Midst Toil and Tribulation (Safehold) Hardcover – 18 Sep 2012
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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 --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
About the Author
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. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great rolling story. Only pity is that I am old and will probably never see the final volume!Published 9 months ago by bill
Another in the Safehold series and another step for Merlin, Cayleb, Charis Et al. The story continues and the Group of Four take their battle against the Charision Empire forward... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Terry Kinnard
I'm not going to wax lyrical about how good this book is, nor wreck the plot lines. If you enjoyed this book and haven't read the earlier ones in the series, go do it now. Read morePublished 12 months ago by C. Denham
This is the sixth in the series and I have now just read this and the previous 5 BOOKS for the 4th time I.m now starting number 7 Like a Mighty Army and September can. Read morePublished 16 months ago by James Brenym McKnight
I was almost put off reading this, the sixth book in the series, by several of the reviews here. Fortunately, a friend bought it for me as a birthday present, and I'm so glad that... Read morePublished 20 months ago by H. Nowlan