By Pittacus Lore
The Garde are finally reunited, but do they have what it takes to win the war against the Mogadorians? John Smith—Number Four—thought that things would change once the Garde found one another. They would stop running. They would fight the Mogadorians, and they would win. But he was wrong. After facing off with the Mogadorian ruler and almost being annihilated, the Garde know they are drastically unprepared and hopelessly outgunned. Now they’re hiding out in Nine’s Chicago penthouse, trying to figure out their next move. The six of them are powerful, but they’re not strong enough yet to take on an entire army—even with the return of an old ally. To defeat their enemy, the Garde must master their Legacies and learn to work together as a team. More important, they’ll have to discover the truth about the Elders and their plan for the Loric survivors. And when the Garde receive and sign from Number Five—a crop circle in the shape of a Loric symbol—they know they are so close to being reunited. But could it be a trap? Time is running out, and the only thing they know for certain is that they gave to get to Five before it’s too late.
The Garde may have lost battles, but they will not lose this war. Lorien will rise again.
This series has been entertaining to read, and I always enjoy reading them when they come out. They aren't really the books I can’t wait to read, but if I see it in the library, I’ll definitely pick it up. This fourth installation of the series was chuck full of difficulties for the Garde. They meet Number Five, a chubby kid that nobody can seem to find any liking for, but man is he powerful. Each member of the Garde has their own problems, doubts, and worries about the fate of the world, and the mystery of the Elder’s plans when they sent the last Loriens to Earth. Ella/Ten has an interesting role in this book, which I won’t spoil for anyone, but I’m hoping that things work out for the poor kid. As for the mysterious ally, Adam, I really liked the spin that was put in, as it balanced things out in the end. And (SPOILER) a character dies that everyone is incredibly upset about…I was there with you. So so sad. All in all, this is a solid companion to the first three books, and I will definitely keep reading to see what other kinks and resolutions come about in the series.
One warning: Nine has the mouth of a sailor, so beware of profanity if that distresses you. No bombs, but plenty of the others.