Young Cayleb Ahrmahk has accomplished things few people could even dream of. Not yet even thirty years old, he’s won the most crushing naval victories in human history. He’s smashed a hostile alliance of no less than five princedoms and won the hand of the beautiful young Queen Sharleyan of Chisholm. Cayleb and Sharleyan have created the Charisian Empire, the greatest naval power in the history of Safehold, and they’ve turned Charis into a place of refuge for all who treasure freedom.
Their success may prove short-lived. The Church of God Awaiting, which controls most of Safehold, has decreed their destruction. Mother Church’s entire purpose is to prevent the very things to which Charis is committed. Since the first attempt to crush the heretics failed, the Church has no choice but to adopt some of the hated Charisian innovations for themselves. Soon a mighty fleet will sail against Cayleb, destroying everything in its path.But there are still matters about which the Church knows nothing, including Cayleb and Sharleyan’s adviser, friend, and guardian— the mystic warrior-monk named Merlin Athrawes. Merlin knows all about battles against impossible odds, because he is in fact the cybernetic avatar of a young woman named Nimue Alban, who died a thousand years before. As Nimue, Merlin saw the entire Terran Federation go down in fire and slaughter at the hands of a foe it could not defeat. He knows that Safehold is the last human planet in existence, and that the stasis the Church was created to enforce will be the human race’s death sentence if it is allowed to stand.The juggernaut is rumbling down on Charis, but Merlin Athrawes and a handful of extraordinary human beings stand in its path. The Church is about to discover just how potent the power of human freedom truly is.
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©2010 David Weber (P)2010 Macmillan Audio
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It's an intricate, ongoing story. Not for casual readers. This series develops slowly, but the overall concept works.
Adequate, but not up to first books.
I enjoy the detailed political intrigue and political philosophizing. I am not in a hurry to get to the Gbaba and to the end of the story. Sure there is some repetitive use of terms and phrases that become a bit funny - descriptions like sardonically, serenely and crooked smiles are WAY over used. But that didn't stop me from enjoying a complex story with lots of interesting reflections, along with some of the very best and very worst of human behavior despite the efforts of Langhorn and gang.
If your reading this, you read the other ones and know the plot. Your also reading this becuase you want to read the next ones, so assuming those, your going to end up reading that.
The story was slow, taking a while to get to major plot points with a lot of conversation inbetween, more then most of his other novels. That said its not NEARLY as bad as most of the reviews make it seem, the navel battles still were solid and it does advance some major plot points quickly.
Honestly hes not that bad. I miss the first narrator, but thats more nostalgia and rose colored glasses then anything, his performance was good and he brought his own flavor to the charactors that simply did not match up with the original narrator, so after a few hours I was perfectly used to the new voice reading them.
I enjoyed this book. It is a long book and spends a great deal of time spinning subplots and fleshing out minor characters. Compared to the other novels in the Safehold Series 'A mighty Fortress' is light-on for major events, except of course for a myriad murders, purges, escapes, executions, intrigues, weapons development, plots, counter plots and the obligatory climactic sea battle. Yes as other reviews have said, there is a huge amount of dialogue between characters. Lots of pondering morality, weighting right verses wrong in the light of whatever is going on.... But hell that is what Weber has been writing about all along. so A might Fortress is more character development than action. Well that same can be said for books in the middle of the Honor Harrington and Prince Roger series. On its' own a little long-winded. However considered within the Safehold Series as a whole, A Mighty fortress is a worthwhile progression that adds depth and a myriad possibilities to the overall narrative. This is why I enjoyed the book. This book offers many more possibilities for the rest of the series. Without which, it might just be a little too predictable.
However I too had some issue with the narration. It could be better. Especially the pronunciation of 'Valet' (with a silent 't') and several other commonly used words of non-American origin. And yes some of the accents.... The original narrator was easier to follow... Still I look forward to the next installment .
This book is actually very consistant with the rest of the Safehold series. Weber writes complex fiction, and this one is no different. Other than the fact that characters are frequently "staring at something only they can see" or "giving themselves a shake" (both of which got old). I thought it was a great book and well worth it.
As all the other reviews say, David Weber is a great author, his Dahak series and Harrington series burn brightly in my mind and I have re-read them many times as well as listen now and then on my iPod.
This safehold series... its long and very very very slooooow. I would say boring, but its intriguing enough to make me spend $45 for the latest in, I must admit, a series of audio books that I listen to on my iPod at double speed. The narrator speaks so slowly, that after a couple of minutes you forget you are on double speed and wish there was a triple speed setting!
This entire series is huge. Every single book could lose 50% and you wouldn't miss any of the action. And they are extremely expensive. I hated paying 2 credits each for them, and the last one was $45! Its bad enough paying that for a good book, paying that here though? I must be mad.
This was a great addition to the Safehold series. I'm so enjoying this entire series and look forward to the next installment :)
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