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By Schism Rent Asunder Hardcover – 22 Jul 2008

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  • Hardcover: 510 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition First Printing edition (22 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765315017
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765315014
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 4.4 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 823,306 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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The second book in David Weber's new science fiction series --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Hardcover
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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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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If you've read David Weber before you know how good he is. This is a slightly different take on the usual science fiction, more reminicent of the Pern type series, where the story is based in a almost medieval setting. In this series religion plays an important part of the story, although with out it being over the top. The characters are engaging if maybe at times a little too much like previous characters. But even saying that, it's a great read which I've really enjoyed, infact I now have to catch up on all the work (and sleep) that has been allowed to slide because I haven't been able to put it down. If you've enjoyed any of David Weber's other books, you'll enjoy this one and it's slightly different take on the usual space saga. So Mr Weber, where's the next one????????
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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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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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David Weber hardly ever disappoints, and doesnt here. A great series I love as much as his honour harrington... even if i hate the 1st books premis for the tech loss. Took me 2 attempts to read first book. It must be perserved with. read them all 4 times now and listened to them on audible too
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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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