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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.

75 of 89 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.

31 of 37 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.

31 of 40 people found this review helpful

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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.

15 of 20 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.

12 of 17 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.

16 of 23 people found this review helpful

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Disappointed

After laying such a terrific foundation for Rezkin and his band of well developed characters, the storyline was flat and has now entered the realm of magical creatures? I was truly hoping for more than what was delivered.

12 of 18 people found this review helpful

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What was the point of this book

Ok I have really enjoyed this story so far but WTF was the point of this book? It really did nothing to move the story forward. I listened to 17 hours and for maybe two hours of real content. Hopefully the one released next will have more meat!

13 of 21 people found this review helpful

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Not the same

This book felt like a big departure from what made the first two so great.

11 of 18 people found this review helpful

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An awful story, that should not have been written.

This is a giant waste of time that no one else should read. Don't purchase it.

10 of 19 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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • MR Ray Burke
  • 01-21-18

best of 3

the books are getting better as they go along in series look forward to next book

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  • Stu
  • 01-16-18

Worst of the trillogy

I have been looking forward to the next instalment of the series but this was a disappointment. The story has started to meander and the number of thinly developed extra characters grows all the time. It's a shame. Well narrated though.

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  • Conor
  • 01-15-18

Stupid story that goes nowhere, wouldn't bother

Boring, pointless, muddled. Never a great series but even compared to the other two this is just rubbish.

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  • Calum Craig
  • 01-09-18

just wish it was longer.

can't wait for the next book. . . . . . . . . .

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  • Teitur Ásgeirsson
  • 01-09-18

just like book 1,2 it is good i could not stop

just like book 1,2 it is good i could not stop listen do it.

when i start listen to first one i just fall in love of this story.
but sometime story goes flat but always come back up and Nick Podehl keeps it live.

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  • James
  • 01-04-18

Bit disappointing, expected more

This is more of a filler, too short or perhaps long winded, really not enough happens. As always well written and narrated. I think it's just disappointing as I've been anticipating this book for so long and nothing is revealed more and more questions stack up and frankly I'm loosing track.

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  • Nathan
  • 12-29-17

Dissapointing......

I was and will always be a fantasy nut and the first 2 books in this series were brilliant, I enjoyed them immensely and have listened to both multiple times.

This book felt like the characters you know were dropped into a completely different world and story. I pre-ordered this one and for the first time in this series I won' t be a repeat listener.


Kel you are excellent and I look forward to the next one but in my opinion you dropped the ball with this one.

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  • Doc olly
  • 12-19-17

a further twist

Loved the first books in this series, this adds a further twisting complication to the story

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  • maz
  • 12-18-17

waiting on next instalment.

waiting on the next instalment. love this story. waiting on next instalment. full of twists and turns

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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.

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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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  • anton
  • 01-23-18

well written well read

The story is awesome! Nick Podhel reads so clear and has convincing unique character voices

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  • Nathaniel
  • 01-20-18

Good story - the previous stories were better tho

This version feels rushed and unfinished. That aside - still a great story and continues to build on the last.

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  • Danny
  • 01-20-18

Epic narration

Loved this series! Nick Podehl’s narrations are truely epic. Now I have to look for more books read by him.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-15-18

amazing! more please!

the performance was amazing tied with one of the best fantasy storys i have read!