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A Darkling Plain (Mortal Engines Quartet) [Paperback]

Philip Reeve
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5 Feb 2007
In A DARKLING PLAIN, Philip Reeve brilliantly completes the breath-taking adventures that began with MORTAL ENGINES. Wren Natsworthy is enjoying life as an aviatrix but her father Tom is troubled by matters of the heart - the last, shocking, encounter with Hester, and the old wound caused by Pennyroyal's bullet. Meanwhile the fragile truce between the Green Storm and the Traction Cities splinters and hostility breaks out again. Events are set on a collision course as things end where they began, with London...


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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic (5 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439943469
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439943468
  • Product Dimensions: 3.5 x 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 396,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Philip Reeve is the creator of one of the most brilliantly inventive worlds in fantasy fiction. He won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize with his Mortal Engines series, as well as the Nestlé Book Prize - Gold Award and the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award. He has been short-listed for the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year Award and the WH Smith People's Choice Awards. Here Lies Arthur won the prestigious 2008 CILIP Carnegie Medal. Philip Reeve was born and raised in Brighton, where he worked in a bookshop for a number of years while also co-writing, producing and directing a number of theatre projects. He is a talented illustrator and has provided cartoons for many books, including several titles in the Horrible Histories series, and the brilliant Urgum the Axeman books written by Kjartan Poskitt. Philip has been writing stories since he was five, and Mortal Engines was the first to be published.

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It's six months after the tumultuous events on Brighton, and Wren Natsworthy and her father Tom have taken to the skies in their airship, The Jenny Haniver. Wren is enjoying life as an aviatrix but Tom is troubled by matters of the heart - Hester's disappearance, and the old wound caused by Pennyroyal's bullet. Until a fluke encounter with a familiar face sets him thinking about the ruins of London and the possibility of going back...

Meanwhile the fragile truce between the Green Storm and the Traction Cities splinters and hostility breaks out again. Events are set on a collision course as things end where they began, with London... --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent finish 24 Mar 2006
By Rubbah
Format:Hardcover
This is the best out of the whole series. The second and the third had made me start to go off them and I only bought the book to complete the series. However this one was really good. The traction cities and the green storm are fighting more after stalker fang's death(who unknown to all has been resurectted by the lost boy, fishcake.) and Hester Shaw is still missing. Tom and Wren have been travelling in the 6 months since the experiences at Brighton and are surprised when Tom sees someone he recognises from London, of which he was the only survivor. They join a mission with the son of a traction town mayor and travell back to London, to look for more survivors... I'm not going to say more than that but it is really good and lots of stuff happens. Everything flows and there is not one boring moment. It finishes with all the ends tied up and you are left satisfied, but still thinking about it long after you have put it down.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic end to the series 18 Mar 2009
Format:Paperback
I just finished reading this book to my son (now twelve) last night. We read the final four chapters in one go, and by the end I could hardly keep my voice even enough to read out loud because I felt so emotional. On the whole the book was very good (as are all the books in the series) I personally found the start of the book a little slow, although maybe that was because my hopes were so high, and to be fair, my son didn't think it started out slow. Both of us agreed, however that from about half way through the pace was relentless - building up tension, excitement, and emotional attachment to so many varied and flawed but believable and lovable characters (even Pompous Pennyroyal and poor Fishcake). As other reviewers have said, the ending was so well done. A perfectly fitting conclusion to the epic Mortal Engines series. The ending is still resonating with me, so much so that it made me cry again when I was out walking my dog this afternoon, and I had to blame the wind in my eyes. The whole series is very good for reading aloud - teachers should consider it as a class read for this reason, because the language is very poetic, without ever getting in the way of the characters or the plot. I have to bow to Philip Reeve's brilliance - I don't think there's a better series for young people out there. My son and I are going to read Here lies Arthur next, although we might do a Marcus Sedgwick in between just to refresh our palattes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And now the end is near.... 26 Dec 2007
Format:Paperback
This, as you will have gathered, is the last in the Mortal Engines quartet.
Knowing that this was the last one, made me want to go slow and savour each line of Reeves's wonderful descriptions of the flying machines, the whole new Earth that he has imagined and the feelings of all the characters.

However this book is impossible to read slowly. Each chapter leads you deeper and deeper. It demands "just one more chapter and then I will sleep... maybe" until you find yourself looking at the clock, noticing that it's 3 AM, and then you just sigh and say to yourself "look, I need to know what happens to Hester/fischcakce/wren/pennyroyal/theo/Tom".

And you DO want to know what happens to all of them. Phillip Reeve has done some magical writing and it makes you want to know what happens next, and you also know how each one of the characters feel. The end is achingly sad, and hopeful at the same time.

Of course, you can't read this one first, go and buy "mortal Engines" and read the other three before this one.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The last of a series. The birth of a classic 27 Sep 2006
By RRNP
Format:Hardcover
This is the last volume of the series that began with Mortal Engines, and marks the conclusion of an epic and brilliantly told story. I think it's also the best of the four books, and one of the best books I've ever read.

Philip Reeve rights beautifully and with a light touch: there are moments of really lovely and original descriptive writing here. The characters are complex and real, and you care a lot about what happens to them.

The story is cracking: it is very fast paced, and sometimes almost too exciting. It all takes place in a supremely well created world.

The final chapters are heartbreaking. I was really sad that the book had finished, but I will remember this book for a long time, and I think it will be read with pleasure by many people in this and future generations. A genuine classic.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Excellent 25 Jan 2007
Format:Hardcover
A fantastic ending to an awesome quartet, the ending of this book made me feel like i had just got home from a huge journey. There is some spectacular writing in this book, and the plot is fantastic, i reccomend it to absolutley everyone (as long as you have read 1-3!)
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a good ending to an excellent series 21 Feb 2006
Format:Hardcover
This is the last of the 4 novels of the traction cities quartet.As with all the rest it's very inventive and exciting.The characters are believable and continue to grow throughout the book and series.
The ending of the book/series is effective and neither mawkish nor contrived.
Overall highly recommended both individually and as a series.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars insanely good 27 July 2006
Format:Hardcover
having read and loved the first three in this series i was unsure as to whether ALL the plotlines could be tied up in this one. but they are, and in pretty spectacular fashion as well.

wren and theo have much of the storyline, but hester and tom are also ever present, and lots of their history is tied up here. Shrike seems to be much more human in this one, but he was always going in that direction anyway, so it's not that surprising. anna/stalker fang is back with a vengeance, and she's intent on destroying green storm as well as the traction cities, after oenone zero's betrayal. pennyroyal is also here once again, but he does get his comeuppance...to a degree.

i can't say much more about this without revealing too much, but suffice to say you will not regret reading it, and if you haven't yet read the others in the series you should really do so. right now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A well named book
This conclusion to the saga of the traction cities lives up to its "Darkling" title. There is an earthy reality and pragmatism about the characters and the denouement that... Read more
Published 25 days ago by andrew sinclair
5.0 out of 5 stars Darkling plain
I think these books are amazing as they are always a mixture of emotions and excitement

THEY ARE AMAZING!!!!

I wish there was more!!!
Published 2 months ago by Harry Grant
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Yeah its a kids book but its an excellent read. The whole series is a brilliant concept and this is a sterling way to end a series
Published 3 months ago by Tubzz
5.0 out of 5 stars A good yarn
A good next story in the series. You care about the characters even when they are doing terrible things. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lynette Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthy conclusion
The concluding book of the Mortal Engines/Predator Cities quartet is fitting end to the series. It satisfyingly ties up all the threads from the various character arcs, as well as... Read more
Published 4 months ago by It
4.0 out of 5 stars A DarklingPlain
Slightly strange ending to the series but really enjoyed all 4 books.Will definitely be reading more books by this author.
Published 6 months ago by gary steed
4.0 out of 5 stars great end to the series.
I have thoroughly enjoyed al these books. Reeve's imagination is wonderful. His world is real and original, his characters rounded and vivid,
Published 8 months ago by Gruffalo
4.0 out of 5 stars well written
A good book for late teen or adult. Well written and moorish, read one and you're hooked.It is fantasy but you want to read more
Published 11 months ago by Ray Carpenter
5.0 out of 5 stars Part of a Scintillating Series
I have only recently discovered the books of Philip Reeve - but having started I had to read all the books about the Predator Cities ( Infernal Devices). Read more
Published 11 months ago by D. Reeves
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I found it was a good finish to the four books. It tied up all the loose ends. It's an interesting idea of how the world will be in the future and how they look back at our... Read more
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