About the Book
Book: Dawn of Vengeance
Author: Ronie Kendig
Genre: FICTION / Science Fiction / Space Opera
Release Date: December 8, 2020
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.
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Any new book by Ronie Kendig is an automatic “must read” for me. Brand of Light (the first one) was exceptional, and this second book, Dawn of Vengeance is a beautiful continuation of this fabulous space opera saga! And…in spite of the fact that space opera stories are not really my favorite genre, this series is one that I absolutely love! I loved spending time with Marco and Kersei again.
Marco is my favorite. I love him. I love his uniqueness. I love his ability to smell things. Well, I really love almost all the details I read about him.
Especially since the other book ended on such a cliff hanger, I eagerly dug in and READ this one!
But, more about Marco, because this really is his story. In this book, you really get to know him in a new way. His character grows and changes lots. I felt like I understood him a lot more. I am struggling with knowing how much to say here in this review, because I really do not want to give any spoilers. Just know that Marco is an extremely enigmatic person.
In addition to Marco, and some of the characters you will be familiar with if you read Brand, there are also many new ones to get to know and love. Ixion, who is Marco’s first, is quite the character. And then there’s Isa. And Eija. And many others. As in all books by Ms. Kendig, it is quite a challenge to keep track of all the characters and their comings and goings!
In the first book, Brand of Light (which really does have to be read first, if you haven’t yet), Ms. Kendig introduced lots of space flight, intergalactic stuff, etc. While this book is it’s sequel, it does feel a bit different. In this one, Marco is on a journey, but it mostly happens on one planet, Drosero. There are lots of struggles going on between characters. In addition to these, there are also lots of inner struggles happening in some of the main characters.
Another thing of note, especially if you are not familiar with this series. Ronie Kendig has taken some license with the words she throws at you as you read these. This happens in another galaxy, and there are quite a few unfamiliar words scattered in. Most of these I could guess at the meanings, but some I wasn’t quite sure of. While this is a teeny bit distracting, I found it to add quite nicely to the overall otherworldly effect of the storyline.
There is so much going on. Lots of action. There are hunters, stalkers, raiders, and royals. And they have various unique abilities that we are not familiar with here our own planet.
Ms. Kendig totally kept me guessing as I read. So many twists and turns. I never saw what was coming on the next page….I’m still debating which book in this series is my favorite. It’s such a hard decision.
If you are a fan of the unexpected, sci-fi, fantasy, or anything unusual and different, be sure and read this book!
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About the Author
Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author of over twenty titles. An Army brat, Ronie lives a short train ride from New York City with her husband, twin sons, and two fur-sons, VVolt N629, a retired military working dog, and Benning the Stealth Golden. Described as an empath by her literary agent, Ronie has used her degree in psychology to write books that have won the coveted Christy Award, RomanticTimes Reviewers’ Choice Award, The Realm Award, HOLT Medallion Award, and more. Her books have also hit the CBA Bestseller List multiple times.
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Throughout the Droseran Saga, Marco Dusan—our much-loved hero—enjoys his favorite drink, warmed Cordi. The inspiration for his citrusy-spiced drink came from a favorite family holiday tradition—“Christmas punch.” My mother-in-law received this recipe while they were stationed in Germany from a colonel’s wife. We make this every Christmas (okay, I make it a lot starting in about late October because it’s so delish). The piquant scent of cranberry, cloves, and orange fills our home every fall and holiday.
The scent of this is apropos for Marco, who tracks by scent. And, interestingly, our noses and smells are connected to memories, which just seemed to demand I come up with some way to create “Marco’s Cordi” for readers. So, this year, I used Adagio Tea’s custom-blend feature to craft a more citrusy blend of Marco’s drink. Now, that’s tea—something Marco doesn’t really enjoy—but add a quarter cup of warmed orange juice, and you’re starting to hit the sweet spot. Marco would be proud!
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To celebrate her tour, Ronie is giving away the grand prize package of an “Isaura” themed candle, “Marco’s Cordi” Custom Blend Tea from Adagio, a signed Hardcover of Dawn of Vengeance, and Isaura’s amulet!!
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