Abandoned by Hester, Tom and Wren stumble across the wreckage of a vast traction city: London. A Darkling Plain, by Philip Reeve, brings to a conclusion the author's Predator Cities Quartet, and what a conclusion it is. Like the earlier books in the series it is filled with action and adventure, humour, a touch of romance, and some difficult truths about the predilections of mankind. One of Ben Bova's earliest stand alone novels, As on a Darkling Plain, is a fast paced adventure that contains refreshingly little to no fluff.
All this is set on a future earth, ravaged by a Sixty-Minute War which caused massive geological ... A Darkling Plain. A Darkling Plain is the first book of the Mortal Engines Quartet written by Philip Reeve and first published in 2006.