With new alliances forged and old regimes fractured, Merlin—the cybernetic avatar of Earth's last survivor and immortal beacon to humanity—and the colonies of Safehold have many adventures ahead in Through Fiery Trials, the continuation of David Weber's New York Times bestselling military science fiction series
Those on the side of progressing humanity through advanced technology have finally triumphed over their oppressors. The unholy war between the small but mighty island realm of Charis and the radical, luddite Church of God's Awaiting has come to an end.
However, even though a provisional veil of peace has fallen over human colonies, the quiet will not last. For Safehold is a broken world, and as international alliances shift and Charis charges on with its precarious mission of global industrialization, the shifting plates of the new world order are bound to clash.
Yet, an uncertain future isn't the only danger Safehold faces. Long-thought buried secrets and prophetic promises come to light, proving time is a merciless warden who never forgets.
“Vast, complex, intricate, subtle, and unlaydownable....The biggest thing in science fiction since Isaac Asimov's Foundation series.”—Dave Duncan on the Safehold series
1. Off Armageddon Reef
2. By Schism Rent Asunder
3. By Heresies Distressed
4. A Mighty Fortress
5. How Firm A Foundation
6. Midst Toil and Tribulation
7. Like A Mighty Army
8. Hell's Foundations Quiver
9. At the Sign of Triumph
10. Through Fiery Trials
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Good but needed to move faster
This book is a long way in the series. It moves very slow, and seems like it's mostly not really necessary. you could skip reading it and wait for the next book or two and never miss not having read it. I do love the series, but it really needs to resolve the major plot point of the 1000 years thing soon.
Series is Great; This Book Not So Much
While this series has been a really interesting mix of science fiction, a history of modern innovation and technology as well socio-political engineering combined with interesting characters and backstory, this book can be completely skipped. Whole chapters contain no plot movement. The characters introduced are not to the level of prior characters.
There are now too many characters and kingdoms to track or feel invested in. I was very sad to find I was skimming over entire subplots and character moments because I had become disinterested. This author is very talented and entertaining and has clearly shown a passion for telling a tale about the convergence of technology, people, and moments. This book delivered on little of that and did little in advancing the main science fiction story either. I can only imagine writing and editing 900+ pages is a huge effort so I sincerely hope the next book is a return to form.
Don’t waste your money
I’ve been a big fan of David Weber’s Safehold series and have enjoyed most of the books to date, but this one is terrible. You will literally miss nothing if you skip this book in the series - you’ll surmise what happened simply by reference in the next book. Over 900 pages of tedious prose about the economies of the various kingdoms interspersed with cloyingly saccharine love stories involving minor characters, all of which that essentially a rehash of the Caleb-and-Sharleyan story.
I would really like to know how the story ends, particularly the conflict between humanity and the Gbaba, but if the next book is anything like as boring as this one it will be the last David Weber book I purchase.