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Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld
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Mar 02, 2011

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The war between the Clankers and the Darwinists rages on. The living airship Leviathan makes its way across the skies of the Mediterranean to Istanbul, capitol of the still-neutral Ottoman Empire, on a mission to gain the trust of the Ottomans and to get them to ally themselves to Britain and the Darwinists. But the city is filled with German Clankers who are building a powerful new weapon. Meanwhile, Prince Alek has fallen in with a rebel group intent on overthrowing the sultan and building a new country. Can Alek and Deryn Sharpe, Midshipman, save the Leviathan from a terrible fate?

Behemoth is an excellent sequel to Westerfeld's WWI alternate history Leviathan. I enjoyed the characters and the new technologies, and I was impressed with the rendering of Istanbul and the Ottoman Empire. Sadly, this volume also has a cliffhanger ending, so I'm stuck waiting for book 3.

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