: Leviathan: Leviathan; Behemoth; Goliath (The Leviathan Trilogy) ( ): Scott Westerfeld, Keith Thompson: Books. Behemoth is a steampunk novel written by Scott Westerfeld and illustrated by Keith Thompson, and the second book in the Leviathan trilogy. This novel is the. The behemoth is the fiercest creature in the British navy. It can swallow enemy battleships with one bite. The Darwinists will need it, now that.

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Return to Book Page. Preview — Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld. The behemoth is the fiercest creature in the British navy. It can behempth enemy behfmoth with one bite.

The Darwinists will need it, now that they are at war with the Clanker powers. Deryn is a girl posing as a boy in the British Air Service, and Alek is the heir to an empire posing as a commoner.

Finally together aboard the airship Leviathanthey hope to bring the war The behemoth is the fiercest creature in the British navy. Finally together aboard the airship Leviathanthey hope to bring the war to a halt.

But when disaster strikes the Leviathan ‘s peacekeeping mission, they find themselves alone and hunted in enemy territory. Alek and Deryn will need great skill, new allies, and brave hearts to face what’s ahead. Hardcoverpages. Published October 5th by Simon Pulse first published January 1st Deryn SharpPrince Aleksander. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Behemothplease sign up. What animal hybrid is the behemoth? I know the leviathan is a whale. Rachel Piescik This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [Like a basking shark with giant squid tentacles, really. See all 4 questions about Behemoth….

Lists with This Book. Oct 05, Stephen rated it really liked it Shelves: Scott Westerfeld got it very, very right in this smart, slickly crafted re-imagining of World War I. There are a host of inventive creations in this book full of ” nicely done ,” but I want to run the highlighter over the two primary world-building concepts i.

So in this a YA fanatics So in this alternative world, Charles Darwin was a busy boy. I mean, you can’t have your giant Moby Dick air ship deciding bejemoth its own where it wants to fly Instead, these countries have developed advanced, steampunky technology that they use to create mechanized machines able to locomote on legs and looking a bit like Imperial Stormwalkers for the Star Wars fans out there.

Like Charles Darwin’s expanded exploits being the basis for the Darwinist advances, Westerfeld provides a similar back-story though not yet as well explored for the Clanker advances, which are based on the work of Nikola Tesla, the real life contemporary of Thomas Edison.

This provides enough “historical credibility” to allow for the suspension of disbelief, which is one of those story-telling necessities that too many stories like this fail to provide. Through a series of events, accidents, and uneasy cooperation, Dylan’s group and Alek’s group find themselves working together and friendship between Dylan and Alek begins to take shape.


I know I said this already, but it bears repeating Unfortunately, they are not the only “bachelor” looking to snag a rose from the Ottomans, and the courting competition is fierce and feisty. Those that know World War I history know that the “love connection” between the British and the Ottomans is just not meant to be thanks in large part to the actions of Winston Churchill and things don’t go as planned. The parallels between our history and the novel is something that really sets this apart as a story, though Westerfeld throws in some well crafted deviations that keep the story fresh and not just a disguised history lesson.

Oh, and I would be remiss if I did not call special attention to the job Westerfeld does of imagining the steampunk version of Istanbul as it’s a tingle-causing, jaw-dropper. Istanbul is a cosmopolitan blend of both Darwinist and Clanker technology much like the east-west feel of the real Istanbul.

Istanbul was pure joy to to explore. The characters are engaging and well-drawn, the world-building is soaked in awesome, and the plot is fast-paced, detailed, and draws extensively from history, giving it a sense of authenticity. Overall, this is terrific and one of the best YA stories I have read this year. View all 20 comments. Oct 14, Kogiopsis rated it really liked it Shelves: God damn, this series. I want to go sing its praises across campus, to haul people down to the library and shove copies of Leviathan into their hands, to wander the country like a modern-day Johnny Appleseed scattering lovely books wherever I go.

Okay, not so much that last one. But you get my point. I was quite content with the first book, but I’m elated about this one. It’s one of those fabulous novels in which it’s not just the characters who mature and grow as all cha This series It’s one of those fabulous novels in which it’s not just the characters who mature and grow as all characters should – the plot adjusts and changes to suit them.

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Best of all, pretty much every action in the book makes sense, in terms of motivations. Here, the Leviathan is arriving in Istanbul; Doctor Barlow’s secret mission is almost complete. Alek and the Austrians aren’t feeling particularly welcome, though, and make plans to escape when they reach the city.

Naturally, nothing goes as planned for either party. One of Doctor Barlow’s precious eggs is crushed when it’s presented to the Sultan, and German saboteurs are all through the city spreading anti-British propaganda. Alek’s escape gets botched, and he finds himself in a strange city and separated from his foremost advisor, Count Volger.

Oh, and Istanbul isn’t exactly placid, either – but saying more would be spoilers, of course. While I still like Deryn better than Alek, I did really appreciate some of the development he got in this book – though most of it made him look like an idiot. We see him interacting with a girl his own age for once, and his attitude is, well, less progressive than poor Deryn might wish. In fact, until that girl proves herself, he’s downright scornful. It certainly doesn’t earn Alek any points in my book, but Westerfeld gets some for not making him illogically ahead of his time.

Also, it throws a wrench into the romantic subplot, which is fabulous.

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I don’t like that sort of attitude, nor the self-righteousness which behsmoth accompanies it, and it was nice to see him get taken down a peg. Always provided, of course, that he doesn’t wangst about being confused in the next book. I trust you, Westerfeld. Don’t screw this up. Deryn’s development, though, is even better. She’s a wssterfeld strong character, barring one thing – which I’ll discuss later – and she only gets stronger. Here, her westerfeod actions saving Newkirk at the beginning of the book win her a medal The way she handles command is very interesting, and the way the experience changes her is the sort of thing I love to see happening to characters.


Also, we’re seeing behind some of her swagger here, even in Alek’s chapters, and she’s a more interesting character for it. I wish I could say more, but that would be spoilers.

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OH, we need to talk about wetserfeld Behemoth of the title. That thing was freaking awesome. It looked like an anglerfish with tentacles and next to it the Leviathan was a toy. Ohhhhhh what a beastie. I sort of want one. And now I’m really curious about what the ‘Goliath’ of the third book will be. Westerfeld’s creativity shines when it comes to fabricated creatures, and that’s a goodly part of why I devour these books as I do.

There’s one other character I can mention without spoilers, and that’s Eddie Malone, an American reporter.

He is, as reporters seem to be in fiction, rather annoying, but I liked him up until he obliquely threatened to do something that would have put our heroes in danger. His relevance really has more to do with the hints he provides about American society in this world – a blend of Clanker and Darwinist technologies – than with what he actually does in the plot. The thing that bugged me through the book, though, was the romantic plot tumor.

Sorry, but I just don’t see why Deryn likes Alek. Development or no development, he’s still kind of an ass sometimes and she’s westerfsld more worked up over him than he deserves. If it had been more developed, it wouldn’t be a problem, but as it is it’s part of several plot points and while I was willing to take those sort of on faith, I wish I hadn’t needed to. As per expectations, it’s fabulous.

Westerfeld’s version of Istanbul is so vivid and innovative that I’m not sure I would have been able to picture it properly without Thompson’s gorgeous, detailed illustrations. This one was my favorite: Meanwhile, I vote we start a campaign to get ‘team’ shirts printed for this series – a Darwinist one with the Leviathan, the loris, the tigeresque from the first book and maybe some others; a Clanker one with walkers and mechanical parts all over it, both in cool fonts.

Westerfe,d don’t have a really great mental image of either of them, but you get the jist, right? Tell me bfhemoth wouldn’t buy those, because I totally would.

View all 17 comments. Jan 06, mark monday rated it liked it Shelves: It continues at breakneck pace, following its plucky young protagonists as they hurtle through misadventure, politics, and just the teensiest bit of lovelorn sxott, all taking place in an alternate World War I-era Ottoman Empire vividly and vibrantly depicted as a near-ideal melting pot of cultures.