This was my first Scott Westerfeld book. I was a bit worried about getting into a kids book, even though all the reviews said it was a good adult book..Show More » as well.
And, indeed - it's funny & intelligent, and although the characters are young they don't act like bratty little kids.
I loved the world that is invented with the beasties and cray walking machines. The adult characters are a little flat in comparison to Deryn and Alek, and sometimes seem to behave in crazy ways just to drive the plot, but those are are minor complaints. You will be drawn into the story and barely notice.
Barking spiders! What a fantastic, breathtaking finale to this great series! If you enjoyed Leviathan and Behemoth, you will not be disappointed with..Show More » Goliath. This is edge-of-your-seat, high-stakes, nonstop adventure, with plenty of humor, drama, history and everything fans of this series have come to expect. If you have not read or listened to Leviathan or Behemoth, DO IT NOW!
Alan Cumming gives another virtuoso performance in this third installment, and his ability to give a different voice and accent to every single character (human or otherwise) - while maintaining Westerfeld's lightening-fast, witty dialog and downright cinematic action sequences - continues to be astonishing.
I also recommend picking up print versions of this series, if you can, because Keith Thompson's intricate illustrations add a whole new dimension to the books, providing great visual aids. I actually read this in print first, and then listened to the audio version afterward.
The only downside is that now the trilogy is complete, unless Westerfeld decides to continue the adventures of Deryn, Alek & Co. in a new series (which he certainly leaves the story open for...fingers crossed!).