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Publisher's Summary

Now the battle for the soul of the planet Safehold has begun.The Kingdom of Charis and the Kingdom of Chisholm have joined together, pledged to stand against the tyranny of a corrupt Church. The youthful Queen Sharleyan of Chisholm has wed King Cayleb of Charis, forging a single dynasty, a single empire, dedicated to the defense of human freedom. Crowned Empress of that empire, Sharleyan has found in Cayleb's arms the love she never dared hope for in a "marriage of state."
In Cayleb's cause, his defiance of the ruthless Group of Four who govern mother Church, she has found the task to which she can commit her mind and her courage. It is a cause for which she was born. Yet there are things Sharleyan still does not know. Secrets Cayleb has not been permitted to share, even with her. Secrets like the true story of humanity on Safehold. Like the intricate web of lies, deception, and fabricated "religion" which have chained humanity for almost a thousand years. Like the existence of the genocidal alien Gbaba, waiting to complete mankind's destruction should humans ever attract their attention once more. Like the existence of a young woman, Nimue Alban, nine hundred years dead, whose heart, mind, and memories live on within the android body of the warrior-monk she knows as Merlin. And so Empress Sharleyan faces the the great challenge of her life unaware of all that task truly entails...or of how the secrets the man who loves her cannot share may threaten all they have achieved between them... and her own life.
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©2009 David Weber (P)2009 Macmillan Audio
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Critic Reviews

"The personalities and motivations of the numerous characters are particularly well drawn and credible, and Weber makes grand strategies and political machinations easily accessible to casual readers." ( Publishers Weekly)
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Customer Reviews

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3 out of 5 stars
By James on 07-14-09

I want Oliver Wyman back

the book was really good but I really didn't like the fact that they replace the narrator. plz bring Oliver Wyman back for the next one

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4 out of 5 stars
By SHV on 07-13-09

I miss Oliver Wyman

Not having Oliver Wyman narrate was a big surprise. He established the personality and voices of the characters. With Jason Culp, the personality of Merlin, especially, recedes to the background, IMO.

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18 of 18 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 05-23-17

Engrossing once I acclimatized to the new narrator

Three books in you know what you are getting but the new narrator takes some getting used to!
Jason Culp largely does an excellent job but some of the key characters just don't feel right. Caleb and Narman are the main offenders with Caleb adopting an accent that hovers some where between Ireland and West Coast of Scotland without Jason ever hitting a consistent rendition. Narman has been translated from his original lilting Irish accent to finest Brum (Birmingham, England for non-uk natives).

I'm now rep books further on in the series and the strength of Jason's other character voices shines through and makes this a true joy to listen to.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Greg Pettit on 04-21-14

New narrator niggles

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is another Weber book in the safehold series. You should know by now whether or not you like the author and the series. Naval battles intrigue, etc. HOWEVER there is a new narrator who provides a very jarring performance by introducing new accents to established characters, changing established accents ( no more scottish emeraldians) and giving a very effeminate tone to Merlin (understandably).

What did you like best about this story?

Naval battles.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Jason Culp?

Oliver Wyman

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Trafalgar in space.

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