Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld picks up days after the end of Leviathan. The Leviathan has been sent on a peacekeeping missing to the Ottoman Empire. Deryn / Dylan, the girl posing as a boy in the British Air Service finds herself alone and hunted in enemy territory. All the while wondering if she can trust Alek with her secret. Alek, of course, has his own secret that he is hiding from ‘Dylan’.
While Behemoth and the entire Leviathan series are very much done in the Steampunk genre, I never really picked up on that until someone mentioned it to me. A good book is a good book, regardless of genre. Leviathan took a great deal of time setting up this alternative universe, Behemoth jumps right in with the action. Adventure, politics, espionage, and even a bit of love, this book has it all. I cannot wait to read the last book in the series.
Once again the art created for this book by Keith Thompson is impeccable.