Like A Mighty Army

Like A Mighty Army

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For centuries, the world of Safehold, last redoubt of the human race, lay under the unchallenged rule of the Church of God Awaiting. The Church permitted nothing new--no new inventions, no new understandings of the world.

What no one knew was that the Church was an elaborate fraud--a high-tech system established by a rebel faction of Safehold's founders, meant to keep humanity hidden from the powerful alien race that had destroyed old Earth.

Then awoke Merlyn Athrawes, cybernetic avatar of a warrior a thousand years dead, felled in the war in which Earth was lost. Monk, warrior, counselor to princes and kings, Merlyn has one purpose: to restart the history of the too-long-hidden human race.

And now the fight is thoroughly underway. The island empire of Charis has declared its independence from the Church, and with Merlyn's help has vaulted forward into a new age of steam-powered efficiency. Fending off the wounded Church, Charis has drawn more and more of the countries of Safehold to the cause of independence and self-determination. But at a heavy cost in bloodshed and loss--a cost felt by nobody more keenly that Merlyn Athrawes.

The wounded Church is regrouping. Its armies and resources are vast. The fight for humanity's future isn't over, and won't be over soon…

David Weber's Like a Mighty Army is the hotly anticipated seventh volume in the New York Times bestselling Safehold series.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2014, c2013
ISBN: 9780765321565
Branch Call Number: SF WEB
Characteristics: 672 p. :,maps ;,25 cm

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adam1999
Sep 02, 2014

This series got off to a really good start but now I find it has bogged down in so much tedious detail that I'm ready to give up on it. The annoyances are (1) the endless exposition where characters are sitting around discussing the political, military, or technological situation on Safehold. We're talking pages and pages and pages of exposition. (2) the battles, which are described in tedious technical detail and more often than not feature secondary or disposable characters. In the end, these battles don't really advance the plot, but you get to learn about how much gunpowder you need to put into a claymore mine and other such trivia. The end result is that at nearly 600 pages, the actual story plot advances at a glacial pace because so much of the book ends up being filler. And don't even mention the spelling of names which makes keeping track of those characters just about impossible. Please, Dayhvid Zwheber, get an editor to cut this stuff down!

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brettorlob
Jun 10, 2014

This series is really excellent. While the pace slows down in this book as opposed to the previous couple, it's done for a valid reason. We get to know a few characters a little better than we did before, and get introduced to a few new (and old) ones too.

I expect we'll get an action packed payoff for all we know of the the commanders in south, not to mention for the rulers of Corisande, in the coming books. (just judging from the pacing Weber has shown in other series)

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nuclearduck
Apr 20, 2014

While I am a fan of the Safehold series by David Weber, I am disappointed by this latest addition. It has endless dialogue but the events it chronicles do not seem to advance the plot much if at all. Compared to the first book of the series Off Armaggedon Reef, the book moves very slowly and is very much less rewarding. I would hope David Weber stops trying to milk the series for income and gets back to good story telling.

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May 28, 2014

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