Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (36)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. So here's a thing I'm looking forward to: Like a Mighty Army, by David Weber (Tor, 18 February 2014).

For centuries, the world of Safehold, last redoubt of the human race, lay under the unchallenged rule of the Church of God Awaiting. The Church permitted nothing new - no new inventions, no new understandings of the world.

What no one knew was that the Church was an elaborate fraud - a high-tech system established by a rebel faction of Safehold's founders, meant to keep humanity hidden from the powerful alien race that had destroyed old Earth.

Then awoke Merlyn Athrawes, cybvernetic avatar of a warrior a thousand years dead, felled in the war in which Earth was lost. Monk, warrior, counselor to princes and kings, Merlyn has one purpose: to restart the history of the too-long-hidden human race.

And now the fight is thoroughly underway. The island empire of Charis has declared its independence from the Church, and with Merlyn's help has vaulted forward into a new age of steam-powered efficiency. Fending off the wounded Church, Charis has drawn more and more of the countries of Safehold to the cause of independence and self-determination. But at a heavy cost in bloodshed and loss - a cost felt by nobody more keenly that Merlyn Athrawes.

The wounded Church is regrouping. Its armies and resources are vast. The fight for humanity's future isn't over, and won't be over soon...

Cover and description from Fantastic Fiction

Science fiction for people who like Patrick O'Brien.  I read the first book in this series after seeing David Weber speak at a library conference a couple of years ago, whenever the ALA annual conference was last in New Orleans. I had not read any of his work before, but Off Armageddon Reef was fabulously entertaining, and seven books in I'm still following after. I have to admit that some of the technical detail on things like munitions design loses my attention a little, and there is a lot of technical detail in this series; but I still want to know what happens next. 

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