As a prequel to the book series Mortal Engines, Night Flights is a set of three short stories about the adventures of aviatrix, Anna Fang, a character from Mortal Engines. This provides a backstory to the side character, Anna, but having not read the Mortal Engines Series, I found myself a bit lost. It seemed that one would likely need to read them first to fully appreciate this part of the story. That said, it is exactly the type of book that gives a little more detail to one of the side characters you often find yourself wanting to know more about. Anna is a force to be reckoned with and you will love her way of taking charge and dealing with things in her own way. Additionally, the premise behind the Mortal Engines story of cities eating other cities is a fascinating and unique one. This story was well written, suspenseful, and will be loved by fans of its sequel series.
Review of a copy received from Publisher
Profanity/Language: 5mild obscenities.
Violence/Gore: Several (18) brief incidents including a story about men trying to break bird’s wings; character told to shoot another if certain thing occurs; verbal threats; character ordered to kill another; character thinking about how to kill another; implied murder; characters might drown or town might burn down; character has bearskin; reference to cities destroying other cities; men attacked and character killed; reference to dead daughter and wife; second-hand murder; reference to cutting off many character’s hands; reference to war; second-hand report of character bombing and sinking city; reference of sailor being lost at sea; second-hand report that towns die; character has scar on face; character knocked down; characters nearly attacked; fantasy characters killed; two incidents of people getting killed.
Sex/Nudity: A few (2) brief incidents including a platonic kiss on the cheek; implication that married character cheated on spouse.
Mature Subject Matter:
Theft; war; murder; death.
Alcohol / Drug Use:
Character drinks at a bar; references to drinking and drunks; characters add alcohol to tea while working.