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Books Shadow of the Jaguar
The Lost Island
Extinction Event
Fire and Water
Released 13 May, 2008 - 27 April, 2009
Authors Steven Savile
Paul Kearney
Dan Abnett
Simon Guerrier

Primeval is a series of spin-off books based on the ITV science fiction series of the same name. The novels are new, canon stories rather than reboots or novelisations, and each book chronologically takes place between two episodes of the Primeval TV series.


The Primeval novels generally focus overall on the Anomaly Research Centre team's efforts to combat Anomaly incursions overseas when Anomalies begin opening in other parts of the world outside of the UK.


Title Author Release date Chronological setting
Shadow of the Jaguar Steven Savile 13 May, 2008 Between Episode 2.3 and The Lost Island
When evidence of prehistoric animals appearing in the jungles of Peru begins to turn up, the team are sent to Peru to see if Anomalies are indeed now opening overseas, and discover a pack of Thylacosmilus are terrorising the rural villages of Peru and a mysterious plot among a poacher organisation involving the creatures.
The Lost Island Paul Kearney 25 November, 2008 Between Shadow of the Jaguar and Episode 2.4
When the Anomaly Detection Device picks up a concentration of numerous Anomalies on an uninhabited and politically disputed island, Cutter and the team brave a fierce storm to reach the island, only to find themselves fighting for survival against the Mesozoic creatures roaming the island; while back in England, Lester struggles to keep the incursion from reaching the public through the media.
Extinction Event Dan Abnett 3 March, 2009 Between Episode 2.7 and Episode 3.1
After a disastrous Entelodon incursion, Cutter's search for a better means of tackling the Anomalies gets the team kidnapped and smuggled to a Russian scientific organisation in Siberia, where they discover a massive Anomaly threat. Meanwhile back in the UK, Lester and Jenny's attempts to track the missing team down force Jenny and new SAS leader Jake Hemple to follow Helen Cutter on a journey through the Anomalies to the team.
Fire and Water Simon Guerrier 27 April, 2009 Between Episode 3.5 and Episode 3.6
Danny and the team fly to South Africa to investigate a series of creature sightings and disappearances, while back in London, Anomalies open up in Maidenhead. As the ARC struggle to battle two simultaneous Anomaly incursions on different continents, they are drawn into a dark and mysterious conspiracy.



  • It was rumoured that there would be a fifth original Primeval novel taking place during the time frame of Series 4 and 5.
Shadow of the JaguarThe Lost IslandExtinction EventFire and Water

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