Release Date: 01/10/10
The Leviathan arrives in Constantinople, a city where Clanker culture and Darwinst principles intersect in the most intriguing ways. Dr Barlow and Deryn deliver their precious cargo to the Sultan, but their peace-keeping mission goes unexpectedly - and disastrously - awry. Now the only way to save themselves in this hostile, politically-charged city is for Dr Barlow to offer up the thing that matters most: the air ship. Alek escapes from his prison camp and goes on the run with his men and the loris while Count Volger stays behind to fend-off the pursuit, forcing Alek to take on new responsibilities. Meanwhile a secret mission lands Deryn in serious danger...and leads both teens to re-evaluate their precarious situations in the world.
The second novel in Westerfeld’s Steampunk series and one that proves that he is a master storyteller. Beautifully constructed, this alternate world is one that readers will love to inhabit, there are machines, monsters, action and plenty of adventure as out heroes continue their fight to survive against the odds.
Add to the mix a great blend of dialogue, solid world construction and a plot that just doesn’t let up and you know that you have one hell of a story on your hands. Seriously good fun and with beautiful artwork that accentuates the tale you know that it’s something special. Definitely a series that I’m recommending as Christmas gifts as the silence you will have whilst your young reader devours this will be worth its weight in gold which will also fuel their own imagination.