Skye Melki-Wegner

Book - 2023

Seeking to escape carnivorous pursuers, a band of exiled prehistoric herbivores find themselves trapped inside the volcanic heart of the Carrion Kingdom where they must free fellow plant eating prisoners and gather proof of the carnivores' vicious plans.

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Action and adventure fiction
New York : Henry Holt Books and Company 2023.
Main Author
Skye Melki-Wegner (author)
First edition
Physical Description
xii, 289 pages : map ; 22 cm
Ages 8-12.
Grades 4-6.
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Review by Kirkus Book Review

Seeking to escape carnivorous pursuers, a band of exiled prehistoric plant eaters go from the frying pan into the fire (literally) in this follow-up to The Deadlands (2023). Calamities compound as a desperate flight over the treacherous, volcanic Salted Scorch--with a carnotaurus colonel and a squad of raptors hot on their trail--leads oryctodromeus Eleri and his four herbivorous allies not to the hoped-for safety of the Drylands but straight into the magma-heated tunnels of the Fire Peak: the headquarters of the Carrion Kingdom. There, along with the very personal danger of being captured and eaten at any moment, the fugitives find not only a captive herd of fellow herbivores in need of rescue but a cache of terrifying weapons certain to turn the tide in the larger ongoing war between predator and prey species. As is proper for a middle volume, Melki-Wegner raises the stakes while developing characters and relationships within the contentious main group. And if she continues to lean too heavily on a conveniently broad magical premise to move her story along, she does effectively sweep readers toward a climax that leaves the captives (including a bonded couple of elderly female triceratops) released and the Carrion Kingdom dealt a fiery, but not final, setback. Jurassic juniors again thwart toothy foes, but the prospects for a plant-based peace remain dim. (Adventure. 9-12) Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Copyright (c) Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.