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Kingdoms and Chaos

King's Dark Tidings, Book 4
By: Kel Kade
Narrated by: Nick Podehl
Series: King's Dark Tidings, Book 4
Length: 16 hrs and 23 mins
5 out of 5 stars (7,876 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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Better than book 3. Not as good as 1 and 2

Pros:
- New interesting societies. Kel has a talent here!
- Main annoyances of book 3 are not continued here
- New challenges and Kel continues to find cool out of the box thinking to overcome them

Cons:
- Disappointed on how much time is spent on the few whiny characters whining with little personal development
- Little time spent on the relationships I hoped to read more about, while the new relationships were not that enjoyable

For me, I hope that book 5 completes the story. I want to find out what happens and read more about Rezkin, but I'm starting to not care about most of the other characters. Books 1 and 2 were flawless so it'll suck to stop mid-series.

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not my favorite - cliffhanger and disjoint

narrator did a good job, especially with accents to indicate language shift. story was meh. disjoint, letting you forget the overarching narrative, and the author seems to enjoy disappointing narrative expectations instead of offering pleasant surprises.

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For love of god, stop whining already

The series was a price winning racehorse, which was maimed by this book.

In my not-so-humble opinion the story has grown stagnant and the characters can do little more than be whiny, distrustful and infuriatingly burdensome thorns in Rezkin's confused buttocks.
They can't do a single thing right, follow a single order, or do anything remotely useful. The only exception was Rezkin's pet mage.
Even Rezkin has been watered down, been elevated to the rank of glorified babysitter, and is currently slowly turning into a emotional rollercoaster.

Simply put, this book was one of my biggest disappointments this year.

24 of 27 people found this review helpful

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When does the whiny stop

I loved the first two books but I just can't handle the whiny characters. How long does it take for someone to trust another character or just leave. It seems like the same thing over and over, oh you kill people, I can't trust you.

I am a couple hours in and I think I am going to return it, I can't take it anymore.

30 of 34 people found this review helpful

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  • Trex
  • Wexford, Ireland
  • 11-29-18

Such s Shame

Clearly Kade had originally planned a trilogy but the first two were very popular and either through greed or reluctance to let his literary baby go, he decided to tack extra stuff on. He could have written a brilliant trilogy. He'll end up with 9 banal books.

Another princess
ANOTHER MAGIC SWORD
Tacked on side quests
WHINGING

As always, the Audible reviews VASTLY exaggerate the books merits.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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WHAT THE HELL!

What happened to this beautiful book, in book 1 and 2 Rezkin was like the perfect main character then in book 3 he started changing from 5 stars guy to 3, and in book 4 he became a train wreck. Rezkin eat and live by the rules for 19 year and in just 1 year he forgot it (JUST ONE YEAR) I can't believe this shit.
And for that piece of sh*t that they call frisha starb her to death she is selfish and ungrateful I really don't like her, all she thinks about is husband from Rezkin to his consin maybe next Will be his grandfather. poor Tam is in hell if he survive he will not call Rez kill anymore. well I hope book 5 bringing back the confidence and stable Rezkin back. I still enjoyed this book. Nick podehl his awesome as alway.

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Unsatisfied

The world building is fantastic however, the first two books were better when there were no spirits or demons. Looking forward to the completion of the series simply so I can be done with it. Returning all the books.

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  • Lisa
  • Granite Bay, CA, United States
  • 12-18-18

Not as good as first books but will continue...

Ugh. I hate to write a disappointing review, but not as much as listening to said audio. So this next book in series was (in my opinion) hard to get through. The storyline wasn’t absolutely terrible, I did finish, however it took so many obscure turns I found myself wandering in thought which is it not good thing with audio books. I finished book with feelings of apathy & disgust for many characters, almost depressed. Way too much pressure on Rez, repeatedly and over & over. Yes suspicions and righteousness abound in this world but come on! The judgement of those who never make the hard decisions is a trait all to familiar in these settings, however this narrative has just TOO much throughout. I absolutely hated the whiny and ungrateful Frisha, Malcious, and others. More than that I found myself skipping some of their conversations with a “ they’re too stupid too live” resolve. Now I’m in a weird place thinking the author should kill off all of Rez’s so called “friends” with exception to Tam, Kai and his horse Pride (maybe few others) Gah! The angst built in previous books went from my feeling “wow, they’ll soon find self discovery, realize what Rez has done for them etc etc” to ultimately “god these people are selfish, narcissistic A-holes and no redemption could have me interested in their plight” lol. I don’t condemn the book (the narration is top notch) and possibly the author will make it up in an amazing way with final book, he is very talented . I fear I may end my journey here though, this book made that “ansty good feeling” icky and left me frustrated & melancholy.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Ok, not great

I think this series was planned as a trilogy. The first two books were awesome. Kel Kade clearly decides to try and keep this series going longer than originally planned. I would not started this series if I would have know what it would turn in to.

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Story is full of whiners.

Frisha and Malcious are the biggest cry baby whiners I have ever listened to. it made me so sick that, I almost stopped listening to this series.

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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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Pablo
  • 06-04-19

Another excellent book!

Another excellent 4th book of the saga!!! highly recommend. Can't stop listening and waiting for the next book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-09-19

great book in a great series

Another gripping listen, excellent writing and naration. one of my favourite series to date. next book now please!!!!

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  • baber
  • 04-06-19

Kel kade

love this series of books. I would recommend this as a fantastic read. buy now

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  • Rob
  • 04-01-19

a damn good listen

enjoyed listening to this book whilst driving around North and Mid Wales, about to download the next one!

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  • Sam
  • 03-18-19

Brilliant - Couldn't put it down!

Listened to all 4 books straight through. Engaging and memorable. Can't recommend these books for heroic fantasy fans, up there with the greats for me.

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  • Marc Covey
  • 03-06-19

Great plot and main character

loved the series when it began, I like the fact that from almost the first moment we meet rezkin he is already skilled and indomitable, you dont get three books of build up instead straight into the actually story which is great, but I start to fear that with this last book the plot is suffering from Jordanisism and dragging out the story into unnecessary furtue books.

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  • Timothy D Hall
  • 03-04-19

Loved this 4th instalment

I enjoyed this one much more than the 3rd book! It was great to get a taste of the other kingdoms and cultures and Nick Podehl has such an awesome range of accents. This series is turning into much more than the first two books gave away and I find myself always rooting for Rezkin, he’s a badass

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-23-18

Such a good book

The overall performance was great as the narrator was able to bring life and a sense of separation from the different characters in the book. The story was somehow a bit messy, but very linear when it came to the objectives presented to the protagonist.

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  • karen
  • 12-19-18

I can't wait for the next one!

Excellent plot progression, Nicks performance is great as usual and the character development is perfect.

Love it.

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  • joshua
  • 12-17-18

redeemed!

book three I found to be boring but this one has more than made up

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  • Jason
  • 11-25-18

Obsessed hahaha

Hook line and sinker. I wish I didn't have to wait for the next instalment

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  • Mathew Rauicava
  • 06-18-19

Enthralling

Loved this book. I read a lot and this is definitely up there with one of my favourites.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-06-19

Absolutely amazing! Definitely on my list for my top favourite Audiobooks.

I loved this audiobook so much. Nick Podehl is one of my favourite narrators and I love this whole series but this book is probably my favourite in the series.
I cannot wait until book 5!! 🖤🖤

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-06-19

Can't wait for the next one

really like this series and can't wait to see what happens The mc is Awsome but I think the people around him need to try and and see his perspective a bit more especially Frisha she seems ungrateful to me

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-28-19

a fantastic read

The problem with finding a series like this is waiting for the next book.
I finished this too quickly and am now anxiously awaiting the next instalment, to find out what happens next.
Excellently written and narrated. I find myself wandering into thoughts of the characters and what they're up to at the oddest times.
Absolutely recommended !

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-16-19

Can’t Wait

I can’t wait for the 5th book and or more as this series has me hooked it is a great adventure.

Anthony

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-16-19

Epic

Nick's reading is awesome, although the Frisha character is so annoying. But it's done really well