The next Safehold novel How Firm A Foundation [Blurb & BW Cover]

by David Weber – Tor (September 2011) – Amazon US | UK

It is catalog time and this is the first I seen of David Weber’s next Safehold novel. Seems we might see some army action on the mainland before this is over, I like it.

And we will learn what is under the temple… How awesome is that!

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 prevent that 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 already been 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.

  • Phil Lyon

    Very interesting, but book back trailers are notorious for being misleading, especially when David Weber’s sense of humor is involved, NTM the printer’s unwillingness to actually read the book before writing the tag.

    But it raises a few questions…

    Will this book cover more time than the recent ones ?

    First of all, Charis isn’t outnumbered 15 to 1.
    At the end of OAR (besides textev from BSRA and BHD), we learned Charis’s population was around 15% of the world’s, with Chisholm (2/3 of Charis’s in AMF) and Emerald it was up to at least 20%, and Zebediah’s and Corisande’s bring it to at least 25%; for only a 3-1 ratio, without adding Tarot’s, which ought to put the Empire of Charis around to 30% of the world’s population.

    Secondly, its been about 4 years since the Go4 decreed the death of Charis, so why are the CoGA’s deadliest assassins only now coming to Charis ?

    Thirdly, if revolver rifles and pistols with brass percussion caps etc, aren’t soon in hand for the Imperial Army, I will be surprised.

    Destroying or more accurately capturing the bulk of the Desnairian navy won’t take Rock Point long with explosive shells, and all the POW’s can help build up Tarot (like canals etc).
    At that point the ICN will have effectively destroyed or captured over half the Go4’s navy (106 NG S& HE +40 Tarotian, +~78 Desnarian)and possibly tripled the size of the ICN, the only effective CoGA fleet left being Thirsk’s, so will Cayleb go east once he has explosive shells ?

    Evidently the boy in question is Prince Daikyn of Corisande, who will lose the nearest father figure he has remaining apparently for some reason only the Go4 may understand, ie the earl of Coris.

    Other plots and excitements are also playing out , I’m sure.

    This is DW’s creation and all his fans are merely guests, but I understand its another 6 month’s before its in store.

    I’m still waiting as fast as I can.


  • max

    Thx for the news, there is just no spoilers in the WWW or in David Weber forum about this new Safehold book.

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