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By Heresies Distressed by David Weber
Review by Sam Lubell
Tor Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765315038
Date: 21 July 2009 List Price $27.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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By Heresies Distressed is the third book in the Safehold series begun with Off Armageddon Reef. This series can best be described as science fiction for readers who prefer fantasy. The alien Gbaba have defeated humanity everywhere except for the planet Safehold where an elaborate religion that has outlawed technological progress keeps the planet from being detected.

From official release/information:

From back of book: The kingdom of Charis and the Kingdom of Chisholm have joined together, pledged to stand against the tyranny of a corrupt Church. The youthful Queen Sharleyan of Chisholm has wed King Cayleb of Charis, forging a single dynasty, a single empire, dedicated to the defense of human freedom. She has found in Cayleb's arms the love she never hoped for in a "marriage of state"--and in Cayleb's cause, his defiance of the ruthless Group of Four who govern Mother Church, she has found the task to which she can commit herself, a cause worthy of her courage and genius.

Yet there are secrets Cayleb has not been permitted to share, even with her. Secrets like the true story of humanity on Safehold. Like the web of lies, deception, and fabricated "religion" that has chained humanity for almost a thousand years. Like the existence of the alien Gbaba, waiting to complete mankind's destruction should humans ever attract their attention once more. Like the existence of a young woman, Nimue Alban, nine hundred years dead, whose heart, mind, and memories live on within the android body of the warrior-monk she knows as Merlin. And so Empress Sharleyan faces the great challenge of her life unaware of all that task truly entails.

The battle for the soul of the planet Safehold has begun.

(Source: Tor Books)

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