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By Heresies Distressed (Safehold #3)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  5,286 Ratings  ·  153 Reviews
In David Weber's By Heresies Distressed, 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 huma
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Published July 21st 2009 by Tor Books (first published July 7th 2009)
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Dec 11, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Kent Pilcher
It's a good series, but this book starts to get a little bogged down with too much patronizing dialog... Where is the editor?
Servius  Heiner
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
W.R. Edmunds
Aug 23, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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

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 wil
Kathy Davie
May 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, military
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
Michele (Mikecas)
Vale per tutti i primi tre volumi della serie


La fantascienza militare non è molto apprezzata in Italia, almeno da parte degli editori, perché i lettori non hanno ancora potuto esprimersi a riguardo dato che, a parte qualche eccezione di opere di autori famosi, come ad esempio Fanteria dello Spazio di Heinlein o Il Gioco di Ender di Scott Card, della grande quantità di romanzi specialistici apparsi negli USA non vi è stata alcuna traduzione italiana. Dav
Pedro Marroquín
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buena continuación a los dos primeros libros, aunque algo peor que esos debido a que todo el mundo habla sobre cosas ya habladas (la quinta discusión sobre herejía es cansina, la decimoquinta es insoportable), pero hay muchas pistas sobre lo que será el próximo libro, en el que seguro que vuelve a haber una gran batalla naval. Con eso no quiero decir que en este libro no pase nada, que si pasa, y las batallas están muy bien descritas, sólo que los malos son demasiado torpes. B+
Tm Buffalo
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
May 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Painfully, frustratingly slow. If the series ever concludes, perhaps I'll come back to it and enjoy the slow buildup to conclusion.
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
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
SOmetimes the minutia of detail drives me crazy, but the story is solid and compelling. I love the characters.
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picked up a bit on this one. New and expanding characters. Still interesting.
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Some epic writers are “world builders.” They create vivid geographies and cultures, but their emphasis on detail and verisimilitude is so spread out that their epic loses the sense of the personal, the meaningful, and the transcendence of history and, when relevant to the author’s world-view, deity. By Heresies Distressed has a credible and interesting geography, an interesting cosmology establishing the backdrop to these events, an engaging, passionate culture, and the advantage of alternate hi ...more
Scott Holstad
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third book in the epic Safehold saga series and like its predecessor, it has a 4.07 out of 5 rating on Goodreads, which is pretty good. However, you'll find, as was the case with the previous book, that a lot of people don't like it. And they have their reasons. I liked this book. For the most part. I think. But it also pissed me off. Because it was merely an obvious continuation of Book Two. It was a filler book in the series. And while the end of Book Two promised war between Chari ...more
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Apr 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am beyond startled to discover that I apparently never entered reviews for the preceding two volumes in this series, which I read more than two yeas ago. Let me say quickly that this is a truly great series, but that it would be a serious mistake to read them out of sequence, and I definitely am not going to recap the history here. So--go find Off Armageddon Reef and start from the beginning. This is volume 3, covering October Year of God 892 through September Year of God 893. The book begins ...more
Riley Feldmann
In the third book in the Safehold series, author David Weber continues an odd trend. It has been touched on in previous reviews, but this particular series is guilty of one big crime: TOO clear a divide between good & evil. That's an inherent issue in a universe populated by only one religion that is defined by a rigid set of rules that automatically push them into the "bad guy" light. Sure, there are sometimes interesting arcs which the bad guys follow that can throw the occasional wrench i ...more
Feb 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books, sci-fi
I fully intended to move away from the Safehold Series into some non-fiction, or another genre, but I am hooked. Hey, I don't watch Downton Abbey and I was never a fan of Dallas, even before J.R. got shot, but give me a good space opera and forget about anything useful being accomplished for a while.

Weber has created many layers in this sweeping epic. All the while, in the far background, the Gabba still threaten the future of humanity as the human dramas play out among the warring factions of t
Emily Karn
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: SciFi/Military Fans
The battle for Safehold's soul has begun.

The Kingdoms of Charis and Chisholm have united, pledged to stand against the tyrranny of a corrupt church., forging a single dynasty, an empire, dedicated to the defense of human freedom.

Queen Sharleyann of Chisholm, now crowned as Emperess has found in the arms of King Cayleb Of Charis, now Emperor, a love that she never dared hope for in a "marriage of state". In joining Cayleb's cause - his defiance of the ruthless Group of Four who govern Mother Chur
Robert Aldrich
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good installment to this series. I found that this one had a great mix of action and politics, so it was a bit more exciting than the last book, but overall I have really enjoyed reading this set. There are a few references to things that foreshadow events to come, and it will be interesting to see if my guess about what it entails will be true.
I finished "By Heresies Distressed" a couple of days ago and it was fabulous. I actually bought this one because getting it from the library was going to be a hassle and I didn't want to wait.

The story expands as the Empire of Charis gets a new member... a somewhat unwilling member-state that is invaded and conquered. The big battle here is on land and it's pretty interesting. BTW... is it a coincidence that the word "Charisean" sounds a lot like "Christian"? I think not.

The fun of these novels
May 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This book is not an easy read, both in terms of thematic issues and in terms of story structure. Because events bounce around between multiple settings every few pages, the format takes some getting used to, but if you've read the first two volumes in the series, it won't be unfamiliar.
Thematically, since some of the story parallels the Catholic Church and the schisms of the Reformation, one could interpret the "evil" church hierarchy as being related to modern issues within the church, but that
I started at this point in the series which meant all the characters were new to me. Luckily the story was easy to follow and I didn't feel left out by starting here. It was slow to progress in the beginning but soon I was caught up in the story. There were enough plots and twists to hold my interest. Most of the time. And for a female I even enjoyed the battle scenes.

This is the usual story, on the surface at least, of a future society which has experienced a Dark age but now is on the cusp of
Carl Cash
Jan 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this series for its pure military history geekiness. I was a field artilleryman in the Marines and like the reinvention and engineering sections but they are geeky. Again that is why I like them. I am not sure if the writer is trying to make some kind of negative allegory about the real world Catholic Church or not. After all the main hero is technically the last Roman Catholic “alive” if you can call him\her alive but if so it is a caricature and not a good representation of The Catholic ...more
The third book in the Safehold series continues along the lines of the second. Not as much impact as the first book as the scene and world are all now firmly set. In fact, my main criticism of this book is that the story only moves along a little bit and just finishes off the campaign started at the end of book 2. This particular part of the story all wraps up nicely, but a few new plots are started. It should be interesting to see how these unfold in the future.

The action sequences in this book
Jelios Ataliakrouso
Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ap-englsih
Good king Caleb, and his trustworthy bodyguard, senjin Merlin concern themselves over the logistics involving the conquest of Corisande and weighing the their options. The integration of the navy. The creation of the new court of the empire and most especially the new aspects of the church, or the church of Charis in the policy regarding technological change. Many things are changing.
This book is mainly based on the politics and the ground work for the next book. The actual Military campaign in
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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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Safehold (9 books)
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  • How Firm a Foundation (Safehold, #5)
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