Behemoth : Scott Westerfeld

Behemoth (Leviathan, #2)Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Acting as the sequel to Leviathan, Behemoth tells the story of Deryn and Alek and their role in an alternative version of world history involving war, revolution and fantastical machines. Elements of their journey are joyous and the illustrations in this book are worth a star in themselves. The impact they add to the text is near unquantifiable.

I would say that you need to read Leviathan beforehand or at least be acquainted with the steampunk genre. There’s a lot of world here to comprehend and whilst that detail is entrancing once you’ve got used to it and understand the world, it can equally act against your initial comprehension of the book. Despite that there’s still a lot to comprehend in Westerfeld’s use of language; he’s able to elaborate in great detail where necessary and yet also dial it back.

Behemoth is a beguiling tapestry of a book. Full of richness and detail, it’s one that will reward repeated reading to pick up the finer points of an intricately crafted universe.

View all my reviews

Leave a Reply!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: