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Free the Darkness

King's Dark Tidings, Book 1
De : Kel Kade
Lu par : Nick Podehl
Série : King's Dark Tidings, Volume 1
Durée : 16 h et 34 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 notations)

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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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Autore da tenere d'occhio.

Non mi sono pentito di aver provato questo autore. Anche se il protagonista e tropo vicino ad un supereroe di un fumetto (ma meno simpatico) e i personaggi feminili sembrano poco realistici; la storia e il narratore sono riusciti a farmi finire il libro in poco tempo. Sono convinto che la stile del autore migliorerà mel tempo. Intendo leggere il seguito.

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  • Mbot
  • 12/03/2017

What the heck people?

I couldn't finish this book and returned it. I'd like to focus on 2 main factors that I found very annoying. First, the characters, particularly the protagonist, all seem to be total idiots who are victims of elephant-sized plot holes. For example, the hero had been trained in every conceivable facet of life during his isolated upbringing in order to become a master manipulator, but somehow during that time no one gave him the birds and the bees talk or explained the literal definition of the word "friend." We are left with a protagonist who can dress up as a merchant from some far off land and expertly talk about current grain prices, but has zero concept of love, sex, etc. The effect on the story is maddening and totally unbelievable.

The second issue involves the prose and dialogue. Every page seems to have some lengthy, weird description about how gorgeous and ripped and strong and intelligent the hero is... over and over and over! The discussions the characters have with one another are also very one dimensional. They are basically caricatures of themselves, no matter what has taken place in the story. There is also a burdensome amount of exposition. The hero repeatedly stops to explain or think about everything he has done or plans to do, instead of letting his actions speak for themselves.

If you want a good fantasy book, try Blood Song Raven's Shadow or The Way of Kings.

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  • Em
  • 17/10/2016

Started strong, went nowhere

The narrator is the best in the business; Nick Podehl's narration can strengthen and breathe life into an otherwise weak story, and this book is a great illustration of that part of his skill.

The main character Rezkin is pretty much a composite of Wesley from The Princess Bride mixed with a Chuck Norris joke. Rezkin knows everything, he's more powerful than twenty men combined, he sweats justice, his tears cure cancer/but he never cries. When the author wanted him to be socially naive (about women) he was. When the author wanted him to be a keenly discerning judge of human character and social situations, he was that instead. All the women in the story were charmless, dimwitted, sobbing helpless victims who needed Rezkin's protection and every single woman (and some of the men) immediately fell in love with him from their first glance. All the men in the story were similarly dimwitted weaklings who were jealous of him and bowed down to him if their job in the story wasn't to be killed by him.

In the beginning it was kind of funny - Nick Podehl's narration almost made it sound like at some point we'd get a wink and a laugh about this, but it never happens. At once point Our Hero had broken his leg and the narration went something like, "The river was far too dangerous and impossible to swim across - so Rezkin swam across it anyway with his broken leg trailing behind him" It goes like that a lot.

The story starts out interesting, gets ridiculous but is still enjoyable, gets even more absurdly overblown but is still enjoyable because of all the action, and then stalls out 2/3 through when we get to the house of the Uncle of one of the side characters. (Nick Podehl narrates the character of the Uncle as a pitch perfect Sean Connery!!! This kept me listening to it when I really, really wanted to fast forward the story line.) The characters stay there forever, nothing happens, descriptions abound of various characters drinking tea and feeling socially uncomfortable (except Rezkin, who is never uncomfortable) in the formal living room. Hours of this. It's like listening to music on hold.

Anyway, it finishes in line with a set-up for Book 2. I bought both at the same time and regretted buying the second while listening to the first, but I'll give Book 2 a go because Nick Podehl could make my shopping list interesting, and I hate skipping a book he's got so many good character voices in. I wish he had better characters to work with, but his performance is exceptional.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05/08/2017

Simple and drawn out with ridiculous characters

1 - I like my protagonists strong and capable as the next person however this one had my eyes rolling just too entirely much.

2- I am so upset over the poor and ridiculous character development of every female character in this story line. It borders the ridiculous as each female is petty, jealous, demure and incapable of making decisions that inspire respect. I understand if it serves the storyline but even some respectable qualities would have only enhanced the story line. This angered me.

3. Poor storyline. There is entirely too much emphasis on how much of a warrior and perfect the protagonist is from physical capabilities and it gets overly redundant. We get it - wish more time was spent on the actual plot and story development instead of 2/3 of the story spent expressing how amazing the character is...

I was hoping this would get better by the second book. Part way through and it hasnt. I like to finish through with story lines but I am so frustrated at the poor character these people were developed as.

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  • Dylan McDiarmid
  • 02/10/2016

Reader Beware: Worn Out Tropes Abound

I was a bit surprised with what I found, given the many glowing reviews of this book. I listened to the whole thing, which is rare for books I don't like much, so I thought I'd offer a different perspective. This review contains some minor spoilers.

The Bad
The protagonist of this book is the complete Mary Sue package. At 19 years old, he can fight better than anyone, is a master of stealth and subterfuge, is a brilliant scholar in history, a doctor, and has a detailed knowledge of all intrigue and current events. Oh, and nearly every woman he meets is so smitten with his impossibly good looks, they find it very difficult to function. Despite this, the Macguffin used to drive the plot is the fact that he can't figure out what the word "friend" means. Not in a metaphorical sense, but literally.

The author's female characters are something you'd expect out of speculative fiction written 50 years ago. In one scene, two of the main characters get into a catfight (over who gets to woo the protagonist, naturally). The author tells us that possibly due to their "basic female nature", they fail to remember any of their training and just brawl it out (naked while bathing, of course). Female characters who aren't taken in by the protagonist's charms are usually cast as fallen women or Jezebels. The protagonist elevates them or puts them in their place accordingly.

The Good
The pacing in the book is good, and Nick Podehl is a great narrator.

Summary
The cover art, taken along with some of the reviews, may lead you to believe this book is gritty fantasy like Abercrombie, Lynch, or Martin. It's not. It's much closer in tone to someone like Scott Meyer, albeit with a bit more violence. If that sounds appealing to you, and you don't mind some of the well-worn tropes, you may enjoy it.

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  • Viridianscarab
  • 15/07/2018

Narrator is amazing

Nick Podehl makes this book absolutely amazing. His Mastery of being able to not only show the emotion at the point in the book, but also to make EACH character have their own individual accents, voices, and inflections is remakable. The book itself is not as descriptive as I would like, but Nick Podehl again makes a book worth listening to because of his talents.

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  • Julie P
  • 17/03/2018

It grew on me and now I am hooked!

it started out seemingly flat and one-dimensional, but it slowly unfolded into the promise of a tapestry of stories and characters. My least favorite thing is the female characters in the first book are stereotypical fighting over the man and a bit shrill. However, I speed past this dialogue to get to the more interesting parts of the story.

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  • Working Parent
  • 08/03/2018

A compelling and unique story.





This book is great, the characters are likable and the premise is interesting. There is a lot of violence and it is not for kids.

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  • Courtney
  • 07/03/2018

An unusual but delightful premise

I absolutely *loved* the series (though I have yet to listen to the 3rd book). The premise behind the plot is like something I have never seen before. The main character grows up away from regular society and this has not had typical relationships with anyone (parents, family, friends, girlfriend, etc.). Due to a miscommunication, the main character carries out a purpose which was not actually intended for him. It leads him to interact with others, and due to his lack of social experience, it causes many misunderstandings which are both comical and tragic. His newfound relationships with others also lead to other events which may not have occurred had he not met those people, as he has no control over what the others will say or do. As he meets more and more people, it becomes increasingly difficult for him to have control over everything. During the story, we learn about the character as he learns about himself which he had never known. The main character also seems like a bit of an antihero. One moment, you're cheering for him because of his actions. The next moment, you wonder if they are truly actions worth cheering for. It is a fantastic series! Also, I absolutely love Nick Pohdel as a narrator. I happened to start with him as a narrator and haven't been able to handle listening to anyone else now. He can do so many voices and speaks in a way which is engaging but not overly fast. I actually came upon this series after doing a search for Nick Pohdel as a criterion.

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  • nathaniel
  • 04/03/2018

SLOW START

I was very hesitant to continue this book but after chapter 2 I was immediately hooked! I feel bad for judging this book so early but it had an unwelcoming start. I'm sure to say that I'm fairly hooked on though and can't wait to listen to the other 3 books.

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  • Jesse J. McIntosh
  • 14/02/2018

loved it

very good book, keeps you interested all the way through, The characters are well introduced and have their own stories happening, makes for some funny interactions

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  • Major Breakfast
  • 03/01/2017

Furchtbar schlechte Geschichte

Was braucht dieses Hörbuch, um für Sie zu einem 4- oder 5-Sterne Hörerlebnis zu werden?

Die Geschichte beginnt recht interessant, aber dann wird einem laufend klar wie flach alle Charaktere sind und auch bleiben. Der Hauptcharakter, Rezkin, reist durch die Landschaft und weil er seit seiner früher Kindheit in Einsamkeit speziell trainiert wurde, kann er einfach alles. Alles, bis auf ganz einfach Dinge: Er kennt zum Beispiel die Bedeutung vom Wort "Friend" nicht. Das Hauptproblem der Geschichte ist, dass der Hauptcharakter Null Charakterentwicklung durchlauft. Er hat keine Gewissensbisse und er wird mit allem was auf ihn zukommt fertig. Plus, dazu kommt hinzu, dass alle anderen Charaktere noch viel flacher sind, denn sie existieren scheinbar nur um die entsprechenden Reaktionen zu Rezkin zu liefern, z.B. ihn zu bewundern, sich in ihn zu verlieben, ihm gegenüber misstrauisch zu sein oder vom ihm zu lernen (z.B. Kämpfen). Kurz gesagt: Dieses Buch bräuchte mehr Tiefe.

Was werden Sie wohl als nächstes hören?

Weitere gute Fantasybücher wie:

Dawn of Wonder (The Wakening)
Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle)
The Deamon King (Seven Realms)
The Mountains Rise (Embers of Illeniel)
The White Tree (The Cycle of Arawn).

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

"Jedi-Handschwenk" Dies ist nicht das Buch, dass Sie suchen.

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  • Stefan
  • 07/02/2019

A master of many things..

I've seen reviews of people, who don't like this book because the main character has "no or little character development, since he can seemingly best everyone"; I however love this aspect of the main character, Rez. There is already an uncountable number of stories, in which the protagonist undergoes the "usual" character development process of starting as a (maybe talented but) weak person and then throughout the story (and often many real time hours) becomes stronger, but never quite reaches mastery in many fields, because.. then there would be no room to grow anymore, right? I dont think so and this is also what makes this book refreshing. You don't have to witness the countless hours of training, honing skills or gathering power, rookie mistakes and unadvantageous results of weak character. This book starts where I think it gets truly interesting.. and where many other books stop. Despite of that, you'll still see character development and the development of this character's influence. There are still secrets to be discovered, intrigues being spun, relationships developed and other influences, with great power, that apparantly wait behind the horizon. I will continue with the next part of the series.. as it is highly recommendable.

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  • sascha
  • 03/02/2020

Unbesiegbarer Charakter

Eine Geschichte mit einem überaus starkem Hauptcharakter. Wer One Punch Man kennt wird dies ebenfalls mögen. Super erzählt.

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  • tacaya
  • 02/05/2019

Gute Idee, schlechte Umsetzung

Die Grundidee für die Geschichte finde ich schon interessant und ein bisschen neugierig bin ich nun tatsächlich auch, warum das alles und wo die Reise hingeht... Aaaaber...
Erstens ist der Schreibstil meiner Meinung nach schrecklich schlecht. Ich weiß z. B. nicht wie oft der Protagonist hier als "the young warrior" bezeichnet wurde. Wenn schon Wiederholung, warum dann nicht einfach der Name Rezkin? Außerdem wird gefühlt 200 Mal erwähnt wie atemberaubend Rezkin aussieht und wie definiert seine Muskeln sind und wie grazil er sich bewegt... uargh! Die Geschichte wird größtenteils aus der Sicht von Rezkin erzählt. Hin und wieder und ohne Vorwarnung findet der Hörer sich aber in den Gedanken einer seiner Freunde oder sogar deutlich unwichtigerer Personen wieder. Das finde ich mega-irritierend und habe ich glaube ich auch noch nie erlebt.

Zweitens ist die Geschichte einfach platt. Rezkin kann und weiß alles, was er benötigt um seine Probleme aus dem Weg zu räumen. Seine Meister haben ihm neben übernatürlichen Kampfskills auch das Wissen über alle politischen Vorgänge der Welt mitgegeben. Dadurch kann er in jede beliebige Rolle schlüpfen. Er weiß alles! Nur im Fach Zwischenmenschlichkeit hat er gefehlt. Er weiß welcher Adlige welche Leiche im Keller hat, aber nicht welche Art von Beziehung das Wort "girlfriend" impliziert... Also bitte...

Nick Podehl hat das Ganze deutlich aufgewertet. Der macht seine Sache super! Aber weiterhören werde ich diese Reihe wohl nicht. Schade um die verschenkten Möglichkeiten.

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  • Albert
  • 14/06/2018

1 man army

Geheim und unter mysteriösen Umständen aufgewachsen, erscheint ein Übermensch in sämtlichen Mord-, Diebes-, Manipulations-, Überlebens und Selbstdarstellungskünsten ausgebildet und übernimmt kurzerhand alle Institutionen, die durch Mord und Dominanz übernommen werden können - also Diebes- und Assassinengilden.
Was er allerdings nie erfahren durfte waren ungespielte zwischenmenschliche Erfahrungen wie Freundschaft und Gefühle, weswegen er in der realen Welt nun wie ein Anime-Charakter herumläuft, der Reihenweise Welten einreißt aber auch gar nichts mit Zivilisten anfangen kann. Sollte ein humoristisches Setting sein, ist aber nicht so sehr geglückt.
Für meinen Geschmack dreht sich alles zu sehr um den Protagonisten, es gibt kein einziges Gespräch/Problem/Handlungsstrang, das sich nicht auf ihn bezieht.

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  • Lucas V.
  • 22/01/2017

Good book, good narrator

All missing is a female caster, since Nick's imitation gets tiresome. Otherwise, superb work! Great book, plot and smooth voice

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  • Max
  • 17/01/2017

Sprecher gut, Hauptcharakter okay,

Fand das Buch "okay". Größtes Problem ist das der Hauptcharakter zwar ein Meister aller Fähigkeiten sein soll (Handeln, Gesellschaft, Waffen), extrem Intelligent zu sein scheint aber scheinbar nicht in der Lage ist logisch zu denken. Ein einfaches Missverständnis setzt den jungen Alleskönner auf einen Unbestimmten Pfad, anstatt Ihn zu einem Werkzeug des Königs werden zu lassen. Überhaupt werden Missverständnisse und falsch verstandenes hier immer wieder als "ex machina" eingesetzt um den Hauptcharakter daran zu hindern seine wahre Bestimmung zu finden. Das Buch wäre für mich interessanter gewesen hätte Rezkin seinem König als geheimer Assassine gedient. Verschenktes Potential.

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