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6 May 2011 Safehold 2
In the nine centuries since the creation of the world, the Church of God Awaiting has grown all-powerful as the keeper of men’s souls. It rules the planet of Safehold with the imprimatur of God Himself . . . and with an iron fist. Lately, the island kingdom of Charis has rejected the Church’s authority. Charis has repelled the Church’s first attack and is preparing to strike back. Yet not all those who support the Church are corrupt, and the Church stands ready to use the faith and belief of those blameless souls for its own cynical ends. The gauntlet has been cast down, and full-scale religious war – the ugliest war of all – looms over Safehold. To prevail, King Cayleb of Charis has one ally with resources not even he can imagine: the mysterious warrior monk called Merlin, who holds the secret knowledge Charis may need to survive. Merlin is Cayleb’s adviser, protector, and friend . . . and, secretly, also the cybernetic avatar of a young woman named Nimue Alban, who died before the day of creation itself. Who was born on a murdered world called ‘Earth’.

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  • Paperback: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Tor (6 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330521594
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330521598
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 685,622 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,

Along with its predecessor, this second installment of an important SF saga belongs in all libraries. Highly recommended. Library Journal, starred review --Library Journal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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David Mark Weber is an American science fiction and fantasy author whose most popular and enduring character, Honor Harrington, has been developed through 13 novels and four shared-universe anthologies.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A strongly developing series. 7 Aug 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This sequel to Off Armageddon Reef is followed by By Heresies Distressed. And, I hope, by at least one and preferably more. The series contains a fascinating mix of political intrigue, exiting battle action, and personal interaction, with some love interest. If he's not careful, Weber will match his Honor Harrington series with this one.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New to WEBER 14 Nov 2008
Having never read any books by David Weber I wasn't sure what to expect with Off Armageddon Reef, I found myself drawn into the book and found that I coundn't put it down. The characters have been wonderfully created with a great deal of depth and even minor characters in the book have been well done.

With this I was looking forward to sequel and I have found the sequel to be even better. The books emphasis has shifted away from the action sequences in the first book to a more political feel. But the intense drama is still there and makes you feel that you are interacting with the characters.

Greatly looking forward to the next in line and I am hoping that Mr Weber keeps to the high standard he set in these books.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Now if you're new to Weber's books and you're reading Schism after finishing the first one, you'll find this second book to be an excellent piece of work. Well written, amazing depth and enough intrigue to chew on for at least a week.

For a long-term Weber fan, however, this book MIGHT leave you a tad underwhelmed.

Do not get me wrong, this book is an excellent read, no question.

But Weber's book have always had an nigh perfect balance between large scale action and human interaction on a personal/political/religious level that has always been exquisite, in my eyes at least.

In Schism, he has 'unbalanced' this equation to a rather large extent and whilst there are any number of action sequences, they are not the sort of battles i have come to expect.

Especially as, in all his works, these battles are never just for the sake of having a fight but to push the conflicts in certain directions, hinging the course of the war on the outcome of these battles.

In this book, Weber appears to utilise political manuevering on a grand scale to set the course of the Safehold War instead.

Whilst a fairly big proponent of the 'if it ain't broke...' modus operandii, i'm all for experimentation and growth and this was a bravua effort from Weber.

My problem was, all his past works have 'educated' me to expect a large battle and reaching the end of the book with only a few skirmishes to whet my appetite only left me hungry for more. So whilst this book was an excellent read, for me, it never really rose to the levels of some of his other works.

If you're a Weber 'fleet warfare' junkie like myself, it's not one to avoid exactly, just start reading with your eyes open about the fact that you're not likely to get your fix with this particular book.

Roll on Spring 2009 and 'Heresies Distressed'!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I didn't discover David Weber's books until last year, but now, having read the first four Honor Harington books and the first two Safehold books, he is fast becoming one of my favourite authors.

By Schism Rent Asunder is a slower-paced novel than Off Armageddon Reef, as this book looks at the aftermath of Charis' overwhelming victory over the combined fleets of several other nations, and the problems this victory causes for both the Church AND Charis. It looks at the political machinations of the world of Safehold, and the precipice that the entire world finds itself on the edge of, with a huge war looming. Both sides are looking to establish their positions ahead of what they know is a showdown that will not only lead to victory in military terms but in terms of society and influence- in many senses, this book is about the build-up toward the Battle for Safehold's soul.

The central (and perhaps most important) character of this book is King Cayleb, who is bullish, determined and prepared to take risks, so long as the gains are worthwhile. Merlin takes a back-seat for the most part, with many of the ideas and daring tactics being developed by the Charisians themselves.

In terms of a good read, I really liked this book, as we have now moved away from the business of establishing character traits and the characters can now develop and move forward. We see more of Cayleb's youthful enthusiasm. We see more of Clythan's ruthlessness and hyprocrisy. We see a world that is boiling over with tension and fear as the inevitable clash approaches. It is very much a build-up story, one which up's the stakes ahead of what must be a confrontration in book 3, which I cannot wait to read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good 2nd part , not as action packed .. 10 Aug 2009
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I enjoyed this "nd one in the series and as in so many cases it suffers from being the 2nd one - not the action packed intro and the finale
The tone of this one is a very political with huge sections discussing planned political economies and the implications of a religous order having great secular power - and not being afraid to use it
The action set pieces are more limited in this story (he is very good at these ) and its just a bit of adjustment on the readers part
Its clear that this is the setup for the big finish of global holy war that I think is coming in the concluding part
The characters are well drawn and the alliance of two kingdoms (not to spoil the book) is well done
What is also well done is the tempatation from the kings 'guardian angel' to release new technology before the people understand what they have
I'm reaqlly looking forward to the last one - be interesting to see how they deal with the church - and the weapon systems in orbit ..
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4.0 out of 5 stars It was a good read
It was a good read. Could have had a little more action! I would go back and read it again though as i might have missed parts
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent story. Well worth the read
An excellent story, well fleshed out with believable characterisation. I am waiting with anticipation for the latest in the series. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jim E
3.0 out of 5 stars A mediaevil slash-and-thrust with a veneer of science fiction
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. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mr. Leonard F. Clark
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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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Published 19 months ago by K. J. STEVENSON
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Reading
Great book, I was afraid that the second book was not as good as the first one. It is even better. Do not buy it if you have got anything to do. Read more
Published on 26 Mar 2010 by Jose Md Tavares
4.0 out of 5 stars Second Book in the Safehold series
This is David Webers follow up to Off Armageddon Reef, which was the first book in the Safehold Series. I would recommend that you read Off Armageddon Reef first. Read more
Published on 16 Jan 2010 by A. SUTTON
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good sequel
The second installment in Weber's "Safehold" series is just as enjoyable as the first. As I expected, he has rather condensed real-world history, combining the Henrician... Read more
Published on 25 July 2009 by D. R. Cantrell
4.0 out of 5 stars Schismatic grief!
This is a typical Weber novel.It's very well paced and the characters are beginning to take on some real weight. Read more
Published on 11 May 2009 by J. Barrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Great second book in series
A great follow up to 'Off Armageddon Reef'. I found myself caught up in the intrigues and politics of the various factions on Safehold. Read more
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