The Leviathan Trilogy: Leviathan; Behemoth; Goliath
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The Leviathan Trilogy: Leviathan; Behemoth; Goliath

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by Scott Westerfeld, Keith Thompson
     
 

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Destiny meets history in the complete boxed set of the riveting, New York Times bestselling Leviathan trilogy.

It is the cusp of World War I. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ genetically fabricated animals as their weaponry. Their

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Destiny meets history in the complete boxed set of the riveting, New York Times bestselling Leviathan trilogy.

It is the cusp of World War I. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ genetically fabricated animals as their weaponry. Their Leviathan is a whale airship, and the most masterful beast in the British fleet.

In this striking futuristic rendition of an alternate past where machines are pitted against genetically modified beasts, Aleksandar Ferdinand, a Clanker, and Deryn Sharp, a Darwinist, are on opposite sides in the First World War. But their paths cross in the most unexpected way, and together they embark on an around-the-world adventure….One that will change both their lives forever.

This collectible boxed set contains the complete Leviathan trilogy: Leviathan, Behemoth, and Goliath.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442483774
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Publication date:
10/30/2012
Series:
Leviathan Series
Edition description:
Boxed Set
Pages:
1552
Sales rank:
89,991
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 3.80(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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ONE

The Austrian horses glinted in the moonlight, their riders standing tall in the saddle, swords raised. Behind them two ranks of diesel-powered walking machines stood ready to fire, cannon aimed over the heads of the cavalry. A zeppelin scouted no-man’s-land at the center of the battlefield, its metal skin sparkling.

The French and British infantry crouched behind their fortifications—a letter opener, an ink jar, and a line of fountain pens—knowing they stood no chance against the might of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. But a row of Darwinist monsters loomed behind them, ready to devour any who dared retreat.

The attack had almost begun when Prince Aleksandar thought he heard someone outside his door… .

He took a guilty step toward his bed—then froze in place, listening hard. Trees stirred in a soft breeze outside, but otherwise the night was silent. Mother and Father were in Sarajevo, after all. The servants wouldn’t dare disturb his sleep.

Alek turned back to his desk and began to move the cavalry forward, grinning as the battle neared its climax. The Austrian walkers had completed their bombardment, and it was time for the tin horses to finish off the woefully outnumbered French. It had taken all night to set up the attack, using an imperial tactics manual borrowed from Father’s study.

It seemed only fair that Alek have some fun while his parents were off watching military maneuvers. He’d begged to be taken along, to see the mustered ranks of soldiers striding past in real life, to feel the rumble of massed fighting machines through the soles of his boots.

It was Mother, of course, who had forbidden it—his studies were more important than “parades,” as she called them. She didn’t understand that military exercises had more to teach him than musty old tutors and their books. One day soon Alek might be piloting one of those machines.

War was coming, after all. Everyone said so.

The last tin cavalry unit had just crashed into the French lines when the soft sound came from the hallway again: jingling, like a ring of keys.

Alek turned, peering at the gap beneath his bed chamber’s double doors. Shadows shifted along the sliver of moonlight, and he heard the hiss of whispers.

Someone was right outside.

Silent in bare feet, he swiftly crossed the cold marble floor, sliding into bed just as the door creaked open. Alek narrowed his eyes to a slit, wondering which of the servants was checking on him.

Moonlight spilled into the room, making the tin soldiers on his desk glitter. Someone slipped inside, graceful and dead silent. The figure paused, staring at Alek for a moment, then crept toward his dresser. Alek heard the wooden rasp of a drawer sliding open.

His heart raced. None of the servants would dare steal from him!

But what if the intruder were something worse than a thief? His father’s warnings echoed in his ears… .

You have had enemies from the day you were born.

A bell cord hung next to his bed, but his parents’ rooms were empty. With Father and his bodyguard in Sarajevo, the closest sentries were quartered at the other end of the trophy hall, fifty meters away.

Alek slid one hand under his pillow, until his fingers touched the cold steel of his hunting knife. He lay there holding his breath, grasping the handle tightly, repeating to himself his father’s other watchword.

Surprise is more valuable than strength.

Another figure came through the door then, boots clomping, a piloting jacket’s metal clips jingling like keys on a ring. The figure tromped straight toward his bed.

“Young master! Wake up!”

Alek let go of the knife, expelling a sigh of relief. It was just old Otto Klopp, his master of mechaniks.

The first figure began rifling through the dresser, pulling at clothes.

“The young prince has been awake all along,” Wildcount Volger’s low voice said. “A bit of advice, Your Highness? When pretending to be asleep, it is advisable not to hold one’s breath.”

Alek sat up and scowled. His fencing master had an annoying knack for seeing through deception.

“What’s the meaning of this?”

“You’re to come with us, young master,” Otto mumbled, studying the marble floor. “The archduke’s orders.”

“My father? He’s back already?”

“He left instructions,” Count Volger said with the same infuriating tone he used during fencing lessons. He tossed a pair of Alek’s trousers and a piloting jacket onto the bed.

Alek stared at them, half outraged and half confused.

“Like young Mozart,” Otto said softly. “In the arch-duke’s stories.”

Alek frowned, remembering Father’s favorite tales about the great composer’s upbringing. Supposedly Mozart’s tutors would wake him in the middle of the night, when his mind was raw and defenseless, and thrust musical lessons upon him. It all sounded rather disrespectful to Alek.

He reached for the trousers. “You’re going to make me compose a fugue?”

“An amusing thought,” Count Volger said. “But please make haste.”

“We have a walker waiting behind the stables, young master.” Otto’s worried face made an attempt at a smile. “You’re to take the helm.”

“A walker?” Alek’s eyes widened. Piloting was one part of his studies he’d gladly get out of bed for. He slipped quickly into the clothes.

“Yes, your first night lesson!” Otto said, handing Alek his boots.

Alek pulled them on and stood, then fetched his favorite pilot’s gloves from the dresser, his footsteps echoing on the marble floor.

“Quietly now.” Count Volger stood by the chamber doors. He cracked them and peered out into the hall.

“We’re to sneak out, Your Highness!” Otto whispered. “Good fun, this lesson! Just like young Mozart!”

The three of them crept down the trophy hall, Master Klopp still clomping, Volger gliding along in silence. Paintings of Alek’s ancestors, the family who had ruled Austria for six hundred years, lined the hallway, their subjects staring down with unreadable expressions. The antlers of his father’s hunting trophies cast tangled shadows, like a moonlit forest. Every footstep was magnified by the stillness of the castle, and questions echoed in Alek’s mind.

Wasn’t it dangerous, piloting a walker at night? And why was his fencing master coming along? Count Volger preferred swords and horses over soulless mechaniks, and had little tolerance for commoners like old Otto. Master Klopp had been hired for his piloting skills, not his family name.

“Volger …,” Alek began.

Quiet, boy!” the wildcount spat.

Anger flashed inside Alek, and a curse almost burst from his mouth, even if it ruined their stupid game of sneaking out.

It was always like this. To the servants he might be “the young archduke,” but nobles like Volger never let Alek forget his position. Thanks to his mother’s common blood, he wasn’t fit to inherit royal lands and titles. His father might be heir to an empire of fifty million souls, but Alek was heir to nothing.

Volger himself was only a wildcount—no farmlands to his name, just a bit of forest—but even he could feel superior to the son of a lady-in-waiting.

Alek managed to stay quiet, though, letting his anger cool as they stole through the vast and darkened banquet kitchens. Years of insults had taught him how to bite his tongue, and disrespect was easier to swallow with the prospect of piloting ahead.

One day he would have his revenge. Father had promised. The marriage contract would be changed somehow, and Alek’s blood made royal.

Even if it meant defying the emperor himself.

© 2009 Scott Westerfeld

Meet the Author

Scott Westerfeld is the author of the Leviathan series, the first book of which was the winner of the 2010 Locus Award for Best Young Adult Fiction. His other novels include the New York Times bestseller Afterworlds, the worldwide bestselling Uglies series, The Last Days, Peeps, So Yesterday, and the Midnighters trilogy. Visit him at ScottWesterfeld.com or follow him on Twitter at @ScottWesterfeld.

Keith Thompson’s work has appeared in books, magazines, TV, video games, and films. See his work at KeithThompsonArt.com.

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The Leviathan Trilogy: Leviathan; Behemoth; Goliath 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is good and quite unique. Steampunk is always a fun read and the alternate WWI story was an awsome idea. The characters are great, but could use more development. A very easy read, I finished the whole series in a week. The ending was kind of abrupt and lacking. I've read better and I've read worse. I did enjoy reading the afterwards at the end of each book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In what is easily Scott Westerfeld's best series so far we follow two unlikely heros in an international adventure in an alternate past. Between Alek the austrian prince with the large ears and Deryn the girl who is pretending to be a boy named Dylan to fight in the air service the adventures and the humor never stop. You start reading these books and you never stop. Buy them today, and yo bwill be doing yourseld
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series was really good. The length of each book was a good size and the story plot was fantastic. I read the first two books on paperback but thought the entire series was great so I decided to get the entire trilogy. I recommend it. I would put 6 stars if I was able to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the combonation of Westerfeld's writing and Thompson's drawings. I also loved the steampunk twist on the Victorian Era.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There aren't any historical fantasy books better than these.A must get for nibbling away at time and how the author puts in custom pictures to help you understand the setting and book. Love the part at the end of one of those books where they tell you about the history it was based on. I love how it is like the starwars of that time they were based on which is the time of the Ottoman empire. I love how there were "walkers, hydrogen sniffers, fabricated beasts,and those beasties" 899 pages will keep you occupied for awhile. Love the books 10stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful steampunk series. The characters were great, and i especially loved the ww1 setting. Although it was a quick read and took me only a week to finish, it was one of the best trilogies i've read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These books literally forced tears from my eyes. I was ingrossed in the story and plot, fell in love with the characters first chance i got and the unique setting and style of writing is one to admire. A book to be read throughout the generations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this series, in my opinion it is exceptional.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really great book like the steampunk features
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With lots of suspense and cliffhangers, Scott Westerfield has really outdone himself. Simply Brilliant.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This whloe series is one of the best i have ever read. These well writen books just steal every other joyuss activity from your life as it forcess you to read its page. That may soind horibal but i loved every miute of it and love every single sketch that this book contined. After reading these books i asked my dad if you could marry a book. SETH SORON
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If yo want a great book... get this book
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Like a boss
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ive re read the trilogy twice already. One of my all time faves.
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Meteoric More than 1 year ago
these books are so amazing if you are looking for a fun, funny, adventurous, and just all-around great series i would recommend this trilogy.the books can be read really quickly and the illustrations bring the story to life. the characters grow and change in great ways and even if you hate Alek at  first, by the middle of the book i promise you will absolutely love him. in case you're wondering the fandom for the series may be small but we are extremely dedicated, just read the books already! P.S. I know barnes and noble thought these were mostly read by "boys and young men" but the people i know who truly and deeply loved these books were girls but everyone can love these!  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This trilogy was amazing it was action packed with a little romance but other than that is was one of the best science fiction books i have ever read. Any questions? Put the name COBALTKING in the title and i will try to reply as soon as possible. Thanks for reading and buy this amazing book
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