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.

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      • I also love Book 1 and tomorrow Book 2 on audible is released. Great work Kel.

        I really hope you or your publisher do not delay the release of book three or decide to make this a 5 book series, like Brent Weels’s current series. (Is it a five book series). . I am so not finishing that series now until its complete.So bloody annoying. You forget names and the story with too long a break between book releases.
        I think it spoils the story and puts me off buying series books that are not complete. GRR Martin’s long awaited followup is pathetic and unprofessional. Patrick Rothfuss also has taken years to complete his third book and i will not even talk about Brandon Sanderson.

        Please do not keep us hanging… and we’ll but all your books.

        Work Hard, stay focused and productive.
        Best Wishes
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      • I really have enjoyed listening to your books. I have always enjoyed fantasy books through out my life and the change in story style is refreshing. It is not the usual discover power, told he/she is the greatest, meet a grand enemy and triumph on the last page.

        In truth, in my eyes you have taken a reverse approach. He is the greatest and can not be beaten. Instead, it is his dealing and interactions with other people that is his enemy. I would say it is more of understand the inter-working of the human emotion that is his foe. Although he does have a great enemy and it is the final goal, it is not the focus.

        In a sense it is fun to watch a perfect plan being executed and watching everything fall into place. It is very unusual, at least to me, to see a book written in this way. In a lot of the fantasy books i have read, there are points in time where i will roll my eyes at the blockades that the authors have put in front of the characters. For example finding the “one thing” that can win the war.

        In my final thoughts, i feel i know he will win but, figuring out how he is doing it is what makes these books so enticing. Maybe more of a puzzle, I know what the end result will look like but watching the progress of it coming together is a wonderful experience.

        In any manor, i look forward to reading/listening to the rest of this tale.

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      • Thank you so much for your appreciation on insight into the series. I’m glad you like them so much. Truly, you have hit upon some of my intentions that are perhaps more subtly expressed. There is an on going discussion in the Goodreads group “King’s Dark Tidings” that you might be interested in joining. In any case, I appreciate you taking the time to write to me.

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    • Thank you for your input. I have now made the edits you mentioned, some of which were already in the update for revision. I do know the differences between homophones, but sometimes the wrong one gets thrown in when I am typing quickly, and they’re difficult to catch later. In the future, if you would like to share the errors you found, this would probably be a better forum for doing so than in the review section on Amazon.

      I do feel the need to respond to the inconsistencies you mentioned.

      1) Frisha was never traveling alone. Tam had sworn an Oath of Protection and was serving as her escort, which is how they met Rezkin in the beginning. It is implied that an Oath of Protection is something recognized and of importance in their society. At the beginning of the story, Ashai is a peaceful place, and people were less concerned with traveling in small numbers. This is evidenced when the general made the comment that had he known conditions had gotten so bad, he would have sent an armed escort.

      2) Rezkin did draw and examine the sword before Tam. Rezkin was the one who purchased the sword, as explained earlier in the chapter. When he purchased the sword, he fully drew it and examined the blade. The scene was intended to show the difference between the way an inexperienced swordsman like Tam would view the weapon versus more experienced swordsmen like Rezkin and Jimson.

      3) I don’t think that using a word like awesome is out of context. This is a fictional world, and the story is intended for modern readers. Using slang and modern vernacular helps readers connect to the story. In truth, we don’t know how the average commoner spoke throughout most of history because these types of conversations were not recorded in historical documents. People would have used other words that we don’t know, so it makes sense to substitute modern terms. I know there are other instances where I use more modern terms, and I will continue to do so because this is fantasy, and it is my world. In my world, sassy young women with attitude are allowed to say awesome.

      That being said, it is a subtle difference, but consistently throughout the story, commoners speak differently than nobles. They use more slang and contractions, while the nobles’ speech is more proper. The difference is more notable in Book 2. In addition, older nobles tend to speak differently than those of the younger generation.

      4) Reaylin never agreed to stay at General Marcum’s home. Frisha only mentioned that Reaylin would probably be welcomed when Rezkin protested. At that point, Reaylin stated that she already had plans to stay elsewhere.

      I thank you again for such a thorough examination of the book, and as always, I appreciate you pointing out my errors so that I may improve upon my work.

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      • I agree with your justification for using modern vernacular. Given that characters in fictional worlds usually aren’t speaking English and yet the book has rendered their words in English, it would be an odd criticism that using slang words is going too far. As if using stilted, formal English for people who don’t speak English is somehow more authentic….

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      • Also interested in becoming a beta reader if you need them.

        This series is in my top 5 favorite fantasy series of all time, and I read a lot of fantasy.

        I concurre with your use of modern vernacular, and I really appreciate how you subtly use differentiate groups with language, perspective, assumptions, values, etc. I also really appreciate that your characters are real, and don’t shy away from any topic, but that you communicate their perspectives creatively rather than with crass crude or graphic language.

        One thing I would love to see in the upcoming books is a little more depth to the female characters. I noticed a significant improvement in this area in book 2, but with so much of the limited page time that they get being centered around their interactions with Rez it’s difficult to get a real feel for who they are as a person. That said, I love the characters and what we do get to see of them and the little hints of their deeper character, and how very different they are from each other.

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  1. Thank you for the journey I have lived while reading your books! I have about 400 books on my kindle account that i have read: paranormal, urban fantasy, epic and so on. This is not the first time I have had the urge to comment, but it is the first book that I did comment on. English is not my first language so I have no comments on the spelling and such. What I want to applaud is the intrigue, suspense and unpredictability of the books. As said, I read a lot and for the first time I can not see where this story is going after the first book and it is such a pleasant and satisfying experience. Thank you so much for being a talented writer and sharing your imagination with others! I cant wait to read your future work!

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  2. Really enjoyed your first two books. I am sure they will continue to grow in popularity as word spreads. Can’t wait for the next one!!

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  3. I just finished book 2 and left a review on Amazon…I thought book 3 was done for some reason! I was so excited to continue on (I read book 1 yesterday and 2 today) and then I jumped on to order and realized you just finished book 2. Keep writing, please! No pulling a George R. R. Martin on us! I’ve read hundreds of books, mostly fantasy, and this is one of my favorite series. I recently stumbled on the LitRPG genre, and love the in-your-face character building, it’s like playing a game through reading and you’re the main character. Anyone whose played those kinds of RPG’s know the feeling…the constant progression and beneficence/malevolence of the cruel mistress that is RNG (system of rewarding loot) is addicting. The reason I mention that is you’ve captured, for me at least, the spirit of that feeling in the way you’ve developed Rezkin, and the progression of his character and they way his talents and skills are revealed. It’s that steady development and revelation that keeps the reader hooked, eagerly awaiting to find out what’s next…just one more page…one more hour of reading…then before you know it the book is finished. The juxtaposition of Rezkin’s savant-like abilities and intelligence with is extreme naivety from his upbringing is brilliant. There have been few enough books that have filled me with that urgency to keep getting to that next page to find out more, and this series is definitely one them. Well done sir. Only two suggestions, not that you need them (I gave it 5 stars): Rezkin, at least in terms of physical conflict, is in danger of feeling too overpowered, overpowered can get boring quickly, and Frisha is starting to feel flat and underdeveloped compared to the other characters, as Rezkin’s female interest I think she needs some work in book 3…even Tieran (who I struggled to remember for a while from book 1) developed remarkably, and became a very dynamic character and enjoyable to read about. Frisha’s constant jealousy and angry outbursts are starting to feel like all there is to her. Just my opinion, not that you need it. Awesome series and I can’t wait for book 3.

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    • I share totally with what you’re saying. There is definite danger that the main character becomes overpowered the more so it seems he also enjoys tremendous mage power that cannot be detected. Frisha character needs development to cope with Rezkin development and awareness

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    • I agree with you that Frisha needs more to her personality than “jealous bimbo”, but don’t agree with your argument that Rezkin is too overpowering. It is true that an all powerful character can be left with no challenge and become boring, but Tezkin is limited by his naivety and need to adhere to the “rules” which has prevented him from becoming boring. It is standard form for the main character to be knocked back repeatedly then triumph at the end… it is refreshing to read a different formula.

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  4. Thanks a lot Kel. Now how am I supposed to enjoy the other books I have downloaded to my Kindle and not yet read….
    Seriously, great story. I am totally hooked and cannot wait for the next book.

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  5. Haven’t enjoyed an ongoing series of books as much as this one in quite some time. Love the story, the characters and the writing style. I will say though that there are quite a few errors that I would have thought would be picked up in proofreading. It’s a little disconcerting sometimes. Could it be just in the Kindle books? Can’t wait for Book 3!

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  6. I’m a single parent in Texas too! Where in Tx? Wanna be friends?! 😀 My Son has loved Rez and his story (although my commentary for him is edited, as he’s only 7 lol). Happy April Fools’ Day! May no one make a fool out of you…

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  7. Hey Kel, would just like to show my appreciation of your work here in the comments. These books have provided some of the most engaging fantasy moments I have read in a long time; I am a major fan now, and on my second read through. I enjoyed these books as much as i did Sanderson’s Way of Kings Series, if not more. I would like to convey my support and encourage you to complete the third book before I have broken my Kindle re-reading the first two 🙂

    Thanks again – A fan of your work
    (I am posting this here as I could not find an e-mail address to send this to)

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    • Thank you for your message. I actually prefer comments posted to the public so everyone can enjoy them, and sometimes they spark interesting discussions (plus it just makes me look good – don’t tell anyone I said that).

      I’m glad you’re enjoying the series so much you’re willing to read the books more than once!

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      • If this is not already in book 3, maybe Rez can face off with another sword bearer when he gets off the boat that was at the end of book 2. Just a thought.

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  8. I just wanted to sat that I absolutely love the series. I got the first one on a whim and I literally couldn’t put it down. I sat up to 3 am reading. It has been a while since I have found a series of books that has completely drawn me in. I was really sad when I reached the end of the second book because there was no way to immediately continue as next part of the series is still being written by you. I genuinely can’t wait for the next instalment. I noticed a few were minor errors, but as I was so drawn in to the books and the wonderful story I completely ignored them.
    The last time a book series completely drew me in was with The Kingkiller Chronicles which I read last year. You’re books were on par with them.

    I hope to be reading the next one soon

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    • Thank you very much. I truly appreciate your praise and encouragement. I hope you continue to enjoy the series. As a fan of the Kingkiller Chronicles, I am honored by the comparison.

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  9. This is actually my second go-round on your two books. Don’t think I commented after the first read, but felt obliged to do so now. Great main character, world, premise, and even supporting characters. I am VERY anxious for book three although you have no release date published. Keep it up and please…don’t over think the following book’s premise because of the formers’ success. Happens all too often! AWESOME!

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    • Thank you, Jeremy. I am glad you are enjoying the series. I know the readers all have their ideas of where the series is going or where they’d like it to go, but I’m keeping with the story I’ve envisioned since the beginning. I hope people will not be too disappointed if it deviates from their imaginings and perhaps will even be pleased if it is not so predictable. It’s a first class experiment, and we’re all hoping for exciting results!

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  10. Dear Mr. Kade,
    I saw your book on the Kindle store and just had to buy it. It is a masterpiece, I was up all night reading the books to an end. It has been a long time since I have been so engrossed in a series, since The Wheel of Time series. I must ask, when will the next book come out? I cannot wait to continue the series!
    Great job!!!

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  11. Read both of your books in 3 days and absolutely loved them. Is there any chance you could send an email notification when the next book will come out? Thanks!

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    • So glad you are enjoying the series. Just click to follow my blog, and you should receive the e-mail notifications when I post news! I will definitely let you all know.

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  12. Dude, these books are fantastic. You are a talented and thorough writer. Interestingly, it is clear from your writing style that you are female, so I wonder why you go to so much effort to allow people to think you are male? Do you anticipate that your readers would not take a female author seriously? That can’t possibly be true in today’s market, i wouldn’t imagine.

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  13. Hi Kel Kade, just wanted to say I love your books, I’ve read them twice now, and suggested them to friends and family – who all loved them!

    I was wondering if there was any news on the release of book 3, I appreciate the time it takes to write a book of such mastery, but I’m dying with anticipation!

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  14. Just read both books and they are truly excellent. I am going to recommend these to my 13 year old because I know he will love them. Congratulations on an outstanding writing accomplishment.

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  15. Loved the books thank you! The characters are very interesting.. Except Frisha who is a little annoying and a bit one dimensional. I love Rezkin and hope she does not end up his permanent love interest. I look forward to more reading.

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  16. I just discovered your work browsing kindle unlimited on amazon yesterday and I could not stop reading till I had finished both books. I am looking forward to reading your future works! I really enjoyed your characters and how the books where written.

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  17. I picked up the first book of KDT yesterday morning and I finished it 5 minutes ago. I read a lot of this genre but not since reading the first two Kingkiller Chronicles have I felt so addicted to a book like this. What amazes me even more is the speed in which you’re able to write. Kudos, friend! Consider me a proper fan.

    If you want someone to read through future drafts of anything and spelling/grammar check, please feel free to drop me a line! As soon as I press send on this comment I’m starting book 2… 🙂

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    • This is awesome! Thanks for the support. I’m glad you are enjoying the series. I’m now paying for an expensive professional editor, so hopefully I won’t need assistance with that from my readers in the future. I appreciate the offer. I may need beta readers in the future, though. 😀

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  18. Thank you! I just finished the KDT 2. Your writing is addictive and your world building is some of the best I have encountered. I actually enjoyed Frisha and think she is deserving of a larger role. You have yourself a new fan and I am excited to see where you go next. Also, Podehl was an excellent choice – don’t change that.

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    • I’m glad you like the story, and I appreciate your concern for Frisha. There are definitely plans to have Nick Podehl perform the next book. If you haven’t already done so, you might consider leaving a review on Audible to let Podium know how much you appreciate Nick’s work. Thanks so much for writing.

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  19. I’ve been listening to your books on audible butI can’t seem to find a hardcover or paperback copy of your books. I always like to purchase books I enjoy in some sort of physical format. (Part of an OCD trait I have I guess) Am I missing something or is it just not available?

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed the audiobooks! They aren’t available in print yet. I will let you guys know when they are released. I invite you to follow my blog to receive updates.

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    • Thank you for your readership. I’m glad you are enjoying the series. I am not currently looking for beta readers, but if it comes up, I will let you know. I appreciate the offer.

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  20. Love the books. I’m currently half way through the 2nd book and can’t wait for the 3rd one. Keep up the great work and hope the 3rd book comes out soon.

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  21. Mr. Kade, I finished book 1 AND 2 on audible in a matter of days! My family is a big user of audible and I’ve listened to many non fiction books on the app and I can honestly say your series has been one of my all time favorites! I cannot wait for your 3rd book to come out. Congrats on writing such a riveting series. I’ve been suggesting your books to all my friends for days now.

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  22. I really enjoyed both of these audiobooks. I’m not going to lie, I finished both of them in about 5 days. Normally I’m more of a listen in my car kind of person. I literally sat on my couch listening and I didn’t even realize until about an hour after that I’d been sitting in the dark after the sun went down.

    I see a lot of people trying to rush you. I understand their sentiment. I could stand for some authors (Brandon Sanderson, George R.R. Martin) to be a little (or much) faster. Sanderson has so many series going at the same time, I get it. GRRM I don’t really understand… But you take your time, do it right. Despite the long waits I always come back. It’s worth a good story.

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    • Thank you for letting me know how much you are enjoying the series. I appreciate your patience, and I hope you will like the rest of the series just as much. I do not intend to rush through the writing, but neither do I care to leave you guys hanging for too long. I imagine George R.R. Martin is under immense pressure and is probably a bit resentful that his story has been “hijacked” by film makers. It is difficult to remain creative and focussed under those circumstances.Thanks again, and good reading!

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  23. Hey Kel,

    I have listened to as many audiobooks (fantasy) as I think possible the last few years. I probably should have been better at keeping track of them but some are barely 10 hours long and I breeze by to the next no matter how good. Yours are GOOD. Please if you can let me know when I can hear the next.

    Thanks,
    Bob

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed the audiobooks so much, and thank you for letting me know. I love to hear it! If you don’t mind taking a minute to leave a review on Audible, I’d be appreciative. You are welcome to sign up for updates here on my website so that you will know when the next is available.

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  24. I’m hooked. I go through a lot of Audible books and am always struggling to find the next great read/listen. I’m not sure what the long term plans are for Rezkin, but whatever they are I’ll enjoy the adventure.

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  25. Hey Kel
    I just wanted to say that I just totally ripped you off only paying 5.00 AUS for each of these books on my Kindle. The first was my Favourite but I still totally enjoyed book 2. I loved the part in book one where Rez while speaking to Tam is trying to figure out the hierarchy of his friends. Frisha has now been elevated to Girl Friend due to her performance. I said to my daughter OMG you will love this book read out that section to her we were both cracking up. That what I missed in book 2 although I do understand that Rez is growing in understanding about social situations so his confusion would be diminishing as well. But I think you took to much of it away BUT AS I SAID I STILL LOVED the 2 books. I came across them as a kindle suggested read and its the best one they have given so far. I gave the books 5 stars in kindle because of the shear enjoyment factor that all I really care about and I enjoyed every page. I never had a feeling of just let me get through this chapter as I know the next one will be better so your pacing was excellent.
    I just hope you never sell the rights to use the books as a TV series as well all know how well they work out.
    Unlike others I hope this is a 20 book series lol you keep writing as good as this ill keep buying.

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    • I love your enthusiasm, and I’m glad you and your daughter got a laugh. At least now I’m not the only one entertained by my crazy thoughts. I hope you continue to enjoy the series!

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  26. Hello Kel,

    Thank you very much for such an enjoyable series. I purchased your books on Audible and have since found myself staying just a few minutes longer in my parked car to finish a scene or chapter. I have read/listened to a multitude of fantasy series, though I do not claim to be any kind of expert. Even with the numerous takes on fantasy hero stories I have encountered, I find yours to be quite original. I especially enjoy the humor you have flawlessly weaved into the story.

    This is the first time I have actually felt compelled to write to an author. I found it very encouraging and impressive that you take the time to reply to the comments posted on your website. As a fan, I truly appreciate it. It is also truly commendable that you take all the criticisms constructively with the patience to explain each point! Thank you for that. I very much enjoy reading your explanations.

    I look forward to your future works!
    Thank you again and have a wonderful day!

    Sincerely,
    Liz K.

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    • Thank you for your support and for writing to let me know how much you like the series. I appreciate you taking the time to do so. Although I struggle with it like many people, I think it’s important to stay positive in the face of criticism. Most people are pretty genuine about their comments and want to help make the story better (even if their words sometimes sound like sideways compliments). There are always haters, but they are few, and it doesn’t do any good to lash back or get wrapped up in their negativity. I remind myself that I am not writing for them. I am writing for myself and readers like you who enjoy the story! I’m sure there is some applicable metaphor for life in there somewhere. I hope you continue to enjoy the series.

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  27. Just finished both KDT 1&2 in a marathon 2 days. I was working and had several social events, so most of that reading time came out of what should have been my sleep. After only getting three hrs of sleep in 2 days I’d say the tradewas well worth it. I absolutely love the books and I can’t wait to read book 3. You’re stile and premise are increadibly intriging and interesting.

    Furthermore I find the way that you take a godlike character and weave an enthralling story around him. It’s so increadibly difficult to do.

    The only critique I have is that the female characters could use a little more portrayed depth. Especially Frisha. While you hint at character depth with each of them (mainly through action snipits and subtleties in their interactions with side characters, when we see them interacting with Rez, each other, and actually get to see their thoughts the come across relatively shallow and consisting mainly of emotional extremes. I think that if that were reversed, so that we get to see their depth most of the time and the surface reactions and shallow interactions become more of the subtle hints around the fringe that the reader almost feels more than explicitly reads if that makes sense, then the audience would be far more invested in the characters, understand and appreciate them far more, and that the story dynamics would be even more gripping and enjoyable than they already are.

    Also, not sure if you’ve thought about this or not, but it would be fascinating to have an appendix with a full list of the rules and major and minor skills that Rez has mastered. Also, while you hint at the existence of more than one magic system (mainly Rez and his instructor), it would be fascinating to have a few appendix pages really spelling out the primary Ashian magic system, and what all the branches are, how the balances work, and whatnot, maybe even partially in graph form. You do explain it enough to relatively grasp it in book two, but it’s such a cursory explanation that I’m not certain that you even listed all the various major subcategories of constructive and destructive magic by name, much less exactly what each of the listed ones represents (not that it matters that much since you explain the ones that the characters use but for those of us in your audience that love the world that the author creates quite nearly as much as we love the story that is told such little explanatory articles would be amazing. …and on that note I loved your inclusion of the poem of the Rez at the begening, while it had little Story value it added so much more depth to the backstory and the world).

    Keep up the good work!

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  28. My heart is sinking a bit, I really can’t wait for book 3 any updates available? In dying here. I want book 3 more than I wanted Christmas as a child

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  29. I really like your first two books, I can’t wait for the next one to come out on Audible. Keep up the good work and I want you to know I am excited about any other stories you have to tell !

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  30. Kel kade in my opinion there is no problem with pushing back a publication date. One reason is because I have heard from you more then any other authors who’s work I am following combined. I think your monthly updates are amazing and keeps me from looking at posts that I have seen 100 times thinking it is something new. Second your books seem to me like they are coming out quickly. And third longer books are greater books generally speaking. So thank you. One thing that is a little disheartening is I will have to wait a few months after the book comes out for me to hear it on audiobook. I love books but I am a horrible reader. It is a skill I am working on. I would not want to make others wait but it would be awesome if I could get the story at the same time.

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  31. I don’t mind delays as long as there are regular updates and possibly a clue to how long of a delay there is as some authors like Patrick Rothfuss just keep dangling that they’re writing the next book it’s so frustrating….. can’t wait for the next book I’ve just re-read the 1st 2 again for like the 5th time still as good now as the first time

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  32. Hi Kel, absolutely love this new series! Hadn’t heard of it before, but after reading some similar fantasy (Joe Abercrombie, Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss etc) this was exactly what I needed!

    I love Rez as a character and can’t wait to see what happens to him in the third book – the idea of having a full on mega god mode character from the word go really goes against the more stereotypical style of the characters journey; I am totally grateful for your book!

    Now to convince everyone else to give it a read! Thanks again!

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  33. Kel
    Just finished Book 2 and plan to go back and reread both while I wait for the third installment. Clearly some of the best fantasy I’ve ever read. Thank you!!!! Like others I lost sleep over your books. They were too good to put down at night. I loved the way you built the world over the two books and look forward to the world expanding even further in the next. Keep up the fantastic work. And thanks to Amazon and Kindle Unlimited to give authors like you a chance to get read and known.

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    • I’m glad you like the series. The Shadow Knight is on the list, but it won’t be in the immediate future. I have a long list of stories that haunt my thoughts for a chance to be born.

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  34. I just have to leave a comment! I came across the first in the series on audible 6 days ago and have listened to both books already. They are truly fantastic. I have a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach now that I don’t have more to listen to and cannot wait for the next instalment.

    Mostly, I would like to say thank you. Not just for a truly amazing world and set of characters you have created, but for inspiring me to get back to writing. I have self published two books on kindle, Damane and Draysa, and have allowed normal life to get in the way of me continuing the series. I am now rejuvenated and excited to further explore my own creation and work hard to share it with the world.

    As I say, I cannot wait for the next stallment and wish you the very best of luck in finishing it. I eagerly await the masterpiece I know it will be!

    H E Talbot

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  35. Kel,

    These books are great. I’m almost done with Reign of Madness, which I started the second I finished Free the Darkness, and I will pick up the third book the instant it drops on Audible. I’m constantly on the lookout for good fantasy and this series is on the top of my list. I have several friends and family members that come to me for recommendations, and I’ve already told them about this series, so hopefully you’ll have a few more readers in the coming months.

    Its obvious you’ve spent some time researching various weapons and their use based on the several sections where your characters discuss the benefits and drawbacks of various weapons (the one’s that come to mind are the several expositions on the longsword, longsword/short sword combination, and bastard sword relating to Rezkin’s use of each, Kai’s talking about the pros and cons of the greatsword, and the discussion of the Rapier in relation to Tirin’s competing in the Rapier division of the King’s Tournament,) as well as giving the Melee competitors in that competition a variety of weaponry, including having Kai provide Rezkin with a Naginata.

    The one weapon I’ve never heard of, however, is the Sucuri (I’m probably not spelling this correctly, as I’m listening to the audiobook, but I’m assuming it’s a reference to the Brazilian term for Anaconda. Please correct me if I’m wrong) and I can’t seem to find any real world inspiration for it. I initially thought it some form of Kama due to the need to keep them spinning to maintain momentum, but further descriptions led me to believe that the weapon is more blade than hilt/grip with the grip being situated in the middle and blades protruding from each side, which eliminates the Kama. My next thought was they might be a type of hook sword, but Rezkin would not be able to wear a pair of those like he is said to have done when he first approached the Melee disguised as Dark Tidings and the Sucuri seem to be more symmetrical. So, I’m at a loss for what these things are. I know there are plenty of unique, little-known weapons out there (The Indian sub-continent, in particular, has a couple weapons that are really interesting), but I can’t find what inspired the Sucuri.

    Is there a real world inspiration for it, or is it something of your own invention? If so, what should I be visualizing when I think of these things?

    Thanks, and keep up the great work.

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    • I’m glad that you are so interested in the series. Several people have asked me about the su’carai. At this point in time, the su’carai are unique to the KDT world. I decided to throw in a splash of fantasy with the real world weapons to make things fresh while still seeming realistic. In real life, I’m guessing the weapons would be completely impractical and likely more of a threat to the wielder than the opponent. I figured Rez could handle it, though. 😀

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  36. Hi Kel,

    Just finished listening to the first two books on Audible and could not stop, cannot wait for the third!

    I’m currently starting up my own business in web design and marketing and wondered if you’d be interested in me creating you a new website (for free)? This way I could contribute to KDT in some way, I know others do via paypal but this is my way and at the same time doing your site would obviously be good for my portfolio.

    Anyway, though I would ask as like I said, it was absolutely amazing listening to those books and after checking the website, thought you deserved more. If you decide not to take up this offer, I’ll still anxiously await the third book in the series. Thank you for all the effort put in to creating such a good listen!

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  37. Kel Kade, I love you.

    You have written a story in KDT I’ve always dreamed of writing. No- you’ve written a story BETTER than I could have imagined, and you saved me work in the process. How could I not love you?!

    Enjoy your place above Mr. Butcher and Mr. Sanderson in my literary heart.

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    • Who can ignore such a heartfelt declaration of literary love? I am honored by the place you’ve bestowed upon me, and I hope to continue inspiring this love engendered solely by my mind.

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