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On the world of Safehold, a religious war has been waging for many years (and in six previous books, most recently Midst Toil and Tribulation). But the heretical Charisian-led forces know something that their fanatical opponents among the "faithful" do not: that their religion is built on a lie meant to protect the planet from alien predators by keeping their levels of technology primitive. Military history buffs will enjoy watching the Charisian empire reinvent the rifles and artillery that finally give them an edge over the larger forces of the Church of God Awaiting. VERDICT A huge cast of confusingly named characters, action that jumps frequently among battle sites, and a slew of complicated political relationships mean that those not well versed in the Safehold series and its worldbuilding will make frequent use of the maps and character listings. But this series has a loyal fanbase that will cheer the arrival of another meaty military tale.