Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Dawn of Vengeance By Ronie Kendig

by Ronie Kendig
Publisher: Enclave Publishing
Series: The Dorseran Saga
ISBN: 978-1621841456

I loved book 1 "Brand of Light" SO much that I HAD to be on the launch team for DoV. Thankfully I was given a spot. BUT, while I was given the book to read as an ebook, I bought the book myself because it was INCREDIBLE! I was also sent an incredible launch team kit that included the book as well as many other goodies!


A haunting prophecy upended his identity. Now it demands his life.

Once a formidable bounty hunter, Marco Dusan is plagued by insecurity as he tours the realm he now rules. This quiet, backwater planet is not as untouched as he'd once thought. Evidence of collusion between Droseran factions and the powerful Symmachians with their forbidden technology litters his encounters. Worse, all signs indicate Xisya, the alien who tortured him, is still snatching Kynigos Brethren--but to what end?

Lance Corporal Eija Zacdari works hard to win a coveted place on the Symmachian hyperjump program, but instinct tells her their intel is flawed. Despite nearly failing the tests, she is assigned to the team-and lands in the middle of a bewildering conspiracy.

Haunted by a prophecy that promises pain and war, Marco forges alliances to protect the primitive world against Symmachia's devastating influence. But one truth becomes painfully clear: the biggest threat to their world may be much, much closer to home.

My Review:

This is my favorite book of 2020, let's start there.

First, allow me make sure I've done my job and let you know that you need to get yourself a buddy to read this book. hahahaha You'll thank me later. I say this because even in chapter one I was like, "what the heck is happening?" And if you've read book one, you know how emotional we readers can get with this series!

Ok, where do I even start with reviewing Dawn of Vengeance? Here's the thing... I love reading. I enjoy getting to know the characters and finding myself imagining the world the author has created. The Droseran Saga has taken me beyond that. Now I can completely understand how people can get lost in a story. I haven't been this affected by a book since I was in my early teens.

Ronie is even more over the top in her writing with book two. Once again the characters came to life for me. Because of her excellent writing I became completely invested deeply in the characters, their relationships, and the situations happening in the story.

Is it strange that my heart felt ripped out of my chest when Marco heads out to learn more about his realm? How he's still so attuned to Kersei? You can absolutely tell how he's just a mess with everything that's happened! So am I, buddy, so am I. Marco makes me an emotional mess... in a good way. HA!

One of the characters I come to appreciate is Ixion, Marco's First, who comes alongside Marco to guide him as he learns to rule Kalonica. While he keeps a regal air about him, he also tries to relate to what Marco is going through, but is forthright with him when he gets lost in his emotions. It does seem that regardless of how far Marco goes, the scent of Kersei isn't far away. Sigh... I also love that Ypiretis makes an appearance again. He has words of wisdom even I needed to hear!

Darius continues to annoy me, which is basically a spill over from book one. hahaha I mean, the situations he's in are all his own doing. I think we can all look at ourselves and realize that we reap what we sew. Let's just say I want to shake him for the entirety of the book. Every time Kersei came onto the scene my heart just wrenched. I am still heartbroken for where her life has taken her.

Meanwhile, while a cartful of my emotions are pouring out over what's happening on Droseran, up in the heavenlies, at the Academy, we meet Eija and the students who are trying to land a gig on the Prevenire. A couple of Tigo's teammates have been reduced to training them after he and Jez bust away from the Kleopatra. Eija is such a neat character and I wish we would've had more time with her. We do get a lot more with her and the other students towards the end of the story.

Of course, creepy, Xisya makes her appearance once again and has us shivering just like she does the students at the Academy. Talk about a petrifying alien. One would think her methods would be... alarming? lol

I can't say enough about how enamored I am with this series. The depth of involvement Ronie brings us to is incredible because her writing of this story is impeccable. It took me a week... A WEEK... to start to come up for air after I finished the epilogue. I actually woke up in the middle of the night thinking about all that the characters had been through the night that I finished it.

And poor Ronie. She was so kind with my emotional outbursts on Instagram. I mean, she reeled me in with how she brought this world to life. I guess she has to suffer through the crazy fans who are sucked into it, right? hahahaha

I don't know what book three is going to look like and I don't know if a year is enough time for me to prepare for how it all ends. I'm a bit worried that Ronie is going to rip my heart out of my chest (although she's already done this in both books hahahaha), hold it up in the air to laugh at it, and then shove it back into my chest while I flail around trying to reattach it. If you think I'm being dramatic, read this book and then get back to me. Mmmmhmmmm 

About the Author:

Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author who grew up an Army brat. She married a veteran, and together their lives are never dull with four children and two dogs--a Maltese Menace and a retired military working dog. Ronie's degree in psychology has helped her pen novels of intense, raw characters.


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