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At the Sign of Triumph

(Safehold #9)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  2,962 ratings  ·  227 reviews
The Church of God Awaiting's triumph over Charis was inevitable. Despite its prosperity, the Charis was a single, small island realm. It boasted less than two percent of the total population of Safehold. How could it possibly resist total destruction? The Church had every reason to be confident of a swift, crushing victory, an object lesson to other rebels.

But Charis had s
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Published November 22nd 2016 by MacMillan Audio (first published November 8th 2016)
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Alex Shrugged The "holy war" story arc winds up with "At the Sign of Triumph", but a new story arc begins in "Through Fiery Trials".
The "holy war" story arc winds up with "At the Sign of Triumph", but a new story arc begins in "Through Fiery Trials".
Alex Shrugged Substitute "i" for "y".
C is usually a "k" sound.
"ai" is usually a long "a" sound.
"zh" is a corruption of the "j" sound or hard-g sound so "Zhames" is …more
Substitute "i" for "y".
C is usually a "k" sound.
"ai" is usually a long "a" sound.
"zh" is a corruption of the "j" sound or hard-g sound so "Zhames" is actually pronounced like James with a "z" sound instead of the "j".

Ahbaht = AWE-bot (Abbot)
Ahbraim = ah-BRAIM
Ahlbyrt = Albert
Ahlfryd = Alfred
Ahzgood = Osgood
Aplyn-Ahrmahk = APP-lynn-ARE-mock
Athrawes = ath-RAW-wes

Barcor = BAR-core
Baytz = Bates
Bedard = Bed-DARD
Bruhstair = BREW-stair (Brewster)
Bryahn = BRY-yan (Brian)
Byrk = Burk

Charis = KAR-riss
Chisholm = CHISS-holm
Clyntahn = CLIN-tawn (Clinton)

Dynnys = DIN-nis (Dennis)
Dynzail = din-ZAIL
Eydyth = Edith

Ferayd = fair-RAID
Fuhllyr = Fuller

Gahrdaner = GAR-dan-nair (Gardener)
Gahrvai = GAR-vayi (Garvey)
Gbaba = Geh-BAH-bah

Harys = HAIR-riss (Harris)
Hauwyrd = HAUW-wird (Howard)
Henrai = hen-RYE (Henry)
Howsmyn = HOWS-mihn (Houseman)

Irys = Iris
Jwo-jeng = joe-JENG
Jynkyns = Jenkins

Kahlvyn = KAWL-vihn (Calvin)
Kairee = cair-REE (Kerry)

Khanair = KHAN-air (Connor)
Klairmant = Claremont
Kohdy = Cody

Maikelberg = MAY-kell-burg
Manchyr = MAN-cheer
Mhulvayn = mull-VANE
Mylz = Miles

Olyvyr = Oliver

PICA = PEE-kaa
Paitryk = PAY-trick (Patrick)
Paityr = PAY-ter (Peter)
Parkyr = par-CARE (Parker)
Pawal = PAW-all (Paul)
Pei Shan-Wei = PAY-shawn-WAY
Phonda = FON-dah (Fonda)
Phylyp = FILL-ihp (Philip)

Rahnald = RAH-nahld (Ronald)
Raimahnd = RAY-mahnd (Raymond)
Rayjhis = RAY-giss
Rayno = RAY-no
Rhobair = row-BAIR
Rohzhyr = row-ZAIR (Roger)
Ruhsyl = roo-SAIL (Russel)

SNARC = Snark
Sahndrah = SAHN-draw (Sandra)

Sailys = SAY-liss
Seijin = SAY-gin
Sharleyan = shar-lee-ANN (Sharley Ann)
Stohnar = STOW-nahr (Stoner)
Styvyn = STY-vihn (Steven)
Symmyns = SIHM-mahns (Simmons)
Symyn = SIGH-mihn (Simon)

Tarotisian = tar-ROW-see-in
Tayt = Tate
Trhumahn = TROO-mahn (Truman)
Tymahn = TIE-mahn (Tieman)
Tymythy = TIH-mih-thihee (Timothy)

Waimyn = WAY-mihn (Wayman)
Walysh = WALLSH (Walsh)
Wyllym = WILL-ehm (William)
Wyllys = WILL-less (Willis)
Wylsynn = WILL-sihn (Wilson)

Zaivyair = ZAY-vee-air (Xavier)
Zhames = ZAYMES (James)
Zhanayt = zah-NAIT (Jeanette)
Zhanstyn = ZAHN-stin (Johnston)
Zhaspahr = ZAHS-par (Jasper)
Zhenyfyr = ZHEN-ih-fur (Jennifer)


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Nov 16, 2016 rated it liked it
A decent end to a series that went on for too long. I agree with some people that the ending felt rushed, but that's better than the snails pace at which the last couple of books crawled along.
The problem is that however well done it is, by now David Weber's formula is just painfully obvious and the books are just too repetitive.
About one hundred pages of this book is just characters standing around agreeing with each other, or making complimentary small-talk about how skilled and competent thei
Nov 14, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
All in all, I love David Weber's writing. I love his take on themes of feminism, oppressive religion, I love his ridiculously romantic views on monarchy and his Mary Sue protagonists.

I won't lie - I greatly enjoyed first couple of Safehold books. But, alas, they have suffered the same fate as Honorverse books - exposition, infodumping on epic scale, black & white characters... Since this book has 4+ stars on Goodreads, it's obvious that Mr. Weber has a lot of fans who disagree with me. I must a
DW finishes a series, hooray! - sort of of course as the Gbaba are out there and Safehold still hasn't learned the full truth - but yes the arc started in OAR in 2007 and 890 YoGA ends in 2016 and YoGA 898 (with an epilogue in 899) and the story has a feel of completeness and a great ending; a few surprises but the general outline of the ending was clear from a while ago

overall a superb series and an excellent ending for now

- added later: after a first breathless read to see what happens, I am
Nov 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Love the series and worldbuilding, but the last three books had about one book's worth of plot between them.
Dec 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Better than previous books in that the biggest problem of all - a character list that comprised 13% of the last book - Hell's Foundations Quiver - was omitted, along with the rest of the 'apocrypha'. Now, it ends around the 96% mark and not the 76%.

Also, there's generally less characters, although because of all the silly names (or their spelling) it's still hard to keep track of most of them. And there's times I couldn't keep track of which side of the battle I was reading about. But again, les
Apr 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
This was not a good book.

Spoiler but I don't care: at the end, one of the major villains discovers that everything he's been fighting for is a lie. That's how I felt reading/finishing this series.

What started with an interesting premise of humanity being forced into pre-technology society to ensure they weren't discovered by aliens bent on their destruction turned very quickly into a bait and switch where each novel was basically a rehash of warfare from the Age of Sail up through around WWI (t
Quite worthwhile, it wraps up major story lines. A must read for fans of the Safehold series.
Susan Paxton
It's pretty sad when a series that started with as much promise as this one did leaves you with the feeling "Thank God that's over."
Kathy Davie
Ninth in the Safehold military-religious science fiction series revolving around the once-tiny country of Charis embattled against the entrenched Church of God Awaiting.

My Take
You'll be pleased to know the war comes to an end in this…and it's about time! However, Weber promises that this isn't the last we'll see of Merlin Athrawes. And now I'm curious as to where Weber plans to take Merlin. North Harchong or into space?? Wait for the return of the archangels?

The Allies are quite organized these
This is book 9 of the Safehold series and concludes the war between the Kingdom of Charis and the Church of God Awaiting. There is obviously more to be told in this world, given the original mission set up in the first book, Off Armageddon Reef. But for now this wraps up a the story about the war.

Although I appreciate the ending and the way things wrapped up I am only giving this book 3 stars for a couple of reasons. First off, this reads more like an alternative history of WW1 for the most part
Nov 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
I found that this a was a staple in the safe hold series. But this is the end of the series or the end of an arc of the series and it's conclusion is not really a conclusion
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Jan 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
It is sad that he felt he had to make each book of epic length because the padding becomes trite and boring. The first few, in which he was building the world, needed that length but most of the others could have been cut down by a third. The last could probably have been cut in half and would have had much better story flow. The whole series would benefit from a faster pace, then the ending would not have seemed so sudden. After dragging out this series, it seemed as though he just got tired of ...more
Oct 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
What a complete waste of time this entire series was! I like David Weber for the most part, but this was long, drawn out, overwhelming. Turns of phrase kept reappearing, time and again. I kept finding spelling errors in the book, which given my own challenges there is remarkable. In one aspect he succeeded, by the end of the book I was as sick of this war and this setting as any of the characters.
David Worrell
Nov 26, 2016 rated it did not like it
This series had such promise when it started but it's apparent that Weber spent more time on cutesy "evolved" spelling of names (Gairybahldy? Really?) than on plot development.

Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Does he get paid by the word? Needs a good editor, one who keeps the story moving forward.
Joe Santoro
Weber tried to write this book like the others.... adding new characters and trying to put a human face on the epic military conflict, but with it being the conclusion of a truly epic (we're talking close to 9000 pages) series, I found myself often just wanting him to hurry up and tell me what happens.
I would have MUCH preferred a good map or two than another 10 chapters of valiant soldiers who are gonna die anyway. (apparently, there's maps online, but I read to get away from the screens, no lo
Elf M.
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it
tl;dr: It's David Weber. FTWLTSOT,TITSOTTL 1

I finally slogged through the entirety of David Weber's Safehold series. "Slogged" is exactly the right word. These books are doorstops bar none. I vaguely guess there's somewhere between 3 million and 3½ mililon words total in these nine books, most of them clocking in somewhere between 700 and 850 pages. They're so full of David Weber tropes it's almost like Weber fanfic: war, blood, heroism, swashbuckling derring-do, angelic heroes of the mos
Uran Bowen
May 29, 2018 rated it liked it
rather quick and soft finish to a very long series. Lots of unanswered questions and loose ends.
Heiki Eesmaa
Mar 31, 2019 rated it did not like it
All in all I was pretty fed up with this. I had some fun with 15 or so Honor books but this series never delivered the same. I realize that the book only closes one major arc and there's still the Gbaba. Still, I declare that I have wasted enough of my time on this.
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction

That's my thought. Meh.

Just as a general observation, when the immediate response to finishing a ten-year, multi-million-word, 9 novel-long series is "Meh", that's a bad sign.

The ending was rushed and severely lacked emotional payoff, the book was a massive slog, full of characters that were introduced, had their backgrounds repetitively info-dumped, and then killed off, while the characters that the readers were actively invested in went for hundreds of pages between appearances--and, when
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the 9th book in the Safehold series by David Weber. I am most pleased to say that Mr. Weber did a great job with this book. This series is one of his best, at least as good as his Honor Harrington series, but as with it some of his books tend to be what I call filler. By filler I mean dozens of different characters with small parts with little to no appearances by the main characters. In this one however he got back to the main characters and finished at least the first part of this saga ...more
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Aaannnnd... it continues to be boring.
The book is longer than it should be. It spends most of its time describing sea maneuvers, or boring details of life in a trench. The characters list doesn't stop to grow, and I end feeling completely uninterested on their fate. It's almost as if the writer is paid in the number of pages, content is not particular important.
In short, it almost repeats the same recipe applied on the previous books.

I say almost, because all of sudden, the story twists and it
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a fan of David Weber, this book is much, much better than the Honorverse novel that was published at the same time. Weber wraps up a long saga about Safehold, a planet settled by humans from Earth when they were in danger of extinction by an alien race. In this book the once small kingdom of Charis is now a world power and slowly pushing The Church of God and it's hordes of people and treasure into losing a long long war. Of course Charis is benefited by technology that has been revealed to i ...more
Dennis Key
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hate the name spelling

I would have given a 3 1/2 star rating if I knew how. Weber, as he frequently does, has written a very entertaining chapter to this saga. The only problem is the peculiar thing he's done to common human names in the distorted spelling of familiar names. They were like speed bumps in the otherwise smooth flow of the story. Very irritating. Had it been a lesser author than David Weber, I wouldn't have read beyond the first book.
This bizarre spelling and the annoyance it gene
Nicole Luiken
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Whew! My third 1000-page book in the last two months. Lots of battles, both at land and sea, as the world war that has engulfed Safehold comes to a close. I think I most enjoyed the spy plotlines--probably because Merlin could take an active part in it.

Quibble: A couple of dropped stitches in such a sprawling book. For instance: did a certain Dohlaran general die or was he still enroute to Zion??

Erik Plossl
Jan 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think the author did a good job, in this book, of balancing the action with the explanations. He threw in a bit of a surprise twist, but it's good. I also think that, despite stories I have heard about this being the last "Safehold" book, there's pretty much got to be at least one or two more.
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing end. Too much on battles and a weak resolution.
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the book you have been waiting for. If you are a fan of this series, you know it’s been a long and interesting journey to where this book takes us. Way back in the far, far, far future, we met a group of humans aboard a magnificent starship that had fled Earth which was being conquered by the Gaba. Those aliens sought out technological civilizations and destroyed them so they would be the “master race”. In that future, Earth was definitely very advanced, but not advanced enough. So, a fe ...more
Jun 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: military-sci-fi
Haven't read an entry in this long-running series for quite some time, but I generally enjoy Weber's writing, so I decided to go back and see how close this one was getting to wrapping up (if at all).

It's definitely something of a climax, which is appropriate after 9 books. It is almost completely inaccessible to anyone who hasn't been reading all along, however, and I'm afraid that it's not exactly a delight even for a long time fan.

The basic problem is Weber's allowed his cast to get almost co
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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.

One of his most popular and enduring characters is Honor Harrington whose alliterated name

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)
  • Hell's Foundations Quiver (Safehold, #8)
  • Through Fiery Trials (Safehold, #10)

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