The Trilogy is Complete: Leviathan, Behemoth, and Goliath by Scott Westerfeld Review

At the end of November I wrote this:

In a desperate attempt to make up for the recent lack of book reviews, I now present you with a three-in-one! Waaaay back in October I finished Goliath, the third book in the Leviathan trilogy by Scott Westerfeld.

So, yeah. Um. Ok, fine. Sometimes things get really busy at work and sometimes I have time management problems that compound the problem of busy at work. Whatever. These books aren’t going anywhere. They don’t expire. So better late than never, right? Right.

You will want to start at the beginning with Leviathan. Here’s the scoop:

The year is 1914, and Europe is on the verge of a war. Prince Alek, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne is on the run from the Clanker Army. Deryn Sharp, a girl disguised as a boy, is an airman for the British Air Force learning to fly the genetically engineered air beast, the Leviathan. The two form an uneasy alliance as they struggle to protect their secrets and stay alive.

Why you should read it:
1. It’s Scott Westerfeld. That should be reason enough, but if you need more I will oblige.
2. It is alternate reality history with cool fabricated beasties and clankers.
3. Deryn is HILARIOUS.
4. Steampunk rules.
5. It is gorgeously illustrated.
6. The audio is also fantastic. Alan Cumming is the narrator and he is a genius.

Naturally you will want to continue on with Behemoth. Why wouldn’t you? This is good stuff here. Why?

WAIT! This may be a teeny tiny bit spoilery. It really doesn’t say more than the book jacket, but if you like surprises you may want to stop. In fact, you may ask yourself why you bother to read book reviews. But that’s a thought for another time. Proceed. Or don’t. It’s up to you.

In this second book, The Darwinists and The Clankers are at war. Midshipman Dylan Sharp and Prince Alek find themselves alone in enemy territory. Alek joins a group of revolutionaries determined to overthrow the sultan, and Dylan is sent on a secret sabotage mission. Both are determined to prevent the Ottoman Empire from joining war between the Darwinists and the Clankers. While in Istanbul, one of the two lads has their secret revealed. Dun, dun, dun….

Why you should read it:

1. It is action-packed.
2. The dialogue is once again hilarious.
3. More unusual beasties.
4. It has a perfectly satisfying ending that nicely sets the stage for the final book.

You know that you are going to have to rush right out for the last book. Lucky you; you don’t have wait for ages for the next one to come out. Anyway, here’s the deal on the third and final book in the trilogy (congratulations Mr. Westerfeld! I know how you like to have 4 book trilogies. Even I know the math is wrong there!).

In an effort to end World War I and restore Alek to the throne of Austria, the airship Leviathan embarks on a round-the-world tour. They are sidetracked along the way by scientist Nikola Tesla who claims to have invented a weapon that he calls Goliath, which will end the war.

Why you should read it:

1. Bovril
2. Tesla
3. Deryn
4. Secrets are revealed.
5. It’s awesome and a perfect conclusion.

Read Alikes: Airborn by Kenneth Oppel and The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade.

Happy Reading!


6 responses to “The Trilogy is Complete: Leviathan, Behemoth, and Goliath by Scott Westerfeld Review

  1. Gasp! Alan Cumming is the narrator of the audio version! I may just have to get it. I can see how he would be brilliant with this story.

    I still haven’t read Goliath yet! Crazy, right?

  2. I’m going to read these after I finish the Uglies series.

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