Mortal Engines Prequel: A Web of Air

The birds are teaching Arlo to fly…

In a faraway corner of a ruined world, a mysterious boy is building a flying machine. How does he know what to do? He’s helped by birds who can talk. Then, into the extraordinary crater city of Mayda, where buildings climb the cliffs on funicular rails, comes a refugee: a beautiful, brilliant engineer called Fever Crumb. She’s the perfect assistant to help Arlo get his invention off the ground. Well, except for the fact that she’s having weird feelings for Arlo. Meanwhile, ruthless enemies stalk them. People who will kill to destroy their machine, or to steal the secrets of flight…

  • A breathtaking prequel story from the world of Mortal Engines
  • Brilliantly imaginative writing set in an extraordinary new landscape
  • Outlandish creatures, sinister villains and groundbreaking science
  • Mortal Engines won the Nestle Gold Award and Blue Peter Prize

Recent reviews

See all reviews

Who's reading this?


  • Photo of Philip Reeve

    Philip Reeve

    Philip Reeve is the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of the Mortal Engines books.


    Philip has won many major awards, including the Nestle Smarties and Blue Peter prizes for Mortal Engines, the Guardian prize for A Darkling Plain and the Carnegie medal for Here Lies Arthur.

Rate this book

  1. loved it
  2. liked it
  3. okay
  4. not for me
  5. rubbish
Write about this book