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.