I am delighted to be part of the Four Fiends blog tour. In February last year, Sally Harris pulled twelve other authors together for a promotion – Love MG Actually – which has made a huge difference to my promotion activities. I made contact with other authors and promoters of children’s and YA books. I got involved in reviews and blog tours. I found myself. One of the other authors involved was Nikki Bennett. We haven’t done much together, but we have reviewed and recommended other people’s books to each other through Goodreads. I’m delighted to host a stop on her tour and finally get round to reading her book! Don’t forget to scroll down to the end of the tour list for the $50 giveaway!
About the Four Fiends
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 young people are drawn together from four corners of the world to discover the Yellow Dragon and the case of the missing Guardians. Each has a task ahead that will challenge their self-perceptions and their very existence. Who will be first? How will they cope? What will the danger be? How can they prepare? With the aid of some very ordinary-looking objects and some memories that have been blanked up till now, they find the way to overcome their foes – the fiendish Fiends – and return order to the world.
I loved the way each of the four were very different, yet very normal, with concerns about their purpose in life, their relations with others, and their families. They were totally recognisable, and their cultural diversity made that even more interesting. There is a wonderful mix of fables and mythology mixed in here, to make a satisfying whole, at least as far as I was concerned. The writing is exciting and imaginative, places recognisable yet foreign, and the tasks and their achievement beautifully thought out. Some of the more cryptic clues had a spin on them that was both clever and sound, since a magical being’s words should always be oblique and capable of different interpretations, but still be precise.
This is a delightful read, with an international twist that adds to the pleasure. Well done, Nikki Bennett – more please!
“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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There are some lovely interviews with Nikki on the tour – see for example The Ninja Librarian’s.
Four Fiends Blog Tour Schedule (2014)
* Blog Tour Giveaway *
Prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice)
Contest ends: May 31, 11:59 pm, 2014
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