{Bieke Reviews} The Blood Guard by Carter Roy

Posted December 17, 2015 by Bee in Reviews / 4 Comments

{Bieke Reviews} The Blood Guard by Carter Roy

The Blood Guard

by Carter Roy
Series: The Blood Guard #1
Published on March 4th 2014
by Two Lions
Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Format: Hardcover
Source: Gifted
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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.

4 Stars

Last year, I was asked to review The Blood Guard, but I never got a copy to do so, so when the amazing Steph from Cuddlebuggery sent me her extra copy of it and its sequel, I was so happy! Was it worth the wait? Yes it was. For the most part.

The Blood Guard is about Ronan. When his mom snatches him from school one day only to set off on a high speed car chase, Ronan is more than a little shocked. His dad is kidnapped and they’re after him too. He finds out his mom is part of an ancient order of knights called the Blood Guard, a secret society sworn to protect the Pure – Thirty-six noble souls whose safety is crucial to the world’s survival. Now all his after-school activities make sense. He’s then swept up in an adventure, dashing from one danger to the next, trying to escape the Bend Sinister with his two unlikely companions: the strong-willed Greta and Jack, a teenage pickpocket who’s part of the Blood Guard. Ronan is left with is mom’s last advice: Trust No One.

I want to start off with saying that this book had a few surprise twists I didn’t see coming. As usual with these kind of storylines, you expect the story to take a certain road because that’s what always happens. But this book doesn’t do that, which is a nice change of pace and I liked that. I liked the road it took instead. It also doesn’t slow down at all. It’s quite fast-paced and it just keeps on going. There are no slow parts with exposition, though I never felt like I missed out on important information. The premise with the Pure and the Blood Guard is also quite original, though also not completely my thing with its religious-y stuff worked in. It’s also not the most mind-blowing story, but it doesn’t need to be. It’s fun and exciting, which is all I ask of a middle grade book like this.

It has a lot of humor too, most of which comes from the fanastic character called Jack. He’s my favorite by far. He never really came across as a teenager to me, which is good because he’s part of the Blood Guard and actually quite old. He was funny and witty and bad ass. I liked Greta and Ronan, but not as much. Sure, they’re good characters, but Jack just stole the show for me. Also, a quick nod to the cover, which is beautiful. That has to be said.

All in all, The Blood Guard is an exciting and fun start to a new series. I will read the second book soon, since I have it here on my shelves (Thx Steph!), if only to find out what Jack will do next. If you love Middle Grade semi-fantasy adventure books along the lines of Harry Potter or Percy Jackson, you might want to give this one a try!


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