Published by Two Lions on March 4th, 2014
Genre: Middle Grades Fiction
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.
Wow, wee! I was going to start this review off with a summary, but my mind is all over the place trying to decide which amazing part to talk about first! For one thing, I can assure you that this book does not skimp on the action, suspense, and mystery. Thirteen-year-old Evelyn or Ronan thought his life couldn't get much worse with a name like his. Until his family's house mysteriously goes up in flames. Life doesn't seem to give Ronan a break when his mother nervously picks him up from school, claiming his aloof father had been kidnapped. From that moment on, Ronan is swept from reality and tossed into a world with deadly swords, murderous strangers, mysterious abilities, and an ancient organization. Having taken multiple self-defence classed, Ronan applies what he had learned to protect the Pure. With the help of friends and family, Ronan may have just what it takes to win. Do not let the middle-grade age fool you, this book is for everyone! It keeps you guessing till the very end. I really enjoyed the characters and how they each brought something unique to the team. I think, for the most part, they stayed true to who they were. They didn't act in a way that was unusual for their character. The writing flowed effortlessly, allowing the reader to be swept away. However, with a few of the action scenes, I felt they were getting annoying because nothing exciting was happening. I loved the plot twists, I think they made the story much more enjoyable. Also, why do middle-grade books always have awesome looking book covers! I love the artwork! I was very pleased with this book, I might just go out and but it in physical form. I cannot wait to read the second book!