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The future of the Ashaiian haven, the newly founded Kingdom of Cael, is anything but secured. Rezkin must seek recognition from the King of Gendishen if his people are to maintain possession of their island home and the enchanted secret it contains. In an unexpected twist, events overtake Rezkin, and he is thrust into a frustrating adventure to seek a worthless prize. He f The future of the Ashaiian haven, the newly founded Kingdom of Cael, is anything but secured. Rezkin must seek recognition from the King of Gendishen if his people are to maintain possession of their island home and the enchanted secret it contains. In an unexpected twist, events overtake Rezkin, and he is thrust into a frustrating adventure to seek a worthless prize. He finds that his carefully constructed reputation as an indomitable foe has consequences as others seek to use his strengths for their own gain. Meanwhile, friends are confronted with too many truths, power and strength might be more than some desire, loyalties and friendships are tested, and at least one of Rezkin’s friends might be headed for a miserable demise.


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The future of the Ashaiian haven, the newly founded Kingdom of Cael, is anything but secured. Rezkin must seek recognition from the King of Gendishen if his people are to maintain possession of their island home and the enchanted secret it contains. In an unexpected twist, events overtake Rezkin, and he is thrust into a frustrating adventure to seek a worthless prize. He f The future of the Ashaiian haven, the newly founded Kingdom of Cael, is anything but secured. Rezkin must seek recognition from the King of Gendishen if his people are to maintain possession of their island home and the enchanted secret it contains. In an unexpected twist, events overtake Rezkin, and he is thrust into a frustrating adventure to seek a worthless prize. He finds that his carefully constructed reputation as an indomitable foe has consequences as others seek to use his strengths for their own gain. Meanwhile, friends are confronted with too many truths, power and strength might be more than some desire, loyalties and friendships are tested, and at least one of Rezkin’s friends might be headed for a miserable demise.

30 review for Kingdoms and Chaos

  1. 5 out of 5

    Gavin

    This was another good instalment in Kel Kade's King's Dark Tidings series. On the whole this series is one of my favourite fantasy finds of the last 5 years. The books deliver a super fun fantasy adventure story packed with likeable characters, plenty of action, humour, and even a few touching moments. The writing and the story do have a slightly YA-ish feel to them but that does not stop this being an exciting and utterly compelling read! Rezkin is the star of this story, and remains one of my This was another good instalment in Kel Kade's King's Dark Tidings series. On the whole this series is one of my favourite fantasy finds of the last 5 years. The books deliver a super fun fantasy adventure story packed with likeable characters, plenty of action, humour, and even a few touching moments. The writing and the story do have a slightly YA-ish feel to them but that does not stop this being an exciting and utterly compelling read! Rezkin is the star of this story, and remains one of my favourite fantasy characters in general, but I feel like Kade has done a good job of developing a lot of the support cast to the point where I'm engaged and interested in their various story arcs and plights. Tam, Wesson, and the duo of Malcius and Yserria were the standout secondary characters in this instalment but Farson, Frisha, and Tieran all had good moments as well. All the characters in this series have shown a good amount of growth. Most of it positive! In terms of story this 4th instalment of the series was probably an upgrade on what we got in Legends of the Ahn. We got some of the secret war with the demons and fae but for the most part the focus was on Rez trying to secure his claim as King of Cael. To do so he needed the King of Gendishen to recognize the claim. A task that did not go quite so smoothly as we have come to expect when Rez is involved. The King of Gendishen had a task for Rez as the price of his claim on Cael and that task managed to snowball quickly into a whole bunch of tasks that saw Rez and his friends tour, and cause havoc, across a number of kingdoms in the land. The story was a lot of fun and was packed with a lot of unexpected twists and turns and developments. I also enjoyed glimpsing a bit more of the other kingdoms, and their people, in this instalment. The first two books in this series are pretty perfect in my eyes but the third and fourth books do have a few flaws. In many ways this 4th book fixed a lot of the flaws of the 3rd book and got the story back on track but unfortunately it had a few negatives of its own. The big negatives being the way a lot of the personal relationships between the characters played out. I was annoyed on three or four separate occasions by the relationship developments which is so not like me while reading this series! I usually love all the drama lol. Major spoilers ahoy! I've decided to take some time out of this review to moan about those personal relationships developments that managed to slightly taint my enjoyment of this one. (view spoiler)[My big complaint was how the Rezkin/Frisha romance developed in this book. Mostly because Kade pretty much killed it stone dead which I HATE!!! I guess there is a tiny hope in might be rekindled later but that seems a long shot now rather than the direction that Kade intends to take the story. Frisha expressed a few doubts about Rez in the third instalment which I actually enjoyed. It was good to see her move on from blind devotion and realize that Rez was both more and less than she dreamed he was. I also felt it could be a real positive for the pairs relationship as a Frisha pushing him away might have forced Rezkin to confront his feelings for her and actually make him have to work a bit for her affection which would have offered some balance to the romance. It could have been great as the best thing about the Rez/Frisha romance for me is how it prompts positive character growth in Rezkin and how it proves he is a lot more human even than he himself likes to think! I actually thought a lot of the happenings in Lon Leresh were hilarious but the late development with the Queen and Rez (you guys know the one!) did not please me at all. I felt like it was needless and only hurt the Rez/Frisha romance. I was just getting over that when we got that whole Frisha/Tieran happening at the end. What the fuck! Where did that come from? Actually, I do not care where it came from, I just want it to go away! Is it too much to ask that Bilior has been getting a bit bored following a bunch of humans around so decided to enchant a few of them to spice things up for his own amusement? I'll clutch at any straw to make this go away!!! The Rezkin/Frisha romance is not just one of my favourite things in this story but I also feel like without it I might be left with and ending I'm not going to be pleased with. This book had the feel that Kade was setting the characters up for life after Rez and I hate the idea of that with a passion. The only positive of the late development was the fact that it produced a really powerful emotional scene involving Rez, Frisha, and Tieran which was very emotionally engaging and positive for Rezkin as a character. *sigh* I think I could even have got behind a Frisha/Tieran romance if it was developed slowly but it was way too sudden for me in this one. That was not even the only development that annoyed me as I felt like the Wesson/Celise pairing could have been handled better. What is with weird love triangles developing in this one that seem to leave no one involved particularly happy? It was frustrating as this was another pairing I think could have worked and benefited both characters. This should have been a fun romance but it needs a lot of work to get it on track after it got mishandled a bit in this one. (hide spoiler)] That is a fair bit of complaining but despite all those things that did frustrate me I did still enjoy this a whole lot. I was as addicted to following Rezkin's crazy adventures as ever and the book was packed with the usual mix of humor, action, and likeable support characters that makes this series such a favourite of mine to read. Rating: 4.5 stars. I've chopped a half star off as a reflection of my frustration at a few of the happenings and the possible change in direction of the story but this was too compelling and fun a read outside of that stuff to overly damage my enjoyment of this fun series. I'm tempted to chop more off but I feel like the story could still get back on track so I'm not going to judge any of the happenings too harshly just quite yet. 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.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Saleenmcqueen

    Frisa you spoiled useless twat!! I love these books! Can't wait for the next! I want to see Frisa confined to a tower insane with guilt soon! Frisa you spoiled useless twat!! I love these books! Can't wait for the next! I want to see Frisa confined to a tower insane with guilt soon!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Gen

    Guys, I don't even have the first clue what to say. Plot wise, I enjoyed this one much more than book three. Rezkin & co. are on a mission to get their little island kingdom recognized officially. In order to do that, they for some reason end up going on a weird, extended, Legend of Zelda-like quest across what seems like the whole world. "You can have your kingdom if you get me this sword." "You can have this sword if you get me this girl." "You can have this girl if you marry the queen." It's ve Guys, I don't even have the first clue what to say. Plot wise, I enjoyed this one much more than book three. Rezkin & co. are on a mission to get their little island kingdom recognized officially. In order to do that, they for some reason end up going on a weird, extended, Legend of Zelda-like quest across what seems like the whole world. "You can have your kingdom if you get me this sword." "You can have this sword if you get me this girl." "You can have this girl if you marry the queen." It's very much like a video game level where you have to collect all these things and roam back and forth and back and forth before you can unlock the door to your actual goal. Rezkin, meanwhile, is up to his usual antics, taking over kingdoms on accident this time instead of thieves' guilds. It's a lot more fun than the demon wars of book three. Good things: • Rezkin continues to be truly the greatest and most powerful human being ever to touch his callused, omnipotent foot to the earth. This, really, is all anyone ever needs to know about any of the books in these series. Kel Kade stretches out their hand and says in a kindly, gentle voice, "Here, I have made you some more Rezkin," and I, a sickly, poor, weak, and foolish beggar, weep as I kiss the hem of their robe and sob, "Thank you, thank you." • INFORMATION. We finally have concrete, detailed answers about Rezkin's background, and the mysterious person General Marcum was planning to sic on Rezkin in the first book! YES. I HAVE WAITED SO LONG AND NOW I AM SATISFIED. • AT LAST, SOME MOVEMENT ON THE FRISHA ISSUE. Frisha actually gets to be in on the main plot in this book! I can't tell you how relieved I am! She's there most of the time, and she gets to talk to Rezkin quite a bit, and process what she feels and think about what she wants. I can't say I'm honestly satisfied with where this went, but any kind of meaningful movement is better than having no movement at all. • *sing songy voice* Rezkin gets more practice processing his emo-tions. The slow, glacial progression from Robot Warrior With No Feelings to what I am convinced will end with Rezkin forming healthy, human connections, continues in this book. Book three punched out Rezkin's emotional wall, and in book four he comes off a little wobbly several times. He still doesn't know what's going on most of the time, but he is able to NAME the "tight feeling" as being from loss, and he gets visibly angry and frustrated several times. It's happening, folks. Eventually, one day, years from now, he will be able to tell someone he loves them, I'm SURE of it. • He's also expressing more and more personality. The more attuned he becomes to the "outworld," the more you can see that's just Rezkin, as opposed to the overall state of Being Confused And Weird. "I don't need a mother. I wonder if I could give her to any of my friends?" Don't mind me, I'm just wiping a single tear from my eye because I love him. • I love the inevitable scene when Rezkin comes before a new potential ally or potential enemy. At this point, his shadow is so huge it blocks the sun, plunging entire lands into darkness at his approach. His boot shakes the earth when he disembarks his ship, and people for miles around know -- he has arrived. Nothing will ever be the same once his touch has been felt in your kingdom. Then, inevitably, he says, "I am nineteen years old" and the whole room is just like *freeze frame* *record scratch*. I LOVE THESE MOMENTS SO MUCH. • Striker Farson. He was in most of the book and I very much enjoy his presence. His dynamic with Rezkin is so important, and the day they come to realize they care about each other will probably be my favorite part of the whole series when it happens. It's just so. Funny. "You can have my daughter, but ONLY if you agree to become king." "You can have the sword, sure, I don't care. But ONLY if you agree to take my throne." Meanwhile Rezkin is like UGH. YOU PEOPLE. I JUST WANT MY ISLAND, GO AWAY. What pure, absolute self-indulgent fun. I tore through this book so quickly. However, I only gave it three stars. That's because of the queendom of Lon Leresh. The whole place is, apparently, a matriarchy where men are used for breeding chattel and brute labor, and women engage in constant catty, backstabbing status politics while wearing next to nothing and calling it empowerment. It, apparently, is not safe for a good looking man to walk the street without being forced against his will to join some lecherous, voluptuous, noblewoman's harem. In this series, when at least one paragraph every chapter is dedicated to Rezkin's gorgeousness, we all know where THAT concept is going. It's skin-crawlingly creepy. There's dubcon. It's very much a Buck Rogers and Princess Ardala type situation. Yeah, I don't know what else to say about this. One day, when I am gripped with dementia that has caused me to forget all my loved ones and no longer know my own name, tears will spill down my weathered old cheeks, and my grandchildren will ask, "Grandma, what's wrong? Why are you crying?" And I'll say, "What? What do you mean?" because I won't remember why I am crying, and it will be because of this. Even when my mind has failed, my soul will always remember the cringey, repulsive agony of having to read this extremely cursed Lon Leresh section. I want to overlook and handwave this, but I can't. I want to give more than three stars, but I can't. I can never forgive, and never forget. Let's not do this ever again, thank you.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chris S

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. quite honestly the plot twist at the end was quite ....... idk what to say :D i never liked frisha but that plot twist .... oh boy i dont understand it and i even dislike her now more than before, didnt think that was possible. tieran and frisha makes no sense in my eyes .......... i mean frisha has no purpose in those books. Dk why but that scene did it for me with this book, i just hope the next one will be better Y_Y

  5. 4 out of 5

    Viridiana Blint

    I wasn't a fan of the third book, but I have to say I love this one ! ♥ 1. Let's start with Farson and Wesson. When Rez is with one of them, you can be sure the scene will be good. You can just tell that even if he isn't aware of it, he cares about them. The interactions with them are great, they feel to me like the right friends for Rez bescause they support him,(in their own way) but they hold him acountable and they don't always want something from him like the others. 2. The Frisha element. #E I wasn't a fan of the third book, but I have to say I love this one ! ♥ 1. Let's start with Farson and Wesson. When Rez is with one of them, you can be sure the scene will be good. You can just tell that even if he isn't aware of it, he cares about them. The interactions with them are great, they feel to me like the right friends for Rez bescause they support him,(in their own way) but they hold him acountable and they don't always want something from him like the others. 2. The Frisha element. #EverybodyHatesFrisha I'm soooo happy that they crashed and burned. They just didn't click, Frisha wasn't the right one for Rez. She is useless and ever since she discovered that Rez was Dark Tidings, unbearable. I even like Ilinet better with Rez. And Rez can collect the pieces of his broken heart and make a beautiful mozaic to give to someone else. (at this point I don't care who as long as they are strong and love him) 3. The travels ! There was so much travel in this one, but it didn't feel like useless page filler. It expended the world quite a bit. 4. Humour ! What I love about this series, aside from the swords and the action, is that it doesn't lose its funny scenes as the books go on. 5. What I would like to see in the future : More of Wesson, Farson and Kai. Less of Frisha. A rescue team for poor Tam. Someone to love Rez. The relationship between Malcius and Isarya. A point of view to see what is really happening in Ashai. Knowing the reason behind Rezkin's episodes of paranoia and hunger.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Citta Dee

    **WARNING SOME SPOILERS** I like this better than the previous book. BUT, my goodness, please, PLEASE I BEG YOU, make a much better character development on Frisha. She was sooooo annoying I kept wishing she'd be dead or gravely injured most of the time. I know she's the heroine and is supposed to be innocent and all but I can't help but to compare her to Haruno Sakura's character. But Frisha is much, much more disappointing because she's always safe and protected from the bad big world and not e **WARNING SOME SPOILERS** I like this better than the previous book. BUT, my goodness, please, PLEASE I BEG YOU, make a much better character development on Frisha. She was sooooo annoying I kept wishing she'd be dead or gravely injured most of the time. I know she's the heroine and is supposed to be innocent and all but I can't help but to compare her to Haruno Sakura's character. But Frisha is much, much more disappointing because she's always safe and protected from the bad big world and not even stop to think for a moment to come out of her comfort zone, even when she knows Malcius disappeared. Don't get me wrong, I really support and would like her as our heroine and I can see why she would balance Rezkin and that he needs her at his side, but she'd need to be more than just a spoiled little brat to deserve that, don't you think? That little twist about Frisha and Tieran is amusing, but Frisha's side is quite lacking shown in the story so that it makes their sudden relationship awkward and forced. But it's a good twist, really. Rezkin needs a rival in order for him to realize his own feelings. And there's no way better than his own cousin snatching his woman under his nose. I say keep going with it. We need our hero finds his missing soul, after all. We'd like to see him happy and is capable to realize that he, too, has desires and feelings, and is allowed to keep it. And I can see why he needs Frisha to do that. But please, PLEASE I BEG YOUR HUMBLE HEART do not be one of those writers who makes his hero ended up alone with the nonsense of "love doesn't have to mean we should be together" and makes Rezkin stands alone while watching all his friends happy. I'd like to see him be selfish for once and keeps something, or someone, for himself. He's done so much for his friends and kingdom it'll be sad and cruel if he's just become a martyr. The marriage is very disturbing and I admit this is why I gave only 3 stars(YES, I STICK TO THIS SERIES ONLY FOR THE ANTICIPATION OF THE ROMANCE PF THE MAIN CHARACTERS SO?). It was very, very disturbing and I loath that The Bitch Queen was forcing a reluctant 19 year old boy (doesn't matter how manly he looks) to marry her, and even (OMG EWWWW) consumate with the witness of her supposedly possessive and faithful lover. I hope she died horribly in the end. I strongly ship Rezkin to be with Frisha and it really breaks my heart to see him that cold towards her. I'm also very disappointed that Frisha, again, does absolutely nothing besides complaining. I'm sure most readers want to see her to die painfully at this point. And maybe smack Rezkin (maybe not just Rezkin but also the author...sorry, Kel) on the head with a chair for agreeing on such thing. Anyway, I'm still confused with where all these ancients and elementals and demons are going. And it's like the confrontation with Cadence is purposely kept for final, but it left us readers wonder just how mad and cruel is this king everyone keeps talking about as if he's the worst of the worst. We have not yet to really see how he's deserving everybody's ire. I'd be disappointed if he'd be continuously kept out of Rezkin's way. I'm waiting for someone who's going to be able to stand toe to toe with Rezkin. Wouldn't be an impressive villain otherwise. In the end, I was disappointed that our supposedly invincible hero was brought to heel by a bitch queen and be ordered around by monarchs all the while he just wants to do his duty, for his friends. Added with Frisha's judgment towards him, it was just sad and unfair for Rezkin. But I love that he's becoming more human here. I love that he's realizing his feelings and more normal. I hope that he finds peace and a sense of belonging in the end, and someone who loves him and he loves back, after all of those efforts. I hope Rezkin and Frisha could stand their differences and make it up and find each other. (Or I'd have break something in the end of the series...)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Travis

    Brilliant, just absolutely amazed at how amazing this story truly is. Kel Kade has definitely grabbed my attention and has rightfully earned a spot among my favorite authors. This series as I have said before is massive in scope and is wonderfully crafted. The journey is constantly going in different and unexpected directions which gives the series a constant freshness. I honestly do not have a clue where this series is going but I am so eager to stay on and enjoy the ride. Rezkin and all the ch Brilliant, just absolutely amazed at how amazing this story truly is. Kel Kade has definitely grabbed my attention and has rightfully earned a spot among my favorite authors. This series as I have said before is massive in scope and is wonderfully crafted. The journey is constantly going in different and unexpected directions which gives the series a constant freshness. I honestly do not have a clue where this series is going but I am so eager to stay on and enjoy the ride. Rezkin and all the characters are my sweet angels and devils, my trash children and I will go down with them. I am a little sad that I have caught up with this series and now have to wait for the next book like everyone else. I am even more sad that we do not know when we are getting the next book. However Kel Kade has a new series starting and book 1 for that is right around the corner.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Famous

    Disappointing and meandering follow up to a promising series so far This book lost a lot of the the realistic plot development that allows for any kind of suspension of disbelief. Instead you follow reckon around as he easily conquers four other kingdoms, despite not making any progress at the kingdom he actually needs to pursue. Then, the story lumps into a cliffhanger with no indication that the plot is concluding except the few pages left in the book

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jonn

    This could have been a five star read, but I'm too angry for that. SPOILER AHEAD : Ok, so this ending. I don't much care about Frisha, she isn't a big loss really. What pisses me off is that it is with Tieran. He is the only family Rezkin has accepted and recognised. Now if I read the first books again, their growing friendship will be tainted by this betrayal. She could have been paired with Jimson or Brandt, or litterally anyone else. But no, the author chose Tieran and by doing so, undermined This could have been a five star read, but I'm too angry for that. SPOILER AHEAD : Ok, so this ending. I don't much care about Frisha, she isn't a big loss really. What pisses me off is that it is with Tieran. He is the only family Rezkin has accepted and recognised. Now if I read the first books again, their growing friendship will be tainted by this betrayal. She could have been paired with Jimson or Brandt, or litterally anyone else. But no, the author chose Tieran and by doing so, undermined the whole development of the character. It was a bad choice, I liked Tieran. Secondly, cliffhangers are cheap. When you pack an emotional punch at the end, we cannot ride the feeling with the character. We are left hanging and if the trick works for any other cliffhanger, an emotional one, just results in the readers feeling detached from the situation in the next book because time has passed. For the rest, the book was good. Like a lot of other reviewers I have seen, I like Farson, Kai, Wesson and Cat the cat. I missed Jimson though, he was absent here. We finally have answers about Rezkin's past. Rez is as awesome as ever and the pace was quite fast, which I like. I will continue on with the series, even if I am pissed with this one's ending.

  10. 4 out of 5

    William

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So I love this series and I did like parts of this addition as well. But the parts I liked were HEAVILY outweighed by those I didn't. I liked we got some closure on Rez's identity, and that it fit. I was worried that they would make his identity a major plot twist or continue the mystery for many books to come. Happy that wasn't the case. I also liked the development of Rez's relations with many of the others (for example Farson and Wesson, ect.) It was consistent with Rez's character while stil So I love this series and I did like parts of this addition as well. But the parts I liked were HEAVILY outweighed by those I didn't. I liked we got some closure on Rez's identity, and that it fit. I was worried that they would make his identity a major plot twist or continue the mystery for many books to come. Happy that wasn't the case. I also liked the development of Rez's relations with many of the others (for example Farson and Wesson, ect.) It was consistent with Rez's character while still seeming to be moving towards him opening up somewhat, which I liked. Also Tam's arc has potential. I don't like that Rez seemed to give up on him at the end, but whatever he's a pragmatic guy I can see it. But the negatives! First what pissed me off the most was the whole Frisha and Tieran thing. And NOT because I thought Frisha betrayed Rez or anything. No, it's because it was so ridiculously out of Tieran's character that it offends me. The guy went from utter disdain for commoners and a stated lack of respect for Frisha to basically "I've always loved you and I'm willing to die to be with you." Just like that. No real foreshadowing, no real explanation of WHY he changed so much.... It just felt like such lazy writing that it shocked me and left a sour taste in my mouth. Other than that things just generally worked out to easily for Rez on the conquest side of things. Parts of the Lon Leresh act was well done but even there, let alone everywhere else, it just felt so poorly paced at times and, well, easy IMO. And finally I could barely stand the Malcius and Yserria arc at the end. It was obvious and had PAINFUL dialogue, I literally found myself skipping chunks of it... I still have faith in this series, a lot of it. This book disappointed me but I'll still be reading the next installment the day it comes out I'm sure.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Flying Monkey

    3 Stars! I was really hoping this was the final book in the series. On a bright note, there was a little character development and the plot moved in a positive direction. So, maybe book 5 will finish this series. But, I've come this far so I might as well finish this thing. 3 Stars! I was really hoping this was the final book in the series. On a bright note, there was a little character development and the plot moved in a positive direction. So, maybe book 5 will finish this series. But, I've come this far so I might as well finish this thing.

  12. 5 out of 5

    coolwind

    It is always a lot of fun to read King’s dark tidings. Never get boring.

  13. 4 out of 5

    P.T. Hunt

    An upgrade from the last installment, though, it feels the magic I felt reading this series was left somewhere in books one and two.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Crowlyeh

    Okay. I love this series, I love Kel Kade, but I really wish there was some sort of recap or a reminder who is who. My memory sucks and I spend too long trying to remember people instead of getting into the story. The 'X said' even regarding a question is getting really old now. Poor Tam. Frishia NEEDS to die. ASAP. I don't understand what's the point of her at all. Rez doesn't deserve someone like her. She's constantly putting him down, but she doesn't recognize her own flaws. She KNOWS he's emot Okay. I love this series, I love Kel Kade, but I really wish there was some sort of recap or a reminder who is who. My memory sucks and I spend too long trying to remember people instead of getting into the story. The 'X said' even regarding a question is getting really old now. Poor Tam. Frishia NEEDS to die. ASAP. I don't understand what's the point of her at all. Rez doesn't deserve someone like her. She's constantly putting him down, but she doesn't recognize her own flaws. She KNOWS he's emotionally stunted and instead of trying to help him somehow, she's being a total b****. At least the other characters call her out on it, but it it's not enough. She's blaming him because he didn't hold up to her fantasies. I just get so freaking angry when she shows up and at this point I don't think even the best redemption arc in the history of redemption arcs is going to be enough. Wesson and Rez though are friendship goals. Kinda. Nick Podehl is an amazing narrator.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Terry Bates

    Good read, but sometimes it feels like the author doesn’t know where the story is going. Some characters progress feels entirely forced and all around disingenuous. I stand by my next assertion...I am genuinely confused on Frisha’s role in this story. The way she is used is big unique in any way and the story suffers for her continued involvement. Her concerns and motivations from book 1 have not changed in any discernible way. Do us all a favor and get rid of her. Make her death a jumping off p Good read, but sometimes it feels like the author doesn’t know where the story is going. Some characters progress feels entirely forced and all around disingenuous. I stand by my next assertion...I am genuinely confused on Frisha’s role in this story. The way she is used is big unique in any way and the story suffers for her continued involvement. Her concerns and motivations from book 1 have not changed in any discernible way. Do us all a favor and get rid of her. Make her death a jumping off point or something. Ugh.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kara &

    Meh... Books 1 & 2 were rather good. Character development was centered and driven. The plot and setting was well established. Books 3 was 4 were all over the place. ...Rezkin's nature is no longer introspective -- he instead simply plays a roles and becomes a one dimensional character with tremendous swings in personality. One moment showing incredible analysis of character and motives of complete strangers--an absolutely none in situations where he has come to know and care for people deeply.I The s Meh... Books 1 & 2 were rather good. Character development was centered and driven. The plot and setting was well established. Books 3 was 4 were all over the place. ...Rezkin's nature is no longer introspective -- he instead simply plays a roles and becomes a one dimensional character with tremendous swings in personality. One moment showing incredible analysis of character and motives of complete strangers--an absolutely none in situations where he has come to know and care for people deeply.I The story has regressed from a central theme- who am I and where do I fit--to a never ending quest that adds lots of action-- but doesn't provide much in character development.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Anthony Knox

    Been with since the the first book Great addition Good twists, some though regarding Frisha could be seen a mile away Rezkins friends are selfish ungrateful pricks Wtf ending

  18. 4 out of 5

    Joshua

    Book 6/10* Series to date 7.5/10 This may have been the most "normal" book in the series to date. The level of humor has dropped off a bit and there is more darkness. The waiting on Res to either discover that he has feelings, or to get over that issue is starting to get boring.... I do hope that the next book is in the works, though it seems that Kel Kade has been doing other things instead of this series. Book 6/10* Series to date 7.5/10 This may have been the most "normal" book in the series to date. The level of humor has dropped off a bit and there is more darkness. The waiting on Res to either discover that he has feelings, or to get over that issue is starting to get boring.... I do hope that the next book is in the works, though it seems that Kel Kade has been doing other things instead of this series.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Roy

    Really bummed that I have to wait for the sequel of this. For some reason I only thought there was four books in this series. Man that ending though, I really want to know how Rezkin will handle the situation. Highly recommend this series.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Six

    Okay! I just finished reading this book and i have to say i cant stop smiling and my hands are still shaking. Omg! Have honestly not felt like this since reading The Stormlight Archives. I would like to write a full review on this but at this point I can’t because it just couldn’t put into words how to describe this book. If you hated book 3 you are going to appreciate book three. It makes a lot of sense now. Lets support Kel Kade and recommend this book series to your friends! It’s totally wort Okay! I just finished reading this book and i have to say i cant stop smiling and my hands are still shaking. Omg! Have honestly not felt like this since reading The Stormlight Archives. I would like to write a full review on this but at this point I can’t because it just couldn’t put into words how to describe this book. If you hated book 3 you are going to appreciate book three. It makes a lot of sense now. Lets support Kel Kade and recommend this book series to your friends! It’s totally worth the read!!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    This book was a faster pace than Legends of Ahn. There was so much going on. We were constantly traveling to different places. It wasn't as hard to concentrate on the different perspectives because we were focusing on characters we know better. SPOILERS >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> When I first started the series it was because my father recommended it to me. He had read it and he told me that there was a part I was going to hate. I went through book after book figuring that my dad was wrong and that there This book was a faster pace than Legends of Ahn. There was so much going on. We were constantly traveling to different places. It wasn't as hard to concentrate on the different perspectives because we were focusing on characters we know better. SPOILERS >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> When I first started the series it was because my father recommended it to me. He had read it and he told me that there was a part I was going to hate. I went through book after book figuring that my dad was wrong and that there was nothing that was going to bug me enough to stop reading. And then Rezkin married the Queen! WHAT!!! WHAT THE!!! I went straight up to my dad and he just laughed saying I told you so. I mean I don't care for any of the girls enough to wish they would end up with Rezkin, but I certainly didn't want him to marry that lady and then sleep with her! All for an army! UGHHHHHH! But it still hasn't stopped me from finishing the series. I am more interested in the girl Rezkin keeps dreaming about. Sometimes I just want Rezkin to have feelings, but other times I don't. And my sweet sweet Tam! I am so worried about him! I know that the fae need to save all the people Rezkin came with in order to fulfill their bargain. So I am sure he will be fine. I really hope Rezkin is the one that goes after him! All I know is that there is no update on when the next book is coming out and I am super angry about that. There are too many characters to have to keep track of and I know I will forget everything by the time the next book comes out. Please, someone make thorough plot summaries for me.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Indira Rivera

    Can I just say PLOT TWIST AWESOME BOOK I HAVE NO WORDS TO DESCRIVE MY LOVE AND MY DESESPERATION for Rez ;) To find SOMEONE WORTHY AHHHH (that is not the important part,but well I am invested in his happiness whatever that may be). I am somehow satisfied until the next book, which I will covetously want and I'll read the heck out of it. SPOILER** SOMEHOW I DON'T LIKE LON leresh it makes my skin crawl at the everything that is happening all over it AHH I'm feeling tender and somehow a little raw stil Can I just say PLOT TWIST AWESOME BOOK I HAVE NO WORDS TO DESCRIVE MY LOVE AND MY DESESPERATION for Rez ;) To find SOMEONE WORTHY AHHHH (that is not the important part,but well I am invested in his happiness whatever that may be). I am somehow satisfied until the next book, which I will covetously want and I'll read the heck out of it. SPOILER** SOMEHOW I DON'T LIKE LON leresh it makes my skin crawl at the everything that is happening all over it AHH I'm feeling tender and somehow a little raw still, MY POOR REZKIN HAVING TO AGGG WITH THAT WOMEN AHH if I could I would destroy Lon leresh and scour the earth of the place,making people everywhere now that marriage is sacred AHHH (AND 19 YEAR OLDS SHOULD NOT BE COERCED TO MARRY ANYONE THEY DON'T WANT and have that most of all in the CONSUMATION AHHH MY SOUL IS DIRTY) Just so you know, Kel author of this book if you ever read this THE WOMAN THAT WERE ON THE FIRT BOOK OTHER THAN FRISHA ARE NOT WORTHY AHHHH but she gonna go so maybe someone lovely? And can we all agree that we would not be angry if we somehow get a dead queen in the next book?? Please,and also A GOOD WOMAN FOR OUR HUNKY GUY for him to learn to loveee I would have given it a 5 star but ya know I hate the part in Lon leresh so what can we do.

  23. 4 out of 5

    BiblioJen

    This was an awesome read! I couldn't put it down. No spoilers, but ... the author says that there are several more books in this series, and that's wonderful news. If you like fantasy, and you aren't reading this series, I highly recommend you start. This series HAS to be read in order, but ... I love this storyline. I think Book 4 was stronger than Book 3, which I thought was fine, but I know others didn't love. WELL DONE, Kel Kade! I will be getting this one again, as soon as the audiobook with This was an awesome read! I couldn't put it down. No spoilers, but ... the author says that there are several more books in this series, and that's wonderful news. If you like fantasy, and you aren't reading this series, I highly recommend you start. This series HAS to be read in order, but ... I love this storyline. I think Book 4 was stronger than Book 3, which I thought was fine, but I know others didn't love. WELL DONE, Kel Kade! I will be getting this one again, as soon as the audiobook with Nick Podehl narrating is released. Meanwhile, I'm going to listen to the first three books again, for at least the third time. There are so many layers here, and at least half the fun is uncovering them. And - I should add - this isn't LOTR. This isn't high lit. It's just pure, indulgent, really enjoyable reading. EDITED 10/8/2018 TO ADD: I just finished my "re-read" of the first three books, mostly on audio, and of "Kingdoms and Chaos" on Kindle. I just ... I love this series. With every re-read, I pick up something I missed before. This series is my literary version of pizza. :-) I could do it all the time, it never gets old, and I love it every time.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Gareth Otton

    Upon finishing this book, I find myself glad the next book isn't out yet. The reason for this is that I've fallen into a trap. That trap is that the first book was so good it secured my interest and the other books have been just good enough to keep me reading but not good enough to really enjoy them. I still enjoy the chapters where the protagonist is at the forefront and I like the series overall, but some of the side characters are really starting to get on my nerves and the story is getting a Upon finishing this book, I find myself glad the next book isn't out yet. The reason for this is that I've fallen into a trap. That trap is that the first book was so good it secured my interest and the other books have been just good enough to keep me reading but not good enough to really enjoy them. I still enjoy the chapters where the protagonist is at the forefront and I like the series overall, but some of the side characters are really starting to get on my nerves and the story is getting a bit too meandering for my tastes. This book resembled a story from a video game more than a novel. The main character is set tasks that he needs to complete, but each task leads to another task which just felt really formulaic. One of the big positives of this series is that the story is always advancing and the same is true here, so I don't want to make it sound like there are no positives. I've just been growing frustrated with it since book 2 to and and I'm going to seize this opportunity to leave this series and the escape this trap while the opportunity is still open.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lance

    This was a fun story! Liked the fact we visited more of the world, we got to see more of the Frisha / Rezkin relationship ups and downs, how Rezkin and Farson’s get along (I mean Farson is the closest thing Rezkin has to family). Lots of twists and turns in this one... FANTASTIC!!!!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Another great book in this series! A good plot and the characters keep getting better. I am wondering where it is going and how many more books there will be. I can’t wait for Book 5!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Darby

    One of my favourite books right now. A lot of character development occurs throughout this book. Can't wait to see what happens next! One of my favourite books right now. A lot of character development occurs throughout this book. Can't wait to see what happens next!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Connolly

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This one was a lot better than the 3rd book. Frisha is more tolerable in this book then in the first three, but she is still a super confusing character (I actually like her and Tieran together). I wasn't a fan of the wedding storyline but it doesn't seem to have come to much so I guess that's fine. I enjoyed the video game questing path this story took. It was reminiscent of the first book. Most importantly though, Rezkin is growing! YAY! He is learning how to interpret his feelings like a big b This one was a lot better than the 3rd book. Frisha is more tolerable in this book then in the first three, but she is still a super confusing character (I actually like her and Tieran together). I wasn't a fan of the wedding storyline but it doesn't seem to have come to much so I guess that's fine. I enjoyed the video game questing path this story took. It was reminiscent of the first book. Most importantly though, Rezkin is growing! YAY! He is learning how to interpret his feelings like a big boy. Woohoo! That said, I think Kade has created a bit of a problem for himself; there are too many questions that MUST be addressed in the next book. Is Caydean in league with the demons or being used by them? I also find it odd that we know ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about Caydean's plans, like not even rumors. How do these demons always seem to know where Rezkin & crew are? Is he being tracked by that necklace/stone? Is there a spy in his midst? And this doesn't even begin to explain the elves/fae stuff. Too many threads to follow.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lynette

    Great read This series just keeps getting better! I found the characters in the first 2 books to be rather 2-dimensional, and the story was at times choppy. I liked the overall plot, though, and I kept reading. Book 3 really impressed and this 4th installment even more so. The characters seem like real people, the writing is smooth, and the ending has left me in eager anticipation of the 5th book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    DawnBill

    One of my favorite series This is the type of series i read each book from start to finish as fast as I can, where and whenever I can. of the hundreds I’ve read this is honestly one of my favorites. Love the pace of the story, the creativity, and the characters. Thanks for writing.

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