What to Read After... Holly Webb 12/05/21
Defenders: Killing Ground
Publisher: Barrington Stoke
Seth has a special ability: to see things from the past. He's at a football match when flickering flames and a screaming, wild-haired man appear on the pitch. A storm hits from nowhere and the crowd panics. No-one's hurt, but more odd things happen over the following days and Seth learns he's seeing a 1000-year-old, brutal Viking massacre. Except the past is starting to affect the present. Seth must find a way to stop it – before the Vikings have his head too.
Defenders is a fast-paced story with a little something for everyone: football, history, friendship, mystery and danger, and even a hint of the supernatural. As a relatively short story in a dyslexia friendly font, it's also ideal for reluctant or struggling readers. Seth and his best friend Nadiya are brilliantly engaging characters, drawing you straight into the story from page one.