Enjoyable, but predictable, with the result - ie clever android with serious tech manipulates a pre-reformation civilization.- never seriously in dou..Show More »bt. If you like the "1632..." series you will like this novel. Characters interesting and my attention was held. Very good narration..
Its been years, decades, since I read such a good series as David Webers Safehold Saga. This, the second book in the series has been fantastic from be..Show More »ginning to end.
The Author has a long history of excellent Naval fiction and science fiction, and I think that with this series he has bested all his previous work.
The premise has mankind starting over again on a new planet, not knowing its true history, and just one person, in the form of an almost immortal human like robot housing the mind of a young Naval officer from 'Old Earth' with a secret cache of highly advanced technology, trying to get humanity back on track before the enemy who wiped out old earth comes for them.
Only there's a catch, in this new world, no-one remembers this enemy, or Earth, or anything before the day their ancestors stepped off the colony ships, and technology of any kind is viewed as evil, so she has to act in secret.
The series has a definite Naval edge to it, in fact it would be fair to say that the development of a Navy similar to that of England in the 17 and 18th century is a focal point for this book. Don't let that put you off though, this story is used as a backdrop to the development and interaction of a great many believable and interesting characters.
This is another Weber book in the safehold series. You should know by now whether or not you like the author and the series. Naval battles intrigue, e..Show More »tc. HOWEVER there is a new narrator who provides a very jarring performance by introducing new accents to established characters, changing established accents ( no more scottish emeraldians) and giving a very effeminate tone to Merlin (understandably).
not sure, Weber loves to lose himself in the detail, but sometimes, that can be too much when he starts hamming up the 'drama' scenes with endless rep..Show More »etitions of why the seijin does this, and why the emperor does that and how it breaks their hearts to do it. WE KNOW ALREADY!!!!!! Please, less of the over and over again and more STORY.
As the previous reviewer states, if you've got this far with the series, you'll know what to expect, but sadly, the narration is dreadful. Overly dram..Show More »atic, at least in the beginning, though he does settle down a bit eventually. Characterisation is poor, it is sometimes very difficult to differentiate between which character is speaking. And as for his pronounciation! Words such as desmesne or adjutant or even Charis are pronounced very oddly and it grates on the ear, causing this listener at least, to lose track of the story line while I mentally correct him. Such a pity.
Webber obviously reads the reviews and feedback because, all of a sudden, he ratchets up the pace of this episode lickity split! Ironically, the chang..Show More »e in pace is a little jarring compared to the previous book in the series. If he had moved the story along like this from the beginning then this series would have beeb a trilogy! And that wouldn't have been a bad thing. Webber still can't do female characters who aren't annoying but, as usual, his naval knowledge is faultless and I wish he had concentrated on this more than the personal relationships. You may wonder why I'm still listening to this series when I have so many critisisms? That is because the initial premise is actually so good that I really want to find out how the stoy ends...Hopefully if Webber completes the rest of his books atvthis new pace I might just last long enough to hear it!!!