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Summary

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.

©2018 Kel Kade (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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Better than book 3. Not as good as 1 and 2

Pros:
- New interesting societies. Kel has a talent here!
- Main annoyances of book 3 are not continued here
- New challenges and Kel continues to find cool out of the box thinking to overcome them

Cons:
- Disappointed on how much time is spent on the few whiny characters whining with little personal development
- Little time spent on the relationships I hoped to read more about, while the new relationships were not that enjoyable

For me, I hope that book 5 completes the story. I want to find out what happens and read more about Rezkin, but I'm starting to not care about most of the other characters. Books 1 and 2 were flawless so it'll suck to stop mid-series.

40 of 43 people found this review helpful

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For love of god, stop whining already

The series was a price winning racehorse, which was maimed by this book.

In my not-so-humble opinion the story has grown stagnant and the characters can do little more than be whiny, distrustful and infuriatingly burdensome thorns in Rezkin's confused buttocks.
They can't do a single thing right, follow a single order, or do anything remotely useful. The only exception was Rezkin's pet mage.
Even Rezkin has been watered down, been elevated to the rank of glorified babysitter, and is currently slowly turning into a emotional rollercoaster.

Simply put, this book was one of my biggest disappointments this year.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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What was the author thinking?

I was hesitant to get this book because of the bad reviews. The first two were amazing books with a lot of potential but the author no longer cares about this series and it shows in the lazy writing. He forces two characters that had no chemistry to fall for each other. Gets rid of the main characters female intrigue for no reason and doesn’t allow them to have a proper discussion as soon as they added the Faye this series has gone downhill and I’m going to ask for a refund. I genuinely feel like I’ve been robbed of time.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Not as good as first books but will continue...

Ugh. I hate to write a disappointing review, but not as much as listening to said audio. So this next book in series was (in my opinion) hard to get through. The storyline wasn’t absolutely terrible, I did finish, however it took so many obscure turns I found myself wandering in thought which is it not good thing with audio books. I finished book with feelings of apathy & disgust for many characters, almost depressed. Way too much pressure on Rez, repeatedly and over & over. Yes suspicions and righteousness abound in this world but come on! The judgement of those who never make the hard decisions is a trait all to familiar in these settings, however this narrative has just TOO much throughout. I absolutely hated the whiny and ungrateful Frisha, Malcious, and others. More than that I found myself skipping some of their conversations with a “ they’re too stupid too live” resolve. Now I’m in a weird place thinking the author should kill off all of Rez’s so called “friends” with exception to Tam, Kai and his horse Pride (maybe few others) Gah! The angst built in previous books went from my feeling “wow, they’ll soon find self discovery, realize what Rez has done for them etc etc” to ultimately “god these people are selfish, narcissistic A-holes and no redemption could have me interested in their plight” lol. I don’t condemn the book (the narration is top notch) and possibly the author will make it up in an amazing way with final book, he is very talented . I fear I may end my journey here though, this book made that “ansty good feeling” icky and left me frustrated & melancholy.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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I struggled through it I was completely disappoint

I struggled through it I was completely disappointed by the book book 4 was really looking forward to this and as I said completely disappointed and I will probably be asking a refund on the entire series has the end ruined the whole thing.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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not my favorite - cliffhanger and disjoint

narrator did a good job, especially with accents to indicate language shift. story was meh. disjoint, letting you forget the overarching narrative, and the author seems to enjoy disappointing narrative expectations instead of offering pleasant surprises.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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When does the whiny stop

I loved the first two books but I just can't handle the whiny characters. How long does it take for someone to trust another character or just leave. It seems like the same thing over and over, oh you kill people, I can't trust you.

I am a couple hours in and I think I am going to return it, I can't take it anymore.

25 of 29 people found this review helpful

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Going down hill

This book takes the series from a good dark fantasy series to a bad teen romance. I don't think I will continue the series after this book.
on the plus side Nick Podehl did an excellent job narrating as usual, using different accents to highlight when different languages are spoken.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Unsatisfied

The world building is fantastic however, the first two books were better when there were no spirits or demons. Looking forward to the completion of the series simply so I can be done with it. Returning all the books.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Such s Shame

Clearly Kade had originally planned a trilogy but the first two were very popular and either through greed or reluctance to let his literary baby go, he decided to tack extra stuff on. He could have written a brilliant trilogy. He'll end up with 9 banal books.

Another princess
ANOTHER MAGIC SWORD
Tacked on side quests
WHINGING

As always, the Audible reviews VASTLY exaggerate the books merits.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Darrin Mahlum
  • 21-11-18

Better than book 3. Not as good as 1 and 2

Pros:
- New interesting societies. Kel has a talent here!
- Main annoyances of book 3 are not continued here
- New challenges and Kel continues to find cool out of the box thinking to overcome them

Cons:
- Disappointed on how much time is spent on the few whiny characters whining with little personal development
- Little time spent on the relationships I hoped to read more about, while the new relationships were not that enjoyable

For me, I hope that book 5 completes the story. I want to find out what happens and read more about Rezkin, but I'm starting to not care about most of the other characters. Books 1 and 2 were flawless so it'll suck to stop mid-series.

40 of 43 people found this review helpful

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  • jari
  • 18-12-18

For love of god, stop whining already

The series was a price winning racehorse, which was maimed by this book.

In my not-so-humble opinion the story has grown stagnant and the characters can do little more than be whiny, distrustful and infuriatingly burdensome thorns in Rezkin's confused buttocks.
They can't do a single thing right, follow a single order, or do anything remotely useful. The only exception was Rezkin's pet mage.
Even Rezkin has been watered down, been elevated to the rank of glorified babysitter, and is currently slowly turning into a emotional rollercoaster.

Simply put, this book was one of my biggest disappointments this year.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-12-18

What was the author thinking?

I was hesitant to get this book because of the bad reviews. The first two were amazing books with a lot of potential but the author no longer cares about this series and it shows in the lazy writing. He forces two characters that had no chemistry to fall for each other. Gets rid of the main characters female intrigue for no reason and doesn’t allow them to have a proper discussion as soon as they added the Faye this series has gone downhill and I’m going to ask for a refund. I genuinely feel like I’ve been robbed of time.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Lisa
  • 18-12-18

Not as good as first books but will continue...

Ugh. I hate to write a disappointing review, but not as much as listening to said audio. So this next book in series was (in my opinion) hard to get through. The storyline wasn’t absolutely terrible, I did finish, however it took so many obscure turns I found myself wandering in thought which is it not good thing with audio books. I finished book with feelings of apathy & disgust for many characters, almost depressed. Way too much pressure on Rez, repeatedly and over & over. Yes suspicions and righteousness abound in this world but come on! The judgement of those who never make the hard decisions is a trait all to familiar in these settings, however this narrative has just TOO much throughout. I absolutely hated the whiny and ungrateful Frisha, Malcious, and others. More than that I found myself skipping some of their conversations with a “ they’re too stupid too live” resolve. Now I’m in a weird place thinking the author should kill off all of Rez’s so called “friends” with exception to Tam, Kai and his horse Pride (maybe few others) Gah! The angst built in previous books went from my feeling “wow, they’ll soon find self discovery, realize what Rez has done for them etc etc” to ultimately “god these people are selfish, narcissistic A-holes and no redemption could have me interested in their plight” lol. I don’t condemn the book (the narration is top notch) and possibly the author will make it up in an amazing way with final book, he is very talented . I fear I may end my journey here though, this book made that “ansty good feeling” icky and left me frustrated & melancholy.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • W Scott Hupp
  • 13-12-18

I struggled through it I was completely disappoint

I struggled through it I was completely disappointed by the book book 4 was really looking forward to this and as I said completely disappointed and I will probably be asking a refund on the entire series has the end ruined the whole thing.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark
  • 11-12-18

not my favorite - cliffhanger and disjoint

narrator did a good job, especially with accents to indicate language shift. story was meh. disjoint, letting you forget the overarching narrative, and the author seems to enjoy disappointing narrative expectations instead of offering pleasant surprises.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • David sprenkle
  • 04-12-18

When does the whiny stop

I loved the first two books but I just can't handle the whiny characters. How long does it take for someone to trust another character or just leave. It seems like the same thing over and over, oh you kill people, I can't trust you.

I am a couple hours in and I think I am going to return it, I can't take it anymore.

25 of 29 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Nick Larkin
  • 19-12-18

Going down hill

This book takes the series from a good dark fantasy series to a bad teen romance. I don't think I will continue the series after this book.
on the plus side Nick Podehl did an excellent job narrating as usual, using different accents to highlight when different languages are spoken.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Hans Moeller
  • 18-12-18

Unsatisfied

The world building is fantastic however, the first two books were better when there were no spirits or demons. Looking forward to the completion of the series simply so I can be done with it. Returning all the books.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Trex
  • 29-11-18

Such s Shame

Clearly Kade had originally planned a trilogy but the first two were very popular and either through greed or reluctance to let his literary baby go, he decided to tack extra stuff on. He could have written a brilliant trilogy. He'll end up with 9 banal books.

Another princess
ANOTHER MAGIC SWORD
Tacked on side quests
WHINGING

As always, the Audible reviews VASTLY exaggerate the books merits.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful