Contender: The Chosen

Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books

Review

When Cade is convicted of a crime he didn’t commit, he’s sent away to reform school, where life is predictably grim and brutal. But this in no way prepares him for the day he opens his eyes to find himself on a narrow shelf of rock overlooking a deep canyon... with a razor-clawed, needle-toothed monster prowling below him.

At that moment, how he got there doesn’t seem as urgent a question as how he is going to escape being the creature’s next meal. Luckily, fear of a gruesome death hurries his escape but it soon becomes obvious that, wherever he is, something about the place is very wrong indeed. And his fight for survival is only just beginning.

This fantasy thriller has many elements of a video game so will appeal to gamers, as well as lovers of fantasy fiction.

Plenty of gore, and nail-biting jeopardy punctuate a mystery adventure that might just answer the questions about what happened to the Roman Legion of the Ninth, the crew of the Mary Celeste and those unfortunate enough to have disappeared from the Bermuda Triangle.

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