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Grander yet grittier than the other prequels,
This review is from: Scrivener's Moon (Mortal Engines) (Hardcover)
The original W.O.M.E (World Of Mortal Engines)quartet is by far my favourite sries of books and so when I heard about the prequels, I was exited and anxious to read 'Fever Crumb' and 'A Web Of Air'. The first was of a high standard, although the hero, Fever Crumb, felt a little clunky and one dimensional. The second, while the character developed a little more, the story line was a little to simple and needed another sub plot, it ended as if the author just didn't quite know what to do with the book. With 'Scriveners Moon' though, the prequels are back on form!
It begins with- after a proloug which I will not spoil for you!-Fever Crumb, her rational father Gideon Crumb and her irational and slightly mad mother Wavey Godshawk returning on a Land Barge to London which is slowly yet surely being transformed into a lumbering city on huge rolling wheels, the very first Traction City! As Wavey and Fever find out though, as they embark on a journey to find an ominous black piramid which houses Stalker technology, not EVERYONE wants New London built...
With the first two books in the new quartet aimed at slightly younger children, I was a little shocked to find Wavey slitting men's throats with a razor sharp hair pin before being sliced in two by the menacing Stalker Shrike. Definitely more visceral and violent than it's predecessors. The book is faster paced the other prequels and FINALLY shows Fever discarding rationality and becoming adventurous (that makes it a lot easier to empathize with her). Unike 'A Web Of Air' which dragged on a little, this book flows and feels so much grander and epic. There is even quite an impressive battle scene not long before the novels conclusion. Okay, Fever's relationship with Cluny Morvish-a warrior of the Arkhangelsk who has visions of the monstrous mobile city of London, a city she is intent on destroying- is not quite so sweet and endearing as Hester and Tom's. I'm sure this relationship will have time to develop in the next and last book in prequel quartet.