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5.0 out of 5 stars The Secret Language Of Men and Birds, 13 May 2010
This review is from: A Web of Air (Mortal Engines) (Paperback)
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I had not known of Philip Reeve until I read this quite
wonderful book and realised, belatedly, that 'A Web Of Air,
is, in fact, the latest in a sequence of novels published
under the collective umbrella-title 'Mortal Engines'.
I had not known of Philip Reeve until I read this quite
wonderful book and realised, belatedly, that 'A Web Of Air,
is, in fact, the latest in a sequence of novels published
under the collective umbrella-title 'Mortal Engines'.

The post-apocalyptic world Mr Reeve describes has both
depth and substance. Familiar credible fragments of a
past which may, indeed, approximate our own future is
vividly realised.

The feisty heroine, engineer Fever Crumb, will doubtless
be known to readers familiar with her appearance in an
earlier book carrying her name as its title. She is a
beautifully drawn central character. Her quest to understand
the mysteries of flight bring her shoulder to shoulder with
a motley collection of characters of both benign and evil
persuasion. Her association with inventor Arlo Thursday,
a man who talks with and who would seek to understand the
flight of birds, is an uplifting narrative in every sense!

Good versus evil; truth versus fabrication; dark historical
revisionism versus the search for honest understanding.
'A Web Of Air' manages to weave a thoroughly magical tale in
and out of and between these big (and highly topical) themes.

I am now impelled to take a step back and another to the side to
satisfy the healthy appetite that this terrific novel has stimulated
in wishing to explore the other related works in Mr Reeve's canon!

A Cracking Read!!
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