The Blood Guard
By Carter Roy
Two Lions (June 9, 2015)
279 pgs (paperback)
What a fun adventure novel. I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.
Ok, in the rush to get kids back into the swing of school I have fallen a bit behind in reviewing books, but when an announcement for book two of this series arrived in my inbox I decided I needed to read book one first. Fortunately it was available. So, downloaded and read it this afternoon, and what a fun story.
Evelyn is a boy without much free time. His Mom has him scheduled for every sort of class imaginable from frisbee to gymnastics to fencing classes. But when she shows up after school and guns their little car across the city, Evelyn is thrown into a world of kidnapped people, mad scientists, secret societies, sword fights, and a battle between the forces of good and evil. He will pick up several companions along the way in a race to DC to save his family.
This is a good solid adventure novel with a twist of magic and a whole lot of car chases. While the story can get a bit twisted in on itself and there are some gruesome moments, in a turn much like in George of the jungle “no one gets hurt, they just get really bad boo boos”. This is a great Junior Fiction novel appropriate for middle graders of the action adventure bent. I was not all together thrilled with the female character, but then I never liked over zealous rule enforcers. This novel should appeal to both boys and girls equally.
Parental Note: there are a lot actions by the characters which should cause catastrophic consequences if real world physics is applied. Treat this novel as a fantasy and you should be fine. There are several scenes that were gruesome until you realize many of the adults are immortal. The book does sort of hit the reader with death right at the beginning, even if it takes it back later and introduces the hilarious addition of trying to duct tape a head back on a body so it can grow back together. It is part of a series so expect a lot of world building and an open ended finale that leaves many questions unanswered.