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Cave of Wonders

(Infinity Ring #5)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  1,783 ratings  ·  80 reviews
Fix the past. Save the future.

What marvels and dangers await Dak, Sera, and Riq when they visit the Golden Age of Baghdad?

Hardcover, 192 pages
Published September 3rd 2013 by Scholastic Inc. (first published August 27th 2013)
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Oda Renate
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
another enjoyable book in the series.
Mar 18, 2015 rated it liked it
My boys continue to be completely enthralled, but some of the magic is lost for me. One of the reasons being they leave off at the end of each book headed for some mission that sound absolutely fantastic - but then the next book picks up at the end of that mission. So they keep "fixing" history, and yet we know nothing about what they actually did. I've actually begun to wonder if they originally left off the way they do as a way for the author of the next book to pick up the series. But then ea ...more
This book was set in Baghdad in the 13th Century around the invasion of the Mongols. Wikipedia said that Baghdad, while once a dominant nation, was never the same after. I wonder what Iraq would be like today if Baghdad had not fallen.

The story had more intrigue about the characters and their personal struggles. I like the discovery that Riq made and feel it's applicable to everyone. Regardless of the past, it's the choice we make now that matter.

I will add one thing, though, I am very disappoin
Ethan Mickelberry
Jan 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. It was good and had very intense parts that was a real page turner. I am enjoying the series and this went so well with all the others. I cant wait to get a copy of the next and start reading.
Cy K.
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is about how three kids jump around time to fix the breaks in history that were caused by the violent cataclysm. Dak, Sera, and Riq find themselves in Babylon. They get there just before the town is attacked and destroyed by the Mongol army. They came here in order to save the writings of Aristotle from its main library. The three kids to the Mongol war camp to try and talk with Hulagu. But Dak and Riq get captured and Sera cant convince Tusi to save the writings of Aristotle. Dak and ...more
In the year 1258 near the city of Baghdad, the trio of time traveling Hystorians, Dak, Sera, and Riq find themselves trying to 'fix' another break in history. This time, they are attempting to save Aristotle's great works for all eternity before the invading Mongols destroy the city and burn the books which house these important works. As with all The Infinity Ring books, they are up against the SQ and the Time Wardens, but also find allies in other Hystorians who are placed throughout history t ...more
Aug 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dak, Sera, & Riq continue their journey through time, trying to fix the Breaks and avoid the Cataclysm. In this adventure, they are in ancient Baghdad on the eve of the Mongol invasion. It is up to the three of them, with help from the local Hystorian, to save the great works of Aristotle from destruction. Unfortunately, there are several well-placed Time Wardens, trying to stop their every move. Cave of Wonders is another strong entry in this exciting series. A must read for fans of historical ...more
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received this book through Net Galley.
As soon as I began this story, I knew I had discovered a series that I would heartily recommend to my library students. The writing is well-done, the story is exciting and adventurous...and history lessons are painlessly included. Three young people are able to travel through time, using an Infinity Ring. Their mission is to repair Breaks in time when events did not turn out the way they were meant to. They are hindered by normal events and by Time Warden
Steve Jennings
Feb 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Young Readers
Shelves: steven-books
Steven has really taken to this series. After reading a couple in the series, I found that I didn't feel that it was necessary to read them in order particularly since they are mostly authored by different authors. This one follows the formula and presents some history and excitement in an entertaining manner for young readers. Entertaining enough for adults for the quick reads that is not painful and makes it a worthy alternative to videos and video games for long trips. I was thrilled that Ste ...more
Devin Smith
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In Cave Of Wonders Dak, Sera, & Riq continue their journey through time, trying to fix the Breaks and avoid the Cataclysm. In this book, they are in ancient Baghdad at the time of the Mongol siege. It is up to them to save the great works of Aristotle from destruction.

Cave Of Wonders is A another great book about time travel and adventure. I loved this book along with all the other Infinity Ring series. I would recommend this book to readers who love science fiction and a great adventure. I lov
Shaeley Santiago
Set in Baghdad as the Mongols are poised to invade the city, Sera, Dak & Riq must again face obstacles as they work to repair breaks in history. This time, though, the stakes are higher. Everything they've done up to this point will be of no value if they can't complete this mission, too. Besides Abi and the Kaliph, they also encounter Tusi, the astronomer/advisor of Hualaga Khan, all without knowing who is the Hystorian and who is the enemy SQ.

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Katie W
Aug 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another fun addition to this great middle-grade series! Dak, Sera, and Riq are off on another adventure and I always wonder how they'll possibly get through it, but they always do.

My kids are loving this series and the fun and creative ways this trio has to go about making changes in history.
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am thoroughly enjoying this series! One thing that really struck me this time is what a great job the various authors have done in keeping the characters consistent. Can't wait for the next read!
Hannah Russell
Could this series get worse? Eh...I doubt it. I suppose they could start losing the ability to write an intelligible sentence.

Amazing how much better it would be if they just included a little blurb at the end of each book about how this really occurred in history, because I could excuse the awful plot if it had an educational element to it. But because they are alternate history that goes to correct history, children don't know what is true and what is the alternate.

It's also convenient that th
Kim  Dennis
Mar 31, 2018 rated it liked it
I waffled between 3 and 4 stars on this one. I ended up with 3 because this is my least favorite of the series so far. My favorite thing about this series is that when I'm reading a book where I'm not familiar with the history, I look up what really happened, and I learn something. I love learning things about history. For me, though, the ending of this one seemed a little dramatic. Like the perils they had been through just weren't quite enough, so there had to be one more. I really am enjoying ...more
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked the audio book & enjoyed it so much I decided to look for other books written by same author. Clean book for kids to read on their own or enjoy as bedtime adventure story for the whole family. ...more
Matthew Manganaro
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
This one was a big step up from the others. I liked this one a lot more. The plot is getting intense now. Excited to move on with the series!
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
More, I need more. On the the next in the series!!
Aug 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Another good addition to the series.
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
I think it's one of the worst in the collection
Claire Mummert
Nov 15, 2018 rated it liked it
This was another good one in the series, but, honestly, it felt more predictable than the last four. I still enjoyed it, but would appreciate more twists.
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Continuing to enjoy this series.
hannah joens
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I suck at reviews but great characters? Did you know that there is a different author for each book?! (I may be wrong, but I'm pretty sure I'm right)
Teresa Marine
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was still a great read, but needed a bit of something more...didn't get the same adventures as the others before.
Daniel K
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I liked this book very much. I liked how Riq and Dak got captured by Guo Kan, a Chinese leader of the SQ. Also how they met the hystorian(in the book, it's supposed to be spelled with Y, instead of I) Abi, who helped them very much to conquer the vizier, who was SQ also. Also how Farid helped Sera, Dak, and Riq to hide by rolling them in carpets. Very good book.
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, ya-kid-lit
Once again the writers working on the Infinity Ring series have placed the characters in a pivotal moment in history and allowed them to interact with famous historical figures. In this fifth installment, the kids (Sera, Dak, and Riq) arrive in Baghdad just in time for the grandson of Genghis Khan to attack the city with the Mongol hordes. While Europe is still in the Dark Ages, Baghdad is home to many libraries and scholars. The Hystorians believe that copies of Aristotle's key works are stored ...more
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Kirby, Matthew Cave of Wonders (Infinity Ring Book #5) 192 pgs. Scholastic Inc., 2013. $15.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G; Violence: PG.

Three pre-teens, Dak, Sera, and Riq are on their latest quest to fix Breaks in the history timeline. They must find Hystorians to help them, while avoiding SQ’s who may try to stop them. The group finds themselves in ancient Baghdad, an amazing city which is full of libraries, innovations, and accepting of the wide range of cultures and re
Feb 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this was a good installment of the series, I wouldn't call it a great one. Even listening I finished the others within a couple of days, slower than I could read them on my own, but still interested enough in the audiobook to keep returning to hear more. With this one I wasn't gripped enough to keep coming back to listen each night and it took me quite a while to listen to it all.

I mean it had a lot of interesting history, much that I wasn't all that familiar with myself so that was a bon
Cave of Wonders is a fantasy book in which three young adults, Dak, Sera, and Riq travel back in time to Baghdad Iraq, to the year, 1258 to fix one of the great breaks in history. They need to save some books from the House of Wisdom written by Aristotle before the SQ time wardens and the mongols, who are about to attack the city, destroy them. They first start off by trying to find the local Hystorian. When they do, they have to come up with a plan. When one of their plans finally works, they a ...more
Jason Luck
Jan 31, 2015 rated it liked it

The Cave of Wonders is a continuation of the Infinity Ring series. In this book the time traveling Hystorians find them selves in Baghdad. This time they have to save Aristotle’s works about the great breaks, which are being stored in the House of Wisdom. They arrive a few days before the seven day seize from the Mongols. They ally them selves with the current Hystorian and try to convince their king to surrender to avoid the attack. That plan doesn’t work, so they try to convince the i
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Matthew Kirby was born in Utah, and grew up in Maryland, California, and Hawaii. As an undergraduate he majored in history, and then went on to pursue an M.S. in school psychology. For ten months out of the year he works with students, and during the rest of the year he writes. He and his wife currently live in northern Utah.

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