My 13 year old son Damian's FAVORITE book in 2014 was Carter Roy's Blood Guard, the first book in an action packed middle grade adventure series. The Glass Gauntlet, the sequel to Blood Guard will be released tomorrow and Damian couldn't be more excited. This series contains all the things to grab and hold the attention of middle grade readers - action, adventure, intrigue, mystery, heroes and villains, and just some really awesome fantasy!
Check out Damian's own review of the Blood Guard HERE and be sure to grab a copy of both!
13-year-old Ronan Truelove had once considered himself to be a typical teen, but that was before he found out his mother is a member of 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. And it turns out his best friend Greta is one of the Pure – but she has no idea of her true identity and must be kept in the dark to protect her safety. Even more earth-shattering is that his own father is not the good guy he had always envisioned: he’s actually a leader of the Bend Sinister, an ancient evil order who want to bring about the end of the world.
THE GLASS GAUNTLET picks up the action where The Blood Guard left off and delivers another thrilling escapade. Ronan just barely escaped from his father’s clutches, and now, determined to prove himself worthy of being a member of the Blood Guard, he embarks on a mission with his friends Greta and Sammy, led by the strangely immortal and enigmatic Jack Dawkins. In order to acquire the Damascene ’Scope, a device that is key to the Blood Guard’s plan, the kids must enter a competition called The Glass Gauntlet, in which they perform dangerous tasks with no rules and no safety net. The friends soon discover none of their competitors are who they seem, and there are hidden threats at every turn. As Ronan tries to win the tests and determine who if any are his allies, he steels himself for another inevitable face-off with his father. Friendship, loyalty, and bravery prevail in this heroic story that will have readers clamoring for the finale.
Carter Roy’s series, while clearly a work of imaginative fantasy, was inspired by a real concept. According to Kabbalah, there exist thirty-six special people whose purity of soul redeems the rest of humanity. (Kabbalistic folklore calls them tzaddikim or nistarim, though elsewhere, and in The Blood Guard series, they are known as the thirty-six Pure.) If the souls of enough of these pure ones were somehow to be permanently or prematurely extinguished, our world would end.