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By Schism Rent Asunder [Format Kindle]

David Weber
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In the nine centuries since the creation of the world, the Church of God Awaiting has grown all-powerful as the keeper of men’s souls. It rules the planet of Safehold with the imprimatur of God Himself . . . and with an iron fist.

Lately, the island kingdom of Charis has rejected the Church’s authority. Charis has repelled the Church’s first attack and is preparing to strike back. Yet not all those who support the Church are corrupt, and the Church stands ready to use the faith and belief of those blameless souls for its own cynical ends. The gauntlet has been cast down, and full-scale religious war – the ugliest war of all – looms over Safehold.

To prevail, King Cayleb of Charis has one ally with resources not even he can imagine: the mysterious warrior monk called Merlin, who holds the secret knowledge Charis may need to survive. Merlin is Cayleb’s adviser, protector, and friend . . . and, secretly, also the cybernetic avatar of a young woman named Nimue Alban, who died before the day of creation itself. Who was born on a murdered world called ‘Earth’.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 736 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0330521594
  • Editeur : Tor (6 mai 2011)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B004WE0014
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Se laisse lire, mais trop schématique 29 décembre 2010
Par Wild
On se laisse prendre par l'intrigue, même si les caractères sont en pur carton-pâte. C'est vraiment de la SF militaire basique.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 fascinant 15 juin 2011
un mélange de fantaisie et de science fiction, un tour de force digne du maitre du "space opera" D. Weber
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Weber's skill shows, but the concept isn't new. 9 août 2008
Par S. Lawrenz - Publié sur Amazon.com
By Schism Rent Asunder is the second book in a new series by David Weber. This book follows up on "Off Armageddon Reef," which established that the world called "Safehold" is a colony of humans that were brainwashed into scientific backwardsness to defend them from the attacks of a genocidal alien race. Set in a time where Safehold has the infrastructure of 17th century Europe and is controlled by a rigid overarching theocracy, "Schism" follows the political machinations in the aftermath of the failed attack by the Church's allies on the island nation of Charis in the first book. Assisted by Merlin, an android with the memories of a woman who was killed in battle 800 years earlier, before the mutiny on the colony ship that brought the people there, Charis prepares for all-out war by seeking allies to defend herself. Much of the content involves meetings, discussions and the like of the various factions involved in the conflict.

I picked up By Schism Rent Asunder recently and finished it today. As a long-time fan of David Weber, I've read most of what he's written over the years. Strangely enough, I didn't realize this was the second book in the Armageddon Reef series and never read the first book. To this book's credit, it does provide enough information in the books early pages to be read without reading the first book.

Weber's story takes a lot of influence from European history, and indeed, his writing shows that he has a lot of depth of knowledge in that subject both with period technology and politics, while throwing a in a dash of sci-fi as well. As always, his political plots are complex and somewhat thoughtful, and his characters black and white in philosophy.

The Safehold series is not particularly original. Other authors have done the theme of a futuristic wizard bringing the dark-ages into technological advancement, including fellow Baen author David Drake in the Bellisarius series. I read another novel like this back in the early 90's. Weber himself did this theme in his Heirs of Empire novel some years back. He even had a monolithic corrupted church as part of the story. Apparently Weber liked the idea so much he decided to expand it. This new series even has a genocidal race of aliens, much like the Heirs of Empire series.

I've made the observation that as he has become more popular and the editors have lifted their length restrictions, Weber's books have become longer, more plodding and filled with political discourse between characters.

Weber has a great ability to make interesting settings for his stories, but as he's progressed in his writing, I've found it more and more boring. It's not that his later books don't have action, or that I crave action, it's just that the expositionary politics ends up dragging down the story pace and overshadowing character development, sometimes almost unbearably. His earlier books, such as the Honor Harrington debut novels and the like were better edited story-wise and have far better pacing.

By Schism Rent Asunder is not a bad book, and it certainly has better story composition than some of the later Honor Harrington novels, but it has very little action and a glacial pace (the book's time frame is about 4 months, hardly any time at all considering the overarching story). I still liked it, but if one's reason for reading this book is because they like the action of Weber's novels, this one is going to surely disappoint. It's almost purely political and probably intended as a major bit of exposition between Off "Armageddon Reef" and his next book.

Still, despite the fact that reading this novel made me feel like I was reading a revised version of Heirs of Empire, I rather liked it. I look forward to see where the series goes. It's probably going to fill a lot of books at this rate. For fans of Honor, this could be bad news... It looks like a new subject has Weber's attention now.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 windy 20 août 2008
Par jane austen - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I have been a fan of Weber for a long time, but it is getting difficult to hang in there. This book is OK, but does not expand the story all that much. Also, it is hard to get into the characters, let alone remember their names. He must like "y's" My biggest gripe is "the story" Between the political discussions ad nauseum, and the military discussions, ditto, the story gets lost in the shuffle. Honor Harrington set everything out by example and told a hell of a story. Once Weber started explaining every little thing, things deteriorated and he needed an editor with a very large blue pencil which noone ever provided. Too bad. However, if you skip the rambling, there is a story there somewhere and it is readable, when you don't care to take your time. It sure doesn't grab you though, which some of the previous books did.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Middle book in a long series 24 juillet 2008
Par P. T. Breed - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed the first book in the series "Off Armageddon Reef". This book has less action and more political detail. Some of Merlin's secrets are revealed to others and several unexpected alliances are formed. By the end of the book we still have a long way to go to reach the expected conclusion. Based on the pace of the first two books this could easily become a six or ten book series. All in all Weber creates a consistent believable world. Schism Rent Asunder makes me yearn for the next book in the series.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent Continuation of Safehold Saga 26 juillet 2008
Par Raymond Thompson - Publié sur Amazon.com
While this book may not have as many combat scenes as some would want, the author continues to build the safehold world. The one thing (besides combat scenes) that David Weber truly excels at is world building.

I'm definitely looking forward to reading By Heresies Distressed when that comes out.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Rousing Adventure 23 août 2008
Par William H. Short - Publié sur Amazon.com
Before "Off Armageddon Reef" I had never read David Weber - Now after "By Schism Rent Asunder" - I am a fan. David writes in a easy to read fashion with all the little facts that make a story so compelling. I have gone back and begun acquiring his earlier books. He makes his characters come alive whether you like them or not. If you don't read anything else this year grab these two books and inhale. Can't wait for another book along this story line. Science fiction meets the buckaneers.
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