Hemning Sternberg (moonshadow) wrote,
Hemning Sternberg

By Schism Rent Asunder by David Weber

This book is the sequel to the very enjoyable series premiere Off Armageddon Reef. In the first book, humanity was utterly defeated by a relentless alien foe that refused to negotiate. In a desperate final attempt, a last colony of survivors was sent out. They were brainwashed to believe those starting the colony were archangels, and taught to fear change and technology. But the implacable, inhuman aliens will find them eventually...

Nimue Alban, once a soldier in the war against the aliens, has now been entirely reborn as Merlin Athrawes through a personality download. He serves as advisor and bodyguard to the king, and is considered a mystic by many. Only King Cayleb and a few of his most trusted associates know the truth - Merlin is a cyborg, brought back to life to save humanity from a terrible peril they have no idea exists. But the Kingdom of Charis is at war - not just with other kingdoms, but with a far worse enemy - the corrupt Mother Church Herself.

My feelings about the book can best be summarized with the following: "Enh."
It was definitely not as good as the previous book. It wasn't bad, but it just didn't engage my brain the same was the previous book did. Yes, it was engrossing, but something was missing. It all seemed too easy. So easy to tell who the good guys and bad guys are... Weber's casual One-True-Wayism about capitalism, patriarchy, democracy, and the US is just... really annoying at times, and it marred my enjoyment of the book in this case. Three stars, a C- in the new system.

I kind of want to just read a recap of future books in this series, rather than investing all that time.
Tags: books 2008, fiction
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