How Firm A Foundation
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The island-based Charisian Empire has been fighting to survive since declaring its independence from the Church of God Awaiting. But most of its subjects don’t know how much more they’re fighting for.
For five years, Charis has withstood all that could be thrown at it by the corrupt, planet-girdling Church led by the Group of Four. at sea, Charis has scored several spectacular victories, but to remain independent , she must defeat the Church on her own ground. Yet how does Charis invade the mainland and take the war to a foe whose population outnumbers its own fifteen to one? How does it prevent that massive opponent from rebuilding its fleets and attacking again?
Charis has no answers to those questions, and it needs to find one … quickly. The inquisition’s torture and executions are claiming more and more innocent lives. Church agents are fomenting rebellion among the few sympathetic realms. Religious terrorists are wreaking havoc on Charisian soil. Assassins stalk Emperor Cayleb and Empress Sharleyan. And Merlin Athrawes, the cybernetic avatar of a young woman a thousand years dead has finally learned what sleeps beneath the Temple in the Church’s faraway city of Zion.
The men and women fighting for human freedom and tolerance have built a foundation for their struggle with their own flesh and blood. But will that foundation be firm enough to survive?
The 5th book of the Safehold Saga continues to grip the imagination and enthrall the mind, weaving a stunningly complex political and military tapestry, with wonderful battle scenes.