I gave this book only 4 stars because the first book in this series is so much better. The problem with this author is that he is so ADDICTING! I Have loved every book he has written and I've read or listened to at least 15 of his novels. You can't go wrong with Mr. Weber's work.
This time, politics, intrigue and romance from David Weber. It doesn't seem like we moved much closer to the end of the series, but the journey is going to be a fun one.
There were some very interesting plot twists, but mostly I just keep wanting to cheer for the good guys.
This first book had a great setup with the philosophical, ethical, and theological questions of how the world began.
This book is tediously long winded about political maneuverings. By the way, NOTHING happens that couldn't have been summed up in 10 pages.
I highly recommend absorbing the previous (first book in the series) book, "Armageddon Reef." This novel moves at an enjoyable pace and delivers many thought provoking moments. It is well read, never breaking the spell with awkward voicings. Can't wait for the next one in the series...
Although not quite 10 stars like I gave the 1st book, this was still quite entertaining! I mistakenly said the author was the narrator in the first book but that was incorrect - it is Oliver Wyman - who has to be one of the best in my opinion - the read is quite exceptional.
This book continues the detailed and well-crafted story of Safehold - the characters, relationships, politics, military (which I was never interested in before but now am), and futuristic/history...
I can't wait until the next book!
I am an avid eclectic reader.
I read Off Armageddon Reef with interest and looked forward to the second book in the series which is this book. Oliver Wyman did a good job narrating the book. In this book King Cayleb has taken over the Kingdom of Charis as his father died at the end of the first book. Merlin is his body guard. The book hangs up in political maneuvering but does come up with some interesting solution to gain allies of his nearby enemies. He marries Queen Charly and brings the Prince of Emerald into his cabinet. There are a few small sea battles but one is building up for the next book but a lot of time is spent on building the Kingdom to face the battle with the corrupt church. The next book should be interesting as this book appears to be a build up to book 3.
This one is actually more disappointing than the last two Honor Harrington novels. If you're looking for the wonderful action sequences you like from David Weber, go read the Prince Roger books.
This book is a romance novel full of complicated interrelationships between the church hierarchy and nobility. He's attempting to recreate the 16th century reformation (including direct quotations from the period, such as "Here I stand...") on a new world, and it is hard to care about it all.
There is perhaps an hour of action in this entire novel. And even that action is loaded with boring calculations of the total weight of cannonballs fired at someone.
Discussions of political marriages and their importance takes up much more time.
And...if you are listening to this book and hoping that at least it will conclude with a bang, forget it. He spends the the last half hour of the book (and of your time by the way) writing about a kiss. Seriously.
I suggest to double post this book under Romance Novels.
Off Armageddon Reef was an excellent first book, even though there were the usual Weber moments. But in this second book in the series, those Weber moments drag on to Weber hours, and the overall preachy-ness is much more pronounced. Of course, I did continue to listen to it, and I went right ahead and bought #3 in the series. Which I will, undoubtedly read and grumble about until I finish and buy #4, etc. Weber seems to have the knack of getting me to keep coming back for more, even as I complain about his interminable digressions. This book is read, and read competently, by Oliver Wyman. Nothing special, but perfectly acceptable. He seems to handle the annoying phonetic names well enough, which is good. Character development seems to be OK, though the villains are pretty one-dimensional and without redeeming virtue with one or two exceptions. I did like the turning of an apparent villain into one of the good guys - it was well done and believable.
Removal of the 20 hours of wordy filler.
Told an actual story.
More excellent voice characterization.
Boredom. Really hard to keep paying attention to characters who like to hear themselves talk but say nothing.
I have enjoyed the storyline from the beginning. I especially like the authors attempt to balance the technology and stay one step a head.
I think this is one of the narrators better presentations.Much better that Kevin Collins.
No, it is much too detailed and in-depth for a single sitting.