Wednesday, April 25

Goliath by Scott Westerfeld

The Leviathan has set its course for Russia but it is not the enemy they seek. Nicola Tesla is no ordinary man and he claims he has a weapon that could stop the war - Goliath.

Alek is fascinated by Tesla and wants him for an ally. Deryn, however, isn't so sure.

When circumstances threaten to reveal Deryn's identity, will she and Alek be pulled apart forever?


The stakes escalate in 'Goliath.' There is now a weapon that boasts nuclear-esque proportions. Alek must choose his priorities for the future. Deryn must decide if she is willing to risk losing Alek or her place on the Leviathan.

All in all, I was riveted. The dynamic between Alek and Deryn is riddled with delicious tension. I was squirming up until the very end, both eager for and dreadful of the trilogy's resolution.

Like the first two installments, I listened to it on audio, narrated by Alan Cumming. He is too good. So good he continued to keep me from Keith Thompson's brilliant illustrations. I sheepishly admit that I was eager to see some of the scenes from the story visually and there were a few moments that, alas, were not illustrated in the printed text. However, the brilliance of the moustache picture trumps all!

I was not disappointed by 'Goliath' and found the conclusion to be utmost satisfactory. I look forward to revisiting the Leviathan trilogy and seeking out more of Westerfeld's novels.

In accordance with the FTC, Quill Café would like to disclose that the reviewer purchased this book. The opinions expressed are hers alone and no monetary compensation was offered to her by the author or publisher. Cover art is copyright of Simon Pulse and is used solely as an aide to the review.

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