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Overview

The world has changed. The mercantile kingdom of Charis has prevailed over the alliance designed to exterminate it. Armed with better sailing vessels, better guns and 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 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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In this eagerly anticipated sequel to 2007's Off Armageddon Reef, the sheer scale of the Kingdom of Charis's naval victory against corrupt forces of the Church of God Awaiting has the Church newly wary of Charis's technological innovations. These were introduced by Merlin Athrawes, bodyguard to King Cayleb II and actually an android imprinted with a human's memories and personality who seeks to throw off the false religion that bars mankind from the stars. As Charis's neighbors scramble to rebuild their shattered fleets and prepare for the inevitable reprisals, the Church lurches toward placing the entire nation under proscription and declaring holy war. The numerous characters are never reduced to stereotypes, and Weber's portrayal of the social changes brought about by Charis's bootstrap industrial and military revolutions ring true. If not as action oriented as the first volume, the descriptions of the rebirth of knowledge and the human spirit are at least as enthralling. (July)

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In Off Armageddon Reef, the author of the popular Honor Harrington series launched a brilliant new saga that began with the near total destruction of the human race and detailed the struggles of the one colony that survived by paying a high price-reinventing history and denying the use of technology. The story continues, as King Caleb of the island nation of Charis attempts to reclaim his human past and faces the wrath of the powerful Church of God Awaiting. Weber transitions from the galactic space battles of the Honor Harrington books to old-fashioned sea battles with the skill of a naval expert. Though his story encompasses meaty issues such as the separation of church and state and the importance of a shared mythology, its focus remains on the people who embody the strengths and weaknesses of a flawed but ever hopeful humanity. Along with its predecessor, this second installment of an important sf saga belongs in all libraries. Highly recommended.


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“Gripping…Shifting effortlessly between battles among warp-speed starships and among oar-powered galleys, Weber brings the political maneuvering, past and future technologies, and vigorous protagonists together for a cohesive, engrossing whole.”

—Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Off Armageddon Reef

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  • ISBN-13: 9780330521598
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 5/28/2011
  • Series: Safehold Series , #2

Meet the Author

David Weber

David Weber is the author of the New York Times-bestselling Honor Harrington series, the most recent of which was At All Costs. His many other novels include Mutineers' Moon, The Armageddon Inheritance, Heirs of Empire, Path of the Fury, and Wind Rider's Oath. He lives in South Carolina.

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By Schism Rent Asunder
By Weber, David Tor Books
Copyright © 2008
Weber, David
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ISBN: 9780765315014

Chapter One

Eraystor Bay,
Princedom of Emerald

Bright morning sunlight glittered on the crossed golden scepters of the green banner of the Church of God Awaiting. The twin-masted courier ship flying that wind-starched banner as she scudded along on the brisk breeze was little more than seventy feet long, built for speed rather than endurance . . . or even seakeeping and stability. Her crew of sixty was small for any galley, even one as diminutive as she was, but her slender, lightly constructed hull was well suited for rowing, and her lateen sails drove her in a rapid flurry of foam as she went slicing across the brilliant sun-splintered water and foaming white horses of the thirty-mile-wide passage between Callie’s Island and the northeastern shore of Eraystor Bay.

Father Rahss Sawal, the small fleet vessel’s commander, stood on his tiny quarterdeck, hands clasped behind him, and concentrated on looking confident while he gazed up at the seabirds and wyverns hovering against the painfully blue sky. It was harder than it ought to have been to maintain the outward assurance (it would never have done to call it arrogance) proper to the master of one of Mother Church’s couriers, and Sawal didn’t much care for the reason he found it so.

The Temple’s messengers, whether landbound or afloat, enjoyed absolute priority and freedom ofpassage. They carried God’s own messages and commands, with all the authority of the archangels themselves, and no mortal had the temerity to challenge their passage wherever God or His Church might send them. That had been true literally since the Creation, and no one had ever dared to dispute it. Unfortunately, Sawal was no longer certain the centuries-old inviolability of Mother Church’s messengers continued to hold true.

The thought was . . . disturbing, in more ways than one. Most immediately, because of the potential consequences for his own current mission. In the long run, because the failure of that inviolability was unthinkable. Defiance of the authority of God’s Church could have only one consequence for the souls of the defiers, and if their example led others into the same sin . . .

Sawal pushed that thought aside once more, telling himself—insisting to himself—that whatever madness had infected the Kingdom of Charis, God would never permit it to spread beyond Charis’ borders. The universal authority of Mother Church was the linchpin not simply of the world in which he lived, but of God’s very plan for Man’s salvation. If that authority were challenged, if it failed, the consequences would be unthinkable. Shanwei, lost and damned mother of evil, must be licking her fangs at the very possibility in the dark, dank corner of Hell to which the Archangel Langhorne had consigned her for her sins. Even now she must be testing the bars, trying the strength of her chains, as she tasted the overweening, sinful pride of those who sought to set their own fallible judgment in place of God’s. Langhorne himself had locked that gate behind her, with all the authority of eternity, but Man had free will. Even now, he could turn the key in that lock if he so chose, and if he did . . .

Damn those Charisians, he thought grimly. Don’t they even realize what door they’re opening? Don’t they care? Don’t—

His jaw tightened and he forced himself to relax his shoulders and draw a deep, cleansing breath. It didn’t help very much.

His instructions from Bishop Executor Thomys had been abundantly clear. Sawal was to deliver the bishop executor’s dispatches to Bishop Executor Wyllys in Eraystor at all costs. That phrase—“at all costs”—had never before been part of Sawal’s orders. There’d never been any need for it, but there was now, and—

“Deck there!” The shout came down from the crow’s nest. “Deck there! Three sail on the port bow!”
 
“Well, well,” Commander Paitryk Hywyt, Royal Charisian Navy, murmured to himself as he peered through the spyglass. “This should be interesting.”

He lowered the glass and frowned thoughtfully. His orders were perfectly clear on this point. They’d made him more than a little nervous when he first received them, but they were definitely clear, and now he discovered that he was actually looking forward to obeying them. Odd. He wouldn’t have thought that was likely to happen.

“It’s a Church courier, all right,” he said a bit louder, and Zhak Urvyn, HMS Wave’s first lieutenant, made a distinctly unhappy sound.

“Some of the men may not like it, Sir,” Urvyn said softly. Hywyt glanced sideways at him, then shrugged.

“I’ve got a feeling the men’s attitude may just surprise you a bit, Zhak,” he said dryly. “They’re still about as pissed off as I’ve ever seen them, and they know who that courier’s really working for this morning.”

Urvyn nodded, but he looked gloomier than ever, and Hywyt grimaced mentally. It wasn’t the men Urvyn expected to be unhappy; it was Urvyn himself.

“Bring her three points to port, if you please, Lieutenant,” Hywyt said, speaking rather more formally than was his wont. “Let’s lay out a course to intercept her.”

“Aye, aye, Sir.” Urvyn’s expression was worried, but he saluted and passed the order to the helmsman while other hands pattered across the wooden decks to tend sheets and braces.

Wave changed course, slicing across the water close-hauled on the port tack, and Hywyt felt a familiar surge of pleasure as his vessel responded. The sleek, flush-decked, twin-masted schooner was just over ninety-five feet long on the waterline, and mounted fourteen thirty-pounder carronades. Unlike some of her sisters, Wave had been designed and built from the keel up as a light cruiser for the Royal Charisian Navy. Her revolutionary sail plan made her faster and far more weatherly than any other ship Hywyt had ever encountered, far less commanded, and she’d already taken no less than seven prizes—almost half of those captured by the entire blockading squadron—here in Emeraldian waters since the Battle of Darcos Sound. That was what speed and handiness meant, and the comfortable sound prize money made falling into their purses had helped overcome any lingering qualms his crew might have cherished. They were Charisians, after all, he thought with a gleam of humor. Charis’ numerous detractors were wont to refer to the Kingdom as a “kingdom of shopkeepers and moneylenders,” and not in tones of approval. Hywyt had listened to their rancorous envy for years, and he had to admit there was at least a little truth to the stereotype of the Charisian constantly on the prowl for ways to make a quick mark.

Of course, we’re also very good at it, aren’t we? he reflected, and felt himself smiling as the courier boat with the dark green flag drew rapidly nearer.

He couldn’t be positive the other ship had come from Corisande, but no other explanation seemed very likely. The dispatch boat had obviously approached through Dolphin Reach, which certainly meant it had also crossed the Sea of Zebediah. No courier from Haven or Howard would have been coming from that direction, and Hywyt rather doubted Sharleyan of Chisholm was particularly interested in corresponding with Nahrmahn of Emerald at the moment. And judging from the way the fellow had chosen the strait between Callie’s Island and the Emeraldian coast, he definitely didn’t want to attract the attention of the blockade squadron.

Unfortunately for him, he already had, and it was evident that his ship, for all its sleek design, was quite a bit slower than Wave under these conditions.

“Clear for action,” he said, and watched the gap between the two ships narrow as the drum began to beat.
 
Rahss Sawal tried very hard not to swear as the Charisian schooner swept towards him. Obviously, his information was even more out-of-date than he’d feared when Bishop Executor Thomys gave him his orders. He hadn’t expected to see Charisian warships actually inside Eraystor Bay proper. Then again, he hadn’t expected to see the gold kraken on black of the Charisian flag flying above what used to be the Emeraldian fortress on Callie’s Island, either.

The dispersal of the Charisian warships was the clearest possible evidence of the totality of their victory at the Battle of Darcos Sound. The true extent of the allied fleet’s defeat had still been unclear when Sawal left Manchyr. That it had been crushing was obvious, but everyone in Corisande had clung to the hope that the majority of the ships which had not returned had found refuge in Emerald, where they were even then helping Nahrmahn defend their anchorage.

Obviously not, Sawal thought sourly.

He could see exactly four ships now, counting the schooner charging down on his own command, and every one of them flew Charisian colors. They were spread out widely, as well, to cover as much of the bay as they could, and they wouldn’t have been doing that if there’d been any possibility at all that someone might consider attacking them. That, coupled with the fact that all the island fortifications Sawal could see from his quarterdeck had clearly become Charisian bases, not Emeraldian ones, made it abundantly clear that there was no “allied fleet” any longer, much less one that was still defending its anchorage.

Sawal had never before encountered one of the Charisians’ new schooners, and he was astonished at how close to the wind the thing could sail. And by the size and power of its sail plan. His ship had the same number of masts, but the Charisian had to have at least twice the sail area. It also had the stability and size to carry more sail, and it was driving far harder under these conditions than his own ship could manage.

The number of gun ports arranged along its side was at least equally impressive, and he felt his stomach muscles tighten as the stubby muzzles of cannon poked out of them.

“Father?”

He glanced at his own second-in-command. The one-word question made the other priest’s tension abundantly clear, and Sawal couldn’t blame him. Not that he had an answer for what he knew the man was actually asking.

“We’ll have to see what we see, Brother Tymythy,” he said instead. “Hold your course.”
 
“He’s not changing course,” Urvyn said.

As redundant statements of the obvious went, that one took some beating, Hywyt thought.

“No, he isn’t,” the commander agreed with massive restraint as the range fell steadily. It was down to less than three hundred yards and still dropping, and he wondered how far the other skipper was going to go in calling what he undoubtedly hoped was Wave’s bluff. “Pass the word to the Gunner to stand ready to fire a shot across his bow.”

Urvyn hesitated. It was a tiny thing. Someone else might not have noticed it at all, but Urvyn had been Hywyt’s first lieutenant for over six months. For a moment, Hywyt thought he would have to repeat the order, but then Urvyn turned heavily away and raised his leather speaking trumpet.

“Stand ready to fire across his bow, Master Charlz!” he shouted, and Wave’s gunner waved back in acknowledgment.
 
“I think he’s—”

Brother Tymythy never completed that particular observation. There was no need. The flat, concussive thud of a single gun punctuated it quite nicely, and Sawal watched the cannonball go slashing across the waves, cutting its line of white across their crests as cleanly as any kraken’s dorsal fin.

“He’s fired on us!” Tymythy said instead. His voice was shrill with outrage, and his eyes were wide, as if he was actually surprised that even Charisians should dare to offer such insult to Mother Church. And perhaps he was. Sawal, on the other hand, discovered that he truly wasn’t.

“Yes, he has,” the under-priest agreed far more calmly than he felt.

I didn’t really believe they’d do it, he thought. I’m sure I didn’t. So why am I not surprised that they have? This is the beginning of the end of the world, for God’s sake!

He thought again about the dispatches he carried, who they were addressed to, and why. He thought about the whispered rumors, about exactly what Prince Hektor and his allies had hoped for . . . what rewards they’d been promised by the Church.

No, not by the Church, Sawal told himself. By the Knights of the Temple Lands. There is a difference!

Yet even as he insisted upon that to himself, he knew better. Whatever technical or legal distinctions might exist, he knew better. And that, he realized now, with something very like despair, was why he truly wasn’t surprised.

Even now, he couldn’t put it into words for himself, couldn’t make himself face it that squarely, but he knew. Whatever might have been true before the massive onslaught Prince Hektor and his allies had launched upon the Kingdom of Charis, the Charisians knew as well as Sawal who had truly been behind it. They knew the reality of the cynical calculations, the casual readiness to destroy an entire realm in blood and fire, and the arrogance which had infused and inspired them. This time the “Group of Four” had come too far out of the shadows, and what they had envisioned as the simple little assassination of an inconvenient kingdom had turned into something very different.

Charis knew who its true enemy had been all along, and that explained exactly why that schooner was prepared to fire on the flag of God’s own Church.

The schooner was closer now, leaning to the press of her towering spread of canvas, her bow garlanded with white water and flying spray that flashed like rainbow gems under the brilliant sun. He could make out individuals along her low bulwarks, pick out her uniformed captain standing aft, near the wheel, see the crew of the forward gun in her starboard broadside reloading their weapon. He looked up at his own sails, then at the schooner’s krakenlike grace, and drew a deep breath.

“Strike our colors, Brother Tymythy,” he said.

“Father?” Brother Tymythy stared at him, as if he couldn’t believe his own ears.

“Strike our colors!” Sawal repeated more firmly.

“But, but the Bishop Executor—”

“Strike our colors!” Sawal snapped.

For a moment, he thought Tymythy might refuse. Tymythy knew their orders as well as Sawal did, after all. But it was far easier for a bishop to order an under-priest to maintain the authority of Mother Church “at any cost” than it was for Father Rahss Sawal to get the crew of his vessel killed as part of an exercise in futility.

If there were any hope of actually delivering our dispatches, I wouldn’t strike, he told himself, and wondered whether or not it was the truth. But it’s obvious we can’t keep away from them, and if those people over there are as prepared to fire into us as I think they are, they’ll turn this entire vessel into toothpicks with a single broadside. Two, at the outside. There’s no point in seeing my own people slaughtered for nothing, and we aren’t even armed.

The flag which had never before been dipped to any mortal power fluttered down from the courier boat’s masthead. Sawal watched it come down, and an ice-cold wind blew through the marrow of his bones.

It was a small thing, in so many ways, that scrap of embroidered fabric. But that was how all true catastrophes began, wasn’t it? With small things, like the first stones in an avalanche.

Maybe I should have made them fire into us. At least then there wouldn’t have been any question, any ambiguity. And if Charis is prepared to defy Mother Church openly, perhaps a few dead crewmen would have made that point even more clearly.

Perhaps they would have, and perhaps he should have forced the Charisians to do it, but he was a priest, not a soldier, and he simply couldn’t. And, he told himself, the mere fact that Charis had fired upon the flag of Holy Mother Church should be more than enough without his allowing his people to be killed, on top of it.

No doubt it would, and yet even as he told himself that, he knew.

The lives he might have saved this morning would be as meaningless as mustard seeds on a hurricane’s breath beside the horrendous mountains of death looming just over the lip of tomorrow.

Excerpted from BY SCHISM RENT ASUNDER by David Weber.

Copyright © 2008 by David Weber.
Published in July 2008 by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC.
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  • Posted October 23, 2010

    Second in a great series

    This book picks up where the previous left off. New plot twists are introduced, and long hidden secrets are revealed. What is fascinating about this book is the very real way in which Weber deals with the ethical/theological/philosophical questions that arise. What is more impressive is that he does this while maintaining a good sense of pacing and intermixing a lot of action into the story. Again, this is well worth your time to read.

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  • Posted May 24, 2010

    A Wonderful 2nd in Series

    Weber did a great job here. I really love his writing for the evocative battles, yet this book didn't have many --- what it did have was characters making important, honorable (and hard!) decisions, and making some stirring speeches.

    This is the second novel in Weber's "Safehold" series; don't read this one without reading the first, and don't expect all the loose ends to be tied up neatly by the end of the book.

    5 stars out of 5.

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  • Posted January 17, 2011

    An excellent extension of the Safehold Series

    This book shows the great talent of a great writer who can put himself into the world of which he writes...bringing to life in my mind the people of Safehold and the lives they lead. I really loved the read and, although I have already read #3, will read it again now just to tie it in as it was meant to be!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2009

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    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.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

    more from this reviewer

    will be considered one of the best science fiction thrillers of the year

    The military technology advances provided by android with a human brain Merlin Athrawes to King Cayleb II of Charis led to their naval slaughter of the forces of their neighbors sanctioned by the Church of God Awaiting at Darcos Sound and Armageddon Reef. Merlin hopes further victories against the corrupt beleaguered Church will ultimately allow mankind to soar off Safehold into space currently banned by church doctrine as interfering with God¿s way.------------- The nations who allied with the Church fear retaliation and know there is little they can do to prevent this since their fleets were destroyed. At the same time a stunned Church of God Awaiting considers declaring Charis as a heretic nation and demanding a holy war to be fought on land as the sea belongs to the renegade kingdom. Meanwhile Cayleb and his Archbishop consider making the religious schism official.--------------- This great sequel (see OFF ARMAGEDDON REEF) has much less action than its exhilarating predecessor, but will be considered one of the best science fiction thrillers of the year. The key cast members seem fully developed, but what makes this superb thriller worth reading is how deep yet subtly the story line provides the audience with insight into how much the Renaissance changed the world.------------ Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2012

    Lovin this series pt deux

    scifi meets fantasy meeting age of sail meeting with the 30 years war. freaking awesome.

    1 out of 2 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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2010

    Excellent reading

    The pace of this book is excellent, it rises up and and down enough to keep you reading.

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  • Posted October 10, 2009

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    This is the second bood in this series and is well written, entertaining, and I have a hard time waiting for the next book.

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  • Posted September 21, 2009

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    By Schism Rent Asunder by David Weber

    The second in the series, stays true to the writing style and methodical plot progression of the first in the series. You'll never see a certain twist in the plot coming, it still has me thinking about it at odd moments. It's a great read, and my personal library would be lacking without including it.

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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 February 1, 2014

    Very enjoyable

    I describe myself as a military science fiction reader. If you feel comfortable with this description, you should enjoy the read.

    I was drawn in by reading a preview of the first book. I felt some concern about the story line and was wondering if it would go flat. I was happy to find myself thoroughly enjoying each book and looking forward to starting the next.

    I only hope Mr. Weber continues the series in the same manner as I have encountered so far. I had a previous occasion to fall in love with another authors story line, only to have him drop the series. I hope Mr. Weber continues this series, and comes to a logical thought out end.

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  • Posted September 4, 2009

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    Fantastic ride

    How does Weber manage to construct so many completely different universes in his novels? All of them astonishingly detailed, particularly with regard to the technology systems and their specific roles in tactics. Here the comparison of his novels to the Horatio Hornblower series becomes even more apt, as his population is limited to centuries old technologies. Yet, he never allows these details to overwhelm his characters, who are as full-bodied and inspiring as Hornblower himself. His plots are always a thrilling ride and I can't wait for the next installment in this series.

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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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  • Posted December 8, 2008

    Another winner!

    Best of the first two books in the series. First book laid out the premise and major characters, while this one delves more into the world politics. Yes, there are the obligatory battles, but they actually fit into the story instead of in some of Weber's books where battle follows battle until any but the most narrowly focused reader gets a little tired. The Safehold series, if it holds to the quality of the first two books, could go on a LONG time. This is a book I will re-read, probably more than once to get all the nuances and characters clear.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2008

    Weber does it again

    Since picking up Weber 2 years ago and devouring everything there was to read I was anxiously awaiting the 2nd part of this series. I finished this one in just under 2 nights reading. It is a page turner and you really don't want to stop once you begin. Cayleb and Merlin weave their diplomacy, war and intrigue while trying their best to not let Merlin's true identity and status be let known other than to those they trust. This book flows so well that you will get to the end and wish it weren't. I highly recommend it!

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