The Charisian Empire, born in war, has always known it must fight for its very survival. What most of its subjects don’t know even now, however, is how much more it’s fighting for. Emperor Cayleb, Empress Sharleyan, Merlin Athrawes, and their innermost circle of most trusted advisers do know. And because they do, they know the penalty if they lose will be far worse than their own deaths and the destruction of all they know and love.
For five years, Charis has survived all the Church of God Awaiting and the corrupt men who control it have thrown at the island empire. The price has been high and paid in blood. Despite its chain of hard-fought naval victories, Charis is still on the defensive. It can hold its own at sea, but if it is to survive, it must defeat the Church upon its own ground. Yet how does it invade the mainland and take the war to a foe whose population outnumbers its own 15 to one? How does it prevent that massive opponent from rebuilding its fleets and attacking yet again?
Charis has no answer to those questions, but needs to find one… quickly. The Inquisition’s brutal torture and hideous executions are claiming more and more innocent lives. Its agents are fomenting rebellion against the only mainland realms sympathetic to Charis. Religious terrorists have been dispatched to wreak havoc against the Empire’s subjects. Assassins stalk the Emperor and Empress, their allies and advisers, and an innocent young boy, not yet 11 years old, whose father has already been murdered. And Merlin Athrawes, the cybernetic avatar of a young woman a thousand years dead, has finally learned what sleeps beneath the far-off Temple in the Church of God Awaiting’s city of Zion.
The men and women fighting for human freedom and tolerance have built a foundation for their struggle in the Empire of Charis with their own blood, but will that foundation be firm enough to survive?
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©2011 David Weber (P)2011 Macmillan Audio
Takes too long to provide what background it add to the overall plot. Another narrator change which does nothing to add to the overall pleasure of hearing the story.
It helps you to sleep if your an insomniac. I'll try my best to finish this series because I hate to start and not finish. I have always been a fan of Mr. Weber but if he starts another series like this it will be my last of his.
The narrator only had one voice. this was more akin to being read a story than listening to a performance
I love the books I think David Weber is a great writer. Charles Keating will put you to sleep. Hes 1 tone of reading is almost too hard to stay awake.
Maybe, but, not many people I know have the patience to get through one book, much less the series.
I have found it difficult to keep track of the many characters--
I love the premise of the story. Moving from an agrarian society to space takes a long time, but, advancement is so slow It feels like real time. Any slower and it should be titled, Life and Times of a Glacier!
A great story, but a brutal listening experience thanks to Mr. Keating. I quite enjoy this series and found the printed book quite entertaining. After the pleasing style of the first 4 books, the style and monotone voice of Mr. Keating became quite annoying as the book wore on. Who made this decision?
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