finished series in 3 days!
the way Alek discovered Daryn's secret was perfect.
the ending was perfect. (though i wish there was a spinoff or something)
overall the 10/10 book!
Westerfeld's Leviathan trilogy slouches toward New York for its milqtoast ending, wrapping up all plot threads because he has to, not because he needs to. After setting up a fresh and interesting steampunk WWI, Westerfeld seems determined to do nothing with it, instead falling into typical cliches and an ending so abrupt I refuse to believe it was planned that way
Alan Cumming is still servicable as narrator, when he decides to not switch the characters accents every five minutes.
As I said with the second in the series: This whole series is amazing, and I can't say ENOUGH about Cumming's narration and Westerfeld's wit and light touch in regards to descriptors. Most often when author's create a world they feel obligated to the reader to explain *everything* and it can really bog down a story. Westerfeld does not suffer from this, and this series is a brilliant mix of action, adventure, stay true characters, and a gas bag of imagination. Wonderful listen that wouldn't have been nearly as good without Cumming's gaggle of voices in my ears. He's a master of accents and I couldn't imagine this book without him!
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.