The Glass Gauntlet by Carter Roy
Publisher: Two Lions
Genre: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Contemporary, Middle Grade
Length: Full Length (261 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 10+
Rated: 4.5 stars
Review by Lupine
Ronan Truelove barely survived his first encounter with his father and the Bend Sinister. Now, he’s determined to become one of the Blood Guard, a sword-wielding secret society sworn to protect thirty-six pure souls crucial to the world’s survival.
Eager to prove he’s got what it takes, Ronan is sent on his first mission with his friends Greta and Sammy to visit a weird-sounding school and take a series of tests called the Glass Gauntlet. Paper and pencils and nerdy scholarship—where’s the life-or-death challenge in that?
But the Glass Gauntlet is actually something much more dangerous: head-to-head competitions against ruthless opponents. Nothing and no one are what they seem. Who can he trust, and who will kill him? Ronan has to figure it out fast because his enemies are multiplying, and soon he will have to pass the ultimate test: facing his father again and standing up to those who threaten not only him and his friends but also the world.
This is the second book in the Blood Guard series by Carter Roy. It’s a middle grade, action packed adventure story perfect for middle grade readers ready to be inspired by fantasy.
Ronan and his friends are back in the sequel for more adventures, starting with…training? Though it sounds boring and not worth the time, Ronan has to pass the tests they offer with the Bend Sinister and his dad still on his heels.
Though this book still has the author’s humor and excellent writing skills, it’s a bit slower than the first and a little hard at the start, but it picks up in the middle and offers another great story for the fans of the first book to hook onto. Ronan still has a lot to learn and I’m glad to see his character maturing a little bit with this new plot introduced, and I hope to see him develop more in books to come. His friends are growing closer, with Greta being a pure, Ronan has to learn to protect her. Greta herself is outspoken and headstrong and a excellent role model for younger girls to look up to.
Overall I really enjoyed the book and can’t wait for the third. 🙂