Book Review: Storm Rising by Ronie Kendig

storm rising Roniie Kendig book review


Mentioned in the pages of the Septuagint but lost to history, the Book of the Wars has resurfaced, and its pages hold secrets--and dangers--never before seen on earth.

Tasked with capturing the ancient text, former Navy SEAL Leif Metcalfe is finally given command of his own team. But their best efforts are ruined when a notorious Bulgarian operative known as "Viorica" snatches the volume right out from under them.

Iskra "Viorica" Todorova is determined to use the book to secure the thing that matters most--freedom. But a series of strange storms erupts around the globe and the coming dangers foretold in the text threaten crops, lives--entire nations.

Though both are haunted by secrets of their past and neither trusts the other, Leif and Iskra must form an uneasy alliance to thwart impending disaster. However, the truth hidden in two-thousand-year-old words could unleash the storm of their own destruction.

  • Genre: Christian Suspense

  • Published: 4/2/2019

  • Publisher: Bethany House

  • Pages: 386

  • Goodreads Rating: 4.62 Stars

Heidi’s Rating:

4 Stars

Suggested Drink Pairings:

Tea: Moroccan Tea

Coffee: Turkish Coffee

We are more than the sum total of our actions.
— Ronie Kendig, Storm Rising

Why I Chose This Book

Storm Rising is the July pick for the Bethany House Blogger Program. I have never read Ronie’s books before so I was excited to read it.

First Initial Thoughts

The story immediately starts off with an action scene that reels you right in wanting you to know what happened before that led to that scene. I like it when books start like this. It gets the readers attention and keeps them reading.

Leif is a former Navy SEAL and is set on a mission to retrieve The Book of Wars before the enemy does. The Book of Wars, I am not sure if it’s real or not but it seemed intriguing for what it contained. I had a feeling that we were introduced to Leif before in previous Ronie’s books because I was slightly confused to certain references. In the book they referenced to a man named Tox, which is her previous series (the Tox Series). However, I didn’t feel that you need to read the previous series to read this one.

Viorica also known as Iskra is a young woman, who is owned by Hristoff, is a trained assassin to go out and do Hristoff’s “dirty work”. Even though she is the enemy in this book I grew to like her. I think underneath all the act she was a scared woman who did whatever Hristoff commanded because she had no where else to go and honestly, didn’t know any other way to live.


Ronie takes you from America to the Caribbean and all the way to the Middle East. This book visits so many interesting places and you are never bored with a particular setting. She also has such a talent for describing the storms that you almost feel like you are there along with the characters.

Nothing worth having is easy or free
— Leif

Final Thoughts

This book really reminded me of Indiana Jones mixed with Captain America/Marvel. Artifact hunting with action and conspiracy theories. Ronie also knows how to reel you in right away. And best of all - she doesn’t stop. The action is always right around the corner. This book kept me entertained from cover to end.

I also really like that Ronie used a diverse set of characters in terms of ethnicity, gender, etc. I liked that she had both women and men on Leif’s team. And the women weren’t just in the background, they were actually in the front lines doing hard work. I applaud authors when they do this because it empowers and inspires women.

My favorite characters had to be Leif and Iskra. They both had such strong characters and personalities. Both of their pasts were filled with hurt, regret, and sin. Even though they both had pasts that weren’t really “good”, specifically Iskra, I feel like it didn’t weaken their character. I think their past strengthened them and molded them into who they were. And I had a feeling deep down that they both wanted to change but were afraid. I am excited to continue reading the series to see how these two characters continue to develop.

I think the main theme of this book is forgiveness and starting over. Many characters in this book faced pasts filled with regret and sin. Christ forgives our sins and grants us new beginnings- always. I think this makes us relate to the characters, thus appreciating the story more.

Would I Recommend?

Yes and No. I think people will either really enjoy this one or kind of feel “eh” about it. I didn’t love it or hate it. I think people who really enjoy reading this genre will enjoy this book a lot.

You can purchase the book —-> HERE

the caffeinated bibliophile

Please Note: I was sent a copy of this book to review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.