The writing, as usual with Reeve, is beautiful, tending here to the comic. Lovely passages are invariably capped by humour.
Always busy squabbling, the goblins who live in the great towers of Clovenstone spend all their time fighting and looting. Only clever young Skarper understands that dark magic created by a vanquished sorcerer is rising again. From the lands of men come fortune-seekers - and soon trolls, giants, cloud-maidens, swamp monsters, tree-warriors, humans and bloodthirsty goblins alike are swept into a fabulous magical conflict! Enter a wild world of magical creatures and heroic adventure in this thrilling new fantasy from the extraordinary imagination of Philip Reeve.
Philip Reevewas born in Brighton, England. Inspired by the Asterix and Tintin books he loved as a boy, he became a cartoonist and, many years later, the illustrator of several highly successful children's book series in the United Kingdom. He has been writing since he was five, but "mortal engines", the first book in the Hungry City Chronicles, was his first published novel. He has since followed that with "Predator's Gold", "Infernal Devices", and the Victorian space opera "Larklight". Mr. Reeve lives on Dartmoor with his wife, Sarah, and their son, Samuel.