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Gr 7 Up–This book continues the hard-driving, action-packed adventures of Alek, heir to the throne of the Austrian empire and current British prisoner of war, and Deryn Sharp, a midshipman assigned to the Leviathan. Their loyalties to their respective governments and philosophies are tested as their friendship grows; Alek is an Austrian Clanker and Deryn an English Darwinist. After the Leviathan is damaged by a German attack, Alek and his personal guard escape the airship and join a revolutionary group dedicated to the overthrow of the sultan of Istanbul. Meanwhile Deryn has been sent to sabotage a key military blockade in the Istanbul harbor. But true havoc doesn't ensue until the teens are reunited. This dynamite novel incorporates factual events of the early months of World War I: the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand, Churchill's confiscation of an Ottoman Empire warship, and the instability and revolution within the Empire. However, the elements of steampunk, biological and mechanical technology, sheer over-the-top adventure, and great storytelling make this a must-have addition to any speculative fiction collection. Thompson's sumptuous full-page illustrations capture the goings-on and contribute to the cinematic feel of the book.Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK
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Things slow down just a wee bit in this sequel to the WWI alt-history Leviathan (2009). Here, the focus shifts more onto wartime politicking than smash-dash battling, but Westerfeld maintains a steady influx of the series’ real strength—the superbly imagined mechanical contraptions and genetically crafted creatures. The bulk of the story takes place in Istanbul, as both the Clankers (Austria-Hungary and Germany) and Darwinists (England and Russia) are intent on swaying the Ottoman Empire in their favor. British midshipman Deryn (still disguised as a boy) and Prince Alek (heir-in-hiding to the throne of Austria-Hungary) continue to find themselves squarely in the thick of things en route to a nicely tied-together climax featuring the title beastie. Anyone needing a good visual for what makes steampunk so alluring should look no further than Thompson’s intricate illustrations—black, white, and gray rarely look so vivid. Although there are messages about the futility of war and a burgeoning love story, this is first and foremost a high-concept action series, and Westerfeld knows how to pound a pulse while tickling the imagination. Grades 7-10. --Ian ChipmanSee all Editorial Reviews
No way I would give any of the three less than five stars but this one was my favorite of the three. Thanks Scott well done!Published 17 days ago by R. Mikolon
This is a great book for the young and young at heart - without giving the story away it is a story of kings, strange science and the hero is a girl - this is a wonderful story for... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Kirk
Great series, top marks! Why are you reading these comments? Go read the book!Published 20 days ago by Michael C.
I gobbled this book up in about three days!!! It was great. I am really excited and interested to see how this trilogy ends. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gabs
I enjoyed the continuing adventures of Deryn and Alek, though felt the story didn't progress much. Looking forward to the final installment.Published 1 month ago by WMReed
Imaginative and creative. I love how he invites me to another world!Published 1 month ago by animalavenger2013
Dylan and Alek continue to grow their friendship during the Darwinist/Clanker war in Behemoth. Things become more complicated as Alek and his men try to escape the Leviathan, Dylan... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Author Denise Kawaii
Good job for testing this book and.... hi everyone I hope you enjoy this book thank you for read this bookPublished 2 months ago by Karen J. Bills