About the Author

Kel Kade is the author of the King’s Dark Tidings (KDT) series. Free the Darkness (Book 1) and Reign of Madness (Book 2) of the KDT series are available for purchase now.

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.

172 Comments
  • Balaji
    Posted at 13:11h, 14 October Reply

    Just finished reading Dark Tidings 1 & 2, couldnt keep the books down. I have always been a great fan of David Gemmell, your books are one of the intense ones I have read in a long time. The characterization of Rez and storyline is just awesome. Thank you for entertaining us !!

  • James
    Posted at 12:31h, 29 August Reply

    I just read your three books in less than a week, which is very unusual for me normally I only read one a month. I just wanted to thank you for your incredible portrayal of Rez. It has actually inspired me to self analyse my personality and how I behave around my friends. So thought provoking!

    • Kel Kade
      Posted at 03:03h, 01 September Reply

      Thank you for letting me know how much the story means to you. I always hope it helps, even if for no more reason than entertainment value.

  • Brymstone
    Posted at 10:32h, 06 May Reply

    Mr. Kade,

    For far too long now I’ve been on a quest to find a new fantasy author and storyline that would keep me wanting more, more, more in the way that I was enchanted and enthralled by authors like Terry Brooks, Raymond Feist, and David Eddings in my younger days. I’m quite happy to say that I have at last found someone worthy of including in this Pantheon of Titans. Your writing style is a joy to hear and the choice of Nick Podehl’s narration was a master stroke of genius on someone’s part. Your sense of humor and ability to deliver it in a way that makes me laugh out loud while sitting at stop lights during my commute in the unspeakable misery that is Houston traffic is worth a battle charger’s weight in gold. Couple this with a seemingly effortless ability for character development that is a marvel to behold and I believe that you are well on your way to becoming a juggernaut of well-deserved success that puts you in some very good company as mentioned above and very near, if not atop, my list of favorite authors. I cannot find the words to thank you enough for your near-magical ability to weave this wonderful tapestry of awesomeness all while appearing to have no obvious innate magical abilities that I myself have been able to sense and yet clearly seems to be flowing from you.
    Now I wonder who that last comment reminds me of….

    • mikesierrahotel
      Posted at 15:13h, 06 May Reply

      I could not have put it better.

    • Brymstone
      Posted at 20:32h, 29 August Reply

      … and I JUST realized I made an assumption by leading off my comment with “Mr.” Kade. Only took me about 4 months to figure that one out…
      Please forgive that assumption as I used to work for a guy named Kelly and that is what we called him – Kell. I had not considered the ambiguity of that name. Doesn’t much matter either way to me but it bothers me that I jumped to a conclusion.
      **** Please consider me as self-flagellated ****

  • Mike Collins
    Posted at 17:47h, 24 April Reply

    I cannot express sincerely enough how much I am enjoying your books. it’s not very often I feel compelled to sing the praises of an author, as an avid reader from a young age (I am now 67) many hundreds of books have thrilled and excited me, but none have come close to your excellent King’s Dark Tidings series, and the characters are just incredible! Rez in his child like naivety is just superb. Some of the banter had me in stitches. Please keep telling this story I am totally hooked. Thank you.

  • Brianna B
    Posted at 15:33h, 27 March Reply

    Just finished reading all three books in less than a week! I could not believe how much the story drew me in from the very beginning. Your writing style keeps me engaged the entire time and I don’t find myself skipping over paragraphs about overly long descriptions of scenery and context. Just a few questions, I was a little confused about what happened to Rez in Cael once he was inside the fortress. The book was hinting that something was making him not quite himself (as we saw with his extreme paranoia and reversion of any emotional progress he had previously made), but I was hoping it would be revealed exactly what was happening by the end of book 3, but it was not, so I’m really hoping you include an in-depth explanation in book 4 because I hate seeing everyone treating Rez like he is nothing more than a ruthless killing machine again! Also, the scene where we found out where the missing people had gone was slightly confusing because I did not quite understand the role of the elves in the chairs in everything or why the throne room was such a foreboding place. I love the mystical elements you have introduced in book 3, but I’m hoping for a little more explanation of them and Cael in general for book 4.

    Looking forward to seeing where Rez goes next and how he continues to develop!

  • Precious D Angel
    Posted at 01:10h, 15 March Reply

    Thanks for writing the three awesome KDT books! I own all three on audible. I must say they are great I’ve listened too all of them multiple times (four to be precise). Can’t wait till book four comes out!!! Keep writing because I wanna know what’s going to happen next.

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