Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Scrivener's Moon by Philip Reeve

London Is On The Move !
review by Maryom

In a strange future world, a New London is rising. A monstrous city on wheels that nothing will be able to withstand. To the North, warned by a vision, an army of mammoth-riders gathers to oppose it. Into these northern lands on the edge of the ice goes Fever Crumb on a journey to find a mysterious black pyramid, haunt of ghosts, nightwights and the walking dead, which is reputed to hold many Linkextraordinary secrets and clues to the origin of the Scriven. Meanwhile back in London, Charley Shallow manoeuvres to take her place with her father.

This is the seventh in the Mortal Engines fantasy series, but the first I've read. an excellent adventure story, with a blend of weird and fantastical overlaying today's world, I can understand why this has caught the imagination of so many readers. Fever Crumb is a believable heroine, sometimes doubting herself but always finding the courage to carry on. Charley Shallow is an amazing, slippery-as-an-eel villain. Even Fever's father Dr Crumb, trying to overcome his emotions and remain logical in the face of grief, will have your sympathies.

Maryom's review - 4 stars
Publisher - Scholastic
Genre - Childrens 10+ fantasy

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