Montag, 27. November 2017

[Review] Reign of Madness - Kel Kade

Titel: Reign of Madness
Series: Kings Dark Tidings #2
Author: Kel Kade
Publisher: Kel Kade
Format: Kindle
Synopsis: GoodReads
Review: 5*, GoodReads, Amazon

The mysterious, indomitable warrior? Ruthless criminal overlord? The Riel’gesh – mythical demigod? Dedicated friend and protector?
Equipped with skills far beyond those of the outworlders, Rezkin has been suddenly thrust into a foreign world. The young warrior clings his only known purpose as he continues his search for any information about his identity and the reason for his existence. While the hardened warrior scorns both dueling and tournaments, he believes some of the answers he seeks may be found at the King’s Tournament, the greatest dueling championship in all of the kingdoms. As he searches for the elusive Striker Farson, who may be the only person alive who holds the clues, the young warrior and his friends embark on a journey fraught with danger, mystery and intrigue.
Amidst fears of the kingdom’s economic collapse, rumors of an eminent military draft, and the machinations of a mad, tyrannical king, a new revelation threatens to upend all the warrior’s plans.
This is the second book in the ongoing series “King’s Dark Tidings.”
This book is intended for adult readers. It contains graphic violence, creative language, and sexual innuendo. This book does not contain explicit sexual content.

After I finished listening to Free the Darkness I immediately started on Reign of Madness and followed up with Legends of Ahn. As I read / listened to both of them so close after another I might have trouble separating them, so I’ll put a SPOILER WARNING right here, just to be safe.

Let me just say, I adore this series. Rezkin, while written to be a little to much ‘larger than life’ is great and I love reading about him and following him on his adventures.
I was somewhat sad to get less of Rezkins misunderstandings, as he has somewhat adapted to the ‘outworld’ now. He’s still himself though and while he now knows better how people expect him to behave he still thinks the same way he did before, even if the doesn’t always act on his instincts.
He grew a lot in this book, while searching for Striker Farson and being thrown in the midst of a political and social breakdown.

And it wasn’t only Rezkin who grew, I loved seeing especially Tieran grow up and leave some of his snobbishness behind. The whole group became a lot closer and they had a lot of fun at the tournament.

I loved the tournament, it was a nice break from all the travel our heroes had done so far, and the addition of so much political intrigue made me even more interested in the book.

Another thing that changed in comparison to the last book was that we weren’t constantly reminded of how incredibly awesome Rez is, at least not with exactly the same words as all throughout the first book, which I appreciated very much.

Like the first book I listened to this on audiobook and I couldn’t stop myself from listening at all. I rated this book 5 stars and can only hope the wait between further books in the series isn’t too long.

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