The Blood Guard by Carter Roy is an adventure novel about a boy by the Ronan Truelove whose mother is a member of an ancient order of knights called the Blood Guard. This secret society is sworn to protect the Pure made up of thirty six noble souls whose safety is crucial in making sure the world as we know it survives. With his mother having Ronan taking gymnastics, judo and survival training, it starts to make sense why when his mom snatches him from school and they set off on a high speed car chase to save his father from the kidnappers while keeping Ronan away from those same people who took his father. As Ronan is left with only his wits and his mom's last words of advice: Trust no one, he and his companion Greta are swept up in a thrilling adventure dashing from one danger to escape the Bend Sinister.
Sitting with my 10 year old daughter as we read this novel together, it was an amazing read jam packed with adventure from the first few pages. It's fast paced and starts out with a car chase in chapter one while continue to go forward from there. The characters were well developed without losing their momentum with the villains being villains and the heroes aren't sappy. In regards to the plot it was also well developed and well written. All and all, we give this book two thumbs up with a side of awesomeness.
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.
Age Range: 10 - 14 years / Grade Level: 4th - 8th