Have you ever finished a book that just kind of leaves you in shock? One that you don’t want to end but know it has to come to that? One that leaves you thinking you didn’t really read that correctly, right?
If you haven’t yet, the final book in Ronie Kendig’s Tox Files will definitely leave you with that experience.
In My Opinion…
First off, before we delve into the nitty-gritty of this book, let me just say that while this can be read as a stand-alone book you will get so much more out of it if you’ve read the first two books in the series. There are a lot of players (many who are introduced in the previous books) and having that little bit of history tucked away will make Thirst of Steel that much more enjoyable.
Ok, now that we’ve got that out of the way. All I can say is WOW! Kendig has outdone herself with this book. Twists and turns kept me guessing throughout the entire book. From not knowing who stood on what side to the introduction of a new character (I enjoyed Mercy with her penchant for the superheroes and her considerable skills), Kendig doesn’t allow the tension to ease until the final epic battle that left me screaming (in my head) No. That can’t happen.
One part of this book reminded me of the movie Face Off. But there is so much more depth there. Part archaeology, party Biblical history, and entirely captivating and entertaining, Thirst of Steel challenges Kendig’s characters as well as her readers to delve beneath the surface to discover the truth.
If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of meeting Tox and the entire Wraith team, now is the time! Kendig’s ability to create characters who are relatable despite their extreme situations while mixing in touches of humor with just the right depth of spiritual truths is something not to be missed. And I, for one, can’t wait to see what she’s got in store for readers next.
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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.