crown of souls

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.

Oh. My. Crown of Souls was long expected, and didn’t disappoint…..much =) You may remember from my review on the first book of the Tox Files, Conspiracy of Silence, that this was not a series I would have ordinarily chosen to read. It was one that my sister had wanted to read for a while before the first book came out….so when I saw it, I decided to give it a go. And I was so glad I read it when I finished. And I have been waiting (im)patiently for months for the second book to come out.

I will say, while I enjoyed the book, it was much…slower than I was used to from Ronie Kendig throughout the first half — excepting the first chapter =) . There wasn’t a lot of action, hardly any history, and a lot going on between the main guy character and the main girl character. It wasn’t surprising, since there was an attraction there before…..but in the last book — and the last half of this book — they were getting to know each other through working together to solve whatever they needed to solve, and protecting each others backs. Nothing to make me feel uncomfortable or anything, it was just a very unsubtle attraction with a lot of cheesy lines thrown in for good measure.

But the second half of the book…..it was good. There was a lot of historical truth woven into the legends of history that intrigue so many. The interactions between the characters were genuine and fun, and made me feel like I was in the “in-crowd” with the team. I felt for Russel as he navigated the circumstances thrown at him, and the similarities between himself and his fellow soldier. There were quite a few times I thought the guy needed a good shaking to think straight, but he usually came around in the end.

But the ending……oh the ending! What was the author thinking to end that way with the third book coming out in the middle of next year?!?!?! All us poor readers are waiting to know what happens!

When all’s said and done, I would give this book 3 stars. I have a sister who is finishing up a book so she can start this one, and a couple of friends who have been waiting to read it, so I would obviously pass it on =)

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
I did not have to like or agree with the book.

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