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Publisher's Note:  

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.



The Blood Guard

by Carter Roy

Review Date:
04/17/2016

Recommended Age:
12+

Overall Rating:
*****

Profanity / Language Rating:
***

Violence / Gore Rating:
***

Sex / Nudity Rating:

Overall Review:  

This story is fast-paced right from the get-go with characters that are believable and engaging.  Two of the main characters are 13 year olds that don't always get along.  The author did a great job developing them to the point of making them feel like old friends, and it was truly exciting to see the story play out in the theater of the mind.  Gripping and engaging, it was spellbinding to find out if our young heroes would survive to see another day.  They were dependable, energetic and faithful.  Faced with the choice between good and evil, they learned to take a stand for their beliefs.  By the end of the story, the kids had learned to overcome their differences, see the best in each other, and work together for the good of all mankind.  The adult heroes were good role models.  The vocabulary used in this book was mature enough to engage an older audience yet basic enough for a younger student to easily enjoy.  Having both a male and a female hero, the book would be an exciting read for both boys and girls who enjoy a thrilling action-packed tale. 

It was refreshing to read a book with clearly defined lines.  The bad guys were endlessly unscrupulous, and the good guys were honorable and always fought for the cause of right.  The heroes were held accountable to a higher standard when their actions were questionable.  The Blood Guard was packed full of action from beginning to end.  The bad guys used weapons, both real and fictional, and even though the young protagonists also got in a few well-timed whacks, death was rare.  There were a few scenes of magic throughout the book but not in a Harry Potter kind-of-way.  It was more like the characters who used the magic had been given an ability that came with the job.  The Blood Guard is the first in a trilogy and is suspenseful enough to leave the reader ready to pick up the next book in the series.


Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  2 anatomical terms.

Violence/Gore:  Escaping house fire; leaping roof tops; playing "chicken" with vehicles; teens hunted & pursued by adults; vehicle driven down a sidewalk filled with people; gunshots fired at multiple people; numerous battle scenes with guns, no blood; attempted kidnapping; a few long scenes with sword fights, no blood; teens thrown off moving train; three page gun battle with fictional gun, no blood; suspenseful short narrative of two men squished by large vehicle, no gore; body bags; possible drowning of two adults; knives thrown at teens; sword plunged through door at teens; teens locked in a cell; interrogation; imminent threat of body damage; various evasion and escape scenes; dead men coming back to life; creepy mask; people with no soul; dead bodies; a live body with head separated from body; long conversation with headless man; soul snatched from an adult; adult vaporized; attempted murder of teen.

Sex/Nudity:  None



Mature Subject Matter:  

House fire, bullying/teasing/fighting at school, divorce, foster child care, magic, scientific ethics, reincarnation, missing parents, vehicle theft including police car, attempted kidnapping, pick-pocketing, vandalism, soul-snatching, lock-picking by teen, teens battle adults.



Alcohol / Drug Use:  

None



Reviewed By Beth
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