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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.
Hardcover, Paperback & e-book 296 pages
Published 14 March 2014 by Two Lions/Amazon
Launches a sharp and energetic trilogy with a breakneck opening and an everyboy narrator who becomes enmeshed in extraordinary circumstances.... Breathless action, witty dialogue, and unabashed fun.
The humorous and exciting start of a new trilogy. The stakes
are raised with a startling revelation that will have readers
eager for the next book [and] chuckling all the way to
the satisfying cliffhanger.
A superbly written adventure book perfect for middle school readers.... Has just the right amount of sarcastic humor and genuine heart.... A great start to what is sure to be a wildly popular series. (5Q—Highest Rating)
VOYA Magazine, Highlighted Review
Roy's first novel hits the ground running and doesn’t let up until the end, and his writing is up to the job.... [Readers will] be eager to know how Ronan’s exciting journey will end and be left longing for the next installment.
Snow Wildsmith, Booklist
Intense action-filled, The Blood Guard is a non-put-downable
page turner…. This book is a must have.