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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,399 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: David Weber Narrator: Charles Keating Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 15 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 11 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.

The men and women fighting for human freedom and tolerance have built a foundation for their struggle in the Empire of Charis with their own blood, but will that foundation be firm enough to survive?

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jeff Aronow | 2/17/2014

    " I enjoy this series but it seems like each book moves the story along slower than the previous book. Not sure why the events in this book had to move at such a snails pace, but I am on the hook for the next one so I guess we will see. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Klever | 2/14/2014

    " This is a complex book of olden days with future people just dropping in. A true battle going on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Bruce | 2/2/2014

    " The series is now beginning to creak a bit. Still entertaining but the shadow of cliche and formula is definitely discernible. Somehow the paen of evil church organization is preservative. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michael | 2/1/2014

    " A great read in the Safehold series. Great characters, tense battle scenes and a story line that makes it hard to put down. I can't wait for the next book in the series! :) "

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