One of my goals for this year is to go back and finish out some of the many series that I started and then got distracted before finishing. I’d read Leviathan and Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld a while ago, so when I landed on Paradise Pier I thought it might be a good time to go back and finish out the trilogy.
As I read, the song Handsome Cabin Boy kept running through my head:
'Tis of a handsome female , As you may understand.
Her mind being bent on rambling unto some foreign land,
She dressed herself in sailor's clothes, Or so it does appear,
And she hired on with a captain, to serve him for a year….
Well the adventures of Miss Deryn Sharp aka Mr. Dylan Sharp turn out somewhat better than that of the “cabin boy” in the song, but I think you can understand why the story of a young woman disguised as a midshipman brought the song to mind.
I still like Scott Westerfeld’s clever re-imagining of World War I as a contest between the Darwinists who use bioengineering and the Clankers who create mechanical creatures and still love how Keith Thompson’s interior art enriches the story. However, I found the third volume in the trilogy less enthralling than the first two, and the ending not satisfying at all. Perhaps I would have felt differently if I had read the last volume sooner when the series still had a magical glow and I had momentum (the magic of BL says that I read Leviathan in December 2012 and Behemoth in February 2013, even longer ago than I had thought).
Goliath (543 pages) finished May 27th brings my bank balance to $43
A Cargo of Ivories by Garth Nix
Sir Hereward and Mr. Fitz break into a home of wizard-merchant and suddenly find their plan to take 14 ivory figurines that anchored godlets to the mortal plane into safekeeping upended. These two rogues find themselves up against a rogue young thief and a rogue goblet that has taken possession of the unfortunate wizard-merchant. The story rapidly proceeds from the mansion of the unfortunate merchant to the city's centuries-old ceremonial ship that starts to come apart as it goes against the tide and wind. I have been wanting to read Nix for a while, mainly his Abhorsen series, but having been introduced to Hereward and Fitz as well I need to read the other stories they're involved in. A cast of rogues of one variety or another, action-packed, and wonderful world building throughout for those unfamiliar with the world that doesn't slow the story. It just adds up to a fantastic story.
4 1/2 STARS
My review from 2014