The Deadlands: Hunted


Before there were dragons, there were dinosaurs.  The Deadlands: Hunted presents a world in which the dinosaurs were not wiped out by a meteor hitting the earth. In this world, dinosaurs have learned to speak and to dream. And they are organised to wage war.

Eleri is an oryctodromeus, a small dinosaur raised in an underground warren. He dreams of becoming his herd’s storyteller but when he saves an enemy soldier from a pterosaur attack, he is exiled to the Deadlands. To survive this scorched desert full of carnivores, he joins a herd of other young exiles, including a peppy stegosaur, a stoic sauropod, an irritable triceratops… and a mysterious spy. Can five young misfits save their warring kingdoms?  And just who is the traitor among them?

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The Deadlands: Hunted

Skye Melki-Wegner

(Walker Books)

The Deadlands: Hunted is a fascinating and action-packed adventure – unlike any other dinosaur-themed book you will encounter.
Some fifty years earlier, the Fallen Star event occurred.  This was a catastrophic collision between a meteor and planet Earth that should have led to extinction of all dinosaurs from the earth. Amidst all the death and destruction however, a few dinosaur tribes have survived.  The Fallen Star also led to some extraordinary changes among the survivors. Many are now able to think, reason and speak.  They have formed alliances, organised trade and waged war in a bid for domination.
Eleri, a young oryctodromeus, has no taste for conflict, preferring to chronicle ancient stories.  After acting purely on instinct, he saved the life of an enemy.  He is then banished to the Deadlands – a parched wasteland of rubble and dust where death is inevitable.   If starvation and thirst does not do for you, then being predated by roaming packs of carnivores will.
Eleri however, is not the only one in exile. He discovers there are many other dinosaurs that have been rejected or banished to the Deadlands.  Can this disparate group work together to survive or will the hatred between tribes destroy any chance of collaboration?
This is a brilliantly imagined fantasy thriller, quite unlike any other dinosaur story Bookwagon has read.  The dinosaur clans are permanently at war and Eleri and his unlikely group of misfits unwittingly uncover the shocking truth behind the killing. With themes of loyalty, morality and ethics, the story is deeply felt as well as being an exciting, action packed absorbing adventure about trust, courage and manipulation.


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