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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.

Listen to more in the Safehold series.
©2008 David Weber; (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

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A Must for Weber Fans

Excellent narrator; story was superb and kept your attention. I'll continue to recommend this series by David Weber.

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Best series yet

Love this series! brings me back to being a kid and sparks my imagination and wonder! I get a thrill with every new invention and my wonder is restored.

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nothing happens!

Good narration. Lots of detail. other than a marriage and some slight technology advancement, almost nothing of consequence happens in this book.

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excellent!

wonderful follow up to the first book. I can't wait to get busy on book three.

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Weber has another winner

Like his legendary Honor Harrington books, Weber's Safehold series will transport you to a world you won't want to leave. Not can this guy tell a story!
The narration is good, too, with varied accents and good vocal range for both men and women. This is definitely a case when Whispersync is your friend.

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Amazing

Love the story, writer, & performer. It's a great idea performed flawlessly by all involved! RRRREEEEAAAAADDDDD!!!!!

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The story is slow

I thought and hoped the timeline would have progressed much further at this point. We are still at the beginning and at this pace the alien threat will not be relevant until book 50. I was hoping for a scifi but got a fantasy / history book.

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Hallelujah

If I wanted to hear someone preach about god for hours on end, I'd go to church. Really disappointing, I loved the first book.

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Painful performance

The story is decent, but Oliver Wyman should stick to children's books. Buy the paperback. Don't give up on the series, though. There is a new narrator in the next volume.

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Realistic in every detail

the world of safehold just got more realistic and bigger with the details needed to set up the rest of our journey. Can't wait!