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Hell's Foundations Quiver

(Safehold #8)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  2,965 ratings  ·  200 reviews
TURNING OF THE TIDE
Centuries ago, the human race fought its first great war against an alien race—and lost. A tiny population of human beings fled to distant Safehold. Centuries later, their descendants have forgotten their history; for them, life has been an eternal Middle Ages, ruled by the Church of God Awaiting, whose secret purpose is to prevent the reemergence of ind
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Hardcover, 784 pages
Published October 13th 2015 by Tor Books
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George Because they're each of them only half of an English one. If you go look at any of them here on Goodreads, you'll see that, e.g., Operation Arche is…moreBecause they're each of them only half of an English one. If you go look at any of them here on Goodreads, you'll see that, e.g., Operation Arche is marked "(Safehold #1 part 1)".

And they haven't caught up w/ the English, either. At this time, w/ #8 published in English, the last shown auf deutsch is Safehold #7 part 1.(less)
George Because they're each of them only half of an English one. If you go look at any of them here on Goodreads, you'll see that, e.g., Operation Arche is…moreBecause they're each of them only half of an English one. If you go look at any of them here on Goodreads, you'll see that, e.g., Operation Arche is marked "(Safehold #1 part 1)".(less)

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Jeff Crosby
This series has become an incredibly long serialized novel. In this case, that is not a criticism, but it is a warning to new readers. Don't start here. While reading Honor Harrington out of order is possible--although I wouldn't recommend it, New readers of Safehold must start with Off Armageddon Reef or you will be hopelessly lost.

Because Weber continues to expand roles and introduce new characters, the pace of this novel is sluggish. As always, the naval sequnces are more interesting than the
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Brett Thomasson
At almost 800 pages, Hell's Foundations Quiver is the longest of David Weber's eight "Safehold" books. You could make a good argument, too, that it does the least to move the story of Safehold forward of any of those eight.

We begin with the forces of the Charisian Empire solidifying their control over the nation of Siddarmark and preparing to face the immense armies of the Church of God Awaiting marshaled by the nation of Harchong. We end with most of that mopping up finished and the forces of t
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Liviu
Still enthralling at volume 8 and with a great beginning (snippeted to a large extent until today though there are a few more surprises there) and a fast pace furious ending with the last sentence in the volume 7 style, while the rest of the 700 or so pages follow organically what happened before with battles on land, sea, intrigues and positioning for the finale (of the current arc) which i can see happening in the next volume though as per the author it could take two more

very similar with vol
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Scott Holstad
Oct 16, 2015 rated it liked it
WARNING: THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN A GREAT DEAL OF PROFANITY. IF YOU ARE OFFENDED BY PROFANITY, PLEASE DO NOT READ IT.


Hell's Foundations Quiver (Safehold #8) was a fantastic book. But David Weber, the author, is a first class ASSHOLE and I'm getting really sick of this addictive fucking series he's written. This is the fourth straight book with the war in Siddermark and with where the book ended, it's clear to me that there will need to be between two and four more books before this war is conclu
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Dan
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another really good book, in one of my favorite series!
Christopher
You know, generally David Weber is one of my favorite SF/Fantasy authors of all time.

That said, this particular book--while better than the previous one or two--is still kind of unfocused. I hate to say it, but even Robert Jordan spent more time on each character, despite having so many main characters.

I will admit that NO ONE gets military, military technical, or historical details down in exemplary story print form the way David Weber does. He always spends just enough time, in an entertaining
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Martin
Nov 01, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: library, sf
Once again bloat, taken to absurd extremes, makes the latest entry almost unreadable. As with the last volume, the contents of this one probably don't even justify half the page count; and it's difficult to see why, in a series that has now reached 8 volumes, the author feels it's necessary to pad to this extent.

I'm honestly not sure at this point whether I'll bother with any further entries in the series. Apart from the huge length and the scarcity of action (and what action there is consists,
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Andrew
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
The more I read of David Weber's newer work the more I come to the conclusion that he either needs an editor or he is trying to imitate GRR Martin.

There are tons of characters that aren't needed, entire chapters of events that don't need more than a paragraph of description, and worst of all it *barely* moves the plot of the entire series along.

Where once he could tell an interesting self-contained story that fit into a larger series now all we get is sprawling door stoppers that don't do *anyth
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Glynn Stewart
Hell's Foundation Quiver, like the last Safehold book, suffers very badly from 'middle book syndrome.'

While a lot of things happen in this book, very little is actually resolved. We end, from a high level perspective, basically where we start.

It's well-written and engaging middle book, with tense battles and horrific villains, but the lack of any kind of resolution or closer in this series is starting to grate.

Hoping for an epic conclusion to make the whole thing work it in the next one... but t
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Kathy Davie
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: military, sci-fi
Eighth in the Safehold military science fiction series and devolving around a religious war between a corrupt Church and the decent people the Church claims are heretics.

My Take
It starts off with Aivah's story about Saint Kohdy and the secretive order that has kept his grave and journal safe. Boy, talk about a horror. The cover-up on this, while well done, is disgusting. Rewriting their holy book to cover up their sins. Adding new books to reflect the changes later generations of vicars and prie
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Andrew
Nov 02, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had the EXACT same problem as its predecessor, Like a Mighty Army. Two problems in fact. The first is the book ends too soon, which is to say, 83% of the way through (according to my kindle app), which is about ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY PAGES from the end of the book if you're on the dead-tree edition. The next 13 % of the book (again 100+ pages for the analogue edition) is taken up with a list of characters (I'm not kidding, here's a screenshot from the start, and here's one from the end) ...more
Rick English


Hells Foundations Quiver
The eighth book in this saga is more of the same. A slow progress through the industrial revolution necessitated primarily by the need to develop weaponry. A world war on land and sea being fought with 18th to 19th century weapons. Some major characters are reasonably well developed. Others, too many, are defined more by their rank and affiliation than anything else. I started out loving this series and will probably continue to read it. But, I have some reservations.

I re
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Trey
Apr 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
For fucks sake. He got me again.

I was at 80% of this book this morning and doing a bit of reading before going to work. I figured I would finish it by the end of the day. Catching a few hours at lunch and in between projects to read. Nope, at the 84% mark I hit the first page of the character list. One of these days I won't be surprised by the ending of a Safehold book.

That being said I think this was a much better book than the previous one. Most of the conversations with Cayleb and his croni
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David
Oct 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, audiobook, fantasy
This continues to be the craziest crossing of purple prose and rivet counting. Oliver Wyman continues to be an excellent reader for it, though I do wonder how many times he found himself saying "you can type this shit, but you sure as hell can't say it."

I'm not even really sure what the point behind this one was. It wasn't even really about moving the deck chairs around for the next scene. Nothing really happened. As a matter of fact, all of the things that looked to be happening this book got i
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Wendy
Oct 04, 2016 rated it liked it
When we decided to review the winners of the Dragon Awards, prior to the announcement of said winners, I quickly raised my hand and volunteered to review the Military Science Fiction/Fantasy category. I’m not sure what part of my brain thought this was a good idea because, to be quite honest; I am not all that interested in the minutiae of military fiction,- but I do understand and appreciate it. Weber’s attention to detail when it comes to the intricacies of the long fought war–whether it be ma ...more
Johnny
Dec 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Events occur in Hell’s Foundations Quiver that I wasn’t expecting to happen in the Safehold series. In spite of the proscriptions against advancing technology, the evil Zhaspar Clyntahn decides to allow his craftsmen, manufacturers, and inventors enough leeway to actually leapfrog Charisian technology in a couple of advanced weapon systems. One of these advances isn’t quite a U-boat, but the potential effect of these small but stealthy vessels on the “Holy War” on Safehold has similar parallels ...more
Barb in Maryland
Oct 03, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
Some thoughts:
This volume, like the several preceding it, suffers from 'middle book syndrome'. There is action galore, most of which consists of moving people around the map interspersed with battles, which sets the stage for the next book.
There is some forward progress in the grand story arc, with some interesting developments on both sides of the conflict.
The author introduces new characters with the same abandon as he introduces new weaponry (both sets coming with the typical Webe
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Steven Bragg
Oct 26, 2015 rated it liked it
The author has a large amount of writing skill, and can crank out long battle scenes that are quite entertaining. However, this story suffers from several items. One is his extremely odd naming convention that involves throwing in a "y" instead of some more suitable vowel whenever possible. The result is hundreds of names that are nearly indistinguishable, forcing the reader to skim over names instead of trying figure out who is in the middle of the action. Also, the cast of characters is so inc ...more
Bill
Oct 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Those who like complex political and military Sci-Fi or Fantasy
Recommended to Bill by: Weber
Shelves: science-fiction
This is book 8 of the neverending story of Safehold, technically a Sci-Fi, but with Fantasy overtones. It is a highly complex political/military series, requiring constant looking up of whose who in the immense appendices. I think Weber is trying to compete with Cherryh's Foreigner series and fails, IMO. The latter is much better done and engaging with better developed characters. Still, if you like complex political/military SciFi-Fan this series is for you.

My main complaints is that the maps
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GaiusPrimus
Aug 11, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 rounded down with a large caveat.

The story elements are great, the entertainment value is all there, but this is starting to feel like the middle third of WoT, where lots of things happen but not really anything takes place. It seems like the story arc is ready to be closed though but on the other hand we're still so far away from the ultimate conclusion of the Gbaba arc.

I will continue to read the series and will continue to enjoy it, but we're 8 books in and it's about time to start wrappi
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Michael
Oct 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the 8th book in the Safehold series by David Weber. I really enjoyed this book as well as the entire series. That being said the last couple of books while good were burdened down with a multitude of characters and a lot of background filler. This book did have several characters to keep up with but they were more significant to the series. There was also much more action and more appearances by the main characters from the beginning of the series. I recommend this book to fans of David ...more
Ove
Oct 13, 2015 rated it liked it
The Safehold story continues with more of the same. The writing is entertaining at times but the story doesn't move forward by much with every thick volume.
I will probably buy the next book but if that doesn't get us to the Temple i will probably give up.
Cindy Stiverson
Oct 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OUTSTANDING

Definatly for the keeper shelf. I want the next one NOW!!!!
Please write faster!!!!!
I can't wait to recomend this book and series.
Ron
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
Too long, too many characters with too similar names and too many different settings and locations. If Weber wanted to portray the confusion and assault on the senses a war presents to its participants, he has made some strides towards achieving such a goal. However, the same attributes impede an entertaining and exciting reading experience.

At times it is hard not to notice than even the author has lost the track of his many characters. They become little more than cutout general types, repetiti
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Michael Rutkowski
Man that was one, long book ! 929 pages and the story and plot of the series is advanced so little ! Time to pick up the pace and start heading to a conclusion of this over extended series ! Weber also introduced so, so many new characters with similar spelled names that its was impossible for me to keep track of them and a majority of them ended up being inconsequential anyway ! The main characters in the series were almost non existent ! It seems like this was just written as a money grab or s ...more
Thomas McHugh
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ever deeper into the mythology of Safehold

These books are long and detailed and focus at least as much on WORLD building as plot - and much than on action.

The book has plenty of great set pieces and action and character... But I'll tell you: you should be here for the world.

This isn't a quick read but it is a GREAT read and it's so fun to get caught up in the mythology of Safehold and this last bastion of humanity... And David Weber keeps his saga going well here.

I'm very excited I already have
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Chris H-C
May 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Much better. Aside from some slow pontificating in the middle, and some scenes that served only to identify the specific order of battle (does it matter whether it was the 7th or 8th that took that hill?) without character, plot, or intrigue... much better. The best opening for the past few books, and a decent closer.

Here's hoping the trajectory continues and #9 is better still. (When it comes off hold at the library)
John
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great ending, though now I have to get the next to find the results of that cliff-hanger.

Things went well for the Charisian Empire, and since I'm fairly sure they win in the end I have to figure out how the things that looked like they could be major setbacks on the way don't end up so major. LOL

Really love this series (except for trying to puzzle through some of the names)
Warren
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Crescendo coming

Religion is difficult, as the author weaves his tail you ask yourself how religion can be so corrupted, and then you listen to the evening news. Though this is fiction, it further validates the old adage that power corrupts. Well written with superb detail. Looking forward to how the author wraps this up.
Laura
If only there was a way to sift out the religious conflict and political machinations from the naval battles ... I need a very large map of Safehold and charts if I were to keep it all straight. Nonetheless I will persevere because I must see it through to the end (and the Charisian Empire must reign victorious or I will be very upset).
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David Mark Weber is an American science fiction and fantasy author. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1952.

Many of his stories have military, particularly naval, themes, and fit into the military science fiction genre. He frequently places female leading characters in what have been traditionally male roles.

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Other books in the series

Safehold (10 books)
  • Off Armageddon Reef (Safehold, #1)
  • By Schism Rent Asunder (Safehold, #2)
  • By Heresies Distressed (Safehold, #3)
  • A Mighty Fortress (Safehold, #4)
  • How Firm a Foundation (Safehold, #5)
  • Midst Toil and Tribulation (Safehold, #6)
  • Like a Mighty Army (Safehold, #7)
  • At the Sign of Triumph (Safehold #9)
  • Through Fiery Trials (Safehold, #10)
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