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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Visitor's Choice by Alexander Davidson is the tale of David Wilson: an average young man who likes a laid back lifestyle away from the troubles of his squabbling parents. As usual, he is packed off to stay with a family friend for the summer, but what he doesn’t bank on is his sudden departure to the mysterious kingdom of Ethelrod, where he finds himself tested to his limits. As the very first visitor to Ethelrod, David becomes the subject of huge attention and it’s going to take all his wits to survive the trials and drama that await him.
The Visitor’s Choice really champions books in general and convincingly shows young people the true value of imagination and adventure. David is a relatable lazy student thrown into a situation which requires knowledge he was too laid back to retain the first time around; a valuable metaphor for today’s youth. The adventure itself is fun and well-written, with vivid characters who each have their own interesting back-stories and teach David some useful lessons during his journey. The collision of David’s real-world problems and the land of Ethelrod makes for exciting reading, but also allows the protagonist to deal with the issues of his past through the medium of this otherworldly kingdom. Overall, I feel that author Alexander Davidson has created a clever moral message at the centre of a highly enjoyable story. I would be very interested to see what other adventures and issues David might face in future books.