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
Audible is the balm for an itch I can't scratch that sits right between my ears.
I love the mix of religious turmoil, technological innovation and political intrigue. I also love a epic and this certainly fits that mold.
I've not checked if this series pre or post dates the honor series but in either case I love the fact that there are so many nods to character and places in this universe.
This is the second time round for me with this book. First time I read it, this time I'm listening to it. I can only say that some things do get better the second time around, much better. How something that was already a perfect story can become so much better than perfect is of course in the telling. The narrator has caught the mood of the book series absolutely perfectly.
Too heavy with the religious nonsense for me, though since the premise is a global church I guess a more realistic atheist view from the main character was too much to hope for...
This book was really disappointing. Like the first book there is a lot of the author telling us what is going on instead of him showing us. Some parts come across as a boring history book being dictated to you. There is also an awful lot of conversations that are really long without saying much. Overall this book is full of fluff and no a whole lot story advancement. I like the Action writing, there just isn’t enough of it. I enjoyed the end of the first book even though I wasn’t a fan of it as a whole. So I gave this book a try and it’s the last in the series I will listen too. I like the story and the premise, the books are just not written well enough, and move way to slow. I probably won't be reading anymore David Webber either.
Awesome story. Great character development and depth of writing. Just wish that they spent the time to research how to pronounce the names correctly. Can't wait for the next book! Love this series.
There's a lot of needed setup information for the series in this book yet I still found it very rewarding. There may be few "battles" if you like that kind of thing, but there is a lot of relationship building--a marriage, relationship changes to support a new cause and a stronger empire. Intelligent group, with the invitation of the offer to join in on the logic and prep for the future. Skip it if you wish but you'll find yourself wishing for the continuity as you enjoy the rest of the series.
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.
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