The world has changed. The mercantile kingdom of Charis has prevailed over the alliance designed to exterminate it. Armed with a multitude of small technological improvements - better sailing vessels, better guns, better devices of all sorts - Charis faced the combined navies of the rest of the world at Darcos Sound and Armageddon Reef, and broke them. Despite the implacable hostility of the Church of God Awaiting, Charis still stands, still free, still tolerant, still an island of innovation in a world in which the Church has worked for centuries to keep humanity locked at a medieval level of existence.
But the powerful men who run the Church aren't going to take their defeat lying down. Charis may control the world's seas, but it barely has an army worthy of the name. And as King Cayleb knows, far too much of the kingdom's recent good fortune is due to the secret manipulations of the being that calls himself Merlin - a being that, the world must not find out too soon, is more than human. A being whose very existence is the result of a centuries-ago final desperate roll of the dice. A being on whose shoulders rests the last chance for humanity's freedom.
Now, as Charis and its archbishop make the rift with Mother Church explicit, the storm gathers. Schism has come to the world of Safehold. Nothing will ever be the same.
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©2008 David Weber; (P)2008 Macmillan Audio
I was very disappointed with the first book of this series but this second book was much better. it moved along quite well without getting bogged down in character monologues about technical fluff. What technical descriptions about weapons is short, concise bits that give readers an idea without distracting. I loved the ending, very touching.
The orator really had a problem making the story come to life; at times, I felt he was reading me a bedtime story, lulling me to sleep. Additionally, the orator has very specific and jarring pronunciation of the lead character's name I almost didn't finish.
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 is the first audible book that I didn't finish and I have over 300 books in my library. Almost all the characters are utterly one-dimensional. The outcome of the 'war' is a foregone conclusion because one side has complete technological superiority and the other side is utterly evil in the worst comic book sense. Everything that the protagonists do works splendidly while everything that the antagonists do blows up in their faces. It makes you wonder how such idiots managed to maintain themselves in power for as long as they did. Webber is no Patrick O'Brian but his naval battles are fairly well scripted, EXCEPT for the fact that you know exactly how they are going to turn out. When it gets to the point where you're rooting for the villains, it's time to put the book aside.
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 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.
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!
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