For the main character of the book see Fever Crumb (character)

Fever Crumb
Fever Crumb

Philip Reeve

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A Web of Air

Fever Crumb is the first book in the prequel series to the Mortal Engines Quartet. A sequel called A Web of Air was released in 2010, and later followed by another sequel, called Scrivener's Moon. It is set a thousand years before the events of Mortal Engines. The main character of the book is Fever Crumb. It begins to tell the story of how London became the first ever Traction City.


The story is set a thousand years before the events of Mortal Engines, and Traction Cities have not yet begun their reign. Archaeology is the main trade and wheeled land-ships move about Europe. The Nomad Wars were being fought and are an important part of the story. It is set sixteen years after the Scriven Uprising. The book is set before London becomes the first traction city and the development of the technology used to create it.


Fever Crumb is the adoptive daughter of Dr. Crumb, a member of the guild of Engineers. However, the Northern Nomads are making their way south and London is in danger. Fever Crumb is the hope to save London. She must overcome rioting protestors, burning buildings and a secret that will change the world forever. Soon London must fall, that is sure; but who shall control the remains, the Nomads from the Frozen North, or The Londoners?


Fever Crumb and Dr. Crumb are making paper boys when a message arrives, asking that Fever Crumb help them with an archialogical dig. Fever leaves Godshawks Head and boards a land-ship and heads off into pre-tractionist London. Fever does not know anything about her real parents; all she knows is that she was found in a basket as a baby during the Scriven uprising with a bracelet around her wrist which said "her name is Fever". She walks through the crowded city streets. A market lady trys to sell her something, but soons starts screaming and calling her a Scriven due to her eyes. A crowd gathers, but Fever is saved by Kit Solent Meanwhile, word gets out about what happened in the street. And Ted Swiney, a power-hungry bartender, wants all the information lol ........

Mortal Engines Series
Fever CrumbA Web of AirScrivener's Moon
Traction City
Mortal EnginesPredator's GoldInfernal DevicesA Darkling Plain
The Traction CodexThe Haunted Sky
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