About the Author

New York Times Best Selling Author Kel Kade is a full-time writer and parent living in Texas with two crazy dogs and two lazy cats. Kel worked as an environmental consultant before entering a doctoral program with research in big data studies of volcanic rock geochemistry and marine research in the Izu-Bonin-Mariana submarine volcanic arc. Kel’s hobbies include creating universes spanning space and time, developing criminal empires, plotting the downfall of tyrannous rulers, and diving into fantastical mysteries.

Growing up, Kel lived a military lifestyle of traveling and living in new places. Experiences with distinctive cultures and geography instilled in Kel 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 Kel’s writing.

193 Comments
  • Nemesis
    Posted at 15:21h, 10 April Reply

    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)

    • Kel Kade
      Posted at 15:47h, 10 April Reply

      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!

      • Justcallmenoname
        Posted at 04:22h, 07 December Reply

        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.

  • psyckoprincess
    Posted at 07:13h, 01 April Reply

    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…

  • Tommie Butler
    Posted at 15:37h, 11 March Reply

    Thought both books were great, can’t wait for the 3rd, Thank you for the hours of enjoyment.

  • Helen
    Posted at 17:04h, 09 March Reply

    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!

  • Coolmetric
    Posted at 21:02h, 06 March Reply

    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.

  • baldbandit
    Posted at 23:50h, 19 February Reply

    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.

    • Joshua23
      Posted at 12:59h, 06 October Reply

      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

    • Nigel
      Posted at 21:15h, 04 December Reply

      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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