At the Sign of Triumph: David Weber's New York Times best-selling Safehold series began with Off Armageddon Reef, By Schism Rent Asunder, By Heresies Distressed, A Mighty Fortress, and How Firm a Foundation.
The Church of God Awaiting's triumph over Charis was inevitable. Despite its prosperity, the Charis was a single, small island realm. It boasted less than two percent of the total population of Safehold. How could it possibly resist total destruction? The Church had every reason to be confident of a swift, crushing victory, an object lesson to other rebels.
But Charis had something far more powerful than simple numbers. It had a king, a crown prince, and a navy prepared to die where they stood in its defense. It had the Brethren of Saint Zherneau, who knew the truth about Safehold's founding. Who knew that the Church of God Awaiting was a monstrous lie. And it had Merlin Athrawes, last survivor of long-vanished Earth. Merlin, the cybernetic avatar of a woman dead over 1,000 years, who was determined to break the Church's grip upon the human mind and soul.
So after eight years of war, it is not Charis but the Church that stands upon the brink of defeat. But the Church still commands immense resources, and - faced with the unthinkable - it's decided that it, too, must embrace the forbidden technology which has carried Charis so far.
In the end, it is simple, for only one can survive. The lines are drawn, the navies and armies have been raised, and all of Safehold is poised for the final battle between those who believe in freedom and those who would crush it forever.
©2016 David Weber (P)2016 Macmillan Audio
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"Wow wow wow"
This is a great end to the beginning and yes a long way to still travel but what a book. This was probably my favorite of the Safehold books so far. Oliver Wyman is such a treat to listen too as well. If you are new to the series I recommend starting starting with book one. Also know this even though this book is around 40 hours it goes by fast. Thank you Mr. Weber for yet another fantastic work I will enjoy time and time again.
"many detailed inconsequential sideplots"
excellent performance. rushed ending has obvious missing developments such as why and how thirsk became regent. on the other hand there are very detailed side plots with characters who are introduced and then killed, making this seem like a collection of short stories in the safehold war.
Wrapped up in a rush, and the ultimate story of how the human race rebuilds and confronts the aliens is left untold. You never find out what was under the temple either, so the ultimate confrontation with that is left unfinished as well( probably a bigger deal in the immediate story line).
"And so things begin..."
This is a great installment in this story. Almost everything I want to say about it is a spoiler, which makes this review a bit difficult. It left me wanting the next book more than any of the others did. The voice acting was very, very well done! I hope Oliver Wyman does all the rest of the books in the series!!
"Finally an end."
I loved the series, but it just kept going and going. The narrator was great as always, the story line was complex, and sometimes I really wanted a map.
"A Great series"
Each book was Worth the wait , one of my all time favorite series. This book was a good end to a good series.
P.S. MR Weber - Please continue this Story line !
"Wearily limping to a finish"
For the grand finale the book seemed tired, drawn out in most places and rushed in others.Characters that appeared in previous books aren't even present now while new characters we won't see after a given chapter get excessive wordage that adds nothing and makes me not care any more about them then before.
The author continues with excessive detail that, for me at least, does not add anything to the story.
A major side plot that was start a book or two ago was hurriedly wrapped up in this book and the excessive use of the Duex Ex Machina of the Sejin helped it along. For all of the value it added to the story the author could simply have kept to his "tell not show" style and told us all about it rather then waste several pages detailing what was telegraphed well beforehand.
I suppose my biggest issue conti8nues to be that this is sold as "science fiction" when really it's historical military fiction or perhaps "alternative fiction". The occasional advanced technological device and "name drift" does not a science fiction book make.
Certainly nothing from the author. After wading through his Honor Harrington Series and then the Safehold series I've decided to give up on Mr. Weber and look for higher quality writers.
I enjoyed Oliver Wyman's performances and he's as good as ever and manages to keep the character's outlandish names straight from book to book. If Oliver Wyman had not been the narrator I would likely not ahve bought this book.
Disappointment and sense of relief that the series I'd wasted time and money on was fianlly at the "end". I know this is supposed to only be the end book of the "first arc" but I won't be continuing it. I started the series thinking it would be "Science Fiction" and it was simply a cover for the author's true passion of historical naval warfare and a way for him to expound upon his own religious views.
Author's should "show" rather then "tell". Sadly Mr. Weber seems incapable of this action, not surprising given the hundreds of characters he insists on filling his books with. Mr. Weber insists on telling us that character X is the best at Y but he never demonstrates how X is the best at Y. Even if character X is good at Y he's most likely to die if he's on the "bad" side even if skill/trait "Y" should have kept him alive.
Another consequence of having so many minor/one-off characters is that they all sound the same at times. The "What's That?"/"What's what?" is one example.
I have read the entire series before this book, which I have listened to Once you accept the slow, methodical way that Weber has chosen to unfold this epic tale, it becomes a real treat to absorb and appreciate May be TO slow for some readers though I have to say that listening to the story was much less difficult than attempting to decipher how all the hundreds of peoples names should be pronounced. I personally found this a chore which often pulled me out of Safehold and into the Real World The narration was excellent and if i had the chance i would have listened to the entire tale instead of reading it.
"Conclusion? It does not matter"
This audio presentation of the David Weber book is produced with strong feelings and a drive to keep you hooked; it is one of the top 5 best audio books I've listened to in this genre.
The funnest is the voice changes to represent the key children in the story line.
SPOILER ALERT: The final confrontation Nimu, Athrawes and another character have. The sorrow, the desperation, and the realization that was passed along - clinched the entire 9 book set for me. It all made perfect sense, not just by the words, but by the performance or the voice actor.
And so ends the beginning....
In several sites there are a lot of complaints about the pace of the Safehold Series. In 9 books we don't get where so many want to go. I see the Safehold Series as an episodic story, that while it moves towards a desired future end point, it takes the time to get you to enjoy each book. It is not a simple story to tell, so Weber does not cheat the reader; he lets us feel, taste, and experience the developments.
If this were a movie series, or an HBO series, I see each book as one season, and the 9 books as 9 seasons that move you to know each character fully and deeply, and with plenty of drama to keep you coming back.
In fact, I would much rather watch Safehold than Game of Thrones, and I love Game of Thrones; but the story of Safehold is more compelling; the subjugation of humanity - similar to the dark ages - and the need and drive of the human spirit to escape the bondage of ignorance, is far better told in Safehold.
"Good addition to the series."
Too overly descriptive at times but was otherwise a decent addition to the series. Looking forward to next one.
"Let's wrap this up!"
Webber obviously reads the reviews and feedback because, all of a sudden, he ratchets up the pace of this episode lickity split! Ironically, the change in pace is a little jarring compared to the previous book in the series. If he had moved the story along like this from the beginning then this series would have beeb a trilogy! And that wouldn't have been a bad thing. Webber still can't do female characters who aren't annoying but, as usual, his naval knowledge is faultless and I wish he had concentrated on this more than the personal relationships. You may wonder why I'm still listening to this series when I have so many critisisms? That is because the initial premise is actually so good that I really want to find out how the stoy ends...Hopefully if Webber completes the rest of his books atvthis new pace I might just last long enough to hear it!!!
"The end of an era!"
I hope we'll hear more of this story; the end of the beginning - there is so much more to discover here, and I hope Mr Weber will tell us what happens next.
I need more!!! its up there with Pilars of the Earth. I want more. Please.
"loving this series"
I have listened to this series since the beginning and still can't wait to see what happens next please don't make us wait to long.
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