By Schism Rent Asunder : Safehold

  • by David Weber
  • Narrated by Oliver Wyman
  • Series: Safehold
  • 25 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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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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- carey pridgeon

Book Details

  • Release Date: 21-07-2008
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio