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The Blood Guard

(The Blood Guard #1)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  1,399 ratings  ·  271 reviews
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 sec ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Two Lions
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Carter Roy The second book is called The Glass Gauntlet, and it comes out late this summer—August, I believe, or early September.

And then the third book (being …more
The second book is called The Glass Gauntlet, and it comes out late this summer—August, I believe, or early September.

And then the third book (being written now) will follow close on its heels!(less)

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Aug 19, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a rather odd but often enjoyable story that I could recommend, cautiously, for a variety of middle grade readers and some adults. I'll try to give you some information to help you decide whether it's right for you or a kid you know:

~While there is magic in the story, it's very clearly modern, and there is something about the language, settings, and tone that might really appeal to some readers (I usually hate to stereotype, but I'm going to say this because it is my instinct here -- espe
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"When something matters enough to you," he promised, "you'll reach a make-or-break point where HEART comes in. THAT'S what pushes you to do the impossible."
-Mr. Entwhistle

Immediately after picking this book up from the library shelf, I fell in love with the idea of the Blood Guard. Evelyn Ronan Truelove was just a normal boy with an amount of extracurricular activities no one his age undoubtedly has had before. However, as Ronan said, "You don't care as much about being an outsider if you're al
( I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review )


I've been looking for a book to fill the hole left behind by finishing the Percy Jackson series, and boy oh boy did I find it. Full of action, nail biting adventure and witty banter, I couldn't put this down once I started.

The opening captured me, who wouldn't want to continue when the opening sentence is "It wasn't me who burned down our house". We're tossed right into, dare I say, fire, and the constant suspens
Ms. Yingling
Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Evelyn Ronan Truelove (don't call him Evelyn) has a quirky mother who has insisted he learn all sorts of useless skills like fencing and gymnastics,but he's still surprised when she picks him up from school and takes off in their van at breakneck speeding, telling him that his father has been kidnapped and she has to get Ronan to safety. She is also, by the way, a member of something called the Blood Guard, who are trying to protect 36 "pure souls" from an organization called the Bend Sinister t ...more
Alex McGilvery
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Blood Guard
Carter Roy
Amazon Children's Publishing
Two Lions

I don’t often pay attention to the buzz around a book because usually I’m disappointed. This was not the case with the Blood Guard. Evelyn Trueblood, known as Ronan to his friends spends all his free time in an odd assortment of after school activities - everything from gymnastics to fencing. He thinks his mother is just over controlling until she picks him up from school and flee from strange people in a red SUV.

Ronan’s mom has jus
Pop Bop
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
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More Than the Sum of Its Parts

This book is awash in most of the conventions of middle grade fantasy/adventure, but each part is just a little bit better than the usual, and it all fits together so nicely that the overall effect is remarkably engaging.

Ronan's father is kidnapped, and just before Ronan's Mom drops him off at a train headed for D.C. she reveals that she is a knight of the Blood Guard and Ronan is destined to be a knight as well. The Blood Guard is sworn to defend "the Pure", 36 nob
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
[4.25 Stars] So, this novel started off like many, many middle-grade fantasy novels do. A BANG! You're dropped, pretty much, straight into the action as Ronan's life starts spiraling out of control.

At first, I must admit that I had my hesitations. A thirteen-year-old boy sucked into a war he didn't know existed where he's promptly abandoned to probably somehow save the world after uniting with 1-3 other young teens? Heard it a jillion times before, but this book? It took that middle-grade trope
While this was a pretty fun MG, it also was very hard for me to suspend my disbelief in the plot.

So apparently there are 36 "Pure" souls who keep God from raining down fiery annihilation on the world. These Pure are not saints, or "goody-goodies", but just inherently good people whose very presence make them stand out as being someone special. Also these Pure souls reincarnate at appointed times after normal deaths, and also after being murdered.

The Blood Guard is tasked with protecting these P
Aaron Exists
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Blood Guard is a great novel, but the world, even in the whole series, is slightly under-built. It’s probably because I’m used to trilogies that are a thousand fantasy novel pages (at least, and longer than that in other trilogies), not 780 pages with fewer words.
Zachary Flye
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it

Protagonist: Ronan Truelove has had a rather tough life, after getting bullied when he was five his mother has enrolled him in a plethora of self-defense and fighting classes, as well as some seemingly miscellaneous other extra-curricular activities. When he was young his house was set on fire and while he didn't do it, there was no evidence leading to anyone else. Now his mom has yanked him from school and reveals, very vaguely I might add, her mysterious past and that he is in great dan
Jul 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Istyria book blog ~ A World of Enchanted Books

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 fin
Kathy Martin
Feb 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
THE BLOOD GUARD was an interesting and engaging middle grade fantasy that begins a new trilogy. Ronan Truelove finds his world shaken up when his mother picks him up from school one day and then takes off on a high speed chase. She soon sends Ronan to meet with someone who will take care of him in Washington DC before going off to engage the enemy.

Ronan soon finds himself immersed in the world of a Blood Guard which protects Pures from the Bend Sinister whose goal is to eliminate all the Pures
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I admit, I wasn't expecting to love this book as much as I do.
Even though it is a middle-grade novel, I went into it with no expectations at all mostly because I didn't know anything about it except for what is revealed in the synopsis. Sometimes, I think it's best to read a book not expecting a lot. Otherwise, you could end up being very disappointed with it.
I think it's safe to say that The Blood Guard not only surprised me in a very good way but also is one of my favorite reads of this year.
Lisa Nocita
May 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-2014
Far fetched and action packed, Blood Guard reads a bit like Dan Brown's DaVinci Code for middle grade readers. A group of bad guys known as "Bend Sinister" is determined to remake the world in their own warped vision. The Blood Guard are the sworn protectors of The 36 Pure, people whose innate goodness keeps a wrathful and vengeful God from destroying all of creation. The 36 don't know they are anyone special. To know would negate their innate goodness, sort of like sudden wealth or fame can cor ...more
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
You're picked up from school one day by your mother, who looks a bit frantic. She tells you (during a fancy bit of driving) that your father has disappeared and that she is part of a special group of people who protect others. Then, using a cutlass, she demonstrates by taking down a couple of people with guns. She drops you at a train station with orders to get to a specific place - and then she leaves. This is the fast-paced beginning to The Blood Guard, and rarely does it let up from there.
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile, fantasy
Even after I brought this one home from the library, it took me awhile to pick it up. I'm just a little tired of the "kids fighting bad guys on their own" genre. It was a pleasant surprise.

The lead-in was great and brought me right along: boy going about his normal school life gets picked up by his Mom, who seems in a big hurry. Before he knows it, he is informed that 1) his dad is missing, presumed kidnapped, 2) his mom is leaving to find him, 3)their lives are in mortal danger! and 4)she is a
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
REVIEW BY: Arianna, age 12 years, 8 months
Evelyn Ronan Truelove is an ordinary boy with an ordinary family, or so he thought.
One day his mom unexpectedly picks him up from school, tells him that his dad has been kidnapped by evil people, and she is part of a secret society. After a high speed chase involving a car on top of stairs, and his mom having super speed and blocking bullets, she drops him off on a train where he meets another member of the secret society. The secret
Feb 12, 2014 rated it liked it
To be honest I picked up a copy of this book for my nephews. I thought they might enjoy this book. Which I am sure that they will enjoy it probably more than I did. I liked the story fine and there was plenty of action happening in this book, but the characters only drew me in half way. So it was kind of hard to want to stick with them the whole time. However, I was interested in the mysterious Blood Guard. From what I did get from this book, I am sure the second one will be better. The first bo ...more
Erin Pauley
Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
I could not put this book down, literally read it in one day. It's a fast paced adventure that keeps you involved, there were several times when I was going to take a reading break and just could not do it because I had to know what came next. Sort of put me in the mind of The Hound of Rowan only more action packed. Ronan is a great character and Greta is an even better one, the dynamic of those two was terrific. Definitely a page turner with a bit of a twist at the end, I didn't give it five st ...more
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Both the characters and the plot appealed to me. It kept me turning pages. I didn't want to put it down, and I want to know what happens next to Ronan.

It reminds me of Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series, but I think it will be more accessible to a bigger audience because it doesn't deal with mythology. It has both magical elements and good versus evil, both of which make a good read.

I think this book will be very popular with upper elementary and middle school s
Mike Milligan
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Unlike some books who have to try and set the scene and explain everything, this started by grabbing me with a jerk and I was taken on a fast moving adventure that lasted the whole book, easy to read, easy to understand and a joy to be a member of the team trying to stay alive. Great reading for young teens or just the young at heart!

Review copy provided by netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Marilyn Olson
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Action and crazy adventure from the very beginning of this book make it a fun page-turner that will keep you reading to the end. Two groups of people, the virtuous Blood Guard and the evil Bend Sinister fight each other for the souls of the Pure. If the Bend Sinister win, the world will be destroyed. I can't wait for book number two to come out! For middle grade students, ages 9-13
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. Once I started it I could barely put it down. There was a lot of action and mystery. And though this book is geared toward teens, as an adult this as a really great read. I am really looking forward to the next book in the series.
I received this free from NetGalley for an honest review.
Bill Tillman
A really fun mid grade book, thirteen year olds rock! Ronan was a great lead character with Greta as a sidekick. Bend Sinister were a creepy group of bad guys the exact opposite of the Blood Guard, Jack is the perfect foil as an eternal pick pocket. Get ready for a thrill ride, one you cannot put down till done.
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
Great book for middle school and anyone that loves a fun non-stop action adventure. The action doesn't get in the way of the story and surprisingly, the humor. This is the first book in a trilogy and I will continue. More review later.
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely amazing! I loved reading about the Blood Guard going against the Bend Sinister team. I love the idea of an overseer, some parts in this book my heart was in my hands but I NEED the next book!
Thanks to NetGalley and Two Lions for the ARC of The Blood Guard by Carter Roy! This book is action packed and quickly paced. New concept and fun, enjoyable characters. The Blood Guard is an easy read that everyone can enjoy!
Aileen H
Aug 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Received this book for 7th grade son from NetGalley. He says, it explains the secret world instead of saying it exists. Throws in twists that no one sees coming. I would recommend it to readers my age who like to read fantasy action with a little mystery.
[I was very involved in this book, so my rating is likely suspect. Still!]
Sep 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Good versus evil at its finest! Great characters and an excellent plot twist!
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Short Version: Carter Roy is the author of The Blood Guard and its sequels, as well as a forthcoming novel from Delacorte/Random House Children's Books. He lives in New York with his wife, a spiky cat, and far too many books.

In-Depth Version: 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 videographe

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