Series: The Blood Guard
Published by Two Lions on March 4, 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade & Childrens
*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.
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.
Evelyn Ronan Truelove
Ronan to anyone that doesn’t want a lot of sass out of this 12 year old. Always the odd one out, his mother has kept him busy with all sorts of odd ball after school activities. Who has time for friends when you have to pull on spandex and go to gymnastics, or uni-cycling after school everyday? Ronan would like friends, wouldn’t everyone? Maybe his mother just wants to keep her son too busy to get into mischief, or maybe she is grooming him to become a member of the Blood Guard, the secret society she has been a member of all of Ronan’s life. His mom just got infinitely more badass.
A mysterious secret society
Ronan’s mother picks him up unexpectedly from school, looking a little more frazzled then usual as she hurries him into the car. His dad has been kidnapped and his mother belongs to a secret society of protectors. Now that the cat is out of the bag will Ronan and his mother avoid capture long enough to free his father? Sorry – can’t give that one away!
A fast paced adventure that has you flying through the pages
This was a thrill ride to read. The action just doesn’t stop, the characters barely have time to breathe let alone do any truly deep soul searching, which for kids their age is probably a good thing. Even with all the action though the author manages to throw in a bunch of zingy comedy and even some somewhat deep self reflection and good old teenage moodiness! I flew through this book and will definitely be keeping my eyes open for any sequels. I also can’t wait to hand this one over to my twin 12 year old boys. I don’t think they’ll be able to put it down (They read at grade 5 level). A great read without any mushy stuff and with characters that are easy to love, I would even recommend this book to get out of a reading funk. The Blood Guard is something quick paced, action packed and fraught with danger it still manages to be endearingly lighthearted.
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