The Blood Guard by Carter Roy
Publisher: Two Lions
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Historical, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (279 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 12+
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Aloe
When thirteen-year-old Ronan Truelove’s seemingly ordinary mom snatches him from school, then sets off on a high speed car chase, Ronan is shocked. His quiet, nerdy dad has been kidnapped? And the kidnappers are after him, too? His mom, he quickly learns, is anything but ordinary. In fact, she’s a member of an ancient order of knights, the Blood Guard, a sword-wielding secret society sworn to protect the Pure—thirty-six noble souls whose safety is crucial if the world as we know it is to survive. Now all those after-school activities—gymnastics, judo, survival training—she made him take, make sense. For suddenly Ronan is swept up in a sometimes funny, sometimes scary, but always thrilling adventure—dashing from one danger to the next, using his wits to escape the Bend Sinister, a posse of evil doers with strange powers. Falling in with two unlikely companions, Greta, a scrappy, strong-willed girl he’s never much liked and Jack, a devil-may-care teenage pickpocket, Ronan is left with only his wits and his mom’s last words of advice: Trust no one. That’s a lot for an ordinary kid to deal with. But then again, maybe Ronan’s not ordinary at all.
First Ronan’s father was abducted. Now his mother has come and grabbed him from school and they are off on some high speed chase with others after them. What’s going on?
Mr. Roy has created a fast action, dangerous story about good and evil. It’s a fantasy that reads like truth. His main character is thirteen and he makes Ronan a good strong personality. He needs it in this story. The story flows well and holds nothing back. People die in this book so make sure your child is enough to handle that. He also sticks in an ironic ending that shocked me.
After his mother finds some place she deems “safe” for them to stay, she tells him about a knight of the Blood Guard. It’s her job to keep the Pure safe. That’s why he got all that training in self-defense and survival skills, he realizes. When she sends him off to take a train to meet another defender, it doesn’t get easier. Those following him are waiting for him. He doesn’t know who’s good or who’s evil at the stage. And all it does is get worse.
He sees Greta on the train and realizes he knows her from school. He doesn’t like her much. Soon it might not matter how much he likes her. If they don’t stick together, neither one of them will survive. Every time they almost get away, they get caught again…
You won’t be bored reading this one. I’m also sure there will be a sequel. The battle isn’t over yet. And I’m glad because that gives me more to read.