The Leviathan arrives in Constantinople, a city where Clanker culture and Darwinst principles intersect in the most intriguing ways.
Dr Barlow and Deryn deliver their precious cargo to the Sultan, but their peace-keeping mission goes unexpectedly - and disastrously - awry.
Now the only way to save themselves in this hostile, politically-charged city is for Dr Barlow to offer up the thing that matters most: the air ship.
Alek escapes from his prison camp and goes on the run with his men and the loris while Count Volger stays behind to fend-off the pursuit, forcing Alek to take on new responsibilities.
Meanwhile a secret mission lands Deryn in serious danger...and leads both teens to re-evaluate their precarious situations in the world.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 496 pages, B-W Interiors
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/06/2011
- Category: General
- ISBN: 9781847386779
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Review by AHS-Wolfy
Second book in the YA steampunk trilogy which uses an alternate world war 1 for its setting. Pitting the Darwinists (bio-engineering) against the Clankers (mechanical/steam-powered engineering). This instalment picks up directly after the conclusion of Leviathan with the great airship heading towards Istanbul to try and smooth over recent difficulties with the ruling Sultan and hopefully, at the least, keep the Ottoman Empire from joining the Clankers side. But it appears they may have arrived too late and find that the Clankers already appear to have their foot in the door. Alek is still aboard but needs to escape before his secret is revealed and Deryn, keeping secrets of her own, is given an important mission that doesn’t go fully to plan either. It puts them in the midst of a local revolution and they both have their own reasons for helping reach a successful outcome. Will they get what they want and how many secrets will be left at the end?A thrill ride from start to finish this is an excellent continuation of a fascinating story. Adding some interesting new characters to the mix while furthering the relationships of the existing ones. With Alek working aboard the Leviathan and then gaining an extra insight into Darwinist methods and Deryn also gaining a greater appreciation of Clanker technology it will be fun to see where the author takes events in the concluding book of the series. I’m looking forward to it.