• Free the Darkness

  • King's Dark Tidings, Book 1
  • By: Kel Kade
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Series: King's Dark Tidings, Book 1
  • Length: 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 30-08-16
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Podium Publishing
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (764 ratings)

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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4 out of 5 stars
By twinkipink32 on 27-06-17

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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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Aaron on 02-10-16

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

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10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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3 out of 5 stars
By G. Hirsch on 06-07-17

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.

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9 of 9 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Gerry on 03-02-18

Nonsense

We are supposed to believe that a child raised in obscurity without cultural influence that, at the age of 19, doesn't know what the word friend means is so easily manipulated into blindly following two 'friends'... also has the instantaneous planning and depth of knowledge to take over the criminal underworld on a whim.

The characters seem interesting, and the narration was excellent, but the story is unbelievable.

Better story editing and criticism would have improved the book greatly.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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