Whoa! It’s been a long time since I blogged on here. Life, you know. It feels great to be back and even more great to be starting back again with a book review and interview with my favorite author!
Ronie Kendig writes incredible books. Plain and simple. Her characters are complex, deep and so realistic that you can feel their emotions. Her plots are heart-racing, page-turning masterpieces. Once you go Rapid-Fire Fiction, you never go back! Once you pick up a Rapid-Fire Fiction book, you never want to put it down! ‘Thirst of Steel‘ is a book you will want to finish in one sitting. There were several nights where I had a very unhealthy respect for the following day as I read into the early morning hours!
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.
I loved this book! Okay, I say that about all of Ronie’s books, but it’s no less true with Thirst. The series was a wonderful ride into the supernatural, while still staying deeply rooted into reality. I felt the panic as I ran with the team through the streets of foreign cities, felt the pull of power and the desire for health, cried as the book unfolded it’s secrets. Ronie wove a tale that, while supernatural, was so natural to humanity. She pointed to the true holder of power, while there are so many pulls on our allegiance in this world. This was a fast-paced, giant-sized adventure that I know I will read over and over again.
I had the honor of asking Ronie a few questions about this series.
1. What do you like about writing the supernatural aspect of ‘The Tox Files’?
To me, the supernatural aspect of the story is simpy a very strong parallel of the supernatural realm intricately tied to most Christian’s lives–the existence of angels and demons and an omnipotent God.
2. What did you find most challenging about adding a supernatural element to your already amazing action stories?
The hardest part is probably twofold in that I do not want those elements to overshadow the larger story, but rather complement it, and in doing so, I am careful to make sure those elements do not contradict the Word of God and are grounded in sound theology, because the point is to remind Christians the supernatural realm is truly there. In a society like ours, it’s easy to discount and dismiss it as “irrational,” but when we bring God down to our level, He’s no longer God.
3. What do you love the most about ‘The Tox Files’ series now that they are all finished?
Looking back, I think I fell in love with having the team dynamic paired with an archaeological thread paired with the supernatural. That’s been so wonderful to explore and so challenging to write.
4. What projects are you working on now, if you have some that aren’t super top-secret?
As announced in my recent newsletter, I am working on two new series. One will be with Bethany House and is another paramilitary-archaeological series (without the supernatural this time), and the other is a science fiction (space opera) series with the same publisher who did my fantasy series. Both of those first books will release next year.
I hope that you enjoy her answers and will go out and get ‘Thirst for Steel’. Check out ‘Warrior’s Seal‘ (the FREE prequel!), ‘Conspiracy of Silence‘ and ‘Crown of Souls‘ as well. I recommend starting with the first book in the series and reading through. You will love getting to know the characters!
Have you read Ronie’s books? Which is your favorite?