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About the Book
Book: Shadow of Honor
Author: Ronie Kendig
Genre: Science Fiction
Release date: June 14, 2022
The war he fears may be the very one he’s been called to start.
Held captive, tortured by monsters of a nightmarish alien race, Marco Dusan clings to a final goal: keep these beasts from the Quadrants, even if it means orchestrating his own death. But his dreams betray that singular design. In them his bonded calls to him across lightyears. Does he leave her to fight Symmachia alone, or risk bringing an unwinnable war to every planet in the Quadrants?
On board the alien dreadnought, Eija Zacdari flounders, torn amidst military machinations, prophecies, and an inexplicable bond with one of the fearsome creatures who have imprisoned her friends. Only by uncovering the truth about an ancient conflict now shrouded in deception will she find her place.
Faced with her true identity, Eija sees her purpose snap into focus, and she realizes the war Marco fears may be the very one he has been called to start.
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About the Author
Ronie Kendig is a bestselling, award-winning author of over thirty books. She grew up an Army brat, and now she and her Army-veteran husband have returned to their beloved Texas after a ten-year stint in the Northeast. They survive on Sonic & Starbucks runs, barbecue, and peach cobbler that they share–sometimes–with Benning the Stealth Golden. Ronie’s degree in psychology has helped her pen novels of intense, raw characters.
Excerpt from Shadow of Honor
Shaken, Eija touched her temple, head still pounding from the oxygen deprivation she’d suffered beneath the beast’s attempt to crush the life from her—that and the minutes stuck in an oxygen-deprived pod. Until she figured out what had prompted the creature to release her and crouch before her, she didn’t dare move.
Insane! The docuvids of the Lavabeasts had not exaggerated. These monsters were fast, lethal, vicious. Yet . . . twice she’d been in its grip, and it’d held back from actually turning her into a dusty pile. Why?
Yeah, maybe don’t ask. Just . . .
What? What could she do against beasts that reduced people to ash with their arms?
Keening filled the ship. With bewildering speed, the other three Draegis bolted out of the bay, their thudding steps fading down the passage as they headed to the aft port, where their ship clung to the Prevenire like a remora on a shark.
Nerves thrumming, Eija glanced at Marco, whose chin was tucked to his chest again. Unconscious? Twitches of his head and hands alleviated that fear. Probably super focused on piloting the ship to the Sentinel.
So we can all die.
Right. So much for the relief she’d felt. Her gaze slid down to the immobilized Lavabeast at her feet. What was wrong with it—him? Was he more AI than biological? Had he powered down or something? Fried his neural net? What was she supposed to do?
She discarded each question as it arose. Assessed her precarious situation. The crackling and swelling of his strange skin said he was still breathing. So alive, not dead.
I can help with that.
He was also awake—glowing eye slits proved that.
Reef shifted on the deck where he’d landed after being tossed by one of the monsters, his arm hanging at an odd angle. Gray eyes came to hers, asking what neither of them could actually voice—What just happened? Why had the other Lavabeasts fled? Why had this one not killed her or left?
“Why isn’t it moving?” Reef hissed as he slowly climbed to his feet.
She shook her head, still terrified of arousing the beast’s anger.
Locked on the Draegis, Reef inched closer and angled toward her.
“Yeah. Sure.” Again, she again checked on Marco, who still had his head down. Maybe the other Draegis had done something to him. “Marco?” she called quietly at the same time she heard Reef suck in a breath.
In front of her, the mountain of lava erupted with a piercing howl, terrorizing her as it lunged. Like a lightning strike—a very large, fat, black bolt—it shot forward.
I am very excited to read this book that has become a favorite series of mine. I went back and refreshed myself on the first two books and reacquainted myself with the characters. The author has found her niche in this genre and is a leader of bringing fast action, other dimensions to life and characters that pop off the pages. I am in awe of the talent this author shows in each book. Her imagination brings vivid images to sparkle in the darkness and overcome the enemy that tries to stop them from their mission. Just a quick note to say these books should be read in order to clearly understand the story better.
Marco is so well written that I wanted to walk beside him as he searched for a way to save himself and others from the evil that threatened their world. I kept thinking as he woke up from a coma to realize that he has been captured if he understood how dire his situation was? The ship he was on was dangerous so his mind starts going everywhere to comprehend why he was not killed. He must have something they want and I held my breath as the tension rose within him. His character is not complicated but his mission sure is. Will he find a way to save everyone? Can he overcome the power that tries to conquer him?
Eija is quite possibly one of my favorite characters. She doesn’t like to stir up trouble but it seems to find her. She discovers that she is able to communicate with one of the Draegis. This feat I think made her uncomfortable. This enemy seems to want to shield her from harm but why? It is a bit unsettling to her friends that she has this bond with Daq’Ti but they want her to use this bond to help them escape. Now I had to think for a minute about this turn of events. Why has she been singled out and will it benefit their cause?
With several characters going through intense danger I loved the adrenaline rush it gave me. I cheered, cried and gasped as the energy increased. among the characters. A lesson on bitterness flows across the pages and reminds us how easy we allow the root of bitterness to penetrate our heart. It is something we always need to be aware of so the enemy can’t use it to cause division. The power struggle is deep within a character and this overshadows their thinking with hatred rising within them.
What really caught my attention was the constant battle among each other. I liked when one of them says, “There is no room for “us” or “them.” We each fight for survival of our people, so it is imperative we join forces , learn together, fight together.” What does that mean? Well to me it is simple. It is called unity. Oh how I pray that we will all come together in unity to fight against the enemy who wants to kill and destroy us. This was a powerful lesson in the story I could not ignore.
The ending is so powerful that I was on the edge of my seat glued to the pages as chills went down my spine. I can’t share the details but I know fans of this author will be very happy with the ending, but maybe the author has kept the door open for more. We will have to see.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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To celebrate her tour, Ronie is giving away the grand prize package of an Exclusive Signed, Sprayed-edge Edition of SHADOW OF HONOR, a candle with a custom fragrance connected to Shadow of Honor, a gaming mat with a custom Laura Hollingsworth Illustration of Kardia, and a three-pack character card set for SHADOW OF HONOR!!
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