How Firm A Foundation

How Firm A Foundation

Book - 2011 | 1st ed.
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In David Weber's How Firm a Foundation , the fifth book in the Safehold series, the Charisian Empire, born in war, has always known it must fight for its very survival. What most of its subjects don't know even now, however, is how much more it's fighting for. Emperor Cayleb, Empress Sharleyan, Merlin Athrawes, and their innermost circle of most trusted advisers do know. And because they do, they know the penalty if they lose will be far worse than their own deaths and the destruction of all they know and love.

For five years, Charis has survived all the Church of God Awaiting and the corrupt men who control it have thrown at the island empire. The price has been high and paid in blood. Despite its chain of hard-fought naval victories, Charis is still on the defensive. It can hold its own at sea, but if it is to survive, it must defeat the Church upon its own ground. Yet how does it invade the mainland and take the war to a foe whose population outnumbers its own fifteen to one? How does it preventthat massive opponent from rebuilding its fleets and attacking yet again?

Charis has no answer to those questions, but needs to find one...quickly. The Inquisition's brutal torture and hideous executions are claiming more and more innocent lives. Its agents are fomenting rebellion against the only mainland realms sympathetic to Charis. Religious terrorists have been dispatched to wreak havoc against the Empire's subjects. Assassins stalk the Emperor and Empress, their allies and advisers, and an innocent young boy, not yet eleven years old, whose father has alreadybeen murdered. And Merlin Athrawes, the cybernetic avatar of a young woman a thousand years dead, has finally learned what sleeps beneath the far-off Temple in the Church of God Awaiting's city of Zion.

The men and women fighting for human freedom and tolerance have built a foundation for their struggle in the Empire of Charis with their own blood, but will that foundation be firm enough to survive?

Publisher: New York : Tor, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780765321541
Branch Call Number: WEBER
Characteristics: 607 p. : maps ; 25 cm.

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Eosos
Jun 05, 2014

I find this series fascinating. I enjoy the mix of war and politics that the stories involve.

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Matthewj_Mercer
Apr 04, 2012

Well written, but it would be nice if all his characters did not have the same mannerisms. And, as much I enjoy the series, time to wrap it up.

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adam1999
Jan 30, 2012

As much as I like this series I am also getting the feeling that Weber is stretching it out a bit too much.

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andromolek
Dec 05, 2011

good read, though it seems that weber is putting a couple too many storylines in to the series. It can get confusing at times. Overall though, a magnificent piece of work, as i have come to expect from David Weber.

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ekwtse
Nov 03, 2011

As usual, very good. But it is getting too many characters in the book now and we need an ending soon.

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Kelticat
Oct 22, 2011

Nicely written. A worthy addition to the safehold series. Some things to look forward to: Paityr Wyllsyn goes on a sabbatical at the Abbey of Saint Zherneau and has his worldview rocked, and not in a good way; Merlin introduces six-shooters to Safehold now that tech has advanced to the point where it can support the firearm type; Zhaspyr Clyntahn introduces the suicide bomber; Evah rescues the Republic of Siddermark from the Church zealots; a certain Royal Duke rescues a prince and princess from a Church that wants to make them good martyrs. There is a lot more detail that I haven't gone into. For me, it was a fun read.

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