By David Weber
Younger Cayleb Ahrmahk has comprehensive issues few humans may even dream of. now not but even thirty years outdated, he's received the main crushing naval victories in human heritage. He's smashed a opposed alliance of not less than 5 princedoms and gained the hand of the gorgeous younger Queen Sharleyan of Chisholm. Cayleb and Sharleyan have created the Charisian Empire, the best naval energy within the historical past of Safehold, and they've grew to become Charis right into a position of shelter for all who treasure freedom.
Their good fortune may perhaps turn out short-lived. The Church of God looking ahead to, which controls such a lot of Safehold, has decreed their destruction. mom Church's whole function is to avoid the very issues to which Charis is dedicated. because the first try to overwhelm the heretics failed, the Church has no selection yet to undertake the various hated Charisian recommendations for themselves. quickly a effective fleet will sail opposed to Cayleb, destroying every thing in its path.
But there are nonetheless concerns approximately which the Church is familiar with not anything, together with Cayleb and Sharleyan's adviser, pal, and parent- the mystic warrior-monk named Merlin Athrawes. Merlin is familiar with all approximately battles opposed to most unlikely odds, simply because he's actually the cybernetic avatar of a tender girl named Nimue Alban, who died one thousand years prior to. As Nimue, Merlin observed the whole Terran Federation cross down in hearth and slaughter by the hands of a foe it may well no longer defeat. He understands that Safehold is the final human planet in life, and that the stasis the Church was once created to implement stands out as the human race's loss of life sentence whether it is allowed to stand.
The juggernaut is rumbling down on Charis, yet Merlin Athrawes and a handful of outstanding people stand in its direction. The Church is ready to find simply how effective the ability of human freedom actually is, in David Weber's A amazing Fortress.
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Or, fairly, there has been now not any moment or 3rd web page. Cahnyr had taken his mysterious correspondent’s suggestion to center in that a lot, a minimum of. yet he’d saved the 1st web page. It used to be his talisman. greater than that, it used to be the actual avatar of wish. Of wish, that the majority fragile and such a lot superb of commodities. If the writer of that letter had written truly—and regardless of a conscientious attempt to stay skeptical, Cahnyr believed he had—then there have been humans in God’s global nonetheless keen to behave as they believed He sought after them to. nonetheless keen to set their arms to that activity, even understanding all Clyntahn and the twisted strength of the Inquisition could do to them. That was once why he’d stored that unmarried sheet of paper written in an unknown hand, and why he carried it within the pocket of his cassock, shut opposed to his center. since it reminded him, restored his wish, that gentle used to be mightier than the darkish. And the explanation gentle was once mightier was once that it resided within the human middle, and the human soul, and the human willingness to danger every little thing to do what used to be correct. And so long as even a flicker of that willingness burns in one center, illuminates a unmarried soul, the darkish can't win, Zhasyn Cahnyr concept as he refolded that unmarried helpful sheet and put it nearly reverently again within the pocket subsequent to his center once again. FEBRUARY, yr OF GOD 894 . I. Duke of Kholman’s place of work, urban of Iythria, Gulf of Jahras, Desnairian Empire “Damnation! ” Daivyn Bairaht, the Duke of Kholman and Emperor Mahrys IV’s senior councilor for the Imperial Desnairian army, balled the sheet of paper right into a overwhelmed wad and hurled it on the garbage can. The improvised projectile’s aerodynamic features left greatly to be wanted, and it landed on his place of work carpet, bounced two times, and sailed below a bookcase. “Shit,” the duke muttered in disgust, then slumped again within the chair at the back of his table and glowered on the guy sitting within the chair dealing with it. His guest—Sir Urwyn Hahltar, Baron Jahras—was a brief, compactly equipped guy, brown hair going salt-and-pepper grey on the temples. A learn in actual distinction with the taller, silver-haired Kholman, he had a whole beard, instead of the duke’s well groomed mustache. He used to be additionally greater than ten years more youthful, with a way more weathered-looking complexion. And, to not his specific convenience in the interim, he used to be Admiral normal of the Imperial Desnairian military. It used to be a magnificent-sounding identify. regrettably, it used to be additionally an workplace with which no Desnairian had any prior event, when you consider that there’d by no means earlier than been any desire for it. The Desnairian army had by no means been relatively “Imperial” prior to the hot unpleasantness among the dominion of Charis and the Knights of the Temple Lands. in truth, it had by no means boasted greater than 40 ships at its greatest. Worse, that just a little below towering point of energy have been attained nearly seventy years sooner than; the Navy’s energy as of the conflict of Darcos Sound have been merely twelve ships, and them all were bought in other places, instead of inbuilt any Desnairian shipyard.