Behemoth by Scott Westerfield

Published: 2010

Genre: steampunk alternate history YA

Length: 485 pages

Setting: an alternate history version of Constantinople, 1914

Interest: I read the first book in the series and enjoyed it. When I saw the next book at the library, I picked it up.

Summary: The Leviathan is on its way to Constantinople to encourage the Turks to remain neutral in the war. On the way, they nearly get fried by a German Tesla cannon. The warships show up as a German gift to the Turks. At the same time, Alek manages to escape the Leviathan with some of his men, and he meets up with the Resistance movement in the city. Deryn helps a secret mission to sink the German warships, with the help of the revolutionaries.

Final thoughts: A very enjoyable, quick read. One of the best parts are the illustrations that accompany the story, so I can see all the beasties and devices the author has imagined into this world. I got to find out what was in the eggs (two perspicacious lorises, not dragons like I thought), but Deryn is still masquerading as a boy. Someone does discover her secret (a girl in the resistance movement and the Count).

Title comes from: The newest kraken-type creature that takes down the German warships.

Reading challenges fulfilled: none since this is a review from a previous year

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