I have a whole shelf dedicated to Matthew Reilly and i always adore his books. So when the fourth book in the Jack West Jnr series was released, The Four legendary Kingdoms, I had to buy it as soon as it was released.

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Title: The Four Legendary Kingdoms
Author: Matthew Reilly
Date published: October 18th, 2016
Format: Hardback
Page Count: 430
My Rating55663-five-stars

There are sixteen contestants, but only one will survive.

The last thing Jack West Jr remembers is arriving for a meeting at a top-secret military base with his family in tow.

Now he awakes to find himself in a hellish scenario. Jack has been selected to take part in the Games, a series of deadly challenges designed to fulfil an ancient ritual. If he chooses not to compete, both he and his daughter will be killed.

With the fate of the Earth at stake, Jack will have to traverse diabolical mazes, fight ruthless assassins and face unimaginable horrors that will test him to the limit.

In the process, he will discover the mysterious and powerful group of individuals behind it all: the four legendary kingdoms.

The thrilling new Jack West adventure from the bestselling author of The Great Zoo of China and The Five Greatest Warriors.

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What can I say about this book. Reilly stays true to form and writes such a fun and interesting story with some of our favourite characters and a new take on classical mythology.

We see the return of Jack West Jnr and his team, but also a cameo of some other characters which was hinted out in the early pages but was no less exciting when it happened. While there are so many players in the Games and in the book, Reilly does a great job at introducing them and creating unique characters that all have a purpose and meaning in the story. Story wise, there was never a dull moment. Every page was action packed, and if it didn’t answer a question, it raised a new one. Every event in the Games built up the suspense as to what was going to happen in the end, and while one of the major plot twists was obvious it was written in a way where you were not completley certain. For me the ending wrapped up enough of the loose ends to leave me satisfied, but still left some open that would lead into the next book in the series.

The book revolves around the traditional Games in which Jack and a number of other people are thrust into. These games must be completed to save the early from the certain annihilation and has hints of the science fiction to it, especially relating to the ancient race that built many monuments seen in the previous books and is speculated to be the creator of life on earth throughout the series. As soon as i started reading i was instantly reminded of his first book published, Contest, which was the first book i had ever read by him. His writing and story telling has grown and developed since that first book, and i still enjoy the  very different’Ancient Games’ scenario  and characters in each of the books.

Probably my favourite part of the book (apart from a character cameo and epic final fight) was the way Reilly reimagined some aspects of classical mythology-in particular the Labours of Hercules and the Minotaurs. The Four Ancient Kingdoms is also a concept that can be explored further, and i did wish there was a little bit more detail and information as it is an interesting concept.

Overall i really cannot say nothing bad about this book. it is very ‘Matthew Reilly’, and that was exactly what i was expecting. Ridiculous action scenes, a strong and interesting main character and a book that i cannot put down until i finished it.

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