Alek and Deryn are back onboard the Leviathan. The ship is ordered to pick up Tesla, a Russian inventor who has created a machine he claims can destroy half of the world, which he is using as a threat to impose peace.
Alek wants to the end the war, so decides to back Tesla politically, as do the Darwinists.
Meanwhile Deryn is still pretending to be a boy, though Alek has figured out her true identity, and promises to keep her secret.
With stops in New York, California and Mexico, Deryn and Alek encounter adventure and intrigue at every turn, but when a secret German plan to sabotage Tesla's machine leads to a heart-stopping stand-off, as Tesla threatens to fire his weapon, it's up to the two of them to stop him - or face the end of the world for real...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 560 pages, B-W Interiors
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/07/2012
- Category: Fantasy
- ISBN: 9781847386809
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Review by AHS-Wolfy
The third and concluding book of the series sees Deryn, Alek and the rest of the crew of the Leviathan heading to Siberia to pick up a passenger in the form of Nikola Tesla. A former Clanker scientist who believes he can put an end to the war between the Darwinists and his former benefactors. Alek, feeling somewhat useless aboard the airship, quickly attaches himself to the new arrival and thinks his own destiny is to end the war and this is the best hope for that. He also manages to figure out Deryn's secret and after collecting Tesla the Leviathan is off to New York to work on Tesla's weapon, Goliath, so Alek and Deryn have the time to work things out.Once again there's plenty of action but this instalment seems more character driven with the developing relationship between Alek and Deryn. More characters adapted from our own history are added and this gives an extra dimension to the back story. The perspicacious lorises provide some light relief and occasional insightful comments. The end does leave the possibility for future books in this universe and I'll happily read them if they appear.