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 by Ronie Kendig
Release date: September 5, 2017
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/crown-of-souls/378761)
Author’s Web Site: http://www.roniekendig.com
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.
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!
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!)