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Behemoth: 02 Paperback – 9 August 2011
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Keith Thompson's work has appeared in books, magazines, TV, video games, and films. See his work at KeithThompsonArt.com.
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint ed. edition (9 August 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 512 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1416971769
- ISBN-13 : 978-1416971764
- Reading age : 12 - 17 years
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.79 x 20.96 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 646,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The author depicts the exotic city beautifully, with both period detail and his own additions- some very cool animalistic walkers and steam powered shadow plays, among others.
The world might be just as great as in the original book, but here the characters take centre stage, as they and their relationships deepen and develop. Alek begins to fully consider his destiny and possible role in ending the conflict, and Deryn struggles between duty and friendship, and examines her own burgeoning feelings for the archduke's son who still thinks her a boy.
There are great new characters too, in the resistance fighters our heroes befriend within the city. We also finally discover what is inside Dr. Barlow's mysterious eggs, and those expecting a powerful warbeast of some kind might be pleasantly surprised.
The tale builds to a thrilling climax as the protagonists face the horrors of a new German weapon, and the action scenes throughout the book are of a higher standard than those in the original book.
Sterling work, too, from Keith Thompson, whose illustrations just get better and better. His drawings impart bags of character to Alek, Deryn and their friends, and he excels at depicting the industrial machinery of the Clankers as well as the biological monstrosities of the Darwinists (Cronenberg would be proud).
Now the only problem is waiting for the last installment!
The thing I loved about these books is the characterisation of the two main characters Alek and Deryn and the contrast between the two. I love both of them separately and also love the relationship built up between the unlikely pair.
I love the world Alek and Deryn live in. There are many parts which you recognise from history which excited the history geek in me. I often found myself looking up people and places and events elsewhere whilst I was reading it to find out a bit more about the main events and what in fact did actually happen. I also love all the steam punk elements and the combinations and contrast between the world of the Darwinists and Clankers. I particularly love all the Beasties particularly gorgeous little Bovril.
The main storyline in this instalment was fast paced and engaging keeping me wanting to read more and more to find out what was going to happen. I also really enjoyed the scenes with the rebel groups and thought there were some brilliantly funny scenes which I loved reading. I loved the pictures that appeared alongside the story and really felt they added to the story.
A fantastic instalment in the series which I enjoyed. I am looking forward to reading Goliath very soon and finding out how everything finishes.
In Behemoth the tale continues, with our heroes joining up with the Turkish underground to depose the sultan and keep the Ottoman empire from joining the war on the side of the Central Powers. A ripping yarn with teenage heroes, so perhaps aimed at the teenage market, but don't let that put you off if you are over 19 - it is consistently well written and imaginative on many levels.
Beautifully written, strong caracthers and just an amazing immagination and scenarios! And I am well past my teens!