About the Book
Title: Four Fiends (The Countdown), 2nd Edition
Author: Nikki Bennett
Publication Date: February 16, 2014 (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Independent: Firedrake Books LLC
Recommended Ages: 8+
Summary: The Four Guardians of the world have gone missing. They’ve been kidnapped by some of the most diabolical fiends that ever existed. Now, four misfit kids from different parts of the world must band together to save the Guardians. Along the way, they learn to work together, as they confront and conquer their deepest fears.
Four Fiends by Nikki Bennett
When I first read the Title of this book I read it as Four Friends.So I started reading and looked back at the title again and realized it was actually FIENDS . Well now as Emily Litella on SNL used to say “Well That’s Different” Never mind! For those of you that don’t know Emily Litella… * GOOGLE HER*
OK back to the show- Although there is an awesome picture of a mean looking Dragon on the cover it’s not so much about a Dragon as it is the adventure of four young teens that were given the impossible task of saving the world from utter and dismal destruction.
You see this is not your everyday Fire breathing , Treasure hording,Village destroying ,Man eating Dragon. He actually seems rather tame and his main reason for being is to counsel the four guardians that supposedly are protecting the world from evil. They say those who can’t do teach and that seems so with our Dragon.It seems he lives on a deserted Island ( real or mythical) and he can’t leave it . I never did figure out why.So since he cant protect the world on his own his Guardians do it.But when the Guardians disappear and can’t be found he fears the worse.Yes the end of the world as we know it.
Now I don’t know about you but if the end of the world was at hand I’m thinkin’ Call the US Navy you know maybe the 7th fleet or get the C.I.A. to get get to the bottom of it. How bout’ Seal Team Six- they do good work! Not so says the Golden Dragon, He goes in a completely different direction. Recruit one cute little Red Head young girl that thinks a bit much of herself from Jersey no less, One awkward , shy young lady from Hong Kong, add one young man from Italy who cant seem to tell the truth if his life depended on it ( and it very well might) and last but not least one boy from Japan with a guilt complex. Give them each one magical item to help them in their quest and they are ready to save the world.
It’s a fun book and well put together. The author gets right into the story by introducing four young people from complete different cultures. She shortly lets us know what their family life is like and their main shortcomings and personalities. This is important later in the story because their individual quest’s are based on their own personalities and quirks.Through the magical help of the Dragon they have no problem understanding each others different languages .There are lessons to be learned here for sure. As the kids struggle to learn about each other and work together to complete their unusual quest they begin to grow and mature a little.
The story moves along quite nicely to keep the reader interested . By the end of the book you can’t help to have a favorite character as you see them grow.I do think it would have been nice to see a little more of the guardians after each rescue of but they just go on to the next.I do like how Nikki ends the story (which I wont tell you)
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"This was one of the most entertaining reads for the whole family we have found in a long time. The characters are very believable, and I am always a sucker for heroes that have to find their way. The reading is very fluid and easily understood by the little kids when read aloud (sounds silly but anyone trying to do this will tell you it's not as easy a thing to achieve as it sounds) and the kids all seem to enjoy the story. The history is easily accessible even without a lot of research or background knowledge. The kids are very motivated to research and learn more on their own because this story has captured their interest. I already have many home learning lessons in mind using this book and have begun developing them with my kids. I think this is a book that will be found in classrooms very soon! Great job! I'm looking forward to more soon!!!" ~ 5 Star Review, Mariah W., Amazon
"Excellent read in and of itself, and provides excellent, character-building source material for reading to youngsters. The characters are well written and realistic, and the storyline is cleverly written and intelligent." ~ 5 Star Review, Alia K., Amazon
"Fantastic read. I loved the characters in this book so much that I re-read to my 9 year old after finishing it. I highly recommend this book for anyone that likes stories about adventure and believing in yourself." ~ 5 Star Review, Keith, Amazon
About the Author: Nikki Bennett
Nikki Bennett is an author and world traveler currently living in Japan. She loves traveling, and incorporates all the culture and folklore she can from the countries she visits into her stories.
Nikki has two books out right now. Her first book, FOUR FIENDS is a MG fantasy adventure and her newest book, MUKADE ISLAND is a YA adventure/fantasy (think Lord of the Flies meets LOST, it it was set on a different world!)
Find out all about Nikki's books at www.worldofnikki.com
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