that it's great.

Seriously Frisha is frankly awful, judgemental mean, fly's off the Handel and doesn't seem to appreciate the fact that Reskin has saved her, and others lives on multiple occasions. Has no compassion for the fact Res is emotionally stunted, her character expects purity of action from others but not from her self. Whilst being irrational most of the time and goes through little character development of her own skills and world view.

Other than that it's a pretty great book, various characters go on adventures and grow as people both in them selves and their responsibilies and actions. This book follows several characters not just Reskin as they spin off from main cast which for the most part is successful and allows the author to develop characters like Tam more fully and if he'd just been part of Reskins entourage.

Though I think the author does over rely a touch on conflict with others through characters not explaining things and being irrational and unable to relate due to the other person in the conversation. In some cases this makes sense for instance if Reskin threatens there position as king or they have a different belief system. But in other cases it's just conflict for its sake, aka Trisha.

The battles are great once again as are the discriptions of the build up to some magic actions, along with the consequences, some being equally heavy for some of the characters, helping to challenge them and allow them to develop.

This book delves further into the fantasy side of things too. So I hope everyone's good with that, still it's done in a natural way.

Over all 4.5 to 5 out of 5. Trisha really pissed me off Malcius suffers from the same thing too a degree but I'd say moves forward more during this book I get that there prissy nobles but I thought they'd of changed more by now, Tieran certainly has and continues to do so in this book. Other wise it would be pure 5 stars from me.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Brilliant storytelling

There are only four authors that I wait longingly for, and Kel Kade's series is one of them. All four books have been great to listen to. The third title was a little slower and had less action, but I still really enjoyed the character developments. Whatever the lead character does, he tends to do it successfully. Some reviewers have complained about this in the past, though actually for me this is one of the big bonuses of the book, and provides a progressive feel good factor. How many books have I listened to where the tedium of everything going wrong for the lead character just grates? It goes without saying that there is a further book in the pipeline, and I just hope there will be a continuous endless stream of further books in this series, but I just hope he does not take too long writing each! Enjoy the read. Well done Kel Kade.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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another good one

yet another good book from Kel Kade . im looking forward to the next one

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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

Best one yet

Excellent story and exceptional narration.

The story moves on quickly and in a direction that I did not see coming.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars

great book

good book and looking forward to how it continues in book 5. hopefully I won't have to wait too long

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

Fantastic story

it did not disappoint ,can't believe I've finished it already and just leaving me wanting more.
come on book 5 where are you..

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

Great book, can't wait for the next one

Another great book from a fantastic series. I could not recommend it strongly enough. 5 Stars again.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars

Lazy writing and more disappointed

More of a 2.5 stars. I really enjoyed the first two books, the third was awful in my opinion. The third felt like the characters were in a different world that had been set up previously, this book did feel like more of a blend which was a nice surprise. There were also some interesting sub plot developments although several character appear to of gone missing, which made me question why develope them at all in the first few books? See of the subplots were incredibly forced and didn't fit with the tone of the books at all. This includes one ridiculous romance that has appeared out of nowhere that makes no logical sense and quickly becomes annoying.

As for the main plot, it's very lazy and predictable. There is little to no advancement of the original story from the first two books, presumably majority of people are dead there by now as there is little mention of it? The lazy writing I'm reffering to is the task that leads to another task structure of the book. After the third task it's incredibly frustrating and predictable and doesn't appear to be any purpose except minor character development that doesn't serve much of a purpose. This series is feels like it's being stretched out for some reason, it's a shame as it had real potential. I won't be holding my breath for the next book.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

Great book

well read and performed worth sticking with as book 3 lacked something the others had

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-16-18

Whiny 'friends'

*sigh*
the first two books in this series quickly became two of my favourite fantasy books of all time.

however, at this point, I suspect the books are now being dragged out because I'm certainly not seeing any normal and expected progression among the side characters.

As a result, I finished this book with mixed feelings. while I did enjoy reading about the main character, I could not shake the feeling of annoyance on how the main love interest has been portrayed.

A this point, she subtracts more from the story than she adds.

Nick Podhel has done his voice acting miracles once again.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-28-18

I still hate Frisha, other than that it's great.

Seriously Frisha is frankly awful, judgemental mean, fly's off the Handel and doesn't seem to appreciate the fact that Reskin has saved her, and others lives on multiple occasions. Has no compassion for the fact Res is emotionally stunted, her character expects purity of action from others but not from her self. Whilst being irrational most of the time and goes through little character development of her own skills and world view.

Other than that it's a pretty great book, various characters go on adventures and grow as people both in them selves and their responsibilies and actions. This book follows several characters not just Reskin as they spin off from main cast which for the most part is successful and allows the author to develop characters like Tam more fully and if he'd just been part of Reskins entourage.

Though I think the author does over rely a touch on conflict with others through characters not explaining things and being irrational and unable to relate due to the other person in the conversation. In some cases this makes sense for instance if Reskin threatens there position as king or they have a different belief system. But in other cases it's just conflict for its sake, aka Trisha.

The battles are great once again as are the discriptions of the build up to some magic actions, along with the consequences, some being equally heavy for some of the characters, helping to challenge them and allow them to develop.

This book delves further into the fantasy side of things too. So I hope everyone's good with that, still it's done in a natural way.

Over all 4.5 to 5 out of 5. Trisha really pissed me off Malcius suffers from the same thing too a degree but I'd say moves forward more during this book I get that there prissy nobles but I thought they'd of changed more by now, Tieran certainly has and continues to do so in this book. Other wise it would be pure 5 stars from me.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Dr. J. S. Grimwood
  • 12-19-18

Brilliant storytelling

There are only four authors that I wait longingly for, and Kel Kade's series is one of them. All four books have been great to listen to. The third title was a little slower and had less action, but I still really enjoyed the character developments. Whatever the lead character does, he tends to do it successfully. Some reviewers have complained about this in the past, though actually for me this is one of the big bonuses of the book, and provides a progressive feel good factor. How many books have I listened to where the tedium of everything going wrong for the lead character just grates? It goes without saying that there is a further book in the pipeline, and I just hope there will be a continuous endless stream of further books in this series, but I just hope he does not take too long writing each! Enjoy the read. Well done Kel Kade.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Craig Collier
  • 01-18-19

another good one

yet another good book from Kel Kade . im looking forward to the next one

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Colin
  • 01-17-19

Best one yet

Excellent story and exceptional narration.

The story moves on quickly and in a direction that I did not see coming.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Robert
  • 01-10-19

great book

good book and looking forward to how it continues in book 5. hopefully I won't have to wait too long

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • mark braithwaite
  • 01-08-19

Fantastic story

it did not disappoint ,can't believe I've finished it already and just leaving me wanting more.
come on book 5 where are you..

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Neil MacDonald
  • 01-07-19

Great book, can't wait for the next one

Another great book from a fantastic series. I could not recommend it strongly enough. 5 Stars again.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Stephen P Whittaker
  • 12-26-18

Lazy writing and more disappointed

More of a 2.5 stars. I really enjoyed the first two books, the third was awful in my opinion. The third felt like the characters were in a different world that had been set up previously, this book did feel like more of a blend which was a nice surprise. There were also some interesting sub plot developments although several character appear to of gone missing, which made me question why develope them at all in the first few books? See of the subplots were incredibly forced and didn't fit with the tone of the books at all. This includes one ridiculous romance that has appeared out of nowhere that makes no logical sense and quickly becomes annoying.

As for the main plot, it's very lazy and predictable. There is little to no advancement of the original story from the first two books, presumably majority of people are dead there by now as there is little mention of it? The lazy writing I'm reffering to is the task that leads to another task structure of the book. After the third task it's incredibly frustrating and predictable and doesn't appear to be any purpose except minor character development that doesn't serve much of a purpose. This series is feels like it's being stretched out for some reason, it's a shame as it had real potential. I won't be holding my breath for the next book.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-20-18

Great book

well read and performed worth sticking with as book 3 lacked something the others had

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    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 12-16-18

Whiny 'friends'

*sigh*
the first two books in this series quickly became two of my favourite fantasy books of all time.

however, at this point, I suspect the books are now being dragged out because I'm certainly not seeing any normal and expected progression among the side characters.

As a result, I finished this book with mixed feelings. while I did enjoy reading about the main character, I could not shake the feeling of annoyance on how the main love interest has been portrayed.

A this point, she subtracts more from the story than she adds.

Nick Podhel has done his voice acting miracles once again.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-28-18

I still hate Frisha, other than that it's great.

Seriously Frisha is frankly awful, judgemental mean, fly's off the Handel and doesn't seem to appreciate the fact that Reskin has saved her, and others lives on multiple occasions. Has no compassion for the fact Res is emotionally stunted, her character expects purity of action from others but not from her self. Whilst being irrational most of the time and goes through little character development of her own skills and world view.

Other than that it's a pretty great book, various characters go on adventures and grow as people both in them selves and their responsibilies and actions. This book follows several characters not just Reskin as they spin off from main cast which for the most part is successful and allows the author to develop characters like Tam more fully and if he'd just been part of Reskins entourage.

Though I think the author does over rely a touch on conflict with others through characters not explaining things and being irrational and unable to relate due to the other person in the conversation. In some cases this makes sense for instance if Reskin threatens there position as king or they have a different belief system. But in other cases it's just conflict for its sake, aka Trisha.

The battles are great once again as are the discriptions of the build up to some magic actions, along with the consequences, some being equally heavy for some of the characters, helping to challenge them and allow them to develop.

This book delves further into the fantasy side of things too. So I hope everyone's good with that, still it's done in a natural way.

Over all 4.5 to 5 out of 5. Trisha really pissed me off Malcius suffers from the same thing too a degree but I'd say moves forward more during this book I get that there prissy nobles but I thought they'd of changed more by now, Tieran certainly has and continues to do so in this book. Other wise it would be pure 5 stars from me.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Dr. J. S. Grimwood
  • 12-19-18

Brilliant storytelling

There are only four authors that I wait longingly for, and Kel Kade's series is one of them. All four books have been great to listen to. The third title was a little slower and had less action, but I still really enjoyed the character developments. Whatever the lead character does, he tends to do it successfully. Some reviewers have complained about this in the past, though actually for me this is one of the big bonuses of the book, and provides a progressive feel good factor. How many books have I listened to where the tedium of everything going wrong for the lead character just grates? It goes without saying that there is a further book in the pipeline, and I just hope there will be a continuous endless stream of further books in this series, but I just hope he does not take too long writing each! Enjoy the read. Well done Kel Kade.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Craig Collier
  • 01-18-19

another good one

yet another good book from Kel Kade . im looking forward to the next one

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Colin
  • 01-17-19

Best one yet

Excellent story and exceptional narration.

The story moves on quickly and in a direction that I did not see coming.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Robert
  • 01-10-19

great book

good book and looking forward to how it continues in book 5. hopefully I won't have to wait too long

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • mark braithwaite
  • 01-08-19

Fantastic story

it did not disappoint ,can't believe I've finished it already and just leaving me wanting more.
come on book 5 where are you..

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Neil MacDonald
  • 01-07-19

Great book, can't wait for the next one

Another great book from a fantastic series. I could not recommend it strongly enough. 5 Stars again.

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Stephen P Whittaker
  • 12-26-18

Lazy writing and more disappointed

More of a 2.5 stars. I really enjoyed the first two books, the third was awful in my opinion. The third felt like the characters were in a different world that had been set up previously, this book did feel like more of a blend which was a nice surprise. There were also some interesting sub plot developments although several character appear to of gone missing, which made me question why develope them at all in the first few books? See of the subplots were incredibly forced and didn't fit with the tone of the books at all. This includes one ridiculous romance that has appeared out of nowhere that makes no logical sense and quickly becomes annoying.

As for the main plot, it's very lazy and predictable. There is little to no advancement of the original story from the first two books, presumably majority of people are dead there by now as there is little mention of it? The lazy writing I'm reffering to is the task that leads to another task structure of the book. After the third task it's incredibly frustrating and predictable and doesn't appear to be any purpose except minor character development that doesn't serve much of a purpose. This series is feels like it's being stretched out for some reason, it's a shame as it had real potential. I won't be holding my breath for the next book.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-20-18

Great book

well read and performed worth sticking with as book 3 lacked something the others had