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the blood guard trilogy

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 the Blood Guard an ancient order of knights sworn to protect the Pure—thirty-six noble souls whose safety is crucial if the world as we know it is to survive.



Suddenly, Ronan is swept up in a sometimes funny, sometimes scary, but always thrilling adventure—dashing from one danger to the next and using his

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wits to escape the Bend Sinister, a posse of evildoers who will stop at nothing to track down and destroy the Pure. 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.


Shortlisted for six State reader awards! (Nominated by readers of exceptionally good taste in Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Missouri, South Dakota & Utah)  • Winner of the Northern Ireland Book Award • Praised fulsomely in many reviews (gathered on the page you can find here)


The US cover (Two Lions/Amazon)

The UK cover (Scholastic UK)



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.



The US cover (Two Lions/Amazon)

“[S]trong character development, edge-of-your-seat pacing, and fairly rich world-building, this is a strong sequel. Hand to readers of fantasy and adventure—and be prepared to purchase the subsequent sequels.”—School Library Journal

The UK cover (Scholastic UK)



Ronan Truelove's best friend, scrappy smart aleck Greta Sustermann, has no idea that she is one of the thirty-six Pure souls crucial to the safety of the world. But Ronan's evil father has figured it out―and he's leading the Bend Sinister straight to Greta. If they capture her, she'll suffer a fate far worse than mere death. But to get to Greta, they're going to have to go through Ronan first.





Standing with Ronan are plucky hacker Sammy; witty, unkillable Jack Dawkins; and a sharp-tongued woman named Diz, who drives a dangerously souped-up taxi. One breathless close call after another leads to an ugly showdown: Ronan alone against


his father, with the fate of Greta, his friends, and the entire world hanging in the balance. Will Ronan be able to rise up and prove once and for all that he has what it takes to join the Blood Guard? 

By turns heart-stopping and hilarious, The Blazing Bridge brings the Blood Guard trilogy to a surprising, clever, and altogether thrilling conclusion.


The UK cover (Scholastic UK)

"A strong and satisfying conclusion to a wild and hilarious ride."―Kirkus Reviews

The US cover (Two Lions/Amazon)

Around the world

In Germany, the Blood Guard novels got a photo-realistic, action-packed look and are known as Der Bund der Wächter. (All published by Ravensburger Verlag.)


Check out the cool graphic novel look for Blood Guard books in France! They kept the series titles but translated the individual book titles. (Published by Pocket Jeunesse.)



The Brazilian publisher kept Vivienne To's stunning jacket art, but translated the title into Os Guardiões do Sangue. (Published by Editora Rocco.)

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