"E.Ardell--a librarian quickly morphing into a rising author--pens a story that appeals to teens in her sci-fi debut. While much of her futuristic plot focuses on familial relationships--particularly between four brothers (Lawrence, Devon,Lyle, and Evan), Ardell emphasizes that some things just haven't change in the year 2022--in Houston, Texas and beyond. Although now replete with humans and Visitors (aliens), the world continues to have race relation problems, and this time with Vulattos--half-humans, half-aliens. Ardell's unique plot unfolds little by little as told through three concurrent first person narratives(Lawrence, Devon, and Lyle).
Amid psychic weirdness, racial issues, and a Gothic-styled war, Ardell punctuates a little bit of everything expected in a teenager's world (i.e., sarcasm, comedy, and plenty of flirting that coincides with raging hormones). The Fourth Piece is the first in the Order's Last Play series. Throwing in a flurry of twists and turns along the way and closing on an interesting cliffhanger, Ardell sets the groundwork for book two, The Third Gambit. A one-of-a-kind story, The Fourth Piece is earmarked to become a favorite teen read."--Red City Reviews.
"A young adult novel written by E. Ardell, The Fourth Piece is a tale that deals with warfare, space ambassadors and all things alien. It's the first book of the 'Order's Last Play' series. Combining humor, mystery and science, the writer spins an enthralling tale about four brothers with very different personalities and similar fate. This novel is a journey of self-discovery and mutual understanding. This moderately-paced novel is set in the near future which includes aliens, space wars and technological advancements. Using well placed conversations and detailed descriptions, the author manages to weave a credible story that doesn't overwhelm the reader.The story is narrated in present tense using first person narration, the point of view of each chapter alternating between one of the brothers. This method of storytelling contributes to the development of the plot since it provides an insight on the ideas, expectations and innermost thoughts of each character. The sharp contrasts between the characters are brought out well, resulting in excellent characterization. The Fourth Piece is an excellent novel that explores severed interpersonal bonds, alien politics, and everything in between. Simply put,this is one of the most enjoyable books I read in a long time. I rate this book4 out of 4 stars."--VinuW, Online Book Club.