By Schism Rent Asunder - Safehold, Bk 2 Author:David Weber The military technology advances provided by android with a human brain Merlin Athrawes to King Cayleb II of Charis led to their naval slaughter of the forces of their neighbors sanctioned by the Church of God Awaiting at Darcos Sound and Armageddon Reef. Merlin hopes further victories against the corrupt beleaguered Church will ultimately allow... more » mankind to soar off Safehold into space; currently banned by church doctrine as interfering with God’s way.
The nations who allied with the Church fear retaliation and know there is little they can do to prevent this since their fleets were destroyed. At the same time a stunned Church of God Awaiting considers declaring Charis as a heretic nation and demanding a holy war to be fought on land as the sea belongs to the renegade kingdom. Meanwhile Cayleb and his Archbishop consider making the religious schism official.« less
This entry in the series focuses the efforts of the Church to destroy the rebels kingdom of Charis. Plenty of battles plus the efforts of Merlin to improve the technology of this new world that the human race has settled on. Lacks the tension of the first in the series but it certainly moves the series on at a good pace.
Weber did a great job here. I really love his writing for the evocative battles, yet this book didn't have many --- what it did have was characters making important, honorable (and hard!) decisions, and making some stirring speeches.
This is the second novel in Weber's "Safehold" series; don't read this one without reading the first, and don't expect all the loose ends to be tied up neatly by the end of the book.