- Hardcover: 672 pages
- Publisher: St Martin's Press (8 January 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765325594
- ISBN-13: 978-0765325594
- Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 5.9 x 23.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 953 g
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
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1. Some people die peacefully of old age
2. Some younger characters grow up and marry
3. Mainland realms face challenges; some successfully, some not so much, with and without help from Charis as is politically possible
4. The expected denouement of the major plot item for this novel is a couple of pages of cliff hanger at the finish.
I regret spending money on this; the publisher should have rejected it and I have no idea what the author thought he was doing. David Weber, while verbose, generally plots his novels much better than this one. Given spoilers to #3 and #4 a reader of the series should be able to skip this novel and read the next (if published) without missing anything of importance.
Now I know that David Webber has become concerned about properly wrapping up his popular series as well as finishing some of his older works that have to date been left a little unfinished.
When the last Honor Harrington book came out, it felt like it rushed to the finish and I felt a little disappointed.
I feared that this next book in the Safehold series would also follow this pattern.
Have no fear, that is not the case but unfortunately in this case David has swung to far in the opposite direction.
No time has passed on from the last book and I ended up skipping 50% of this book to get to the real point for me as a reader which was.....are the Archangels returning.
I won't spoil it for you but at this rate it is going to take years for the characters to resolve defeating the plan of the archangels, getting rid of the orbital defense system and cranking up the technology distribution to prepare to defeat the Gbaba.
I want to read all about that, not economics and intimate detail of the roll out of the technology they can away with before the orbital system reacts.
David please in your next book of this series try to strike a balance between the very slow pace in this book and the too fast finish of the Honor Harrington series.
By the far the worst of the lot, full of overly complex non relevant story lines and characters with no ending.
Complete filler book, if I could get a refund I would. You’d almost think DW didn’t write this fantasy Marshall plan.
Keeping track of the extraneous characters and names was a chore and found myself skimming over a large chunk of the content to get to the characters we all know and love.