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By Heresies Distressed [Hardcover]

David Weber
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8 Sep 2009
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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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (8 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765315033
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765315038
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 16.8 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 645,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A superb cast of characters and plenty of action... This fine book gives new luster to Weber's reputation." - Booklist (starred review) on BY SCHISM RENT ASUNDER." --Booklist

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David Weber is a science fiction phenomenon and the author of the Safehold series, including "Off Armageddon Reef," "By Schism Rent Asunder," and "A Mighty Fortress." 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.

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Third in the Nimue Alban/Safehold series 13 Aug 2009
By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER
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I found all the books in the "Nimue Alban" series impossible to put down, and am sufficiently hooked that I had to pre-order this one to read as soon as it came out. When I had read it over every spare moment in the next two days, my next reaction was - 'Aargh - now I have to wait a year for the fourth installment ...'

The five books in the series to date are:

1) Off Armageddon Reef
2) By Schism Rent Asunder
3) By Heresies distressed
4) A Mighty Fortress
5) How Firm a Foundation (Safehold).

As seems to be the case with everything David Weber writes, some people will love this series while others hate it.

Not all the ideas are new: the story is an interesting re-working of a number of the ideas in a some of Weber's earlier books, particularly the Dahak trilogy "(Mutineers' Moon (Dahak Series)," "Armageddon Inheritance" and "Heirs of Empire (Dahak Series)" - the whole trilogy has also been published as "Empire from the Ashes".
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent series continues.... 7 Oct 2009
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Whether you are an existing David Weber fan or not this is an excellent read and hopefully this series will continue and evolve.

This book has all the hallmarks of a Weber classic, convincing characters, a variety of plot lines and a mix of technologies. Like the previous two in the series so far once you pick it up it is difficult to put down. The background plot has an element of grand space opera but not on the scale of the Harrington series. However the planetary scale of conflict over the role of church and state has echoes of the Papacy and the Thirty Years War but with the addition of a forced pace of technological change.

Basically this is another excellent yarn from the Weber stable, go get it and enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent premise 15 Mar 2010
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The premise of this seies is intriguing, and raises, as it is no doubt intended to, many questions regarding the influence of religion on secular affairs. It is wrapped up in a gripping story, which avoids any sermonising. A mixture of medieval life as it should have been (with hygiene), and advanced 'heretical' technology. There is great scope for development in the rest of the series, and enough uncertainty to keep the reader guessing.
The impact of sudden advances in technology are well described, although referencing the role of Danish gun-galleys versus the English man of war at the battle of Copenhagen might have been helpful to the author. This is a quibble, though, as the story is well-written, and carries the reader along from religion to diplomacy to war seamlessly. The main characters are fallible enough to draw us into either loving or hating them. This is the first book by this author that I have read, and I am looking forward to the next instalment impatiently.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars critical support of d webers latest book 8 Oct 2009
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The author obviously loves sailing and the world of galleons and there's a lot of affection in the writing - and, I suspect, a great deal of accuracy. He also communicates a clear Christian commitment - which makes it all the more strange that he has chosen as his combatants the leaders of a corrupt "church". (I guess he would argue that one theme of the books is the difference between faith and religion.)

The series is somewhat protracted and could have done with some heavy editing (hence the loss of stars). There were also one or two places where I found it difficult to accept the basic premises behind the books. Some of the dialogue was also a bit twee and I found myself wincing at attempts to express affection or humour.

Nevertheless, if you want a good swash-buckling read without too much effort, then these fit the bill.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 31 Jan 2013
By wayneg
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a fantastic series, well written with excellent characters both hero and villain. You just can't put these down and resist escaping to David weber's world
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good addition to the series
I am a fan of David Weber, I like his style of writing and have enjoyed the majority of his books. He's a story teller and this is a good story, well told. Read more
Published 19 months ago by DMC
5.0 out of 5 stars david weber does it again with safehold a mighty fortress
A Mighty Fortress (Safehold)david weber has done it once again with this instalment of of the story i have not put the book down and im all ready looking forward for the next... Read more
Published on 13 Jun 2011 by parisrocker57
4.0 out of 5 stars Great idea, good characters
I have enjoyed this series and this book. It's not for the blood and guts reader but for those of a more political nature. That is not to say the battles are not great they are! Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2010 by Ochil12
4.0 out of 5 stars By Heresies Distressed
A good continuation of this series. Characters continue to develop in interesting ways. I'm looking forward to the next one.
Published on 1 Nov 2010 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars New to Weber
A good yarn. Weber manages to create well rounded characters, proppeled by believable motives. Inevitably in such a grand tale, there are many characters. Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2010 by Leedham
4.0 out of 5 stars By Heresies Distressed
The third book in the series. Weber writes well, but waffles and his books are long winded. By the third book of the series in a "Space Opera", the plot should have progressed... Read more
Published on 20 Jan 2010 by SciFiGuy
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