Friday, August 3, 2018

Book Beginnings + Friday 56: Thirst of Steel (The Tox Files #3) by Ronie Kendig

Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader that asks you to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you're reading. Friday 56 is hosted by Freda's Voice and asks you to grab a book (any book), turn to page 56 or 56% in your ereader and share a non-spoilery sentence or two.

This week I'm featuring the conclusion to The Tox Files - Thirst of Steel by Ronie Kendig. I was lucky enough to read an early copy of the book (here's my review) and OH MY GOODNESS - what an epic ending to an amazing series! This is Kendig at her finest. There were so many twist and turns and shocks... and a few tears. And it features an intriguing archaeological mystery surrounding the sword of Goliath. It's one of the best books I've read this year.

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.

Book Beginning (From Chapter One)
Beside Joseph Cathey, the air stirred, and he released a long, grieved breath. "Could you not come during a less daunting part?" he muttered as he tugged down his reading glasses and looked up at his visitor. "And has anyone mentioned to you that it is impolite to appear twenty years younger than a man you outnumber by centuries?"

Friday 56 (56% on my Kindle)
The dead tone of a severed connection rang in her ear. Haven stared at the phone, stunned.

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20 comments:

  1. I haven't heard of this book before but it looks kind of interesting. Enjoy your current read!

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    1. It's been a really interesting and fast-paced series. Thanks for stopping by, Breana! Have a great weekend! :)

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  2. I too love it when the end of a series meets all my hopes! So glad this lived up to it for you:)

    My Friday 56 from Ghostgirl

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    1. That's one of the best feelings! Thanks for coming by, Laura! Have a fantastic weekend! :)

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  3. I'm glad you liked this so much. I like the excerpts.

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    1. It was awesome! Thanks for stopping by, Bev! Have an awesome weekend! :)

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  4. This does sound like an amazing series. I'll have to add it to my wishlist. Mine is from The Point by John Dixon - a science fiction thriller from my review stack. Happy reading!

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    1. It's so good and full of non-stop action. Loved it! Thanks for visiting, Kathy! Have a great weekend! :)

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  5. Sounds very tempting! Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “GHOSTED”

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    1. It's great! There's a different archaeological mystery in each book which is so fascinating! Thanks for coming by, Laurel-Rain! Have a lovely weekend! :)

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  6. I love the intensely intriguing 56!!! Happy weekend!

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    1. It's definitely an intense series! Thanks for stopping by, Freda! Have an awesome weekend! :)

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  7. I am super confused by the opening, but that is probably the point. Happy Reading. My Friday Quotes

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    1. Haha, yeah, it is a bit confusing, isn't it? Everything makes sense in the end though, lol. Thanks for visiting, Anne! Have a great weekend! :)

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  8. Happy Friday!

    Ah, great book!

    Hallie @ Book by Book

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    1. It's so great! After finishing this book, it was a day or so before I could start a new one. Terrible book hangover, lol, but so worth it! My favorite Ronie series yet! Thanks for coming by, Hallie! Have a fantastic weekend! :)

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    1. I was sad to see the series end, but...WOW...what an epic conclusion! Thanks for visiting, Nicki! Have an amazing weekend! :)

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  10. Sounds like this series has potential. Happy reading!

    Check out my Friday post and please vote in my Make Me Read It Readathon poll

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    1. I can't say enough good things about it. Thanks for stopping by, Lauren! Have a wonderful weekend! :)

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