By Heresies Distressed
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The battle for Safehold’s soul has begun.
The Kingdoms of Charis and Chisholm have united, pledged to stand against the tyrranny of a corrupt church, forging a single dynasty, an empire, dedicated to the defense of human freedom.
Queen Sharleyann of Chisholm, now crowned as Emperess has found in the arms of King Cayleb Of Charis, now Emperor, a love that she never dared hope for in a “marriage of state”. In joining Cayleb’s cause – his defiance of the ruthless Group of Four who govern Mother Church – she has found the tasks to which she can commit her mind, her courage, and her life.
Yet there are things Sharleyann doesn’t know, secrets that Cayleb hasn’t been permitted to share, even with his beloved wife. Secrets like the true history of the planet Safehold. Like the intricate web of lies, deception, and fabricated “religion” that has chained humanity for almost a thousand years. Like the existence of the genocidal Gbaba, waiting to complete mankind’s destruction should humans ever come to their notice again. Like the existence of a young woman, Nimue Alban, nine hundred years dead, whose heart, mind, and memories live on within the andrioid body of the warrior-monk known as Merlin.
And so Empress Sarleyann faces the great challenge of her life unaware of all that tasks truly entails … and of how the secrets Cayleb can’t share may threaten all they have achieved … and may threaten her life itself.
The 3rd book of the Safehold Saga continues to weave a gripping, absorbing story of a vast, complex world. Integrating battle scenes with political maneuverings, past and future technologies, and vigorous protagonists into an engrossing, cohesive whole.