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The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Riddle of Ages

(The Mysterious Benedict Society #4)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  166 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Little, Brown puts on its thinking cap for The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Riddle of Ages by Trenton Lee Stewart, reuniting the characters from this series to complete an urgent new mission
Published 2019 by Little, Brown
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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
Did I just finish the book—the book I’ve waited seven years for—in less than five hours?

Let’s first talk about my overall excitement, eagerness, and also nervousness about this fourth book.
I first read this series when I was about ten and loved it. Book #1 will always have a special place in my heart that is shown through my fangirling and owning approximately half a dozen copies of the first book. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy the second and third book—I definitely did—but
It was interesting? Admittedly, I wasn't in the perfect MBS mood, but it was charming as always (and it's grand to be back!) I laughed so many times, and this one managed to hit on growing up - the same terrors I'm going through - in all the right places. This, and everything Trenton Lee Stewart, will always be a favorite, but somehow this one didn't quite make it to the top. Maybe it's the fact that Kate doesn't carry her bucket anymore, or that I found the riddles boring (I'm not saying they'r ...more
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
AHHH FINALLY AT LONG LAST! It definitely lived up to my expectations, although, I think the other ones were a bit better. :)
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is perhaps my most anticipated book of the year (although, that's partly due to the fact that most of the authors I read are, well, not churning out any more works anymore). The Mysterious Benedict Society is one of my favorite children's series ever, and right after I had finished re-reading it I found out about this book. Ever since I've been eagerly awaiting it, but I was also slightly nervous that it wouldn't be as good or even that it would ruin the series for me, based on experiences with... ...more
Megan {A Barefoot Gal}
Sep 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'm still a tad confused, and confused if I am confused or not... but that probably has something to do with the fact that I read it in about five hours. AHH I LOVE THIS SERIES. I was actually really happy that I got to see the characters grown up! It was interesting how you didn't know what some of what the characters already knew (at least I didn't, again that could be because I missed something?) because I hadn't seen that as much in the other books, but it turned out great! I LOVED IT
Sep 08, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
The ghost of my former elementary school self and my current self are both screaming in perfect synchronicity right now
Aug 27, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

Middle school Haven is extremely happy right now... I WAS NOT EXPECTING THIS this made my day!!!!!! ACK!!!
Oct 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. That had to be one of the most unique books in this series. The originality of this series was one of the things that initially drew me in, but the characters kept my interest. I love them all, but Kate stole my heart. She is daring and adventurous, but one of the kindest and caring ones as well. She's not abrasive, she skydives, ground-dives, is extremely fast, can pick locks, and is fun to be around. Life is never boring with her.
Another aspect of this book that made it irresistible is t
Sep 18, 2019 marked it as to-read
Aug 26, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I'M GONNA CRY THERE'S A FOURTH BOOK???!!!! The Mysterious Benedict Society has always been one of my favorites, I literally cannot wait
Ben Howard
Sep 25, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
HOW DID I NOT KNOW THERE WAS GOING TO BE A FOURTH ONE?!?! need to re-read the series and then pick this up asap

Aiden Heavilin
Oct 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
**Spoilers ahead**

Wow, this hurts.

The first "Mysterious Benedict Society" novel is so good its almost unfair to other books. There are many things you can enjoy as a child that then fade as you grow older, that first novel is not one of them. It remains a beautifully plotted and paced story; I love the atmospheric dystopia, citizens of an anonymous city trapped in a vaguely defined political "Emergency", a mysterious academy on Nomansan Island, an exiled genius recruiting
Oct 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fun addition to the series
Rachel Callahan
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019
I love these characters and I’m so happy he decided to pick back up the series. This book had great tie-ins to the prequel, as well as the other books.
Sadie Joy
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mystery Benedict Society fans--must-read, trust me
Rating: 4.8 / 5

The gang is back, many years later both in our world and in their fictional world, and, if I may say so, everything feels like it's done just right!

About 9-10 years later I'd guess, and all our MBS members have grown up--well, compared to how they were before, anyway. They're all still together under the caring guidance of Mr. Benedict, but Reynie's now an average-looking young man with an above-average mind, and being offered scholarships into prestigious universities; George
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a lot of fun to be reunited with the characters from the original trilogy, now a bit older and trying to decide if they should use their genius to go off to college or start careers in their teen years (with Constance feeling left out, as usual). The book had too many plot twists for my taste and was overly convoluted (or maybe I'm just slow), but it almost didn't matter because the heart of this book was not puzzles and problem-solving. It was, at its core, a meditation on growing older, wri ...more
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-ya
For about the first third or so of this one, I wasn't sure I was buying in. There's not a lot of back-references to help bring characters and events back to mind, if one hasn't recently read or re-read the previous books, and of course they aren't really the same characters anymore -- they're years older, and the relationships have shifted as a consequence. Then there's the introduction of Tai Li, a new, younger character, who threatens to be a "Short Round" (of Indiana Jones and the Temple of D ...more
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have really enjoyed this entire series, after originally purchasing it for my then-10 year old son (who in the end found the books too slow to get to the action for his tastes). This book takes places several years (an undetermined number, perhaps 5-8 years?) after the prior book ends. I enjoyed the puzzles that the protagonists solve to try to save Mr. Benedict as I have in prior books, but this one was a little too heavy on the teen angst and interpersonal drama for my tastes. I guess that’s ...more
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
The whole gang is back for another adventure! Reynie, Sticky, Kate, and Constance are a little older now, contemplating their next move into adulthood, and worried that the Society will lose their special connection as they grow up. They band together one last time to stop the evil Mr. Curtain from escaping from his high-security prison.

I love everything about this book! The character development is excellent, and the friendships within the Society are just perfection. The plot kept
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everybody who's read the preceding books
Not as good as the original, but completely worthy of belonging to the series as a whole. I love how I was around the kids' ages when I read the first three and now I'm around their ages after growing up. The fears about leaving people behind are completely relatable. The plot didn't make much sense, but that's to be expected based on the preceding books. It was great how John from the Extraordinary Education got to play a role. I actually solved one of the puzzles by myself this time, which onl ...more
This was like reuniting with old friends and it was great! It's been four years since I read the previous ones, so I had to relearn some minor details and characters AND also get into logic mode. The Society has grown up and while they are facing growing up issues, they are still the same endearing, quirky geniuses from ago. Tai is a fun, youthful I sense a second series with Tai as the main character? Maybe, maybe not. Either way, I am glad Trenton Lee Stewart delighted readers wi ...more
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: want-to-own
I want to cry this was so good and I can't even

I had absolutely no idea that a fourth book was coming out until maybe a month or two before this was released, and holy crap was it even better than I was expecting. The same snarky wit, clever riddles, heartwarming (and sometimes not-so-heartwarming ;D) conversation, and action-filled adventures as the first books, combined with new characters, and new relationship dynamics? Sign me up!

Seriously, though, this book was so good.
Joey T
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WHAAAAAAT?!?! This book- just AGH
It’s a bit bitersweet knowing that the series is now over (or as far as I know) which makes me sad. It’s always hard seeing characters you’ve grown attached to grow up and mature.
This was my favorite book in the series and probably my favorite book of 2019 which is quite an accomplishment- I’m impressed.
Amazing y’all need to read this series if ya haven’t
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was torn between three or four stars for this, but I decided to go with the nicer option. ;) I enjoyed it because it's about the characters I love, but it didn't really live up to the first book, which is by far the best in my opinion. The deadpan ridiculousness that I loved so much in the other books was mostly absent, and I missed it a lot.
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Super fun to see what the kids and Mr. Benedict are up to now. Wasn’t quite the same as the original trilogy, which I think is better, but still a lot of fun, and I didn’t see the end coming.
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am so glad this series is back! I immediately was absorbed in this book from start to finish, and there was plenty of action to keep me entertained all throughout. Fans of the series will not be disappointed with this book, which contained its fair share of twists and turns. This book certainly deserves its place in the Mysterious Benedict Society series, and is probably one of my favorites in the series. The classic tone and voice of Trenton Lee Stewart is not lacking, and fans of the series, ...more
Hannah Powless
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my2019favs
I LOVED this book! I got my first Mysterious Benedict Society book back when I was 10 years old and this new addition brought me right back into my childhood! Over a decade later, this 4th adventure still had me on the edge of my seat desperately hoping they would make it through! I can’t recommend it enough.
Ms. Yingling
Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Library copy.

Consistently popular series that I once had copies of in my own home. Just not my favorite, although I did enjoy the prequel.
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: j-books
This is my second favorite book of the series. I liked the plot.
J - age 11
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Trenton Lee Stewart is the author of the award-winning, bestselling Mysterious Benedict Society series for young readers; The Secret Keepers, also for young readers; and the adult novel Flood Summer. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Letters to the author may be sent to:

Trenton Lee Stewart
PO Box 251358
Little Rock, AR 72205

Other books in the series

The Mysterious Benedict Society (4 books)
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey (The Mysterious Benedict Society, #2)
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Prisoner's Dilemma (The Mysterious Benedict Society, #3)