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Midst Toil and Tribulation (Safehold) [Mass Market Paperback]

David Weber
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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30 Aug 2013 Safehold (Book 6)
After centuries of stasis, the island kingdom of Charis began to defy the Church of God Awaiting. Now, after Charis' declaration of independence, the Republic of Siddermark is sliding into chaos. Vicar Clyntahn of the Church of God Awaiting has engineered a rebellion against the Lord Protector - bringing civil war at harvest time. King Cayleb of Charis, his queen Sharleyan, and Merlin Athrawes must stave off wholesale starvation in Siddermark while at the same time shipping in enough land combat units to fend off the volunteers from the Church's Temple Lands. And while Vicar Clyntahn is hailed in the Church for his boldness, some remember how dependent Church power is on money from Siddermark...and who wonder what will happen if Siddermark starves.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Science Fiction (30 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765361264
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765361264
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 10.2 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 247,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for David Weber's Safehold Series. Superb! --Booklist, starred review, on By Schism Rent Asunder. A brillant new saga... Its focus remains on the people who embody the strengths and weaknesses of a flawed but ever hopeful humanity. Highly recommended--Library Journal, starred review, on By Schism Rent Asunder. Like its predecessors in the Safehold series, the novel paints a vast, stunningly complex political and military tapestry, with wonderful battle scenes.--Kirkus Reviews on By Heresies Distressed. Gripping...Shifting effortlessly between battles among warp-speed starships and among oar-powered galleys, Weber brings the political maneuvering, past and future technologies, and vigorous protagonists together for a cohesive, engrossing whole.--Publishers Weekly, starred review, on Off Armageddon Reef. Vast, complex, intricate, subtle, and unlaydownable. This looks like the start of the biggest thing in science fiction since Isaac Asimov's Foundation series.--Dave Duncan on Off Armageddon Reef. Effortlessly exceeds the magnificence of its predecessor...I cannot emphasize how much I want to read the next chapter in the Safehold saga.--Fantasy Book Critic on By Schism Rent Asunder. Fantastic in every sense of the word-the kind of book that makes you sit back and think about this reality that we call life. Who can ask for more than that? R. A. Salvatore on Off Armageddon Reef --Various

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DAVID WEBER is the author of the New York Times bestselling Honor Harrington series, as well as his Safehold series and stand-alone novel, Out of the Dark. He lives in South Carolina.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Interminable... 14 Feb 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This series appears to have turned into the written version of "24". the pace has slowed to a crawl, and you could almost imagine a computer program churning out this volume due to its similarities with the previous volumes.
Parameters - evil overlord - tick; mysterious hero - tick; wonderfully human royalty with a sense of humour - tick; love despite war - tick; battles that go nowhere, featuring people you've never heard of - tick; etc. ad nauseam.
Will someone email me when the last volume comes out, I might read the last chapter.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Shame 1 Nov 2012
By Stocky
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Shame this is not the book I was hoping for in the Safehold series. Why take a page to describe an event when you can use half the book. Slow paced in contrast to the others in the series and did not really move 'forward' for me, if it carries on at this pace, I will be old by the time they reach the stars (if ever). Will continue to read the series, I love the premise, I love the series, did not love this book and was just hoping for more...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Crushing disappointment 4 Sep 2013
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I have enjoyed the first five books very much, I was lucky enough to discover the first in a discount book shop. However this sixth installment has been a crushing disappointment. Having waited over a year for the paperback/kindle version I feel a bit of a fool. The kindle book stopped at 86%, the rest of the was book an index of the dozens of new characters and Safehold names. Most of these new characters were named presumably so you related to them as they were killed off a page later. There are pages and pages of engineering technical developments that went into far too much detail. One of the main characters, Caleb is hardly mentioned. Then there is a ridiculous Dallas / Shower moment when he resuscitates a leading character who died in book five. The bloody war stopped at 86%, presumably to be continued in a years time! No thanks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A decent story, but a long way to go yet 24 Sep 2013
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This is really a 3 and a half star rating. I like David Weber, and I really like the Safehold books. However, the fifth book in the series seems to bury itself in minutiae of detail regarding the development of weapon technology, tactics, and individual skirmishes. The vast majority of the book involves itself with the campaign in Siddarmark, with the Charisian forces siding with Siddarmark against the Army of God (with all the detail that entails), but the situation regarding Dayvyn and Irys Daykyn is also progressed. Watch out for a twist regarding Nahrmahn, late of Emerald Isle.

This is a long book, but it only covers the months of March to July of one year. Given that the Gbaba are meant to be making a return at some point in the future, it seems there's a heck of a long way to go before Safehold is in a position to meet that threat. I thought I read somewhere that this was an eight book series, and this is book five. At this rate, David Weber will need to make it a series of 800.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much and too Little 28 Sep 2012
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I still love the premise of this series. I still love the writing style of Mr Weber.
However...

There is too much explanation, description and filling and too little story line movement.

I think this is a problem with a lot of series. Robert Jordan comes to mind. Even the beloved Harry Potter.

Where a series should 'tighten up', speed up even - instead it gets bogged down in repetitive and explanation elements. How many times do you need to be told how evil someone is? How many different inconsequential characters do we need to understand, empathise with - or hate?

It's as if the mindset is - "Well someone may start reading the series at Book 6 - we better repeat a summary of all that they have missed in order for them to catch up. It's like those tedious series on Television where a basically intelligent person does NOT need to be reminded after every commercial break what the program is about and what they discussed BEFORE the break!

For me the summing up of how little this book did to move things on properly ... ONE small unsatisfactory section on Corisande. NOTHING on Emerald. NOTHING on Tarot. etc

The situation in Siddermark needed to be addressed fully but even here at most two thirds would have done fine.

I'll still buy the next book - and I'll probably still skim about 50% of it to get to the storyline.

Ho Hum!
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nimue Alban/Safehold VI: the land war hots up 28 Oct 2012
By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER
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In this sixth installment in the "Safehold" series in which the major character is Nimue Alban, it starts to become clear how the good guys may eventually have a chance to win control of the planet, but they are far from having an easy time of it.

Some people love this series and others hate it. If you read this author for his high-tech space battles, such as those in the Honor Harrington universe which kicks off with "On Basilisk Station (Honorverse)" you should probably leave the "Safehold" series alone.

A good test for whether you will like the "Safehold" series: if you play computer games or board games, the likelihood that you will enjoy this series is directly proportional to the pleasure you get from playing Sid Meier's Civilisation (link: Sid Meier's Civilization V) or similar games. The heroine of this series is doing exactly what the successful Civ player has to do: shepherd a nation surrounded by enemies one step at a time from a pre-industrial era with muscle-powered weapons and units such as swordsmen and galleys through increasingly advanced periods of history and up to the space age while balancing the competing demands of defence against hostile powers, economic development, and scientific research, and juggling politics, culture and religion.

Like previous novels in the series this is another massive doorstop of a book, with five pages of maps and 536 pages of story followed by another 50 pages or so of appendices (character index, glossary etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As describded, no problems etcs...
As describded , no problems etcs...
Published 3 hours ago by Spanner
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing story
I love the Safehold series though this book is a bit inconclusive, I wanted more of a definitive end to this part of the story. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Dee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great
Published 19 days ago by oscar
3.0 out of 5 stars Non ending saga
No action at all, a non ending boring saga. Pity because it had good beginnings., but even the best wine is no good if it is diluted too much
Published 2 months ago by Georgios
2.0 out of 5 stars spun out
Finding the series has become so padded out with technical detail and pontificating that it's really tedious to read I found myself skipping pages at a time - I did that right at... Read more
Published 2 months ago by N. Victor
3.0 out of 5 stars Very slow
Very slow as someone else mentioned we seem to be experiencing the story in real time !
At this rate it's going to take a couple of hundred years to finish. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars A good continuation of an epic and original series
A good continuation of an epic and original series - can't recommend too highly.
Pity we won't get the tax on this flowing back into the treasury - love Amazon; a brilliant... Read more
Published 11 months ago by K. J. STEVENSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic, thrilling story of courage and love in a world fighting for...
Midst Toil and Tribulation is the sixth book in the Safehold series. Humanity has been almost wiped out by the genocidal alien Gbada. Earth and it's empire are long gone. Read more
Published 11 months ago by John Dark
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent book
Like all the Safehold series it is hard work to get a hold of the story with all those odd names.
Good story all the same
Published 12 months ago by Dave797
4.0 out of 5 stars good continuation
As with many of David Weber's later books, it could have been edited down a bit, but that being said, it continues the excellent series.
Published 13 months ago by David R.
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