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By Schism Rent Asunder (Safehold Series #2)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Engrossing Historical Fantasy

    This novel is engrossing and quickly paced, but it's no longer science fiction. There's hardly any futuristic concepts other than the cyborg Merlin and his gadgets. The plot unfolds around a circa 16th. c. struggle to overthrow the prevailing geo-religious/political power on Safehold. At this rate space battles against the genocidal Gbaba are centuries away. That's somewhat frustrating given the futuristic premise of "Off Armageddon Reef." Nonetheless, I recommend this book to any fan of historical fantasy. It's an extraordinary story of religious/political rebellion as revealed through the efforts/struggles/battles of certain key characters.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 7, 2010

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    Slow moving, but good.

    I like this series in spite of my complaining about it. I find myself frustrated by the slow pace of the series. Some whole books roll by with very little progress on the major plot lines, however, I keep going back for more so it must be doing something right! I like Weber's style and few people do naval combat or political machinations as well as he does.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2014

    Megan

    I too, enjoyed Into the Woods, although not my favorite. I am, as you may have noticed by my choice of title, more of a Rent fan.

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  • Posted August 8, 2009

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    Safehold Sequel - Hi-Tech Edge Is Lost But Inspired Historical Fantasy Remains

    This fast-moving and entertaining sequel features political intrigue/tactics, engrossing scientific genesis/advancement and boisterous action sequences. Nonetheless, it lacks the imaginative futuristic elements and pervasive swashbuckling which complimented "Off Armageddon Reef." The plot is composed of simultaneous occurring or alternating story lines. That complexity slightly diminishes the primacy of the saga's central protagonists Caleb and Merlin. Although they remain important and sympathetic, the increase in active players reduces intimacy and emotional investment. Plus, Caleb's and Merlin's characterizations are a bit more broadly drawn. In particular, Merlin looses entertaining, quirky personality traits. I recommend this book to readers of historical fantasy; but warn potential sci-fi readers that there are no futuristic concepts/themes other than cybernetic Merlin and his limited technology.

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  • Posted June 3, 2009

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    Is the Best Yet to Come?

    Ok, this second segment was not as action packed as the first but it certainly had many intriguing subplots that were exploited. This series has eons to go and at the current pace I might not be alive to see it's conclusion. The human race may just outlast the Gbaba. So far, so good for a semi-medievil story...I would like to see Merlin whip up some magic high tech stuff to solve some of these crisis.

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