Synopses & Reviews
The Charisian Empire, born in war, has always known it must fight for its very survival. What most of its subjects dont know even now, however, is how much more its fighting for. Emperor Cayleb, Empress Sharleyan, Merlin Athrawes, and their innermost circle of most trusted advisers do know. And they know if they lose it will be far worse than their own deaths and the destruction of all they know and love.
For five years, Charis has survived all the Church of God Awaiting and the corrupt men who control it have thrown at the island empire. The price has been high and paid in blood. Despite its chain of hard-fought naval victories, Charis is still on the defensive. It can hold its own at sea, but if it is to survive, it must defeat the Church upon its own ground. Yet how does it 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 yet again?
Charis has no answer to those questions, but needs to find one…quickly.
Praise for David Weber
“Combines superb action SF elements and (surprise!) homage to the great novels of the Age of Fighting Sail (by C. S. Forester, Patrick OBrian, and their ilk). Weber has an enormous audience that welcomes each enormous book.”
—Booklist, starred review on A Mighty Fortr ess
—Library Journal, starred review on By Schism Rent Asunder
“Gripping… Shifting effortlessly between battles among warp-speed starships and among oar-powered galleys, Weber brings the political maneuvering, past and future technologies, and vigorous protagonists together for a cohesive, engrossing whole.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review on Of Armageddon Reef
The new novel in the bestselling series that began with Off Armageddon Reef, By Schism Rent Asunder, By Heresies Distressed, and the top ten New York Times bestseller A Mighty Fortress
About the Author
DAVID WEBER is the author of the New York Times bestselling Honor Harrington series, the most recent of which was At All Costs. His many other novels include Mutineers Moon, The Armageddon Inheritance, Heirs of Empire, Path of the Fury, and Wind Riders Oath. He lives in South Carolina.