Saturday, June 11, 2011
Behemoth is filled with even more danger and adventure than its predecessor, but isn't without the same humor, suspense, and wonders that made Leviathan so remarkable. Westefeld plays with the politics of the era as Alek grows up some more and really steps into his role as prince. The revolutionaries of Istanbul are fascinating, and the depiction of the entire city and its inhabitants is just magnificent. In addition to much skulking and sneaking about, a great source of suspense and drama in Behemoth is Deryn's secret as some around her slowly start to guess at her true sex, despite her attempts at hiding it under some hilarious and quirky mannerisms and her boy-ish swagger. This trilogy just keeps getting better and better with a few new characters, delightful new creatures, and more enthralling settings and foils. Westerfeld's imagination will blow you away and his is a world you will never want to leave.
Cover Talk: I'm not normally a fan of publishers changing the covers of a series before the second book even comes out, but in this case, I like the new style. I think it matches the old one closely enough, and I like the green, and the lightening in the background. Very excellent!
Review copy purchased.
The third book, Goliath, will be out September 20th. I have read it, and I think it's a fantastic conclusion--watch the blog for my review!