Published by Two Lions on August 18th, 2015
Genre: Middle Grades Fiction
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, Ronan is sent on his first mission with his friends Greta and Sammy 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? But the Glass Gauntlet is actually something much more dangerous: head-to-head competitions against ruthless opponents. Nothing and no one are what they seem. 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 also the world.
Ronan Truelove is finally getting into the swing of things with the Blood Guard. Earning himself his first mission, Ronan and his friends are sent to partake in a series of tests called the Glass Gauntlet. Mazes replace classrooms as the competitors race the finish, hoping to eventually snag the large scholarship. But the Glass Gauntlet soon becomes more than a tedious way to achieve wealth. A literal gauntlet made of glass is slowly pieced together as the champion of each challenge is rewarded. With their team slowly dwindling down and Jack's mysterious disappearance, Ronan, Greta, and Sammy go searching for answers. Except, they may have just stumbled into something even bigger than the competition itself. New powers are unleashed and old faces return to this thrilling sequel. I really enjoyed this book, even though this book is mostly aimed for children. The characters are great in their own special way. Ronan slowly begins to see Greta more as a friend than as another Pure that needs protecting. Greta, oblivious to what she truly is, comes quite in handy with her lockpicking skills. Although Sam is new to the team, he is a pro when it comes to technology. And then there's Dawkins. With his amazing power and his humor, the book is enjoyable for all ages! I was expecting a little bit more action considering ever other chapter had something going on in the first book. However, I think my heart really benefited from the slow pace. Roy makes writing look so easy and flawless! I cannot wait to see where the characters end up next!