Happy Tuesday, Reader Friends!
I’m sharing another review for you. Today’s review is Ronie Kendig’s Thirst of Steel. It’s release day for the third (and final 😦 ) Tox Files book. If you haven’t read this series, be sure to do so. This is one you don’t want to miss.
Let’s get started!
About the Book
The Blurb: “Dismantled centuries ago, the sword of Goliath is still rumored to thirst for its enemies’ blood. Cole “Tox” Russell only wants to begin his life with Haven Cortes, but he must first complete a final mission: retrieve that sword and destroy the deadly Arrow & Flame Order.
The AFO, however, is determined to claim the sword. Wielding their father’s life over Tzivia and Ram Khalon, they threaten to expose Ram’s long-held and dangerous secret while demanding Tzivia locate the sword. With the Wraith team slowly being torn apart, things only worsen when Mercy Maddux, a new operative, emerges with the stunning news that the sword is tied to both Ram’s secret and a string of unsolved serial murders.
Tox, Ram, and the others are forced to set aside fear and anger to focus only on the enemy. No matter the cost, Wraith must stop or take the enemy down with them.”
Y’all, I truly have no idea what to right for this review. I’ve been mulling it over and over and I just feel completely inadequate to right a review that will give this book justice. I do want to urge you to add this series to your TBR pile.
Ronie Kendig’s books are in a genre unto themselves. Yes there’s suspense, but Thirst of Steel is surrounded on the mysterious sword of Goliath. So that brings in history and a little bit of the surreal—dare I say, fantasy?
The guys are military and you really don’t see that a lot. It’s one of the reasons I became a fan of Ms. Kendig’s works. I love the military–I’m a vet–and I love reading about it.
Then there’s a thread of romance in here. Y’all, I was surprised left and right in this area. In fact, the whole book was nothing but twists and turns. I couldn’t stop reading. I couldn’t focus on anything other than the world Ms. Kendig has built.
And knowing this was the last book of the Tox Files had me apprehensive. I love Tox and the Wraith guys. I didn’t want to say goodbye. And seriously, this is probably the first time I didn’t want to finish a last book in the serious. I just knew I wasn’t prepared.
And y’all, I was not prepared. I don’t want to give away the ending but to say I’m shocked and floored is an understatement. I literally had to keep myself from bawling like a baby and writing this, I’m still trying to supress those tears. I’m not sure how I feel about the ending, but I know it’s one I’ll remember for the rest of my life.
If you read this book, make sure you take a couple of days to get through the book hangover. Oh and grab a tub of ice cream.
All in all, Ms. Kendig has outdone herself once again. I look forward to reading more books from her.
*I received a free copy from the publisher. This book is my own, honest opinion.
About the Author
An Army brat, Ronie Kendig grew up in the classic military family, with her father often TDY and her mother holding down the proverbial fort. Their family moved often, which left Ronie attending six schools by the time she’d entered fourth grade. Her only respite and “friends” during this time were the characters she created.
It was no surprise when she married a military veteran—her real-life hero—in June 1990. Married more than twenty years, Ronie and her husband have homeschooled for the last eighteen years. Despite the craziness of life, Ronie finds balance and peace with her faith, family, and retired military working doge in Northern Virginia.
Ronie has a deep love and passion for people, especially hurting people, which is why she pursued and obtained a B.S. in Psychology from Liberty University. Ronie speaks and teaches across the country and mentors other writers.
Since launching onto the publishing scene in 2010, Ronie and her books have hit bestseller lists and garnered awards and critical acclaim.