There’s an obvious joke or three to make here about being distressed by David Weber, but he doesn’t really deserve them. The fact is, I continue to like his Safehold series, even if it is pretty predictable at this point. Like I mentioned last time, Weber is serving up a recipe that is tried and true, and despite being well known and familiar it still tastes pretty good.
In By Schism Rent Asunder, Weber continues the Safehold series that he started with Off Armageddon Reef. He returns to his burgeoning Age of Sail adventure that pits a lovable and clearly heroic pseudo-England against a corrupt and controlling Mother Church, in what will soon become a holy war. This recipe has been tried before, and it turns out that it tastes just fine.
Do you like Arthurian legend, religious war motivated by politics, and the burgeoning Age of Sail? If yes, then try Off Armageddon Reef. This book will feel abundantly familiar to anyone who has read a moderate number of David Weber‘s other works. Not only is he recognizable by his language (and especially by his descriptions of violence in naval combat, which bear a striking resemblance to those used in the Honor Harrington series), but the story itself is often assembled from elements which he has already used in other books. It speaks well for him that he’s found another way to combine those pieces, and used them to explore new topics and themes. With naval battles and wonderful Arthurian parallels, I’m sold on this series. Maybe I’ll change my mind six books from now, but I suspect that much like with the Honor Harrington series I’ll continue to be drawn in by the story being told here. I happily anticipate gorging myself on the next book posthaste.