The Glass Gauntlet available from Two Lions on August 18th!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
- Series: The Blood Guard Series (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 279 pages
- Publisher: Two Lions (March 4, 2014)
A Note From the Publisher
Carter Roy has painted houses and worked on construction sites; waited tables and driven delivery trucks; been a stage hand for rock bands and a videographer on a cruise ship; worked as a line cook in a kitchen, a projectionist in a movie theater, and a rhetoric teacher at a university. He has been a reference librarian and a bookseller, edited hundreds of books for major publishers, and written award-winning short-stories for adult readers that appeared in a half-dozen journals and anthologies. But this is the first time he has written a novel. He lives in New York City.
I hate the title of this book. It makes you think bloody or vampire its not that. It is exciting, adventure, lots of sword fights and different weapons. It is a fast paced. Also a clean read.
The main character is Ronan Truelove. He is thirteen years old. He has always been taking different classes after school. Like fencing, gymnastics, martial arts.
One day his mom picks him up after school and they are chased all over town. While the chase is going on she tells Ronan she is part of a secret society called Blood Guard that watch over and protect 36 Pure souls.
There is another group Bend Sinister trying to kill them. If they can kill enough it will bring the end of the world.
They killed 5 once and that started WW11. Ronan's father was taken.
She has arranged for him to take the train to Washington DC. While he gets on the train she will lead them away. There will be someone to help him on the train.
The Bend Sinister has goons trying to kidnap or kill Ronan. His different skills help him to evade them.
He runs into Jack on the train. Jack is a pick pocket thief. He also runs into Greta a girl he used to know at his old school. The three end up together trying to get away from the goons chasing Ronan.
There is always something going on in the book that keeps you reading to find out what happens next to them. I can't wait to see what happens next in the series.
I was given this ebook to read from Net Galley and Two Lions. In return I agreed to give a honest review of The Blood Guard.