The Glass Gauntlet (Blood Guard Series #2)

The Glass Gauntlet (Blood Guard Series #2)

by Carter Roy

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477827154
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 08/18/2015
Series: Blood Guard Series , #2
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 165,316
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

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 videographer on a cruise ship; worked as a line cook in a kitchen, a projectionist in a movie theater, and a rhetoric teacher at a university. He has been a reference librarian and a bookseller, edited hundreds of books for major publishers, and written award-winning short stories for adult readers that have appeared in a half-dozen journals and anthologies. The Blood Guard was his first book, and this is his second. He lives in New York City. He invites any and all questions about him or the Blood Guard itself at his website.

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The Glass Gauntlet 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Holly More than 1 year ago
The Glass Gauntlet is the second book of The Blood Guard and it follows Ronan Truelove and his quest to become a Blood Guard. Right after the events in the first book with Ronan discovering his mom is part of the Blood Guard and his dad is the head of the evil Bend Sinister, who had just stolen someone's soul. As Ronan's mom searches for his dad and how to get the soul back into the body, Ronan, Greta & Sammy are sent to an abandoned town to hide out until one day when everything goes wrong. But as luck would have it, a test called The Glass Gauntlet just opened up for the three to take to be part of the Blood Guard. As the three youngsters get sent to take the test, nothing is what it seems at the testing site. When Ronan sends a email to his dad letting him know where he is, everything falls apart in just one night that reveals everything and who is really there. When the battle between the Blood Guard and Bend Sinister is over, his dad is missing and a soul is returned, a new battle is on the horizon but we just have to wait to see what happens in the next book! The more I read this series, the more I don't want it to end, yes it's that's good!! I do think this would make for an awesome movie series or maybe even a TV series, but only time would tell for that. Now the wait is on for the next book and I can't wait to see what is to come for Ronan and his Blood Guard!!! Thank You to Carter Roy for having such a fantastic series that truly deserves to have the spotlight on it. I received this book from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
Synopsis- Ronan is a new member of the Blood Guard. They protect certain souls (called “Pures”), that, if unbalanced, could destroy the world. The Bend Sinister, the bad guys, for some odd reason really want to unbalance the Pures. Ronan and his friends, one of whom is unknowingly a Pure, are going to a sort of maniacal testing, and are trying to find an ancient device that can put a Pure’s soul back into their body while at the testing site. Will they succeed? What I Thought- This was a really unique book. I didn’t read the first book in the series, but this book gives you the main details needed so you aren’t lost. I think any series that you can pick up the books out of order and still get what is going on is a sign of great writing. Mr. Roy created a fun series. The characters are realistic, and it was a cool twist (I think it happened in book #1) that Ronan’s mom is a good guy, but his dad is the head of the bad guys. That made it interesting. Mr. Roy has a riveting plot and an interesting way that defines the magic in the book. There is a lot of action in the story that keeps you on the edge of your seat. *Note* I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
4 STARS I enjoyed book 1 The Blood Guard much more. It was easier to put the book down. It had good guys and bad guys, lots of sword fights, even water fights. Cool tools. Had some twists I did not see coming. Ronan, Greta, and Sammy are being taught how to be blood guards in a old ghost town. They don't really like it. Especially Greta. She keeps trying to breakout. Ronan Truelove is 13 years old. He has found out his father is a major bad guy who last time he saw him ordered his death. On the other hand his mother is a blood guard working to protect the pure. He is given a secret mission to follow Greta on her escapes and protect her. Greta's parents are divorced. She is a Pure but doesn't know it. She wants to train and be a blood guard but she also wants to see her mother. She is 13. Sammy is a orphan he likes being trained to be a blood agent. He had rotten foster parents who tried to kill him. He is only 11. The Blood Guard as sworn to protect the 36 Pure good people in the world. If the Pure get killed early before their time it throws the world off balance. Last time 5 were murdered it caused WW11. The Bend Sinister want to kill the 36 and cause the end of the world. They have a lot of scientists working with them. One of the leaders is Ronan's father. Ronan, Greta, Sammy and Jack get a mission of their own. The three of them are entered into The Glass Gauntlet competition. The winner wins 1,000,000 plus prizes and scholarship. It a reason for Jack to be on the estate to find something. Things don't go like planned. Instead of a test it is more physical, mental and no rules comp. I wish there were more of the tests in the story. The inventions are cool, dangerous and some are unbelievable. I want to read more and see what happens next in the series. I was given this ebook to read by Net Galley and Two Lions. In return I agreed to give a honest review of The Glass Gauntlet.
MichaelS66 More than 1 year ago
SophiesMindset More than 1 year ago
Book 2 not as engaging The Blood Guard (Book 1) - three stars The Goods: The Blood Guard is the first book in a new series for young people. I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly it drew me in to the story. The writing is engaging, and the story is fast paced. It's rare to say that there is never a dull moment in a story, but I can honestly say that. Why I can't unequivocally recommend the book: *Not everyone will have the concerns I'm about the reflect. This part is directed at those who share similar beliefs.* The framework of this book (and series) is that the world is evil and full of lots and lots of people who do bad things and in the world there are 36 "Pure" - these people are not perfect, but they are, in essence, pure. They seek to do the right thing because it is good and right and they will always do this. These 36 people make up for the 6.something billion of bad apples in the world. When one of the Pure dies, their soul is reincarnated into another person so there is always 36 to keep the balance. If they die before their appointed time, the world is affected (think Dark Ages). My concern with this premise is that it isn't true (I realize it's fiction, bear with me). No mere human can - even 36 of them - are enough to offset the world's evil. Only the one who is pure and perfect (Jesus) can do that and offer salvation and redemption for humanity (I told you, not everyone will agree with me, but I'm directing this part of my review to those who do). As engaging as this book is, my children will not be reading this book for some time because they need to have the appropriate framework in place so they hold this book up against the truth. It also has some creepy magic/powers stuff in it. On the flip side, as children are older and more discerning this could be (depending on your child and situation) a good book to let them "cut their teeth on" as they are learning to practice discernment in reading. Discuss the work with your children - in what ways does this book line up with what we believe? (we need Purity, certain things are wrong, etc) In what ways does it differ? (reincarnation, many people holding back evil instead of one, etc) So my biggest concern for the book is also a reason to let my children read it at an appropriate time. The story is interesting and easy to read. I will be reading more in this series, and I recommend this book with the caveats aforestated. The Glass Gauntlet (Book 2) - two stars All of my previous caveats mentioned for Book 1 remain. But even with those aside, The Glass Gauntlet is just not as as interesting as The Blood Guard. The pace is slower, even though the style is the same, and it just seems really far fetched and unbelievable - even given the premises of what can and can't happen in the world as the author set it up. I will probably read the next book when it is released, but Book 2 is making me fast lose interest in this series. The next book needs to step up its game, unless it wants to lose a reader. I received a complimentary ecopy of Books 1 & 2 in exchange for my honest reviews.