By Schism Rent Asunder (Safehold Series #2)

By Schism Rent Asunder (Safehold Series #2)

by David Weber
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By Schism Rent Asunder (Safehold Series #2) by David Weber

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... in David Weber's By Schism Rent Asunder.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429930079
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 07/22/2008
Series: Safehold Series , #2
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 44,203
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

David Weber is the author of the New York Times-bestselling Honor Harrington series and the Safehold series. 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.
David Weber is a science fiction phenomenon. His popular Honor Harrington and Honorverse novels—including Mission of Honor, At All Costs, and Torch of Freedom—are New York Times bestsellers and can't come out fast enough for his devoted readers. He is also the author of the Safehold series, including Off Armageddon Reef, By Schism Rent Asunder, By Heresies Distressed and A Mighty Fortress. His other top-selling science fiction novels include Out of the Dark, the Dahak books and the Multiverse books, written with Linda Evans. He has also created an epic SF adventure series in collaboration with John Ringo, including We Few. His novels have regularly been Main Selections of the Science Fiction Book Club. Weber has a bachelor’s degree from Warren Wilson College, and attended graduate school in history at Appalachian State University. He lives in South Carolina.

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By Schism Rent Asunder (Safehold Series #2) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 143 reviews.
johnpinkston More than 1 year ago
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.
SteveTheDM More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
craigklovingtoread More than 1 year ago
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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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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mangrinning More than 1 year ago
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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scifi meets fantasy meeting age of sail meeting with the 30 years war. freaking awesome.
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