Free the Darkness : King's Dark Tidings

  • by Kel Kade
  • Narrated by Nick Podehl
  • Series: King's Dark Tidings
  • 16 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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.

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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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- Aaron

Kings Daft Tidings

I have to doff my hat to Kel Kade, I really do! Looking at the fabulously large number of high ratings these books are getting it's undeniable that people are simply lapping them up. For someone likes me who puts the likes of Sanderson and Abercrombie with their hugely detailed worlds and finely crafted characters it just shouldn't work though.

The main character is stupidly unrealistic. Rezkin is a young lad brought up as an orphan by en elite team of mentors and warrior-trainers isolated from the rest of society this much is true. However, the resulting mix of Spock, a fantasy ninja, High Ambassador and the man from the Milk Tray adverts is breathtakingly unreal. His achievements within days are mind boggling as is the utter fawning weakness of much of the surrounding cast. He reaps and charms his enemies like the Fellowship of the Ring on acid.

Nick Podehl plows his way through it with considerable aplomb and never once gives the hint that his mind is screaming at the text with its sheer implausibility. He injects excitement even though Rezkin just seems untouchable.

And, really that's the magic of course, it's just gloriously absurd! Naturally this means that someone like me who prides himself in liking more serious or at least more logically constructed fantasy would not be seen dead giving it a high rating and it's beyond doubt that I would not even consider carrying on with the rest of the series. I really won't, honest . . . in fact tomorrow I'll return this one . . . yes I will . . . tomorrow.
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- Simon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 30-08-2016
  • Publisher: Podium Publishing