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By Schism Rent Asunder

Safehold Series, Book 2
Written by: David Weber
Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
Length: 25 hrs and 19 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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The world has changed. The mercantile kingdom of Charis has prevailed over the alliance designed to exterminate it. Armed with a multitude of small technological improvements - better sailing vessels, better guns, better devices of all sorts - Charis faced the combined navies of the rest of the world at Darcos Sound and Armageddon Reef, and broke them. Despite the implacable hostility of the Church of God Awaiting, Charis still stands, still free, still tolerant, still an island of innovation in a world in which the Church has worked for centuries to keep humanity locked at a medieval level of existence.

But the powerful men who run the Church aren't going to take their defeat lying down. Charis may control the world's seas, but it barely has an army worthy of the name. And as King Cayleb knows, far too much of the kingdom's recent good fortune is due to the secret manipulations of the being that calls himself Merlin - a being that, the world must not find out too soon, is more than human. A being whose very existence is the result of a centuries-ago final desperate roll of the dice. A being on whose shoulders rests the last chance for humanity's freedom.

Now, as Charis and its archbishop make the rift with Mother Church explicit, the storm gathers. Schism has come to the world of Safehold. Nothing will ever be the same.

©2008 David Weber (P)2008 Macmillan Audio

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By Schism Rent Asunder

I love this book. The story was great and the narration could not have been better.

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  • Kris
  • 2008-10-24

Great Character's...Great World...No Story

Only David Weber story in my collection that doesn't have 5 stars (and I have them all). I love his writing and thoroughly enjoy the world that he has created in Safehold. Unfortunately, I agree with everyone else that this book didn't exactly progress very much (at least from an action stand point).

There is plenty of character development in this book but it is all political. I can see why some of the reviews were a little poor as a result. It lacks on the intense battles that are generally a staple of Weber. I still enjoyed the book and I can't wait for the next one. This felt a little like a set up book...

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  • Brent Tucker
  • 2012-01-08

Great Book and Very long

What made the experience of listening to By Schism Rent Asunder the most enjoyable?

Great characters that you want to find more about

What did you like best about this story?

many unexpexted twists and turns and it made me laugh out loud

Have you listened to any of Oliver Wyman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

yes, he is a very good narator, sometimes it is difficult to seperate voices

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

it made me laugh a couple of times

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  • robert j. kindell
  • 2018-12-21

book 2

excellent book. I am looking forward to the next book in the series. enjoy this

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  • Shane Rake
  • 2018-12-17

Long but worthwhile

This is the second book in the safe hold series and it's by far the better of the two so far. The story is a long build up but the pay offs are worth it. The author does go a bit overboard (pun intended) when describing ship battles. He goes into extreme detail about everything about them. If you're a fan of Scifi then I'm sure you will enjoy this. However! be aware that Oliver Wyman doesnt do the narration for book 3 so it may be a drastic change.

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  • Michael Hiersche
  • 2018-09-05

Great series

I am really enjoying the entire series I am totally hooked. I can't wait to listen every day.

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  • Conner Alexander
  • 2018-06-22

these books are great

I have been spending too much money and time with these and I regret nothing

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  • G. Parish
  • 2018-02-18

A tad slow, but still excellent

This second book in the series is a tad slow in terms of pacing. It's well written though and is clearly laying the groundwork for things that will come later. If you liked the first book, then I think you will enjoy this.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2017-12-29

A Must for Weber Fans

Excellent narrator; story was superb and kept your attention. I'll continue to recommend this series by David Weber.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-11-22

Best series yet

Love this series! brings me back to being a kid and sparks my imagination and wonder! I get a thrill with every new invention and my wonder is restored.

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  • Glen Kohlhagen
  • 2017-10-16

excellent!

wonderful follow up to the first book. I can't wait to get busy on book three.

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