Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Crown of Souls by Ronie Kendig

Posted October 3, 2017 by meezcarrie in Christian, contemporary, giveaway, mystery/suspense, romance, Ronie Kendig / 64 Comments

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Six months after stopping a deadly plague, Cole “Tox” Russell and his team are enjoying a little rest. That peace is short-lived when a sniper shot hits Tox. The enemy is discovered to be one of their own, a rogue Special Forces team operator.

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 is right, Tox battles a growing darkness within himself as he and his team engage in another deadly encounter with antiquity. It appears Alec is cheating–he’s using 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.

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SERIES: Tox Files #2
GENRE: Inspirational Military Action/Suspense
PUBLISHER: Bethany House
RELEASE DATE: September 5, 2017
PAGES: 482

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“Dude, it was so Indiana Jones!”

“Kendig has out done herself.”–RT Book Reviews on Conspiracy of Silence

I completely concur. In my opinion, Crown of Souls is Ronie Kendig’s best novel so far. And I love all of her novels! But this book is just a cut above.

Before I gush more about how much I love Tox and this book, I need to let you in on my daily view from my blogging chair. Take a gander at those two hunky book boyfriends who hold court on the tippy-top of my tall bookshelf. I like to think of Tox having this ongoing conversation with Griffin 😉

Crown of Souls is non-stop tension from every side – from relationships, high-stakes suspense, spiritual battles, and a race against madness. In the very first scene, we have a man down and a team on high alert. It gets really personal for Tox, really quickly, and the more the team uncovers the worse it seems to get.

In addition to the spot-on tactical action, this series has a delightful Dan Brown/Indiana Jones feel that keeps you completely captivated. In fact, Kendig nods at everyone’s favorite archaeologist from time to time on the pages of Crown of Souls. From the quote I included above the review to this line (which left me chuckling): “Tunnels. Why did it have to be tunnels?”  I was thrilled to see Mr. Tzaddik again and let me just say … when he shows up, buckle up. Crazy stuff happens around that man! In the coolest sort of way.

On top of all this greatness, there is even more to love. Like, the solidifying romance between Tox and Haven. Like, Tox’s continued spiritual journey. Like, the great banter between the teammates.  Like, a surprise character that hearkens back to Kendig’s Nightshade/Discarded Heroes series. Like, a cameo appearance from my fave forensic artist. And other little touches spread throughout that elevate this novel from great to fabulous!

To give you an idea of just how consumed I was by this book…. I got so excited when I came across this part on a page I’m posting below. My first thought was “Ooooo YAY! Now the crown has numbers under it. I wonder what that means!”

Sigh. It’s ok. You can say it. “Page numbers, Carrie. They’re called page numbers.”

Go ahead and laugh (I did) but heed this warning – you may not want to start Crown of Souls until you have enough time to finish it in one sitting! Page numbers and all. lol.

Bottom Line: Oh my goodness. Seriously you guys. I’m soo twitterpated over this book. It’s perfection. Every word, every scene, every character well placed and dimensional, hitting you in all the feels before all is said and done. It’s movie material. In fact, I could see it playing out in my head as I read, so caught up in it that I legitimately got teary at the epilogue because it was so poignantly written. But also because, even though the main plot ties up nicely during Crown of Souls, the epilogue sets up the next book Thirst of Steel to be epic!  This is Ronie Kendig at her best!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 5 stars / In a class by itself

KissingBook Level: 4 / Tox is 4 stars all on his own, kisses notwithstanding.

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about the author

Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author of over fifteen novels. She grew up an Army brat, and now she and her Army-veteran husband live in beautiful Northern Virginia with their children and a retired military working dog, VVolt N629. Ronie’s degree in psychology has helped her pen novels of intense, raw characters.

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64 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Crown of Souls by Ronie Kendig

  1. Kara Grant

    That MUST be a trick question because I love Indiana Jones and all of his adventures but I alse LOOOVE how Kendig writes military action….so BOTH in this case!! Can’t wait to read this one and so happy for Kendig, can’t get enough of her writing 🙂 🙂
    Thanks for the giveaway, hoorah!!

  2. Jeanne C

    I like both, but if I had to pick, I would say the Indiana Jones side of things has a slight edge. Thank you so much for the fun interview and the chance to win. I have heard great things about Ronie and her books!

  3. WHOA! Dude, that was an amazing review. THANK YOU soooooo much, Carrie!! (Uh, obviously, I’m not entering to win anything…)

  4. Carrie

    I would say Indiana Jones because it hasn’t been written about as much even though I love the military action too. Looking forward to reading this book!

  5. Amy E

    Can I say a mix? I like them both! The Indiana Jones aspect lightens things up but the military ramps it up…I like the mixture.

  6. Kim

    Indiana Jones! Carrie, I love this review!!! You make me laugh and I needed that today. Thank you! I’ve not read Ronie yet. ? but I have the first in this series and after reading your review, I’m pushing it up to the top of my TBR.

    • Carrie

      awww i’m sorry you needed a laugh but I’m so delighted to have given you one! 😀 Oh my heart, you MUST meet Tox as soon as possible, Kim!

  7. Winnie Thomas

    This is an amazing book. Buy it and read it–you won’t be disappointed, although you might want to read Conspiracy of Silence first to set the stage. I love Ronie’s books!

    Fantastic review, Carrie! Are you sure I can’t get you to ghost write my reviews? 😀

  8. Vivian Furbay

    Crown of Souls has a lot of mystery to it and two men trying to find the enemy who was one of them. Would enjoy reading this book!

  9. Kay Garrett

    Love them both but being an old Army brat of a career military man I just have to say the military side edges slightly ahead. 🙂

  10. emilee

    Indiana Jones for sure. But even more than that the love story. I haven’t read a book where I needed a fainting couch or even a fan in a while.

  11. Paula S.

    Since I love historical suspense and mysteries I’ll go with Indiana Jones . Really need to get into these books!

  12. MH

    Love the review!!
    I read this series – The Warrior’s Seal, Conspiracy of Silence, and Crown of Souls – in like 5 days. My heart still erratically palpitates when I think about Cole/Tox and the globe-trotting of Wraith.

    I’m going to start reading Blind Spot in the next few days….I may have to replace one of the books on top of my bookcase so that Tox has a new face to haggle.

  13. Linda Leonard

    Would really enjoy reading. Like books that grab your interest from the very beginning! And lets not forget Tox . . .

  14. Rebecca Maney

    I keep waiting for a weekend that I can devote to this book. The first one in the series was OUTSTANDING and made my top ten reads of 2016 . . . . that was out of over 220 books read.

    These are great characters in the hands of a great writer!

  15. YES to everything in this review!!! Ah I love this book so much! And I literally giggled when I read the captions on your Tox-Griffin face off pic. (Tox wins). 🙂

  16. I love the adventure of Indiana Jones, but there are a lot of stories which feature that type of adventure. So, I really appreciate the military/tactical aspect of Ronie’s stories.

  17. Penny Mooney

    Oh My Goodness! These sound so intense. I love the military aspects of Ronie’s stories and the way she shows the emotions of the characters.

  18. Denise

    This review read my mind. Crown of Souls was/is epic! Thanks for putting it into words!!! This soooo needs to be z movie!

  19. Terrill R.

    I have to be honest and say that until Ronie Kendig, I would never have picked up a book that dealt with the military so in depth. After a few of the Quiet Professional books, my stance has shifted. Carrie, your review was amazing. I already had RAE (Reader Anticipation Euphoria) but you instensified it. 🙂

  20. Rachael

    Absolutely the Indiana Jones side of things! I’ve only been in love with Indiana since my parents deemed me old enough to watch people’s faces bubble and melt off.

  21. It’s probably pretty even for me. I love the fast pace and the honor of the military aspect, but the idea that those artifacts still exist and could be found is fascinating.

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