Normally when I begin reading the last book in a series, I get a bit nervous. What if the series doesn’t end satisfactorily? What if I spent all the time reading the series only to have it end unpleasantly? What if the author decides to kill my favorite character? So it was with some trepidation that I began reading Thirst of Steel, the third book in the Tox Files series by Ronie Kendig. However my fears were laid to rest as I completed this last book.
This book is another adventure-packed, high-speed, thought-provoking read from Ronie Kendig. When I began this series, I did not expect to learn so many new things and be so challenged in my faith. This book takes a look at the sword of Goliath and what may have happened to it through the years.
Another theme that came out repeatedly in this book and in the two previous books was the reality of a spiritual realm that is just as real as the physical realm. This fact is brought out again and again in this book. As Christians we know that the spiritual realm exists. However, we often try to downplay the effect of the spiritual realm in the world around us. We try to make God into someone that we can understand and control. We rationalize the spiritual world. As one of the characters in Kendig’s book states, “And that is what the Dark One wishes. For us to be caught up in the belief that we are so much more advanced now, so much more intelligent, that we desperately search for justifications to drag God to our level where we can see Him. Where we can control what He does and does not do. That is not a God that I can serve. Mine is mighty. Powerful!” Very well stated. I am guilty of this more often than I want to admit. Why is it so hard for us to remember that the God that we serve is not a genie in a bottle? He is so much more powerful than we can even begin to realize.
Anyway, that was just a side sermon from the whole point of writing this blog which was to tell you that you should really buy this book and read it and recommend it to all your friends. Seriously I really enjoyed this book and would highly encourage you to read it. This book made me sad and angry and hopeful and a hundred other emotions. Even though the characters in this book have lives that are completely different from mine, I still found myself identifying with them and their struggles. This book is releasing today so go grab yourself a copy!
Below is the story summary from the back cover of the book:
“Dismantled centuries ago, the sword of Goliath is still rumored to thirst for its enemies’ blood. Cole ‘Tox’ Russell wants only to put the dangers of his past behind him and begin his new life with Haven Cortes. First, though, he’s called to complete a final mission: retrieve the sword and destroy the deadly Arrow & Flame Order.
The AFO, however, is determined to reunite the sword. Threatening the life of Ram and Tzivia’s father, they jeopardize Ram’s long-held and dangerous secret while demanding Tzivia locate the blade. With the Wraith team slowly being torn apart, things worsen when Mercy Maddox, a new operative, emerges with the stunning news that the artifact is tied to both Ram’s secret and a string o f unsolved serial murders.
Tox, Ram, and the others are forced to set aside fear and anger to target the true enemy. No matter the cost, Wraith mush destroy the AFO….or join them in the flames.”
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. All opinions are my own.