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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

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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

TitleA Darkling Plain
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
SeriesMortal Engines Quartet – book 4
Overall condition

Near fine / Near fine

The book has some pushing to spine ends; corners are square and sharp but some wrinkling to cover material on back tail edge corner.  The jacket is bright but has a crease from the top edge to the bottom edge of the front inside flap.

While we don’t think you’re likely to find a new, honestly described copy in much better condition, due to these flaws we’ve priced this book at least 20% less than its current market value.

Even so, if you are unhappy with the book in any way, return it to us in the condition you received it for a full refund.

SignedOn 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
ImprintScholastic Children’s Books
Publication date
Printed byScandBook AB, Falun, Sweden
ISBN 139780439949972
ISBN 100439949971
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Size (h x w x d)220 x 147 x 50mm
Weight1.023kg [heavy book]
Image and Design Credits
Jacket illustrationDavid Frankland

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