Kid’s Book Review: Contender – The Champion

Kid’s Book Review: Contender – The Champion

About the Book and Author

This is the concluding book in the Contender series by bestselling historical fantasy writer Taran Matharu. The trilogy, published by Hachette, features the hero Cade, who so far has just about managed to survive the duel with the Hydra Alpha – But the Games are far from over.

By order of the cruel and mysterious alien overlord, Abaddon, Cade and his friends are sent off to war against the Greys, a humanoid race who have far surpassed humans in technology on their home planet.


This attempt to move up the leaderboard leads Cade to a game-changing revelation: The Pantheon – the millennia-old alien masterminds behind the Games – have a weakness.

With the right artefacts scavenged from the land of Acies and a heavy dose of courage and luck, Cade has exactly one chance to end their tyranny for ever. But if he fails, for the lives of his friends and the survival of Earth it will be …


Taran Matharu

Taran was born in London in 1990 and found a passion for reading at a very early age. His love for stories developed into a desire to create his own, writing his first book at nine years old. At twenty-two, while taking time off to travel, Taran began to write Summoner, taking part in Nanowrimo 2013.

Thanks to and updating daily, its popularity dramatically increased, reaching over three million reads in less than six months. After being featured by NBC News, Taran decided to launch his professional writing career and has never looked back.

The Summoner series has now been published in 15 territories and is a New York Times Bestseller. The Contender series is his second epic trilogy. You can find out more about the author on his website.


Read our Kid’s Book Review of Book 1 Contender – The Chosen

And here is a link to our Kid’s Book Review of Book 2 Contender – The Challenger


Book Review

I knew that the layout would be like a video game or fantasy novel, but I didn’t know it would be this riveting!

Contender: The Champion is a gripping and exciting book about how Cade Carter and his friends fight off aliens, battle an evil alien mastermind, and discover many historical and scientific facts. I was drawn into the book, and it was a page-turner. Having read the first book already, I knew that the layout would be like a video game or fantasy novel, but I didn’t know it would be this riveting!

Taran Matharu, the author, makes the words come off the page and I didn’t know what was going to happen next. Although when you first pick it up, Contender: The Champion may seem like a fantasy book, it also has lots of historical facts included throughout, with references to the dinosaurs, romans, some historic ships, and many things from the 20th century.

I really enjoyed this book because it is comprehensive and action packed, but it has a few swear words and lots of violence in it, so I would only say it is suitable for anyone above the age of 11 or 12. The story makes sense without having read the first and second books in the series, so you don’t really need to have read them beforehand.

I would suggest that you read it whether you like fantasy, science fiction, history, or video games.

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Reviewer Profile

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  • Name: Arthur
  • Age: 11 years
  • Likes: football, music and pizza
  • Dislikes: mushrooms and rugby
  • Favourite Book: Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkein
  • Favourite Song: The Final Countdown by Europe
  • Favourite Film: E.T.