Let me start by saying this, I love reading a series. You get involved with the characters, they become like family, and you never want it to end. But here’s the sad reality – they all end. I mean, as much as we want authors to just keep writing about the same people forever, it’s just not plausible. I warn those of you who have not read Ronie Kendig’s latest installment of The Tox Files, you are in for both a treat, and perhaps some tears. This is one series I wasn’t ready for the end of. But alas, here it is. And perhaps, just perhaps, this means that Ronie is working on a new series that I can get hooked on just as much 🙂
About the Book
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 Maddox, 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.
It pains me to write this, but not in the way you think. If ever there was a book/series that changed my perspective about something, it was this series. This is not my typical read. The military part of it just isn’t my cup of tea. But, someone recommended the series, and so I had to read. WOW. I won’t rehash old thoughts and books one and two, but it’s hard not to mention them when discussing book three. There are characters we have come to know and love. We have been with them through everything – they’re family now. And this edition? Ms. Kendig turns up the heat here. More action, more power, romance, twists, turns, you name it, it’s in here! This book lived up to its’ hype and then some. Well, then a lot actually. So much more than I anticipated. Readers, maker sure you read book one and two first. But then? Well, have the tissues nearby, maybe some popcorn and hot chocolate. You are in for a wonderful ride!
One of the things I love most about Thirst of Steel is how much I connect with each and every character. I felt like there was really no small part here. You get to see so much of the characters that to me, there isn’t just a main character with some supporting characters, they are all main characters! That’s hard to do in a book like this, but Ms. Kendig managed to do it. I love them all, but of course my heart belongs to Tox. How could it not? Know this however, Ram gave Tox a run for his money. Phew….I don’t know how Ronie can write about these guys and not melt! All the male characters have similar qualities to them – strength, courage, loyalty, and well…..the swoonalicious quality!
Hunky heroes aside, this book is jam-packed with action. It’s a pretty thick book, so it would take a fast reader to be able to read it in one setting. However….don’t rule it out! I think you’ll find your fingers wanting to fly through the pages to get to the satisfying, yet surprising end. And then? Well be prepared for a book hangover. I’ve heard this from a lot of other readers too. Just warning you! In all honesty though, read this book! Read the series if you haven’t yet! You will not be let down I can assure you of that.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author
Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author of over twenty titles. She grew up an Army brat, and now she and her Army-veteran husband live a short train ride from New York City with their children and retired military working dog. Ronie’s degree in psychology has helped her pen novels of intense, raw characters.
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