Ronan Truelove barely survived his first encounter with his father and the Bend Sinister. Now, he’s determined to become one of the Blood Guard, a sword-wielding secret society sworn to protect thirty-six pure souls crucial to the world’s survival.
Eager to prove he’s got what it takes to become a Guard, Ronan can’t believe that the first mission he, Greta, and Sammy are sent on is to visit a weird-sounding school and take a series of tests called the Glass Gauntlet. Paper and pencils and nerdy scholarship—where’s the life-or-death challenge in that? Boring.
Only it’s not. For the Glass Gauntlet turns out to be dangerous head-to-head competitions against ruthless opponents. Nothing and no one are what they seem to be. Who can he trust and who will kill him? Ronan has to figure it out fast, because his enemies are multiplying, and soon he will have to pass the ultimate test: facing his father again and standing up to those who threaten not only him and his friends, but the world.
REVIEW BY: Arianna, age 12 years, 8 months
MAY CONTAIN SPOILER:
In book two of the Blood Guard series, Ronan and his friends return after having stayed at a secret Blood Guard facility to be trained. The Bend Sinister finds them because of a tracking device hidden in Ronan's baseball from his dad. Once they escape the Bend Sinister they travel to the Glass Estate where they undergo a series of tests. If they win then they can restore the Pure Ones' soul. Time is running out, are Ronan and his friends up to the challenge after confronting an old friend?
My favorite character is still Greta. She is amazing for such a young person. I don't think I could come up with half of the things she does. My favorite part is when Greta constantly tries to escape the facility to see her mom.
I recommend this book for those mystery seeking adventurers. This book shows you the meaning and depth of true friends. I really enjoyed this book!
I give this book 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 and older.
**I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.