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Even stranger creatures stalk the sequel to Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan

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What manner of beast is this? Here's an exclusive look at Keith Thompson's art from Behemoth, the sequel to Scott Westerfeld's acclaimed book Leviathan. Check out another picture below, plus a video of Westerfeld talking to audiobook reader Alan Cumming.

Behemoth, the second book in Westerfeld and Thompson's saga of an alternate World War I, comes out Oct. 5. Here's the official blurb:

The behemoth is the fiercest creature in the British navy. It can swallow enemy battleships with one bite. The Darwinists will need it, now that they are at war with the Clanker Powers.

Deryn is a girl posing as a boy in the British Air Service, and Alek is the heir to an empire posing as a commoner. Finally together aboard the airship Leviathan, they hope to bring the war to a halt. But when disaster strikes the Leviathan's peacekeeping mission, they find themselves alone and hunted in enemy territory.

Alek and Deryn will need great skill, new allies, and brave hearts to face what's ahead.


Westerfeld disturbs Alan Cumming, who's recording the audiobook version. (Update, the embed seems not to be working, but you can view this video here.)

And here's that second page of incredible Keith Thompson art, which is suitable for framing. (As always, you can right click the smaller version of the image and select either "save link as" or "open link in new tab.")