A Mighty Fortress (Safehold Series #4)

A Mighty Fortress (Safehold Series #4)

by David Weber
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A Mighty Fortress (Safehold Series #4) by David Weber

Young Cayleb Ahrmahk has accomplished things few people could even dream of. Not yet even thirty years old, he's won the most crushing naval victories in human history. He's smashed a hostile alliance of no less than five princedoms and won the hand of the beautiful young Queen Sharleyan of Chisholm. Cayleb and Sharleyan have created the Charisian Empire, the greatest naval power in the history of Safehold, and they've turned Charis into a place of refuge for all who treasure freedom.

Their success may prove short-lived. The Church of God Awaiting, which controls most of Safehold, has decreed their destruction. Mother Church's entire purpose is to prevent the very things to which Charis is committed. Since the first attempt to crush the heretics failed, the Church has no choice but to adopt some of the hated Charisian innovations for themselves. Soon a mighty fleet will sail against Cayleb, destroying everything in its path.

But there are still matters about which the Church knows nothing, including Cayleb and Sharleyan's adviser, friend, and guardian- the mystic warrior-monk named Merlin Athrawes. Merlin knows all about battles against impossible odds, because he is in fact the cybernetic avatar of a young woman named Nimue Alban, who died a thousand years before. As Nimue, Merlin saw the entire Terran Federation go down in fire and slaughter at the hands of a foe it could not defeat. He knows that Safehold is the last human planet in existence, and that the stasis the Church was created to enforce will be the human race's death sentence if it is allowed to stand.

The juggernaut is rumbling down on Charis, but Merlin Athrawes and a handful of extraordinary human beings stand in its path. The Church is about to discover just how potent the power of human freedom truly is, in David Weber's A Mighty Fortress.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429961356
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 04/13/2010
Series: Safehold Series , #4
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 720
Sales rank: 37,870
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

David Weber is a science fiction phenomenon and the author of the Safehold series, including Off Armageddon Reef, By Schism Rent Asunder, and By Heresies Distressed. 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. 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.


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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A Mighty Fortress (Safehold Series #4) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 211 reviews.
Echo2112 More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
colemania More than 1 year ago
The sheer exposition is almost overwhelming. Weber has given so little actual story for the number of pages written. The need to hit readers over the head (repeatedly) with the characters flaws of the "group of four" has worn thin. It is not a poorly told tale, it is just too verbose and the pace of development too slow. And we know David Weber can write, so just WRITE!
dlg12 More than 1 year ago
The author is obviously fascinated by sailing ships and ocean battles. I often skipped several pages at a time to avoid a character reminiscing about their personal history that didn't have much if anything to do with the main story. Wait for your local library to get it. I wasted my money but I felt I needed to read it because I'd already read the others in the series. I'd be hard pressed to call this a sci-fi book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
David Weber does action scenes very, very well. Unfortunately, this book has very little of it. This book reads as though it's been packed with filler -- loads of meetings where people want to meet and discuss some incredibly boring issue which actually doesn't seem to affect very much. Sadly, this is incredibly boring, and not really something I want or need to read. The action scenes are, as usual, top notch.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book takes up very shortly after the previous one left off, and is unfortunately a very predictable book; you know its not going to resolve any truly major plotlines, will have one or two major land/sea battles, etc etc. Reading this book just reminds me that Weber resolved an exceedingly similar set of events in one of his previous books; and that was just one smaller subplot of a larger book. Then we come down to this series, which is much more detailed, but will definitely take several more books to resolve; if it ever is resolved. The underlying plot of this series; primitive man artificially advanced by ancient advanced technology, and then he gets to go into space to confront an ancient alien enemy who, while advanced and numerous, isn't as advanced as the humans who left the technology advancing them. An excellent story overall; but Weber is basically re-writing one of his earlier stories in much longer form. Not sure what to feel about that.
PARISS More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy action packed stories, this book is not for you. Weber's character development is both pointless, boring and gets to be a pure grind. Of the 870 or so pages I doubt that there are 100 that represents the typical David Weber writing that justifies buying the book. Before I buy another Weber I will wait until I have read some reviews, it seems to me he has lost his edge. Come on David, you can do better than this, get yourself together!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This 4th book in David Weber's Safehold series gets off to a slow start but action picks up after a while. It took me some time to get into this book. I love most of Mr. Weber's sci-fi work and I hate it that I always seem to be waiting for the next book in one of his ongoing series, this book was no exception. Maybe because I was expecting so much, based upon the earlier books, I found this part of the story less than exciting right up until around page 279 of this 690 page book. From that point, the action and sequence of events definitely seemed to pick up their pace. I truly enjoy how David Weber is so good at portraying the emotional struggle some of the characters go through as they try to prevent horrendous results. I like how some of the characters will sacrifice their lives for what they believe is right, others find themselves unable to act, and still others act only in ways that benefit themselves regardless of how their actions affect others. Overall this book is a good read and essential if you like the others in David Weber's Safehold series. Already waiting on the next book in the series.
davidp957 More than 1 year ago
David Weber likes to revisit similar themes over the course of time and the many books he has written. One of those themes is the application and use of high(er) technology in times similar to the 1600s. The Safehold series, of which this is the fourth, again explores that theme. The human race has been obliterated by the alien Gbaba. A small remaineder go into hiding on the planet Safehold, where the leaders of the fragment long ago instilled a religion outlawing technology over a specified level. A dissident group thought that eventually humanity would have to face the Gbaba again, but had to be prepared. Thus, the personality of Nimue Alban, a young soldier, is loaded into an android body and keyed to wake up 900 years later. Her mission is to slowly help humanity back toward the technology they need. She chooses a king and a kingdom to help her, appearing in the guise of a seijin, sort of a mystical warrior monk, named Merlin Athrawes. The kingdom, Charis, breaks wiht the Church, which is now hopelessly corrupt and power-mad, and ignites what essentially comes to be a world war. The books explore the politics and philosphy of church/state interaction and conflict. In this book, the Church is bending all its efforts to duplicate the Charisian technology (sloop-rigged ships, better cannons, better rifles, etc.). It has declared Holy War on Charis, and vows to exterminate it. Merlin, King Cayleb, Queen Charleyan, and their advisors battle to keep Charis from being overwhelmed by the larger Church forces, help refugees from the Church-controlled lands, and continue to push the boundaries of new technology. Weber can get talky and too-detail oriented at times, but nobody writes better battle scenes or inspiring dialogue.
PainFrame 20 days ago
Langhorne and no quarter! I really need to read these in quicker succession. There are a ton of characters, most of which have more than one name and the two opposing nations have similar names, Chisholm and Charis. Which one is the good guys? Ugh. I had the same problem with Sauron and Saruman in The Lord of the Rings. Minor quibbles aside, this is an awesome, epic series. Huge in scope, and probably the only author I’ve ever seen that figured out how to combine science fiction with good old fashioned wind powered naval battles. It’s super cool, and completely unique. This is the fourth book in the series and it is starting to make me nervous that it is taking so long for humanity to get it’s act together and accept the truth, I have a feeling those aliens from the first book are still searching for survivors. Well whatever David Weber decides to do, I am all for it. Hopefully this series can keep up this level of excellence, a very impressive work.
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Atlan More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book but thought it was a bit long. There is too much time spent setting up the plot and reviewing previous episodes from the other books. My worry is that this will just continue to muddle along in the same time period and not advance. If the series continues to be stuck fighting the church and not make a decisive blow which would enable the protagonist to get on with their primary mission then I doubt very much the story will continue to hold my interest. On the positive side the story line Weber has created holds together very well and is rich in detail. I just think that after four lengthy volumes we could move on.