At an early age in the annals of Europe its population lost their wits about the sepulchre of Jesus, and crowded in frenzied multitudes to the Holy Land; another age went mad for fear of the devil, and offered up hundreds of thousands of victims to the delusion of witchcraft. It was once thought a venial offence, in very many countries of Europe, to destroy an enemy by slow poison. Persons who would have revolted at the idea of stabbing a man to the heart, drugged his pottage without scruple.
Ladies of gentle birth and manners caught the contagion of murder, until poisoning, under their auspices, became quite fashionable. Some delusions, though notorious to all the world, have subsisted for ages, flourishing as widely among civilised and polished nations as among the early barbarians with whom they originated,—that of duelling, for instance, and the belief in omens and divination of the future, which seem to defy the progress of knowledge to eradicate them entirely from the popular mind. Money, again, has often been a cause of the delusion of multitudes.
Sober nations have all at once become desperate gamblers, and risked almost their existence upon the turn of a piece of paper.
To trace the history of the most prominent of these delusions is the object of the present pages. Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one. The memoirs of the South-Sea madness and the Mississippi delusion are more complete and copious than are to be found elsewhere; and the same may be said of the history of the Witch Mania, which contains an account of its terrific progress in Germany, a part of the subject which has been left comparatively untouched by Sir Walter Scott in his Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft, the most important that have yet appeared on this fearful but most interesting subject.
The present may be considered more of a miscellany of delusions than a history—a chapter only in the great and awful book of human folly which yet remains to be written, and which Porson once jestingly said he would write in five hundred volumes! Thus somewhat weakly and paraphrastically rendered by Justandsond, in his translation of the Memoirs of Louis XV:. Book Cover. First Pub. Date Comments 2nd edition Copyright The text of this edition is in the public domain.
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Table of Contents. The legal separation she insisted on in August and September — Hughes agreed to pay 1, pounds a year in maintenance — turned into a planned divorce by October. That month, she announced her intended divorce to her mother, friends and Barnhouse. She was resolute in her decision to get a divorce. She was working with an attorney to make sure it happened. She also decided to move on from Court Green. It worked. In early November, Plath elected to move to London, not Ireland. It would be a fateful choice to relocate to 23 Fitzroy Rd. Now that she was in the same city with Hughes, he was constantly dropping in, and she was continually learning, from him and friends, about his romantic exploits.
Plath could not get on with her life. By Feb. She was Original Title. King's Dark Tidings 2. Other Editions 4. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Reign of Madness , please sign up. Chris Buzoff it's out. Was great too! I love how mysterious Rezkin is and how hard it is for anyone to figure him out.
Which is basically the key to his personality and success, it makes him very memorable. I hope that trait stays with him throughout future books. But my question is, if Rezkins face is always so impassive and opaque Kuruneku I imagine him as emotionless. I watch anime a lot and lots of characters are emotionless so it was not hard for me to perceive him as such. I also …more I imagine him as emotionless. See all 15 questions about Reign of Madness…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews.
Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Oct 10, Gavin rated it it was amazing Shelves: fantasy. This sequel to the fantastic Free the Darkness did not disappoint at all. It had all the same elements that made the first book such a fast paced and exciting read. The last book saw Rezkin adapt to the "Outworld" and meet a host of new people as he sought to learn his purpose in life.
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This second book had less of the hilarious misunderstanding that I loved in the first instalment but was every bit as good as we got more of Rezkin being Rezkin. W This sequel to the fantastic Free the Darkness did not disappoint at all. Which means being awesome! I loved his growth as a character. He got sucked into a lot of political intrigue but also developed a lot along the way both on a personal level and with regards to the responsibilities that might go with his true purpose.
My favourite bits are almost always Rez's interactions with his friends. Both how he reacts to them and how they react to him! He is one of the easiest characters to root for that I've come across in ages. That said, there is plenty of action and Rez gets to display the mindblowing skills we all love. Rating: 5 stars. An easy rating to give considering I was totally addicted to this book from start to finish.
Audio Note: Nick Podehl is a fantastic narrator who is a perfect fit for this series. Reread Update: Just as much fun the second time around. This series is so great! View all 4 comments. Jan 24, Anthony K rated it it was ok. Here is the rundown Basically Invincible Protagonist that can do anything 2. Meandering story line, that makes me think the author just wrote the book sans outline or with any plot goals. Didnt hate it 5. Will probably read the 3rd book when it comes out, to see how the plot resolves View all 5 comments.
Jun 03, edge of bubble rated it really liked it Shelves: audio-book , loved-it , magic , fantasy , adolescent-alert. This book felt like transition book. The vibe of the series is changing from light and fun to a darker and more complex fantasy setting. Dec 09, Lance rated it it was amazing. After reading the first book in a couple days and absolutely loving every word of it, I quickly grabbed this book and could not put it down, I plowed through the book in a day. The characters are so well done, I find myself rooting and for them, getting mad at them, and at one point Kai had me literally laughing out loud.
I hope that part three is here soon I just don't know if I can wait long to see Rezkin, Frisha, Tam, Reaylin, Kai, Wesson, Jimson, and can't wait to see how a lot of the minor After reading the first book in a couple days and absolutely loving every word of it, I quickly grabbed this book and could not put it down, I plowed through the book in a day.
I hope that part three is here soon I just don't know if I can wait long to see Rezkin, Frisha, Tam, Reaylin, Kai, Wesson, Jimson, and can't wait to see how a lot of the minor characters grow and have a bigger impact on the story Really interested how we see Reaylin grow as the story continues. Well done again!!! Jan 31, Piyush Rajput rated it it was amazing. I have come to appreciate good writing like I appreciate roasted cashews and chilli chicken with my beer.
I like to believe that I have come to recognise the "gems" of the genre like I have come to forgive the errors grammar and spelling mistakes. Though I realise that it is subjective and you may hate the books that I love. The first two books of this series by Kel Kade are the ones I am glad to have read. One of criteria for rating the books I have read is the number of pages I end up skipping while I am reading a book.
I am glad to say that every single page of these first two books held my attention; even made me laugh a number of times while Rezkin made himself aware of the world and people around him and forged relationships. It is now my second favourite to my most loved current and ongoing series, the first being Terry Mancour's Spellmonger series. So Kel Kade I am glad that you decided to write these books and that I came across them. I wish you take some inspiration from Spellmonger series and produce a number of books in this series and not just a typical Trilogy.
View all 3 comments. Jun 06, ijeoma Agbaje added it Shelves: not-worth-it. I can't do this. If i have to read anymore inconsequential talk, or about anymore of this absolutely clueless, hormonal, can think only with their vagina women, i might scratch my eyes out.
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In case you're not getting how much i loathe this book, i'll close with this: I find every single character, every single word in this book repugnant. View all 31 comments. Oct 27, Jonathan Wilson rated it it was amazing. Oh man, I need book 3. Mar 21, Rissa rated it really liked it Shelves: audiobooks , favorites.
I love that he still is learning about well, communicating with others and the way of higher born live and act. It makes the story relatable and humorous through all the madness and Chaos. Apr 09, Peter rated it did not like it. This sequel is far worse than the first book in the series. If you didn't enjoy the first one and are contemplating doing this book: Don't.
I somewhat enjoyed some bits of the first one, such as the humour and over-the-top antics the protagonist got up to. This book, however, has none of that. The plot, world, characters and events are all absurdly stupid and frustrating. I don't even feel like wastin "It's better than the first one" "He isn't as overpowered in the sequel" Don't believe those lies.
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I don't even feel like wasting my time explaining just how bad it all is since it would mean wasting even more time on this unnecessarily long book. What I'll do instead is share my theory for what the major twist will be at the end of the series: This whole story takes place in a former home-schooled guy's head, with him being the protagonist in the book. He writes this story during his first few weeks of starting at a public high school.
Most of the interactions will make a lot more sense since it would explain why everyone has the maturity level of year-olds. It would also explain why all the female characters feel fake: the author has never actually spoken to a person of the other sex and writes their interactions like how he thinks they would act if they only knew how awesome he actually is.
Finally, this theory would also explain how everything seems to work out perfectly for the protagonist and why everyone is in constant awe at everything he does. There you go. I just saved you twenty odd hours that you might have spent on reading the last book in this awful series. View 1 comment. Nov 04, John rated it liked it Shelves: fantasy , midievil , classics.
There were some incredibly cool parts to this book, but the awkward naivety of the hero, Rezkin, became tiresome. There was no respite in the whiny female characters either.
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Even the women who could easily be very strong and empowering women were reduced to catty adolescents who can't help but fall all over themselves at Rezkin. Also, how many times do we need to read about the way Rezkin "cocked his head? Mar 26, David Knowles rated it did not like it. I don't review much but the fact that this has better reviews than The First Law Trilogy made me throw up in my mouth a little bit so I felt the need to take action. For the main plot line however Rezkin is so ridiculously overpowered that there is never the slightest doubt he will overcome the ludicrous challenges he faces, but the action scenes are none-the-less fun to experience in a Marvel superhero movie kinda way.
Queue book 2. He seduces every women within a m radius! Men want to hate him but can only respect him! Honestly it was going much the same as book one until the ferry to the tournament. That fucking ferry. The entertaining-if-predictable action scenes dry up and instead we go round in endless circles of "how much will be revealed about Rezkin TODAY?
I gave up. There is not one believable or likable character in this entire series. I hope George R R Martin finishes the series. Valar morghulis. Apr 20, Flying Monkey rated it really liked it Shelves: Started off with the same issues as the first, but the only one issue that bothered me was girls fawning over Rez. The story quickly moved on to more action and many questions answered. Solid plot development. Looking forward to starting book 3. Jan 31, Jack rated it really liked it Shelves: kick-ass , books-that-deserve-four-stars , swordies , romance. I couldn't help but grinning through the whole book, I was like,"Christmas has already happened, but I'm still getting awesome presents!
Anyhow, I would just like to say that it's a real great way to start a prologue in the way it was written. Starting a book with poetry might seem strange. Howbeit, it's really brilliant in that it reveals so I couldn't help but grinning through the whole book, I was like,"Christmas has already happened, but I'm still getting awesome presents! Howbeit, it's really brilliant in that it reveals so much about the protagonist of the story, yet done so in such a simple manner.
If poetry ever fit in a book, it was this. There's not much to really say about this book, I will say about a few words, but ultimately, the book was fantastic. Despite that, the next words I kinda of hesitate though, the book had action, and was still very good, but the book decidedly had less action than the first book. However, that is only if you observe very closely most of the time you won't even know.
There was quite a lot of dialogue, but I actually really enjoyed the talking. In many ways, this book felt that not much happened, but a lot did happen. Probably the best parts of this book was the beginning and the end. Having said that, the book was all good. Also, when it came to revealing some facts, I felt that the author did a good job of writing how and who Rezkin trusted. Another nice way of doing things was how Rezkin's learning about life is still somewhat stunted. He seems to be very normal, yet he has some parts missing about what life is about.
Even though that is so, I think it's great that the author does not treat him like a country pumpkin who knows nothing. There is a simplicity to Rezkin's character in that he doesn't still understand what friends about, yet he is able to deal with Dukes and Duchesses.