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.
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Shadow of Honor has an exceptionally beautiful cover. I was drawn to the story from that cover.
Further, even though I am not published in fantasy (or speculative fiction--which is really a combination of sci fi and fantasy), that's the writing I did to start with and one of my favorites to read. I count Lord of the Rings and Anne McCaffrey's Dragonrider series among my cherished stories.
Having said that, I was given this book as part of a Celebrate Lit Tour and the opinions I express are honest and my own.
This is the third book in a series. I wish I'd read the first two books. This one was very difficult to read and catch up. So, this isn't a standalone, or at least not without a good bit of work. I found it very hard to keep up with the many different races and characters and story threads. The writing is clear, but there is just so much.
Having warned the potential reader, the story is interesting and I found myself rooting for the characters. There is science fiction and there is magic. There are heroes and there is redemption. Just be ready to keep up!