Free the Darkness

Doc Free the Darkness I read several reviews of this book before I bought it The interesting thing is that most

Doc Free the Darkness I read several reviews of this book before I bought it. The interesting thing is that most reviews were strongly positive, some all the way to 5 stars. In the other hand there were a goodly number" of very bad (read 1 star) ratings... There weren't many in the middle. Upon reflection I've decided to go 4 stars on it as I enjoyed the book. I plan to give a nod to what annoyed some readers (as there are some, false notes here). But as noted "on the whole" I enjoyed it.You will have seen versions of this protagonist before. He's raised from his first memories in a fortress by elite fighters, weapons masters and men he knows as the master teachers. He is (of course) trained up onto the "perfect weapon". That gives rise to one of the complaints about the book. The hero "can" come across as almost a super-man at times. No one can come close (well one person gives him a mild work-out) to his skill, speed or ability.Still that part of the book isn't too bad if you buy into the premise. I mean that he is this one of a kind warrior is part of the story so you need to buy into it to follow the author's story...plot.Far more problematic (for me) was the effect the protagonist has on females....they generally swoon and lose themselves to helpless lust (or something). This really annoyed some readers as the book went on and on (in some few scenes) about the guy's sculpted muscles, startling face and so on.Mostly I just found it laughable. Instead of bothering me it just caused me a few minutes of "oh good grief how silly is this" reaction. I'd say just see if it bothers you.Now as I said, I like the book. Once you get passed the things mentioned above (and if you don't find them deal breakers the book is a fun fast-moving story, brain candy. That's what I've been needing as I have been pretty burned out.I can recommend this one with "see what you think" note.Enjoy.. Free the Darkness Viral Book Raised and trained in complete 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 bequeathed to him by a dead king, the younRaised and trained in complete 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 bequeathed to him by a dead king, the young warrior relentlessly pursues his only lead A single elite warrior escaped during the battle and may have knowledge of who Rezkin is and who is responsible for the slaughter at the young man s home Rezkin must travel across Ashai to find the one man who may hold the clues to his very existence His last orders, spoken on the lips of his dying Master, were to Kill with conscience and Protect and honor your friends Living in isolation from the outworld under a strict regimen of training and education, the young warrior has no understanding of a conscience or friends 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.. Kel Kade lives in Texas and occasionally serves as an adjunct college faculty member, inspiring young minds and introducing them to the fascinating and very real world of geosciences Thanks to Kade s enthusiastic readers and the success of the King s Dark Tidings series, Kade is now able to create universes spanning space and time, develop criminal empires, plot the downfall of tyrannous rulers, and dive into fantastical mysteries full time.Growing up, Kade lived a military lifestyle of traveling to and living in new places These experiences with distinctive cultures and geography instilled in Kade a sense of wanderlust and opened a young mind to the knowledge that the Earth is expansive and wild A deep interest in science, ancient history, cultural anthropology, art, music, languages, and spirituality is evidenced by the diversity and richness of the places and cultures depicted in Kade s writing.. The best Ebook Free the Darkness This was the most enjoyable new-to-me fantasy book I've read all year. It was a super fun fantasy adventure story packed with likeable characters, plenty of action, humour, and even a few touching moments. The story followed the exploits of 19 year old Rezkin. Rezkin was raised since birth in a secluded fortress to be the greatest weapon the Kingdom of Ashai has ever seen. He learned everything from weaponry to the healing arts and economics and is a master of them all. What he is not a master of is other people. He was raised in relative isolation and follows a set of rules given to him by his mysterious masters. When battle breaks out at his home and only him and one other warrior survive Rezkin is forced from the fortress to discover who gave the orders that killed everyone he knew and what his purpose in life is. He has only one lead, the warrior who escaped, and Rezkin sets about tracking him. Unfortunately for him he is ill prepared for the realities of the Outworld, where no one seems to follow the rules, and soon finds himself in all sorts of hilarious mishaps. Rezkin managed a few final words with one of his dying masters. With his last breath the master tried to pass on the final, and most important two rules of all, Rule 1: protect and honour the king, and Rule 2: kill without conscience. Unfortunately the master chocked on his own blood so rule two came out as: kill with conscience, and he slipped into total delirium moments before death so Rule one came out as: protect and honour your friends. Rezkin is puzzled by these rules as he has no idea what a conscience is and has no friends. Still, rules are rules and Rezkin determines to find these friends while tracking the escaped warrior. The whole story was fun and hilarious. I loved Rezkin's encounters with the "Outlanders". Most of them were absolutely hilarious and a few were quite touching. It really helped the Rezkin and a lot of the other characters we met were very easy to like. I enjoyed following Rezkin as he learned to adapt to dealing with real people and loved how that affected his outlook on life. This is not a story without flaws. It was basically an adventure story and while the world building was OK it did feel like we had only scrapped the surface of the goings on in Ashai and the rest of the world. I'm sure that will change in future instalments as this one was basically Rezkin's origin story. Speaking of origin stories I should mention that Rezkin was basically a superman! His skills were so beyond those of normal people that he was practically a superhero. I was more of afraid of who he would hurt or kill than that anyone could manage to be a threat to him. As a lover of superhero books and movies I did not really find that aspect of the story to be an issue. Not that Rez is actually a superhero, he just feels like one! All in all this was a super enjoyable read and the best new fantasy book I've read in a few years. Roll on book 2!Rating: 5 stars.Audio Note: This was narrated by Nick Podehl. His performance was absolutely fantastic and he really captured the spirit of the story. He was so good that he is probably one of the reasons I enjoyed this book so much.

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  1. Kel Kade lives in Texas and occasionally serves as an adjunct college faculty member, inspiring young minds and introducing them to the fascinating and very real world of geosciences Thanks to Kade s enthusiastic readers and the success of the King s Dark Tidings series, Kade is now able to create universes spanning space and time, develop criminal empires, plot the downfall of tyrannous rulers, and dive into fantastical mysteries full time.Growing up, Kade lived a military lifestyle of traveling to and living in new places These experiences with distinctive cultures and geography instilled in Kade a sense of wanderlust and opened a young mind to the knowledge that the Earth is expansive and wild A deep interest in science, ancient history, cultural anthropology, art, music, languages, and spirituality is evidenced by the diversity and richness of the places and cultures depicted in Kade s writing.

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  1. This was the most enjoyable new to me fantasy book I ve read all year It was a super fun fantasy adventure story packed with likeable characters, plenty of action, humour, and even a few touching moments The story followed the exploits of 19 year old Rezkin Rezkin was raised since birth in a secluded fortress to be the greatest weapon the Kingdom of Ashai has ever seen He learned everything from weaponry to the healing arts and economics and is a master of them all What he is not a master of is [...]


  2. I read several reviews of this book before I bought it The interesting thing is that most reviews were strongly positive, some all the way to 5 stars In the other hand there were a goodly number of very bad read 1 star ratings There weren t many in the middle Upon reflection I ve decided to go 4 stars on it as I enjoyed the book I plan to give a nod to what annoyed some readers as there are some, false notes here But as noted on the whole I enjoyed it.You will have seen versions of this protagon [...]


  3. To find good fantasy seems to be getting ever harder We ve read all the plots, have seen all the figures so often that they turned into clich s Even the parodies have become repetitive This book however invites with a seemingly new premise given its exuberant reviews, I could not but accept and buy a copy The PremiseWe start the journey with Rezkin, a mysterious boy, who is raised within a remote fortress and trained into a killer At the age of nineteen, he is released into the outside world, al [...]


  4. going to sit on this review for a while mixed feelingsRight so when i read the blurb of this book, i expected blood, gore blood gore and you know just you know bad assery all through the book i mean first sentence from the book Bone Snapped and flesh parted as hot blood spewed out from a jagged wound What i got blood gore and a bad ass hero i m thinking cross between James Bond and the Terminator What i did not expect a bad ass hero that made all the women in the book want to drop their pants a [...]


  5. I thought laughably over powered and flawless protagonists, who are phenomenally handsome to boot, and are fawned over by everyone they meet, were the sole domain of mediocre to bad anime and fan fiction Seems I was mistaken Why the 2 stars then Because even though the book is filled with dialogue that sounds just a bit too silly like you are a master businessman and swordsman at only 19 etc making the story line look even ridiculous, and has multiple absurd plot points the protagonist has memo [...]


  6. I was a bit skeptical going into this book after reading a friends review saying that this book was not nearly as good as the premise sounded But I am happy to say that after going in with tempered expectations and knowing that character comes across as overpowered, I found a very enjoyable read here Rezkin is a very fun character to follow He is a trained warrior in the highest degree After the masters are slayed he goes into the outworld and has to find his place He meets friends and makes it [...]


  7. I hate seeing so much potential in a good story, reduced to something completely anti premise.This story is just one of those books I loved the premise of a kid training to be very OP Overpowered assassin warrior fighter ish kind of person, and the premise of Rezkin s conspiracy purpose and all This doesn t deliver it The whole stage of the training is one chapter, which the skills are based on the time skips themselves and not really making them legit.Other than that, the force of coincidence i [...]



  8. 4.3 stars Why How This book is terrible.Do you like Mary Sue characters The main character is the mother of all Mary Sues I must have rolled my eyes 100 times He is the best in the world by far at everything Knows how to assume any role in society flawlessly despite zero prior experience in the real world Master of EVERY weapon Knows the exact blueprints by memory of every important building in the known worlde list goes on and on He fights 15 elite master warriors simultaneously and wins Now an [...]


  9. Wow So there I was, work about finished, end of the day browsing New Releaseswaiting to get home to I can finish How to Make a Murderer and Mr Robot as I m on the last episodes of both And then I come across thisI ve always said, I love me a duel wielding protagonist So I see the cover, basic enough but the guys holding two weapons so I click, read the synopsis, not bad Let s check it out.I never got to watch the ending of either show, as this book basically took up my night Read, went to hockey [...]


  10. Rez is perfect and has no flaws and insanely gorgeous apparently The female leads are all simple women with no depth character and all they do is fawn over Rez The females all annoyed me catty, petty, whiny, fighting over man stereotype much Reaylin was decent bc she had a little attitude and could fight But that s it It seemed very Tween oriented, but I don t think a tween would enjoy this I was expecting way , especially with the 4.5 star ratings Not sure who was reviewing this and living it.


  11. I couldn t put it downThis review may contain spoilers imagine if you have a boy and you raise him You teach him nothing but the basics of the world and how to survive Then you throw him out into with no real purpose but the rules and skills he has been taught Then you have this book I will be reading the next one.




  12. Pleasant findStumbled upon this book Didn t really know what to expect but it hit me straight away and i couldn t put it down Looking forward to the next one



  13. The book tells the journey of the weapon, Rezkin.This book is probably the most fun book I ve read, where we see Rezkin go through things with minimal effort He s basically the perfect being The book felt very easy to read, the pacing simple The way the book switches POVs was kinda weird at first, where the subject suddenly changes in the third person narrative, but after getting used to it I felt it contributed a lot to how easy it was to read It s also new to me that a book set in the medieval [...]


  14. Ich packs nicht mehr Abgebrochen bei 45 % etwa Das ist mit Abstand das schlechteste Buch, was ich in diesem Jahr gelesen habe St mperhafte und vor allem d mliche Figuren und ein Held, der einfach ALLES kann Weshalb sollte ich etwas ber ihn lesen wollen Jeder Kampf ist witzlos, weil er ohnehin gewinnt, ohne einen Schwei tropfen zu verlieren Und die Frauen in dem Buch hecheln ihm nach, obwohl der sozial inkompetent ist Unfassbar, ich k nnte mich noch Stunde beschweren Mal sehen, wie ich es mit der [...]


  15. A good first person story about Rezkin view spoiler aka Gary Stu the emotional Robot hide spoiler and his way into world of ordinary men Rezkin has been trained from birth in Rules and Skills, which includes basically every thing you can imaging necessary to be a Master warrior assassin thief healer or any ordinary skills and he excels at everything Except the final part of the training goes terribly wrong so when Rezkin finally learns of Rule 1 and 2 The writing is decent, the pacing good and [...]




  16. What a unique vision for a story with captivating characters who hold you to the page till the very end Rezkin is an extremely interesting main character who is constantly striving to find his place within the world that he has found himself forced into For a man who s only wishes are to prove his worth to his masters, finish what they started and to follow the rules set forth by them number 1 being, Protect and honor your friends it can be an extremely difficult undertaking Rezkin is the master [...]


  17. This is a sublimely enjoyable read The plot and humor has exceeded my expectations The idea of having a exquisitely combat trained young man let loose upon the world with barely any idea of social s is well executed in this book I enjoyed the protagonist s antics, but I relished the reactions of the people around him even .


  18. What do I think Please, Sir, I Want Some More No seriously, this book is an amazing, well thought out masterpiece I never put it down, from like 7pm till I got to work the next morning Let s just say I had a coffee filled day


  19. 2.5 stars actually Yeahmetimes it was funny but all the misleading conversations and facts became too much after a while.Also Rez is really too muchere must be a good reason for him being so good because from what we got in this book is not enough to explain his talents.



  20. A 19 year old elite, super soldier, ninja, assassin, etc who has mastered about every trainable skill, is freed into the world with no set objectives It s beautiful.


  21. I tried, I really did Initially the book was quite engaging, telling the tale of an unnamed child growing up learning the rules and skills , a constant theme throughout Unfortunately, it does not continue in that vein.The protagonist Rezkin terrible name is in danger in the opening paragraphs than at any other time in the book The author has created a character that is a fantasy superman all knowing, utterly unbeatable in combat, indescribably handsome, possessed of a feline grace but of course [...]


  22. I might just be an overly cynical, over analytical bastard when it comes to critiquing books since I can t even bring myself to enjoy a light and silly book like this one There s definitely a case of preference towards a serious tone when it comes to fantasy books on my part, but I can t say I didn t enjoy the humour in this one It does significantly dwindle as the book progresses, but that seemed inevitable as the author wanted to get serious towards the end It also became clear that he could [...]


  23. I found this book to very addictive and hilarious, especially in the beginning Not just chuckling, but howling with laughter at multiple points However, towards the end the misunderstandings that were ridiculously funny in the beginning started to get a bit old and frustrating There s a lot of discussion in reviews of the portrayal of female characters So far, I don t feel like this book is promoting a negative stereotype of women A lot of the female characters in the book are extremely obnoxiou [...]


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