The final book in the Blood Guard trilogy finds Blood Guard–in-training Ronan “Don’t call me Evelyn” Truelove battling the murderous Bend Sinister all over New York City.
The nefarious organization’s plan: to destroy the souls of all 36 Pures and bring about the fall of civilization. Led by Ronan’s father, the baddies are always one step ahead, and Ronan needs all the help he can get. He’s joined by friends Greta (who doesn’t know she’s a Pure), computer hacker Sammy, and Ronan’s Overseer, the immortal Jack Dawkins. The gang gets assistance from their enemy-turned-ally, Agatha Glass; a wacky, beehive-sporting cabbie named Diz; the four Dobermans of the apocalypse, War, Famine, Pestilence, and Debra (don’t ask); and a cat called Grendel. From a decommissioned subway station to crowdsurfing across Times Square to the final battle atop a flame-colored, silk-wrapped Brooklyn Bridge, Ronan has his work cut out for him. Readers who have read the first two books will have a more fulfilling reading experience than those who haven’t, but there’s enough provision of back story without cumbersome infodumping to catch newbies up on who’s who and what’s what. Aside from one unnamed Blood Guard, an Asian man, race is not addressed, implying a white default.
A strong and satisfying conclusion to a wild and hilarious ride. (Adventure. 10-14)