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The world has changed. The mercantile kingdom of Charis has prevailed over the alliance designed to exterminate it. Armed with a multitude of small technological improvements - better sailing vessels, better guns, 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 whose very existence is the result of a centuries-ago final desperate roll of the dice. 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.
©2008 David Weber; (P)2008 Macmillan Audio
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By B. Bozeman on 10-14-09

Thought Provoked

It is odd to read reviewers of this Weber opus to find those who decry the slow deliberate political intracacy. This is the entire point of the work. Draw whatever parallels you may with interaction of religion and politics in our current world - they exist as intended by the author. This series isn't some mindless actioner although there is enough action to keep it moving and interesting. The thought processes of the characters are explored in depth as they wrestle with the political and religious realities of their time and place.

This is a fascinating world that is much like our own and the questions involving religion and politics are what makes it great. This is wonderful for the thought it provoked and I expect the continuing saga to be as involved and detailed as the first two installments. I see no need to hurry while I enjoy every minute with these characters and their minds.

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By Kris on 10-24-08

Great Character's...Great World...No Story

Only David Weber story in my collection that doesn't have 5 stars (and I have them all). I love his writing and thoroughly enjoy the world that he has created in Safehold. Unfortunately, I agree with everyone else that this book didn't exactly progress very much (at least from an action stand point).

There is plenty of character development in this book but it is all political. I can see why some of the reviews were a little poor as a result. It lacks on the intense battles that are generally a staple of Weber. I still enjoyed the book and I can't wait for the next one. This felt a little like a set up book...

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By carey pridgeon on 08-05-08

really, really wonderful

Its been years, decades, since I read such a good series as David Webers Safehold Saga. This, the second book in the series has been fantastic from beginning to end.

The Author has a long history of excellent Naval fiction and science fiction, and I think that with this series he has bested all his previous work.

The premise has mankind starting over again on a new planet, not knowing its true history, and just one person, in the form of an almost immortal human like robot housing the mind of a young Naval officer from 'Old Earth' with a secret cache of highly advanced technology, trying to get humanity back on track before the enemy who wiped out old earth comes for them.

Only there's a catch, in this new world, no-one remembers this enemy, or Earth, or anything before the day their ancestors stepped off the colony ships, and technology of any kind is viewed as evil, so she has to act in secret.

The series has a definite Naval edge to it, in fact it would be fair to say that the development of a Navy similar to that of England in the 17 and 18th century is a focal point for this book. Don't let that put you off though, this story is used as a backdrop to the development and interaction of a great many believable and interesting characters.

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By gam on 07-28-17

great story but !

I really enjoyed the story but this book is not the best one in the series. The ending leaves a lot to be desired, it feels like David Weber wrote the required number of words for the story so left us hanging. The characters are good and further developed from the first book, the narration was great apart from the children's voices.

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