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A Darkling Plain (Mortal Engines Quartet 4) - Philip Reeve

A Darkling Plain (Mortal Engines Quartet 4) - Philip Reeve

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Title: A Darkling Plain

Author:  Philip Reeve

ISBN:  9780439949972

Weight:  990g

Signed first edition, first printing



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A Darkling Plain by Philip Reeve

The once-great traction city of London is now just a radioactive wreck, a ruin haunted by electrical discharges and the dashed hopes of the people who once called it home – people like Tom Natsworthy.  Twenty years after he fled, intending never to return, he discovers that something stirs in the remains of the old city.

Tom and his daughter, Wren, aren’t the only people interested in London.  The desperate armies of the Traction Cities and the Green Storm are also closing in, certain that whatever is taking shape within the city holds the key to victory in their never-ending war.  But it may be too late.

Even as Tom and Wren hurry to uncover the mystery of London, Hester Shaw – estranged from her husband and her daughter – tracks the resurrected Stalker Fang, who has found another way to end the war and all life on the planet once and for all.

Peer & Press Reviews

Praise for the Mortal Engines series:

Phenomenal… violent and romantic, action-packed and contemplative, funny and frightening.

Sunday Times

Reeve’s [Mortal Engines Quartet] remains a landmark of visionary imagination.

School Library Journal (starred review)

With this quartet, Reeve has created an extraordinary imaginative achievement.  Read it.  You won’t be disappointed.

Josh Lacey, Guardian

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title A Darkling Plain
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Series Mortal Engines Quartet – book 4
Overall condition

Near fine / Fine

The book has off-white discolouration (fading) to page edges, which is in keeping with its age, and some pushing to its spine ends.

While this book has its flaws, we don’t think you’re likely to find a copy in much better condition, particularly when bought as part of a four-book ME set.

Even so, if you are unhappy with the book, return it to us in the condition you received it (along with the other three books in the Quartet) for a full refund.

Signed On the title page
Awards and Media
Media adaptation

Mortal Engines has been adapted for the big screen by Peter Jackson and co-writers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens.  The film is directed by Jackson’s long-time collaborator Christian Rivers.

An American-New Zealand co-production, the cast stars Hugo Weaving, Hera Hilmar, Robert Sheehan, Jihae, Ronan Raftery, Leila George, Patrick Malahide and Stephen Lang.

Universal Pictures will release the film in the UK on 14 December 2018.

Book Stats
Publisher Scholastic
Imprint Scholastic Children’s Books
Publication date
Printed by ScandBook AB, Falun, Sweden
ISBN 13 9780439949972
ISBN 10 0439949971
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 533
Size (h x w x d) 220 x 147 x 50mm
Weight 1.023kg [heavy book]
Image and Design Credits
Jacket illustration David Frankland

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