Read: November 2007
And unknown to anyone, little Fishcake is rebuilding the Stalker Fang and she has plans to change the face of the Earth forever.
A Darkling Plain is fantastic. Nothing more needs saying. Everything that was great about the other three books returns here, bigger and more impressive than ever. The characterisation is superb, Hester and Shrike in particular will be long remembered and always loved for their complexities. Almost twice as long as any of its predecessors, A Darkling Plane tracks the fortunes of its many characters as the truce between the Green Storm and the Traction Cities begins to crumble.
And so the thrilling Mortal Engines quartet draws to a close. It is an ending which will delight all who read it, equivalent to His Dark Materials in the way it manages to sum everything up, cap the atmosphere and the action without spilling over into sentimentality or over explanation. Much is left unsaid, but the atmosphere which has built up is brought gently to conclusion. J.K. Rowling could learn a lot in how to end a much loved series from Philip Reeve. He is an author of unquestionable ability, and Mortal Engines is a quartet which everyone who loves well written, imaginative and exciting fiction should read.
8 out of 10