Hell's Foundations Quiver (Safehold)
by David Weber
Cover Artist: Stephen Youll
Review by Bill Lawhorn
Tor Books Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765321879
Date: 13 October 2015 List Price $27.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK
The battle for the Safehold continues. The Charisian Empire continues its war against the Church and the corrupt Vicars who lead her. Both sides are near their limits, it seems one great push may bring an end, but like two fighters exhausted in the late rounds, that final punch is hard to land.
Technological advance continues. The genie that Merlyn Athrawes wanted is out of the bottle. Each advance made by the Charisians and their allies as well as those remaining loyal to the Church of God Awaiting brings the Church one step closer to failing to hold down the human race. Slowly but surely, the forces fighting the enforced stagnation of the Church are growing in power.
There has been a Sword of Damocles hanging over the action, the huge army of the Harchong. It is approaching the front line action. Once under-equipped, the manufactories of the Temple Lands and allies are now starting to turn out more and better arms and equipment. It might be enough to change the balance in the coming years.
Although technological advances are coming quickly, it still takes a lot of time for that technology to come to bear. Even with all of the knowledge of the ancients available, nothing can come too quickly. The gearing up is part of the main action. Each new novel brings a series of advances. The theft of technology has allowed the Temple allies to keep up, mostly.
The other thing that is becoming common is the knowledge that there were more secret societies than people knew. There seems to be new revelations about the depth of the various groups. This novel is no exception as a hidden complex has new information in a forgotten language.
It does seem to be inevitable that the Church will not survive this conflict intact. What it will be, is still yet to be determined. There is still a lot of territory to be covered in future stories, including the secret hidden in the Temple. Although I have been enjoying the action, I am ready for some major advancements. In truth, I'm ready for action to advance to the point where humanity can once again face the Gbaba.
This is the tenth novel in the series. As such it isnít the best starting point for new readers. The story unfolds through the eyes of multiple characters. The action bounces around the world to follow the major happenings. Most of the perspectives are those of the main characters, but at times one off perspectives are given to cover action where the main characters aren't. There is a lot of action that has occurred in the previous novels. One that can entertain new readers for a long time. Take to the seas and see how humanity survives in this Age of Sail science fiction.