Mosca Mye has spent her life in a miserable hamlet, where her father was banished for writing inflammatory books about tolerance and freedom. Now he is dead, and Mosca is on the run, in search of a better life. With Eponymous Clent, a smooth-tongued swindler, she heads for the city of Mandelion, living by her wits among highwaymen and smugglers, dangerously insane rulers, secret agents, and radical plotters.
But the city is in uproar, for someone is once again printing seditious material, and no one is quite what they seem. With suspicion and peril at every turn, Mosca uncovers a shocking plot to force a rule of terror on the people of the Realm, and all too soon merry mayhem leads to murder.
Funny, surprising and fantastical, with an unforgettable cast of characters, Fly By Night contains at its heart an inspiring truth: that the power of books can change the world.
© Frances Hardinge; (P) Macmillan Publishers Ltd
A colorful cinematic created with well timed descriptions and vibrant dialogues. It's thought provoking plot involving the importance of "Names" was really enjoyable.
I enjoyed this book when I read it, although I find all Frances Hardinge's books take a while to get into. The plot is complex, twisting and turning, Mosca is a satisfying heroine, and her world is imagined in full and often terrifying detail. I found the narration irritating at times, though - a bit too exaggerated in some voices (one would have thought it impossible to over-exaggerate Eponymous Clent, but the narrator achieves it!), and rather too mournful in between.
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