Mommy of twins
Westerfeld shows readers exactly how a conclusion book should read with GOLIATH; the last and by far the best of the Leviathan trilogy, ending it with quite a bang (on all fronts). But even with the series finishing out properly, I can’t say it won’t be missed. I admit I fell in love a little bit more with each thrilling installment. I definitely wouldn’t be opposed to a spin-off???..What do ya say Scott?
Well, whether or not we get another taste of Alek and Deryn or the addictive and exciting steampunk/biopunk world of Westerfeld’s creation is to be seen, but as for now, readers are sure to become quick fans of the daft Austrian prince, the not so common Midshipman and their adventures on the Leviathan, in this fast paced action pack world of power hungry rulers, nutter scientists, manufactured beasties and iron war machines. Bravo and well-done! And as always, Cumming outdoes himself in the narration... brilliant performance!!
Great ending, to a good trilogy.
The middle book left me wondering if the author had lost his way and doubting I wanted to continue, but this book was closer to the first, loads of intrigue and a satisfying conclusion that involves more historical figures.
A must read, well worth your money.
I am a book junkie...I read and enjoy a variety of stories, so please don't "define me" by one book or review! :)
The characters are more than worth spending time with again and this is a satisfying and entertaining wrap-up of the trilogy.
Sorry, but it's such a unique story, it's not really that similar to any other book I've read. I mean, it shares some elements of another good trilogy like Hunger Games in that there's action, some suspense and drama, some form of separation of the main characters so that you keep going to find out how things turn out!
It's a tie between the balloon scene where Alek is trapped and almost harmed by fire with the reporter and others, and Daryn sees that from a distance and fears for his safety...and the ending. Heartwarming and satisfying!
The scene where Alek does what he has to do to stop the Russian guy in the lab who is trying to discharge Goliath, knowing it would destroy Leviathan and harm Daryn everyone on it!
Overall, a great trilogy with well-developed characters that will win over your affections. It's very nice to have an entertaining story that is also intelligent and informative writing!
Adventure. Secrets. Survival.
I liked Westerfeld's portrayal of a different world with similarities to our world now, in addition to his understanding of a female's wish to be respected without concern for her gender.
Absolutely! Every page either presented a new problem, character, adventure or hint at something amazing while continuing to remind me that the story's characters had choices to make that could impact the story at any moment.
I loved Westerfeld's ability to describe technology that is impossible to paint in a picture. This is clearly an example of how the books we read sometimes outdo films we watch or paintings we see. It empowers our imagination and provides us with a world that is only limited by Westerfeld's mastery of the language.
Alan Cumming is, hands down, one of the best narrators I've ever heard, and the story gave him a good deal of room to play. Fun finish to a delightful series! Enjoyed it from beginning to end.
Never once does Westerfeld apologize for having Daryn be an amazingly competent, adventurous GIRL. He just gets on with the job of keeping Daryn awesome, and giving her complete agency over her life. It's a rare, and wonderful thing in adventure stories.
I have to admit, when I first realized there would be a romance subplot, I thought, "Oh, no, not really! Don't ruin it!!" But, when all was resolved, I found myself grinning like an idiot and wiping away soppy tears. Fantastic ending all around.
The great thing about this series is every book is vastly different. leviathan is still my favorite but Goliath isn't too far behind. All and all a fun, intriguing series.
"Barking spiders" and "perspicacious."
I love Derryn/Dillion and Bovril. That little loris is adorable with all of its chuckling. And Derryn is just awesome. She's brave and doesn't define herself by Alek and she's just good. Good for her. And in the end, he sacrifices for her and it's awesome.
Alan Cumming is barking brilliant. Accents and inflections and ugh he's amazing. I would listen to him read anything. Man oh man.
I would have if I could have, but like many others, I have a life and very important things to do.
I really liked this portrayal World War I. I know a lot of it is not how it happened, but it was really interesting. The clanker vs Darwinism thing was a really cool concept. If only technology was so good back then but man, it's really neat to think about it. I would definitely recommend this entire series. It took me an hour to understand and get what was going on, but once I did, I really enjoyed it.
This book, the conclusion to the trilogy that starts with Leviathan continues with Behemoth and ends with this book. This series is well written, well read and an excellent series in the historical fiction genre. This series weaves historical events, steam punk, a wee bit of science fiction and a serious amount of imagination into a wonderful tapestry of fiction. This series is recommended highly.
This is fluff steampunk, but this is an amazing audiobook because Alan Cumming does such an impressive job jumping in and out of male/female/adult/teen/mutant/ voices with English/American/Austrian/Slavic accents. There are many talented narrators on Audible, but his performance in this series is really a tour de force.