Chapter One Alek raised his sword. His feet were splayed at right angles, his left arm sticking out behind like the handle of a teacup. His fencing armor made him look like a walking quilt. Even with his sword pointed straight at her, he looked barking silly. A dozen crewmen were watching, along with a pair of curious hydrogen sniffers.
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Summary[ edit ] Behemoth continues an alternate history story begun in Leviathan. War has been declared, although the Ottoman Empire has not yet entered. The Darwinists use technology based on genetically manipulated animals, while the Clankers use machinery. Plot[ edit ] The story starts when the crew of the Leviathan sights two German ironclads and decides to attack them, thinking that the sea ships are defenseless. Klopp and Alek are controlling the engines, with Mr.
However, they discover that one of the ships, the Goeben , is preparing a threatening Tesla cannon, a lightning generator. Klopp immediately puts the engines on full retreat without permission.
Hirst, seeing this as an act of mutiny, attempts to interfere and tries to shoot Klopp with a compressed air pistol. However, Alek leaps at Mr. Hirst and ends up getting shot in the ribs, though not fatally. The lightning still hits and Newkirk, who was flying in a now-burning Huxley above the Leviathan, is almost killed, but is saved by Deryn. After the escape, Deryn and Dr. Barlow visit Alek, and he explains what happened on the ship. Later, as Deryn delivers a message to Count Volger, who learns that Alek had told her of his identity as a prince.
After landing in Istanbul , Aleksandar plots an escape from the Leviathan. The night of the escape, Alek is taking watch over Dr. Barlow, that seems to understand and repeat various sounds and words in seemingly useful ways. The creature then latches onto Alek and flees with him. In their escape Volger and Hoffman remain behind in order to allow Alek and the others to flee. The group manages to head into the city of Istanbul, where they try to remain hidden among the commoners.
Alek and Corporal Bauer leave the hotel after laying low for a while with Klopp, one of the masters of mechaniks. Alek discovers a very nosy American reporter by the name of Eddie Malone, in which he discovers some information about the Leviathan that he finds interesting.
At that point, a few German soldiers walk in, searching for Bauer. The count this time proposes that Deryn help him escape the ship. Deryn refuses initially, until Volger threatens to divulge her masquerade -that he had figured out all by himself- to Malone, to which she agrees with a heavy heart. The mission is successful, but the others in her four-member team are captured or killed.
Deryn manages to evade capture and enters Ottoman territory, deciding to find Alek. Zaven formally introduces the young lady and his mechanical bed-ridden mother Nene, who both are also taking part in a revolution prepared by the Committee. Alek then agrees to join the Committee as an ally, wishing to strike a blow at the Germans. They then stage a revolt, using a gold bar Alek has saved for funding. Because Deryn reveals that the Behemoth, a massive fabricated sea creature of Britain, will eliminate the ironclads with the guidance of the Leviathan, the Committee executes a mission unknown to much of the group to destroy a massive Tesla cannon in Istanbul.
While the revolt is successful, Zaven is killed destroying the Tesla cannon. Deryn, Alek and Lilit meet up again with the former two giving the tragic news to Lilit. As planned, the British invade and use the Behemoth to obliterate the ironclads Goebon and Breslau. Before leaving the cliffs for the now chaotic Istanbul by body kite to continue fighting in the revolution, Lilit bids "Dylan" and Alek goodbye; while mentioning to the former that she also knows of "his" secret.
The others all escape aboard the Leviathan. The third novel, Goliath, is set in motion when they find out they are going to the Far East. Historical inspiration[ edit ] The Sultan Osman I was a real warship. The revolution by the Committee of Union and Progress, the so-called " Young Turk Revolution ", was successful in and the sultan was overthrown.
However, in the novel Westerfeld made the revolution unsuccessful and created a second revolution in because, as according to him, "I wanted my characters to be involved in a successful revolution, one that would perhaps nudge history toward a more positive outcome.
Reception[ edit ] Publishers Weekly wrote "This exciting and inventive tale of military conflict and wildly reimagined history should captivate a wide range of readers.
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Summary[ edit ] Behemoth continues an alternate history story begun in Leviathan. War has been declared, although the Ottoman Empire has not yet entered. The Darwinists use technology based on genetically manipulated animals, while the Clankers use machinery. Plot[ edit ] The story starts when the crew of the Leviathan sights two German ironclads and decides to attack them, thinking that the sea ships are defenseless. Klopp and Alek are controlling the engines, with Mr. However, they discover that one of the ships, the Goeben , is preparing a threatening Tesla cannon, a lightning generator.
The novel is the third and final installment in the Leviathan series after Behemoth , released on September 20, Alek destroys the inventor and his Goliath weapon under German attack in New York, triggering the entry of U. An actual living two-headed messenger eagle from the Czar heads towards the bridge, interrupting their discussion. A message lizard sends Deryn to the bridge and Newkirk to the cargo deck. Alek goes with Deryn, and there Dr Barlow tells them to take the bird to the rookery and feed it. Deryn nearly confesses her secret to Alek, but hesitates to do so thus resisting herself. She quickly asks for a fencing lesson to cover the thing up.