A Tale of Time City by Diana Wynne Jones

By Diana Wynne Jones

London, 1939. Vivian Smith thinks she is being evacuated to the nation-state, as a result of the battle. yet she is being abducted - out of her personal time. Her kidnappers are Jonathan and Sam, boys her personal age, from a spot known as Time urban, designed specially to supervise background. yet now heritage goes severe, and Jonathan and Sam are confident that point City's imminent doom can in basic terms be prevented through a twentieth-century lady named Vivian Smith. Too undesirable they've got the inaccurate woman. . . .

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Oh, beastie. ” The medusa swelled again, trying to regain its lift, and leveled off a few dozen feet above the rooftops. The cable strained against the wind for a moment, then loosened. The ground men were giving them slack, Deryn reckoned, letting them climb a bit more, like a fisherman trying to keep a catch on the line. But that extra cable was more weight to carry, and she and the Huxley were both heavy with rain. She could spill the water ballast, but once it was gone, there’d be nothing left to slow their fall if the beastie panicked.

Thank you, Klopp,” Alek said in a dry voice, feeling sweat trickle down his face. His hands clenched the saunters tight, but the machine was walking smoothly again. Gradually he forgot that he was at the controls, feeling the steps as if they were his own. The sway of the cabin settled into his body, the rhythms of gears and pneumatics not so different from his runabout’s, only louder. Alek had even begun to see patterns in the flickering needles of the control panel—a few leapt into the red with every footfall, easing back as the walker straightened.

Alek thought. Maybe his kidnappers had been lying after all, and Father and Mother were still alive. A vast search for Alek had been launched, with the German land navy helping! Why else would this monstrosity be allowed on Austrian soil? Then Alek saw that the machine was changing direction, slowly turning sideways across the sunrise… . He held up his hand and waved. “Here! ” “They already see us, Your Highness,” Count Volger said quietly. Alek was still waving when the first broadside erupted, bright flashes rippling along the dreadnought’s flank, puffs of cannon smoke swelling into a hazy veil around her.

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