Author: Scott Westerfeld
Rating: four stars (out of four)
Release date: Sept. 20, 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: ALA 2011
I was a little worried I might not like the subsequent books in this Steampunk series. But that wasn’t the case at all. I pretty much loved all the books equally and thought they did a good job building on the previous stories and giving you more insight into the characters and their personalities. Plus, the world was just as stunning. I also enjoyed seeing all the new developments as the war tied more and more people together in bizarre and strange ways. I was especially interested to see what would happen to Deryn and Alek. I really wanted them to be happy. And together. Yes, yes, happy AND finally together. I don’t want to be too spoiler-iffc, but I will say I was not disappointed with how things concluded.
Westerfeld did a good job of slowly unraveling the story and leading you down a crazy path until you slowly started to piece things together. I also liked seeing the world and I never got bored with the things that Westerfeld included. I especially loved the creatures and marveling at how well the world seamlessly fitted together. Huge props for world building in this series. And while I liked all of the books equally, I did find their stories run together a little in my mind. Which doesn’t necessarily seem like a bad thing, it’s just interesting to note. I’m not certain I could tell you what happened in each book, but I could tell you the general arc of the trilogy. And that might be because I read them all pretty much back-to-back. I liked the world, characters, and story. It offered an amusing, action-packed, and adventure-filled world of Steampunk and creatures. Definitely a recommend!