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Rezkin is an elite warrior who aims to restore order in Ashai after Caydean's attack on the King's Tournament transformed former allies and trading partners into enemies. With no army and only a ragtag group of refugees, Rezkin must wrest control of the kingdom from the mad and powerful usurper, who seems bent on destruction, and this may not be the biggest challenge. If he fails, the kingdom will be ripped apart, and Rezkin will have violated Rule 1 - to protect and honor his friends - leaving him without country, purpose, or honor.

©2017 Kel Kade (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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Are you kidding me?

Let me say this. The first and second books were absolutely superb. They literally could not have been any better in terms of plot, length or character development. I usually prefer not to read books that seem to drag on for 9 or 10 titles but I was perfectly happy with the idea of Dark Tidings being a long series IF it would have continued along in the same fashion. As others have already said, the absolute worst thing about this particular book is the ending. I was literally listening to the book driving to work and the book...just...stopped. Its like the author literally got tired of writing and decided to end it right the middle of a thought. I have never been so disappointed and for the life of me cannot understand why such a brilliant author would disappoint his readers to such a degree. But that's not all. The author seemed to linger and linger and linger drawing out certain parts of the story that seemed to add no significant importance to the story, The main character is undergoing some sort of mid life crisis whereupon he is unrecognizable even to the characters in the flipping book! At this point introducing new elements to the story (such as demons and elves and the fae) that weren't previously there is just too much and too ambitious even for a writer as talented as Kade. Stick with your main characters and the main story. Rezkin now has 3 personas and trying to add more to that is completely unnecessary when we all know he will have his work cut out for him trying to tie all three plots together while dealing with the main focus of the plot -- which is the mad King in Ashai. Had the author tied all of the unnecessary sequences and tangents together I may have been okay with it but there was literally no plot to this book. It was like a "mini'' novel or side story until the author finished with the main book. No build-up, no climax no conclusion. The narrator -- who is brilliant on all accounts is the only reason I continued listening until the end to be honest. The ONLY reason I decided to give the overall review 4 stars is because I am hoping the author had some sort of excuse for this failing and will redeem himself with book 4. Other wise he will have effectively ruined a very special story and lost an audience of loyal followers.

92 of 108 people found this review helpful

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Seemed rushed

I loved the first two books but this one seemed rushed and departed from the first two in a big way. It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t exceptional either. If this was a tv show it would be a filler episode.

37 of 43 people found this review helpful

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Yawn! I'd like my 16 hours back

I thought the first 2 books were awesome and this was quickly becoming one of my most favorite new series. Book 3 however was beyond boring and I struggled to finish it. Very little action at all and even though the plot was moved forward, I just found it not interesting. The ending seemed like an after thought, and I found that I didn't even care that it was that bad, just happy it was finally over.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Almost Unacceptable! (0.5 stars)

Sigh... How to start.

I guess the book was well written in regards to sentence structure, and it was well narrated...

"STOP! Why, WHY!.. I kneel at your feet, and with eyes of despair I beg you. Answer me this: Why did you have to bring in elves, fey... and another 'princess'!?" 😣

This series went from a top notch dark fantasy, with blood, pain & grit, to a shallow fairy tale.

Psychologically intriguing characters, a champion with a complex personality disorder, philosophical and ethical dilemmas, and a "believable" magic system were all thrown to the wolves.

The 'cast' are all reduced to one dimensional characters, following DnD plotlines, stumbling through hopeless breaches of causality, plausability and possibility. A cognitive nightmare of the boring sort.

Fantastically unoriginal creatures steal the spotlight in an eventless mess, many filled to the brim with stereotypical boss traits. Goblins, wraits and more, cram the precious pages, leaving hardly any space left for progression of the story. how many days pass? 3, 4? who knows..

RUSHED FOR CASH?!

Author is killing off great potential with this single volume. I'd rather have a Rothfuss delay, than half a chamber-pot of this. The story gets nowhere, then just... ends?

It has been a long while since I have felt this betrayed. Which is why I grant this volume gets only 1 stars. I have to try to balance those max stars out. Because how can anyone rate this as high as the best literature out there?

I hope the author gets back on track in the next book, I was hoping for Abercrombie or Sanderson, but never expected Disney's worst. This book series is now closer to a PG-7 than Adult fantasy.

I expect that many may object to my review, but this feedback is heartfelt and honest. I am sorry to those I offend.

39 of 49 people found this review helpful

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Lacked the magic of the first two books

Nothing like books one and two. I would not recommend this book but gave it 3 stars purely for Nick podels performance

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Something's lacking...

I'm not sure how to word it but I feel as though, compared to the previous books in this series, there is a lack of something. Perhaps it's a laziness of plot development or attempt to drag out the story needlessly. What started as an epic fantasy of blades, magic, and political conspiracy had devolved to a tale of mystical beings and demons. Without having any form of introduction from the previous books, it seems out of place. That aside, Mr. Podehl's performance was remarkable as always. With his range and variety I'd rank him right up there with the likes of Micheal Kramer, who I'm sure some of you are familiar with and hold on similar regard.

I will give the fourth entry in the series a chance once it's released, but if this trend continues that will be the last of which I bother with.

Hopefully some of you find my opinion helpful.

17 of 22 people found this review helpful

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Just filler

Not as good as the first two. This seemed like this book could have been the first half of a book. The author moved some pieces around and set up some stuff, but otherwise it was a very boring follow up. If they are going to be this short and without substance, the books better come out faster or I may be done with this series.

18 of 25 people found this review helpful

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Waited a long time

This one felt like kel just threw it together. The first two books were amazing and were fluid. Their synergy flawless. Then you have this :/ . Oh well let's hope the 4th book pulls through.

14 of 20 people found this review helpful

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Story is meh...

The story was ok, but the narrator is what kept me listening until the end.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Series takes a turn

Books one and two were captivating. Book 3 takes an odd turn and feels like a different story. Still well written but the ending felt very abrupt and rushed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • lloyd
  • 12-09-17

Not as good as the first 2

honestly I love this series but I feel this book is a bit of a let down. Nothing really happens, it's got what is usually second book syndrome but this time in the third. the narration is top notch as always though but I just feel the story is lacking in this one.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Clare
  • 02-21-18

Amazing! Hurry up book 4!

Loved it...great story, could not stop listening 😊 great characters and how could you not love Res!

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  • Jamie B.
  • 02-21-18

I hope there will be more

excellent really enjoyed. if you like fantasy you will enjoy this trilogy for sure, great stuff

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  • Lannon
  • 02-14-18

least liked of the books so far.

I can see that the story must need to be developed to address history, new challenges understanding and redemption.

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  • Nigel
  • 02-10-18

Filler

If you could sum up Legends of Ahn in three words, what would they be?

it's a setup

Would you be willing to try another book from Kel Kade? Why or why not?

Yes as previous books have been good

Which scene did you most enjoy?

not much

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

not really

Any additional comments?

This addition to the series seems as if the author has had a lot of ideas for the future but needed a 'Filler Book' to voice everything. Hopefully with all the additional threads in this book the next can be back on track. Also in the first two books, the main character grows and learns as we are dealing with a very well educated and trained man. However, in this addition its as if he has lost the ability to adapt and learn where people are concerned, he did not come across in the first two books as someone who would not seek knowledge in areas he didn't understand i.e. people skills and emotional growth. Just frustrating when we're shown he has elaborate and convoluted schemes with great manipulation skills in play, yet cant see his effect on others closest to him. So all in all just a little frustrating but as I said hopefully just a blip in an otherwise potentially great story.

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  • A.
  • 02-06-18

The story moves along . Hope the next book comes out quickly. blah blah blah to fill this stupid 15 word minimum.

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  • MR
  • 02-05-18

Great

Could not stop listening to it. If you enjoyed the first two you'll love the additional mysteries in this!

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  • Craig Thompson
  • 02-03-18

Disappointing

After two grate books was looking forward to listening to this book but it never really seemed to get going and felt like a place holder in my opinion.

really well read though.

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  • Philip Coote
  • 01-31-18

Brill-i-ant

another great installment.
the plot thickens and the introduction of new characters draws us in even further.
great listen, can't wait for the next one.

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  • Nathan H
  • 01-27-18

Going downhill

Still fine for casual listening, but seems to have lost the plot and fallen back on fantasy tropes to fill in the gaps.

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  • joshua
  • 12-14-17

Not as strong as the first two books

This book feels like it's just a filler. No real plot progression. not very exciting

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • nee
  • 12-08-17

A bit of a Disappointment

What did you like about this audiobook?

Love both the writer and narrator

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

I have so enjoyed the previous books but this one has lost direction, It is extremely short in comparison and the ending is so abrupt you feel like someone torn the back half out.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • AliO
  • 12-16-17

Brilliant!!!!

Loved it! Amazing performance and enthralling story. Disappointed that it finished so soon and I must wait so long for more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-16-17

great voices

Great voices. book not as good as the first two, but I think only because the story changed from very personal to interactions with a lot more people and dialogue. It was a natural progression and needed to happen but did not enjoy quite as much.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-13-17

Below par

This was good . But a felt a step back from other 2 books . With Rez being prone to weakness in this book, and the book lacked edge of the seat feel of the other to. I had higher expectations

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Dean
  • 12-21-17

Almost a different author

I really dont know what happened here. Went from a good story with a solid base for world building and magic system. NOW its as if he threw his hands up in the air and said "Who cares ill mox shit up".

Completely lost interest now which is an utter shame as i have re listened to the first 2 books atleast 5 times each. Patheic.

Podehl was as good as usual!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-18-18

i cant wait

i cannot wait for the next book. the story is brilliant... the reader reads the book so well also really gets the story across.

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  • Craig
  • 02-17-18

great story

I was glued to it yet again, this one was a bit shorter than the last two but I'm looking forward to the next book in the awesome series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-11-18

enjoyable<br /><br /><br />

I found this series to take a step away from the usual story lines. I thoroughly enjoyed it

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  • Dali
  • 01-29-18

Story binding together really well

Fantastically written and so well narrated. This is building into an epic series. Waiting with great anticipation for Book 4.