Posted first to Blog Critics as Book Review: ' The Glass Gauntlet, The Blood Guard Book 2' by Carter Roy.
When he and a couple of friends are chosen for their first mission, they are sent to another weird school, one where they must take tests called the Glass Gauntlet. Initially boring, they find that is more than they thought it would be. The danger comes from the competition, for someone is out to kill him. Ronan must find who wants him dead and why. What he first thought was a simple competition and another bout of training has turned to more than just that.
The Glass Gauntlet puts him on another challenge, one where he must face his father. Can he protect his friends and save himself once more? Is his father after the pure souls? Ronan cannot back away from this challenge for his is now a sworn protector. The survival of the world is at stake.
Carter has given us a group of kids that are fun and entertaining. They each have their doubts and insecurities, and they all want to learn to be more. Yet there is another group as well which contains the bullies, those magnified from our own youth. You are drawn to the actions and cheering the underdogs.
His world is complex and his villains are bold and dangerous. Carter takes us into the dealings of those who want to rule and care nothing about how it will affect others. He has given us a twist by making Ronan’s father the protagonist and he makes him more indecipherable then bad. There is always that question. Is he really trying with all his heart to kill his son?
If you have a young adult that loves fantasy and fiction fill with action and danger this would be a great find. While set for the young adult, the story is also a wonderful find for the adult that is young at heart. Carter takes us into a world of turmoil, where the victors are still unsure of themselves and the adventures are exciting but dangerous. The second in the series you will want to go back and find The Blood Guard Book 1 to learn more about how it all began.