Monday, September 8, 2014

The Blood Guard by Carter Roy

By Mike

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 face, 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-oshe 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.  (taken from Amazon description)

This is an excellent book geared more towards younger readers.  Ronan goes from an average, ordinary 13 year old to a member of a protection squad.  His mom trained him all his life for this, he just didn't know it.  This book keeps you on the edge of your seat.  There are some really great surprises in this book that brought me great joy!  Brilliant!

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