A Darkling Plain (Mortal Engines Quartet) Paperback – 4 May 2009
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
The ending of the book/series is effective and neither mawkish nor contrived.
Overall highly recommended both individually and as a series.
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.
If you haven't read Mortal Engines yet go to the beginning NOW and start. You are in for a treat!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent! Beautiful, adventurous and heartbreaking final novel in the Mortal Engines Quartet. Highly recommend!Published 4 months ago by June
Brilliant book. I bought it for my son, who is a huge fan of Phillip Reeve. I ordered 2 books together Infernal Devices and Darkling Plain. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Angharad
What makes a good book? Maybe if it has a good storyline, maybe if it's well written, maybe if it speaks to our own prejudices and preferences. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Steve
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 morePublished on 29 Jun. 2014 by andrew sinclair
I think these books are amazing as they are always a mixture of emotions and excitement
THEY ARE AMAZING!!!!
I wish there was more!!!
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 seriesPublished on 15 April 2014 by Tubzz