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, cybvernetic 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.
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Like a mighty army
It fit well with the series. A few twists and turns, a new hero, and the adventure continues.
Meaty but Less Entertaining
Let me first say I have immense respect for DW. I love his work and have read nearly everything he's published in English. The series (at least in broad outline) is clearly based upon his previous works and I loved those.
In this case, instead of space fleets and hyper limits you have human wars with old technology and DW's knowledge of history including infantry and Calvary tactics is extensive. However, I felt like I was reading Robert Jordan ... around book 8 where things slowed down so much I got bored. I can see this series is to be his ULTIMATE series combing world-building with mans eventual return to space. So, while the series may ultimately be the pinnacle of his life's work, (I hope so) this book was so much meat it lacked flavor and variety. For me this missed the mark.
I wish Mr Weber the best and I will hang in on this series but at least for me this book was often painful to read.
Potential, eclipsed only by its filler
I never imagined such a great could be stretched so thin across so many novels such that each one contains but a tiny nugget of actual content and hundreds upon hundreds of pages of procrastination in between.
The overarching story is great, the characters are well thought out and leave you either rooting in their corner or wishing their very demise at every turn of the page. My only wish is that it didn't take so many pages to accomplish so little in the story line.
If you look back across the series of novels, each successive one accomplishes less and less as far as moving the story along and yet each one continues to grow in length (or is that perhaps my imagination as I dread trudging through another few hundred pages of almost nothing happening?)
We're still faithfully buying the novels...please have the courtesy to provide some content within them.