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Review: Crown of Souls…and a Giveaway!

Would you believe me if I told you I was speechless? (For once.) Well you should. But then again, apparently I’m not because I have lots to say about this review! If you follow me on Facebook, you might know that I have another name…Ms. Book-Buying Bossypants. And for good reason. There are a lot of books you should be buying because they’re just that good. And today is no different. (And hey! Read until the end, because there’s a giveaway involved!)

Crown of Souls

Crown of Souls by Ronie Kendig

Release date: September 5, 2017

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (

Author’s Web Site:

From the publisher:
When You Stare Into the Abyss It Also Stares Into You

The bullet that rips into Cole “Tox” Russell was never meant to kill. It was meant to send a message. Only one man is skilled enough to have taken the shot, a rogue Special Forces operator who vanished months ago.

Alec King is perhaps the only person as skilled as Tox, and he’s out for justice. Furious with orders that got his men killed, he intends to make those responsible pay. And he insists Tox join him, believing they are the same breed of soldier.

Afraid his old friend could be right, Tox battles a growing darkness within himself as he and his team are forced into another deadly encounter with antiquity. It appears Alec is harnessing the power of a mysterious artifact, a crown that history has linked to some of the worst slaughters in humanity. Racing to stop Alec before his vengeance is unleashed, Tox must fight the monster without becoming one.

My thoughts:
In looking back at my reviews of Ronie Kendig’s books, I’m pretty sure that with each release, I’ve called it her best yet.

I don’t lie. And I’m saying it again today. Crown of Souls is her best work yet.

Kendig not only brings her signature rapid-fire action, but ties it so intricately and brilliantly with intrigue, supernatural happenings, and a tender thread of romance. To do all this takes extreme talent.

Cole “Tox” Russell fights his own demons while tracking down and trying to stop a brother-in-arms from using an ancient artifact to…well, you can read the book. And while Tox is fighting for the world, his girlfriend, Haven, is fighting for him. In the midst of all this, the secondary characters absolutely shine with fantastic one-liners, fierce loyalty, and some mystery of their own.

Tight writing, stellar pacing, and great editing make this book a must-read (and must-own-for-your-bookshelf)! This is for sure a 5-star book. Please. I beg of you. If you’ve never read any of Ronie Kendig’s work, please, please, please start. I don’t believe, for one second, that you’d be sorry.

Crown of Souls is the second novel in The Tox Files, but there is a prequel novella that starts the series off with a bang, and it’s free!

Novella: The Warrior’s Seal
Book one: Conspiracy of Silence

One more thing: that solider on the cover? Yeah. He’s a legit Special Forces veteran. And the men on the front of Ronie’s Quiet Professionals series? You guessed it. #respect

*I was given this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own—I was not required to write a positive review.


So, I happen to have an extra PAPERBACK copy of Crown of Souls and one lucky winner gets to have it! Leave a comment below letting me know if you’ve read any of Ronie’s books and, if so, which one is your favorite. I’ll choose a winner at random on September 10th! (Due to shipping costs, this giveaway is only available to the continental US. I’m sorry!)



Mikal Dawn is an inspirational romance author, wedding enthusiast, and proud military wife. By day, she works as an administrative assistant for an international ministry, runs her kids to all their sports, and drinks lots of coffee. By night, she talks to figments of her imagination as she attempts to write while dinner is burning. And drinks lots of coffee. When she isn’t writing about faith, fun, and forever, she is obsessively scouring Pinterest (with coffee in hand, of course!) for wedding ideas for her characters. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Mikal now lives in Oklahoma with her husband, Mark, two of their three children, and one ferocious feline.

25 thoughts on “Review: Crown of Souls…and a Giveaway!

  1. I’ve not yet had the pleasure of reading one of Ronie’s books. I do keep hearing great things about this book and about Ronie’s writing.
    I do have a question… should the books be read in order? Or are they stand-alone stories?

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    1. Oh, you so should read them!! ❤ So, the books *can* be read as stand-alones, BUT I would recommend you read them in order. The first one, The Warrior's Seal, is free on Amazon, and Conspiracy of Silence is on sale for, I *think*, $2.99 (if I'm remembering right…it might be less).

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      1. I just received Crown of Souls today (I purchased an extra swag bag from the CFRR)! So you don’t need to add my name to the giveaway. But I did want to chime in and ask about the order. Thank you! I’m going to have to read these soon!!

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    1. Dead Reckoning was my first Ronie Kendig book ever, and I LOVED it! But I’ve loved every single book since…she just keeps getting better!

      Thank you so much for stopping by!


  2. Great review, Mikal! I’m in the middle of reading this now, and I’m loving it, of course! I love Ronie’s books and have read a lot of them. I need to get caught up on the ones I’ve missed. Don’t enter me in the drawing, Ms. Book-Buying Bossypants! 😀 I love it when you get all bossy about books! Hugs!


    1. Jan, yes!! That series was so well done! I’m re-reading her re-release of Dead Reckoning (in between books I’m reading for review, so I’m doing it slowly). It was the first book of Ronie’s I ever read and hooked me!

      Thank you so much for stopping by!


  3. I’ve read every one of them (of course), several of them multiple times, and it’s absolutely impossible to tell you which one I like the best. (I would hate to hurt the others’ feelings. You know, especially since they have mad fighting skills and all. 😉) But that said, Tox is AWESOME!

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    1. Caryl, I hate to be bossy but…oh, who am I kidding? No I don’t! 😉 You really need to read those other books!!! And if you have the novella (The Warrior’s Seal) and the first novel (Conspiracy of Silence), you need to start with those! STAT. ❤


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