Dino Wars: The Trials of Terror by Dan Metcalf Review

Dino Wars #2


Dino Wars, written by Dan Metcalf, is a series of four new children’s books set in the future where dinosaurs rule the earth. The first in the series is Rise of the Raptors, the newest instalment and second book in the series is The Trials of Terror.

The year is 3142 AD. Humans are on the verge of extinction after genetically modified dinosaurs, they can talk, think and fight, have won the Dino Wars and reclaimed the planet – now called New Earth.

Adam Caine and his sister Chloe, along with Dag – Adam’s best friend and iguanodon dinosaur, live in Bastion, a village made up of mud huts, wooden cabins and farmsteads, where humans and peace-loving dinosaurs co-exist together.

After accidently awakening a computer system called HUM3000 that creates a biological weapon that will wipe out the dinosaurs for a second time Adam and his friends must find 4 Dilotron crystals to abort the process. Having already found 2 of the crystals they still have to find 2 more and in The Trials of Terror they head to Pteratopolis, the city of the winged, carnivorous pterosaurs to find their next one.

With Adam and Chloe always arguing will they be able to work together and complete their quest?

Dino Wars: The Trials of Terror is a fun and engaging story, featuring a cast of characters that children can enjoy and relate to. With plenty of twists, turns, adventure, danger and best of all, eccentric dinosaurs including the tech loving inventor, Dag, and a Raptor with a bad attitude.

This is a fun story that I loved reading, and children (age 7 years +) will thoroughly enjoy it – after all who wouldn’t enjoy dinners of raw and cold regurgitated fish? In this instalment the team must travel high to the land of the pterosaurs and must enter the labyrinth under a huge trash mountain to retrieve the third crystal – being warned only a true hero will succeed. So Adam and Chloe will need to work together, but will they?

The illustrations scattered throughout the book are once again expertly drawn by illustrator Aaron Blecha.

As with the first book some of the dinosaur names will be a bit of a challenge for younger readers and will maybe require some help, but it doesn’t really detract from the story and is fairly easy to read and split up into manageable chapters (144 pages).

If you have children that love dinosaurs, adventure, danger and fun then order a copy today! I’m sure they won’t be disappointed.

I can’t wait for the third part; The Gladiator Games.

Dino Wars is a very enjoyable series for readers 7 years and up, and it can only get better.

Rating: 5/5

RRP: £6.99 (Paperback) / £2.99 (Kindle)

For more information, visit maverickbooks.co.uk. Available to buy from Amazon here.

DISCLOSURE: I was provided with a free copy of this book for the purposes of writing a honest and impartial review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This review uses an affiliate link which I may receive a small commission from if you purchase through the link.

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