- Expected Feb 25, 2020
Melville’s Moby Dick unfolds in a world of dragon hunters in Black Leviathan, an epic revenge fantasy from German award-winning author Bernd Perplies.
Beware! A shadow will cover you, larger than that cast by any other dragon of this world. Black as the lightless chasm from whence it was born at the beginning of time.
In the coastal city Skargakar, residents make a living from hunting dragons and use them for everything from clothing to food, while airborne ships hunt them in the white expanse of a cloud sea, the Cloudmere.
Lian does his part carving the kyrillian crystals that power the ships through the Cloudmere, but when he makes an enemy of a dangerous man, Lian ships out on the next vessel available as a drachenjager, or dragon hunter.
He chooses the wrong ship. A fanatic captain, hunts more than just any dragon. His goal is the Firstborn Gargantuan—and Adaron is prepared to sacrifice everything for revenge.
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German author Perplies's first novel translated into English draws from Melville's classic Moby Dick to craft an entertaining coming-of-age fantasy that falls shy of its epic ambitions. When Lian's disabled father, a dragon hunter, or j ger, is murdered, Lian takes vengeance on his father's killer and then flees with his friend Canzo. They enlist aboard the Carryola, an air-schooner traversing the Cloudmere, a misty "ocean" of air where dragons dwell. Adaron, the captain of the Carryola, is on his own obsessive quest for vengeance against the legendary Gargantuan, the dragon who killed his first crew and only love. Lian is faced with a difficult choice between pursuing the path of the j ger or finding his own fate. Perplies, author of the first German Star Trek tie-in novels, packs the plot with all manner of tropey diversions, among them mysterious derelict ships, floating islands, zombies, prophetic visions, and a mutiny, but the promising opening of this rollicking adventure gives way to a disappointing anticlimax that leaves many questions to be answered in future installments. Readers familiar with the source material will long for more thematic depth from this fantastical reimagining.