There’s always a worry when starting the book that’s going to end a series. The worry that the characters wont be where you want them to be, or that it will be revealed that the author saw things so different from the way you had been seeing them, or whatever. So, I started Goliath , the final book in the Leviathan series, with a little trepidation.
Which was completely silly because it’s Scott Westerfeld and the book was awesome and ended exactly how I wanted it to end. I hesitate to use the word perfect…but, I certainly didn’t want to change a single thing.
Alek and Deryn are on the last leg of their round-the-world quest to end World War I, reclaim Alek’s throne as prince of Austria, and finally fall in love. The first two objectives are complicated by the fact that their ship, the Leviathan, continues to detour farther away from the heart of the war (and crown). And the love thing would be a lot easier if Alek knew Deryn was a girl. (She has to pose as a boy in order to serve in the British Air Service.) And if they weren’t technically enemies.
The tension thickens as the Leviathan steams toward New York City with a homicidal lunatic on board: secrets suddenly unravel, characters reappear, and nothing is at it seems in this thunderous conclusion to Scott Westerfeld’s brilliant trilogy.
I liked that we were mostly back with the Leviathan for this book. And that the two packs of characters that were separated for a good part of Behemoth were mostly together for this one. And I love everything that happened between Alek and Deryn! Their interactions were just perfect.
I hate that I can’t spoil things. I just want to spoil it all!
Pretty much, the book could’ve gone anyway, done anything and as long as a certain clueless prince had to face the truth about the his friends gender, I was going to be happy. And, well, I was happy. For that reason, and so many others!
Deryn has always been one of my favourite characters in these books. She’s strong and funny and confident and willing to just plunge into action, regardless of the consequences. She gets things done. I love that about her and it’s no different in Goliath. And she’s so perfectly matched with Alek, who is pragmatic and always planning and analyzing.
There were so many things I was so happy with that to list them all would just be telling you the whole book. Be assured I loved all of it, and as much as I wish were getting more Deryn and Alek, I almost wouldn’t want more because the ending was so satisfying in this.
Also. I do not want a pony for Christmas. Or a hippopotamus. All I want is a Perspicacious Loris. One that is funny and snarky and sometimes has mustache. Much like Bovril, the best animal sidekick ever.
Unfortunately! I do not have a copy to give away. Well, I have a copy but it’s signed to me and is all pretty so…I’m gonna keep it. I do, however, have a signed copy of the Leviathan paperback that I am giving away. So, enter below! Once again, follows and tweets and such are appreciated but not necessary at all! Just click the “I did it Button.” It assumes we want you do something.