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A Darkling Plain

Mortal Engines, Book 4
Written by: Philip Reeve
Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
Series: Mortal Engines, Book 4
Length: 15 hrs and 31 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The final book of the thrilling Predator Cities series!

London is a radioactive ruin.

But Tom and Wren discover that the old predator city hides an awesome secret that could bring an end to the war. But as they risk their lives in its dark underbelly, time is running out. Alone and far away, Hester faces a fanatical enemy who possesses the weapons and the will to destroy the entire human race.

The final book in the Predator Cities series, Philip Reeve's A Darkling Plain is the winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.

©2006 Philip Reeve (P)2018 Scholastic Inc.

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what a wonderful end.

wonderful end to this series, amazing performance. everything gets tied up. nothing left to say.

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great ending

this is the last one, it closes everything very well, I enjoyed the complete serie

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great final book

a very satisfying finish to the quartet. good series can't wait for the film to come out.

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  • Eric Farrow
  • 2018-08-06

Compelling series - great final entry

I enjoyed all 4 books in this series (sometimes called Mortal Engines; sometimes called Hungry City Chronicles) equally. Barnaby Edwards's performance is nuanced and skilled; you can tell right away who's talking and can get to know the characters better based on how he brings them to life. I'm very excited for the movie of book 1 (Mortal Engines), which comes out later this year. Great sci-fi series, highly recommended.

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  • 2019-01-15

I liked this series before but now I love it

I got into the series because of the trailers for the movie. I liked the first book more than the movie. I love this series now if only because of the conclusion this book gave it. While the premise is fairly outlandish the characters bring it to life. I would whole heatedly recommend this to almost anyone.

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  • Flower Power
  • 2018-12-15

Best ending ever.

By the time you’ve gotten to this fourth book you are already committed to the story so I will spare everyone commentary there. What I will say is that it is exceedingly rare for Sci-fi/fantasy stories to tie up all loose ends and craft such a neat and clean “full circle” which brings the reader back to the beginning and with such a sense of satisfaction.

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  • Tom
  • 2020-03-03

Very good ending

What a nice clean bowtie ending... sad, yet promising and fitting. I love this series!

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  • Heather
  • 2020-02-19

Great series!

I really enjoyed this series. Barnaby did an amazing job of making the characters come to life! I wish the ending had been different but overall this book really tied together the series. It did leave a few openings for branching out with Wren's story; so hopefully there will be more to come.

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  • David Morris Jr.
  • 2019-12-16

A fitting end to a great series

Barnaby Edwards does a masterful job of narrating the characters and bringing each scene of this final book in the Mortal Engines series to life.

Arguably the best book in the series, it does a wonderful job of concluding our time in the world of the Mortal Engines.

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  • Ruth
  • 2019-11-25

Ending

This was by far one of the best book’s I have read, the story was amazing but the ending was riveting, it brought me to tears, I recommend this book entirely, read all of them as this is an amazing series.

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  • Herr
  • 2019-10-22

Sorry the series wasn’t longer

Wonderful concept and characters. I wish there were more of these characters. I’ll miss them now that I’ve finished the series.

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  • Lauren Williams
  • 2019-10-07

Adventurous, sad, courageous...

This was by far the best ending for a series I've read/heard. The narrator returns and captures the characters emotions perfectly. Who knew that a stalker could be family!

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  • Eric Cheng
  • 2019-09-27

I need a book 5

I loved this book. Entirely. The way that the story was written was just absolutely incredible. I have no words.