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A Mighty Fortress (Safehold Series #4)

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5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

The Advancement of Safehold Plunges Ahead

Having read the previous 3 books, anticipation was high for "A Mighty Fortress" on my end. I felt that the biggest draw-back in the book was one that was mentioned in other reviews -- the internal "introspective" narrative that seemed to be more present here than in mo...
Having read the previous 3 books, anticipation was high for "A Mighty Fortress" on my end. I felt that the biggest draw-back in the book was one that was mentioned in other reviews -- the internal "introspective" narrative that seemed to be more present here than in most of the other novels. With that being said, the book moved fairly quickly--despite it seeming to be "filler" in nature--and I did enjoy it, as we can see the level of technology having risen during the last five years on Safehold in a manner equivalent to that seen from the 1600's to the early 19th century on Earth. Also, the juxtaposition of the different nations on Safehold, particularly Siddarmark, is intriguing heading into Book #5 of the series. I, for one, wonder if the interests of Charis and those of Merlin will always align -- which, if not, could provide one of the great twists in "space opera" history. However, if you're someone who's committed to the other three books in the series, you'll enjoy this one--with eager anticipation toward the next novel.

posted by 1098397 on May 6, 2010

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14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

As fast paced as a boat anchor.

I used to really like David Weber's writing. Mutineer's Moon, On Basilisk Station - great books. I have read the Dahak series repeatedly. But this Safehold series is rapidly becoming a repeat of the Honor Harrington series. I debated for a while about buying this book, ...
I used to really like David Weber's writing. Mutineer's Moon, On Basilisk Station - great books. I have read the Dahak series repeatedly. But this Safehold series is rapidly becoming a repeat of the Honor Harrington series. I debated for a while about buying this book, as the pacing of the series is quickly heading for "All Stop". I feel I am out 20 bucks. I hate feeling that way about a book.

Tedious. Ponderous. Bloated with pointless text that does not seem to serve any real function except to try and impress upon the reader the "depth" of thought of characters. There are times when it takes a page to express a single thought.

The pacing of this book is glacial. A good book is something that I can finish off in a few days. This took me more than a week to read through. I kept hoping that as the book wound down, there would be an acceleration, moments of action and sudden revelation that would set the hook and excite me, make me wait in anticipation for the next installment.

I was quite disappointed.

The first book in the series moved well, the second slowed, but understandably, as the scope of the world broadened. The third was ponderous.

We get it. Charis Good (YAY)! Church Bad (BOO)! The villains have become cartoonish more than diabolical. The heroes have become oh so predictable. The attempts at poignant emotion fall flat. The action (what little there is) seems glossed over.

I really had thought the series would wrap up in 3 books. When it didn't I had hoped this would be the fireworks, the grand finale.

I have a feeling this is going to turn into yet another series of ponderous pacing that moves slowly, so dedicated fans will keep buying, in the hopes that one day, it will come to an end.

posted by Echo2112 on May 17, 2010

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Keeps getting better and better

    This is not meant to be a quick read.
    Mr. Weber has a habit of bringing out ALL the background of the characters, plot, settings and weaving them into a whole through a series of chapters using a time line style of writing.

    BE PREPARED TO GET INVOLVED IN THIS SERIES, if you are not I don't recomend it.

    Like his other books/series this parrallels historical facts. This time it is the Catholic/Protestant church schism and wars form the view of a far distant future where humanity has fled to escape alien invaders.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Its result 3

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  • Posted August 7, 2011

    Breathtaking.

    Breathtaking, exhilirating, profoundly creative and detailed. I've never had a reading experience where I was laughing one moment and then weeping the next. The battle scenes are enthralling. Webber is genious and the Safehold series rivals his Honor Harrington series as one of the best science fiction series of all time.

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  • Posted June 23, 2011

    Cant wait until next one

    Awesome weber writes a battlelike no other wether in space or as in thos book on the ocean.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2011

    Very good!

    Love this series, but is Weber going to stop mi-story as he did after the "We Few" book which could have been continued & a few of his others?
    He also stoppd after the 3rd book of the Oath of Swords seriess written a few years ago? I bought that series & got it in paperback, have had to already replace it once as the books literally fell apart since I read it at least 3 times a year & often more often!

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  • Posted May 7, 2010

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    Fantastic

    Once again David Weber transports his readers to another world. A world so real and full that you can readily visualize being there. The characters are fully fleshed out, nuanced and individual. A great addition to the Weber universe.

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