Parents' Guide to

The Blood Guard

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Action-driven fantasy finds focus as it goes.

Book Carter Roy Fantasy 2014
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THE BLOOD GUARD sure gets off to a great start. Ronan's mom kicks some butt, drops a bombshell about her secret life, then drops him at a train station crawling with bad guys. Then he's on the run. Then he meets Hawkins, his pickpocket protector, and Greta, a girl with mad skills -- she was trained by her FBI father. Then they're on the run. And still on the run. And getting chased -- same thing. Exciting for a while, sure, but the reader needs to know the point of it all way before the middle of the book. "They must be the bad guys because they're chasing us and look mean," we're told -- but that's not enough to go on.

Revelations about the Blood Guard and the opposing secret society (the Bend Sinister -- fabulous name!) finally come to light, albeit pretty late in the game. Still, with Greta and Ronan's place in the Blood Guard established by the end, the sequel looks promising.

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