By Schism Rent Asunder Hardcover – 22 Jul 2008
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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.
The second book in David Weber's new science fiction series --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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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'!!!!!
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.
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.
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!Read more ›
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The detail is excellent. Best to read the set in order. This is my least favourite of the series but is still a must to properly enjoy the whole thread of the story. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Trevor
Book 2 continues a fascinating tale. Find Book 1 (Off Armageddon Reef). You won't regret it.Published 22 months ago by Ed Moran
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 partsPublished on 27 Jan. 2014 by Amazon Customer
An excellent story, well fleshed out with believable characterisation. I am waiting with anticipation for the latest in the series. Read morePublished on 1 Dec. 2013 by Jim E
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 worldPublished on 31 Jan. 2013 by wayneg
GREAT SERIES - THIS ONE NO EXCEPTION. MASTERLY WRITING, GREAT DRY HUMOUR, MOVING RELATIONSHIPS, RIVETING ACTION & INCREDIBLE TECH. DETAIL - WHAT MORE CAN YOU WANT?Published on 8 Dec. 2012 by K. J. STEVENSON
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 morePublished on 26 Mar. 2010 by Jose Md Tavares