First Line Friday – 3 August 2018 – Thirst of Steel (Ronie Kendig)


Welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books! This time last week, I was about to begin my most anticipated book for 2018: Thirst of Steel by Ronie Kendig. Of course, the problem with most-anticipated books is that you have a number of possible quandaries to face. There’s the whole I’m dying to read this, but I never want it to end quandary. Then there’s the possibility that no book could ever live up to the hype you’ve built up in your mind.

I’m not going to lie. The I’m dying to read this, but I never want it to end quandary was a BIG problem. Like, book-hangover-of-epic-proportions problem. And the ending needed tissues as it was! But that whole can it really live up to the hype issue? This book blew it out of the water! If you want to read more of my thoughts about this brilliant and epic conclusion to The Tox Files, then feel free to check out my review here.


~ About the Book ~

Dismantled centuries ago, the sword of Goliath is still rumored to thirst for its enemies’ blood. Cole “Tox” Russell only wants to begin his life with Haven Cortes, but he must first complete a final mission: retrieve that sword and destroy the deadly Arrow & Flame Order.

The AFO, however, is determined to claim the sword. Wielding their father’s life over Tzivia and Ram Khalon, they threaten to expose Ram’s long-held and dangerous secret while demanding Tzivia locate the sword. With the Wraith team slowly being torn apart, things only worsen when Mercy Maddox, a new operative, emerges with the stunning news that the sword is tied to both Ram’s secret and a string of unsolved serial murders.

Tox, Ram, and the others are forced to set aside fear and anger to focus only on the enemy. No matter the cost, Wraith must stop or take the enemy down with them.

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~ First Line ~

They were a stench in his nostrils. Bile in his throat.

Guess there’s no love lost there, huh?

I’d love it if you’d share the first line of whatever you’re currently reading in the comments. And don’t forget, you can find out what other bloggers are sharing for First Line Friday by going over to Hoarding Books blog and finding all the links. If you’ve got your own blog, why not join in and add your link over there. 🙂

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15 Responses to First Line Friday – 3 August 2018 – Thirst of Steel (Ronie Kendig)

  1. Paula Shreckhise says:

    My first line is from Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse.

    Ten-year-old Faith Lytton placed her hands on her hips —like Mama did when she was exasperated— and looked at the sad little group of puny troops allotted to her.


  2. carylkane says:

    Happy Friday, Katie! 🙂

    My first line comes from The Trial by Robert Whitlow.

    Truth will come to light; murder cannot be hid long.

    Celeste Jamison tossed and turned but couldn’t sleep.


  3. lelandandbecky says:

    Happy Friday! My first line is from Love is Patient by Lila Diller:

    “I flipped through the pages of the bridal magazine yet again, from one dogeared page to the next, dreaming and desiring.”


  4. rbclibrary says:

    Wow! Strong first lines! Happy Friday.


  5. I shared this one too! Love Ronie Kendig’s books!
    I just started “Nice to Come Home To” by Liz Flaherty. The first line is: Why didn’t you ever come back here?

    Happy Friay!


  6. Rachel says:

    Happy Friday!

    I shared the first line of Veronica Roth’s Carve the Mark on my blog today. Here, though, I’ll share the book I’ve just started to read – A Touch of Gold by Annie Sullivan.

    “Once upon a time, a little girl helplessly watched as liquid gold spun a web across her tiny frame, racing to wrap her up in an icy cocoon.”

    I hope you enjoyed that. Happy weekend and happy reading! 😊


  7. Happy Friday!😎

    My first line comes from a book I will be reading soon, Oh My Stars by Sally Kilpatrick.

    And it came to pass in those days, that a decree went out from my mother that I would be playing the Virgin Mary in the Dollar General drive-through Nativity whether I liked it or not.

    Haha! I love those first lines and can’t wait to read this book!

    Have a great weekend and happy reading!😊📚


  8. hszott says:

    Happy Friday!

    Ah, great book!

    I’m reading Catch-22 by Joseph Heller right now, so here’s the first line: “It was love at first sight.”

    Hallie @ Book by Book


  9. On my blog this week I am featuring “Saving Truth” by Abdu Murray, Finding Meaning & Clarity in a Post-Truth World. Since I am still currently reading this book, I will share the first two lines from Chapter 4. “History’s most influential person expressly binds freedom to the limits of truth. “You will know the truth,” Jesus says, “and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)” May your weekend be a refreshing one for you.


  10. MrsTina Rice says:

    Happy Friday!
    My first line Friday is from a book I received in the mail today…
    The Fisherman’s Daughter by Melinda Sue Sanchez

    The steady slap, slap, slap of my skirt against my shins gave rhythm to my steps as dust landed like a sifted powder on the tips of my leather shoes.

    blessings, Tina


  11. Happy Friday!
    The book I shared on my blog this week is Auschwitz Lullaby but it’s also what I just finished reading so I’ll share my favorite quote from the book here: “Sometimes we have to lose everything to find what is most important. When life robs us of what we thought we could not live without and leaves us standing naked before reality, the essential things that had always been invisible take on their true value.” Hope you have a great weekend!


  12. bellesmoma16 says:

    Over on my blog, I’m showcasing the first line from Carolyn Miller’s new novel, Miss Serena’s Secret. It’s SO good. I’m almost finished with the book, so here I will share the first line of chapter 26.

    “I cannot help you.”

    A bit blunt and harsh! Lol.
    I hope you’re having an awesome weekend filled with great reading time. 😀❤📚


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  14. Colletta says:

    I have to make sure this is on my wishlist ASAP! I hope you can stop by:


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