LEVIATHAN, MY SECOND NOVEL, IS A SEAFARING ADVENTURE IN AN 18TH CENTURY ALTERNATE HISTORICAL FANTASY SETTING. THE BIBLICAL MONSTER IS REAL.
Nathan Pritchard, a frigate captain, has taken over the rule of a small island in the southern ocean. In doing so, he has roused the sleeping Leviathan, which has since revealed itself in those waters. The Order of Faolan, the ancient and secretive feudal order of Albion charged with the defense of the nation against its most dangerous threats, sends Callum Fletcher to investigate as its newest initiate. Callum teams up with Morrissey, an untried and outspoken young commander, to take the sloop-of-war Kingfisher to the island to investigate. They discover that Pritchard’s rule is brutal and absolute, involving torture, burnings, and mass-murder, and that he has seized ships, making him guilty of piracy as well as treason. A series of strange and violent events ensue, including the discovery of an archaeological marvel much older than any civilization currently in existence which, in his zealotry, Pritchard vows to destroy.