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By Heresies Distressed

(Safehold #3)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  6,716 ratings  ·  193 reviews
Now the battle for the soul of the planet Safehold has begun.

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. Crowned Empress of that em
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published July 7th 2009 by Tor Books
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Dec 11, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
Why is Weber ruining all of his series?

Let me reiterate that another way. David Weber has turned from writing could action paced, politically based stories to doggerel.

What is bad about this. Well the names are now distracting and logically stupid. Why have the names all be written in a way that you have to phoenitcally sound them out to figure out what they are, but every other word, noun, verb, adjective is spelled in english? So why are the titles of all these nincompoops not Rawk Hylynn for
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, 2019
Very good, the whole series is excellent!
Kent Pilcher
May 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
It's a good series, but this book starts to get a little bogged down with too much patronizing dialog... Where is the editor? ...more
W.R. Edmunds
Aug 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
I don’t have too much to say about By Heresies Distressed that hasn’t already been stated in my review of the first and second books of the Safehold series. With some borderline misogyny added on to the inconsistent naming conventions and needless internal monologues and exposition, this is where I stop reading. I forced myself to power through the book in the hopes that it would get better or move fast enough to ignore the writing, but it didn’t get there. I decided to save myself further strai ...more
This book had some serious potential, but it was filled with fluff and filler. It was LONG, LONG, LONG and then it just ended. The ending just pissed me off, because it resolved nothing, not one major theme in any of the tow previous bookks or this book is complete. It as as though the author and publisher is daring you to see if you can wait for the paperback. This style of serialization just really makes me angry. It used to be that an author could write one book and get it published and it wo ...more
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

An interesting story but you find yourself skimming entire chapters as you realize it's just Sharleyan saying goodbye to Cayleb for endless pages or a lengthy description in which no richer detail was provided. I'll continue to read the series but I hope the storytelling gets better.
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
What a slow book.

The last quarter (maybe third) of the book picked up in pace and was interesting. Things were happening, characters were dying, and more characters were dying. Unfortunately, it took 200+ pages to get to that point, and *I* was dying of boredom by then.

I have no interest in reading 475 pages of dudes discussing their theories and plans, discussing what they think everyone else's theories and plans are, then reading those other dudes discussing the same things (hint, hint: ever
Servius  Heiner
Oct 07, 2010 rated it liked it
I really screwed up reading this series... I started it on the fourth book, then read the first followed by the third, and am now reading the second... These are mad times we're living in mad times I tell you!

The series is good though, a great concept: Humanity gains access to space only to bump into a hostile alien race that for all intense and purposes destroys humanity. A single colony fleet escapes the hoard of galactic exterminators to establish a single colony on a planet name Safehold. Th
Aug 25, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, reviewed-2009
The third book in the series, it's typical David Weber these days.

By this, I mean that the protagonists are all super-capable, super-smart, super-awesome, super-skilled, and even when they make mistakes, still super-successful.

Instead of one Honor Harrington, you have three.

You've also got the typical, "small, technologically and politically advanced culture taking on megalithic cultural opposition, and winning" formula he seems to rely on so heaviliy.

As usual, the supporting cast is well writte
John Strange
Feb 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
When I think back over the three Safehold books I've read, I have the persisting impression of tedious, banal characters talking, talking, talking. Appropriately the third book starts with Grand Inquisitor Zhaspahr Clyntahn holding a long-winded meeting that's virtually pointless to the story following. Maybe that's the point?

This isn't a story so much as a repetitious series of dialogue. Much of it uneventful, all of it dull. No character has a thought we're not told about at length. The rare m

My most expected sf release of 2009 until the fall at least, BHD is a direct continuation of BSRA and sets up what should be a cracker in book 4. However as opposed to book 2 which was just full of jaw-dropping moments, this one has just hints of such to come.

In a way BSRA and BHD are just one big novel split in two, thematically separated from OAR and I am pretty sure from the fourth (and maybe fifth) volume that will finish with the current generation on Safehold.

I hope the fourth volume wi
Nov 21, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, novels
This book should have been merged with the previous book in the serie ( By Schism rent asunder) and both books together should have been 500 pages instead of 1200 as they roughly tell the same story ( the conquest of Corisande and the merging of Charis and Chisholm). Weber drags things around and is milking this new universe as much as he can, still I remain hooked and provided you can skip over quickly some passages ( I admit to speed reading a few chapters) it is still an entertaining read, it ...more
Nov 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
More of the same, a little bit of action and a whole lot of nothing talk. My annoyance at the names has been overshadowed by the endless inner monologue that takes place in this series. It's so tedious and unnecessary. Just get on with the story, which, sadly, I'm actually interested in and it may cause me to actually keep reading the series. ...more
May 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Painfully, frustratingly slow. If the series ever concludes, perhaps I'll come back to it and enjoy the slow buildup to conclusion. ...more
Kathy Davie
May 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: military, sci-fi
Third in the Safehold military science fiction series combining high and low tech in a battle for survival.

My Take
It's damned scary when the topmost echelon of the one religious body on the planet is more concerned with lying and covering up, in attacking loyal church members, in destroying anyone who gets in their path to preserve their own wealth and power. The lengths to which these supposedly holy men will go…? Mind blowing. Thank god for Merlin.

That fool Group of Four is so detached from no
Honza Prchal
Apr 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The world-building is somewhat better than the characterization, but what world-building it is. Along with the humour, the author's ability to draw readers into a world that rhymes with the time of our own Protestant Reformation and our first wars of "progress" while maintaining the integrity of the genre is first rate. In that way, though his task is somewhat more difficult, he ranks with Bernard Cornwell and Patrick O'Brien.
Rev. Weber is very good at combat as well, though, again, as with his
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
These are my kind of book, tightly written, fast moving plots with frequent shifts in the action. They are also all around 285,000 words or around 700 to 800 pages! Weber's created world is interesting, and just like in his spectacularly engrossing Honorverse series, he makes the characters real to you. You begin to expect things or find things satisfying because of how they begin to become real people you'd want to know, or truly hate! There is FAR too much going on in each of these books for m ...more
Mar 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
While I absolutely loved the first two novels in this series, it may be succumbing to the law of diminishing returns. I merely liked this one very much.

By this, the third novel, I’ve come to like the protagonists and wish them well. That said, reading this series is like playing an RPG on the Easy setting. Our heroes are so overpowering that the novel lacks tension: it’s an exercise in being there while good people triumph over favorable odds.

Still, I like this world and I like these people. I’l
Christopher Dodds
I loved getting back into this world it was so entertaining to read full of moments of humour, action well thought of strategies by the author that myself am a fan of, and character development. What was also great was the fact that in the tense parts of the book had me so drawn into what was going on I sometimes forgot where I was specially in one part of the book that I did not want to stop reading as it was so exciting but terrible then in the end a sense of triumph.
An amazing read, hopefull
This book was more understandable than the last. However, it still lost me at certain intervals. Perhaps there were too many characters for the narrator to voice. I definitely know there were too many for me to keep track of in an audio format. I was glad to see that we didn't lose one of the protagonists as I erroneously predicted. This series is not as memorable as the Honor Harrington series. Even though I may be lost if I take a break from the series, for my sanity I feel I must. ...more
James Edwards
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
David Weber sure likes to write epic stories. The amount of detail is very impressive for not only the world of Safehold, but all the vast amount of characters. I liked the story & I’m glad Weber introduced some limits & faults to the superhuman character of Merlin. However, I also enjoy when Merlin lets loose on his enemies with full force. I’ll be reading the next epic tome sometime in the future.
Lee Belbin
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Volume 3 of the Safehold is as good as the previous installments. The interactions are detailed and believeable. Pressure is building with Merlin releasing more of the technology so V4 promises more confrontations. A predictably good read. Oldy-worldly with a twist.
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
i'm still onboard with this series, however i was hoping it would move along timeframe wise. it is moving slowly through the middle ages of this world. i do enjoy the story and the world that David has built is very detailed and filled with interesting characters. ...more
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The third volume in Weber's Safehold series finds Emperor Cayleb continuing his war with the Church and the Group of Four. With the help of the Android, for lack of a better term, Merlin, Cayleb and Charis continue to frustrate and then conquer the lands around the new Empire. ...more
Jun 02, 2020 rated it liked it
More politics than war. The difficult planning is what to do after a war, something that may have been skimped on in Iraq and Afghanistan recently. Smooth reading if you like the high level view of conquests. So another winner for me.
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
I look forward to the release of each book as we continue to meet new and old characters
This will not be a quick fix and everything is resolved I like how David Weber is exploring the world and expanding it

Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
SOmetimes the minutia of detail drives me crazy, but the story is solid and compelling. I love the characters.
Tm Buffalo
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
So far liked this one the least had to skim over some of the battles and the love birds are getting tiresome but still kept e reading also having trouble with the names but thAt is nothing new
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what a thriller,full of action and lots of character's to hate or despise

Lots of character development as well

Looking forward to the next book in the series
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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

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