About the BookTitle: Four Fiends (The Countdown), 2nd Edition Author: Nikki Bennett Publication Date: February 16, 2014 (2nd Edition) Publisher: Independent: Firedrake Books LLC Pages: 215 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 is a highly creative magical journey of four unlikely kids and their quest to save the world.
The Vermillion Bird, Azure Dragon, White Tiger, and Black Tortoise, otherwise known as The Four Guardians of the World, have disappeared and the Golden Dragon fears they have been captured by the Four Fiends. He enlists the help of four children from around the world. The children are given special powers and sent on their way to rescue the Four Guardians and essentially save the world.
I like that each of the four children have to face their inner demons in order to rescue their assigned Guardian. The children come from different walks of life, but develop a bond with one another that may not have been possible before their life-changing journey. The story is filled with mystical creatures, majestic places, and enchanted items which adds to the entertainment. Readers also have the opportunity to learn about ancient legends from around the world as the children seek out the Four Guardians.
Four Fiends has well developed characters and a captivating plot that everyone in the family can enjoy. I recommend picking up a copy.
"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