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At the Sign of Triumph: A Novel in the Safehold Series Kindle Edition
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- Book 9 of 10 in The Safehold series
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"A nice blend of historical combat and survival fiction....Very satisfying.... Safehold is in store for some interesting times in the coming years." ―SFRevu on At the Sign of Triumph
“Vast, complex, intricate, subtle, and unlaydownable. This looks like the start of the biggest thing in science fiction since Isaac Asimov's Foundation series.” ―Dave Duncan on the Safehold series
"A complex and fascinating epic about change, identity, and the nature of faith." ―Publishers Weekly on Like a Mighty Army
"A superb cast of characters and plenty of action... This fine book gives new luster to Weber's reputation and new pleasure to his fans." ―Booklist (starred review) on By Schism Rent Asunder
"Weber brings the political maneuvering, past and future technologies, and vigorous protagonists together for a cohesive, engrossing whole." ―Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Off Armageddon Reef
"Effortlessly exceeds the magnificence of its predecessor...I cannot emphasize how much I want to read the next chapter in the Safehold saga." ―Fantasy Book Critic on By Schism Rent Asunder
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- Publication date : November 8, 2016
- File size : 3741 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 765 pages
- Publisher : Tor Books; Reprint edition (November 8, 2016)
- ASIN : B01CXNZCZ4
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #112,160 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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But I couldn't >>not<< read the later books. So what I ended up doing was only reading the "good" parts, basically skimming and reading, on average, about one page in three (which is much easier to do on a Kindle, BTW). In essence, I tried to do what editing should have done in the first place: make sure the story doesn't get lost in all the marvelous detail an imaginative author can conjure.
Did I miss important things? I'm positive of it. Did I manage to hold onto the important characters, their passions and challenges? Most definitely.
As book 9 in the series, maybe there wasn't much more to cover. I tend to focus on character development and dialog when reading, and this book felt very, very dull in that regard. For the protagonists, it was 765 pages of people agreeing with one another. For the Antagonists, they are painted as incompetent and uninteresting. The battle descriptions feel like filler, whereas those scenes were methods of character and plot development earlier in the series. I could skip entire swaths of battle-rich text (which I did, at times), as I knew none of the developments would contribute to the overall plot direction. I couldn't bring myself to care about Sergeant "too many Y's in his name", because we would never see him again (dead or not).
It also loses about a half-star for failing to address at least some portion of the several outstanding plot devices in the series. As such, I feel about 100 pages of this book could be combined with 50 pages of book 8 to create a novella that accomplished just as much as those two books did.
If there is a book 10, I don't think it will make it to the top of my reading list.
The book's end was extremely rushed -- the last 20% or so felt incomplete, explanations missing and/or necessary conversations dropped.
Beginning with the Empire's naval attack on Dohlar's capital, extending to Siddarmark battles (or absence thereof), and to Zion's turmoil itself, the "rush to finish" was obvious. The main components were presented, but how things actually came about -- Thirsk's rise-to-power, what actually happened to the Temple forces in Siddarmark, and the details of the Temple turmoil -- it felt like pieces were missing, and plot devices used to bring the book to a rapid conclusion.
Of course, actually providing all the necessary detail would probably have resulted in a 1000 page book! Personally, I don't mind the author's verbosity as long as the conversations, explanations, etc actually have relevance to the story. Within this book there was some unnecessary inclusions along with several instances of things drawn out much too far.
All-in-all, a (somewhat) unexpected ending to a small degree, but ending enough to finally let us get on to the next stage. Let's hope for at least a "beginning of the middle", else I doubt I'll live long enough for Weber to conclude this series...
This volume also badly needs a decent proofreader. I noticed many, many errors, especially wrong words used, like the unprocessed output from a speech to text system, which I rarely noticed in prior volumes. Not acceptable in a work from an established author and a mainstream publisher.
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As I say, he can still write very good action prose; it’s just that it tends to get lost in the massive information dumps that he continually throws at his reader and his growing tendency to treat a good fifty percent of his narrative as fictional historic text rather than story. Another appalling habit is his overuse of point of view characters. I wouldn’t want to count but I don’t believe there can have been less than twenty different point of view characters in At the Sign of Triumph. These characters frequently appear, have their back story and motivations introduced, participate in a little action and then are either killed off or simply never appear again in the entire book. And all of this taking place within a single scene spanning no more than three or four pages. I know of no other author quite as profligate with his point of view characters as Weber.
Then there is the apparently complete lack of editing, of both copy and content. I would guess he as at least run it through a spell checker as there were almost no spelling mistakes but there were masses of typos; wrong, though correctly spelt, words, missing words and words in the wrong order. There were also numerous sentences that any decent editor would have corrected such as: “And there’s a much smaller but still significant number of people who find themselves actively opposing him, passively at least.” (My bolding). And if I have to read any more instances of how much someone’s smile would make a Kraken proud I truly think I’ll scream. Another annoying aspect that continually pulled me out of the story was his use of emphasis; it nearly always seemed, to me at least, to be on the wrong word, for example: “That’s what this morning is about.” Maybe it’s just me but when talking I might emphasise “that’s” or “this” depending on the context but never “what.”
Maybe I’ve just outgrown Weber or he’s outgrown me but, with another five books (no doubt all in the 1000 page range) before Safehold gets into space and then more after that fighting the Gbaba, I think I’m going to draw a line under this series here. This book has, after all, ended at a reasonable conclusion point. And I will have to consider carefully whether I want to spend my money on any more of Weber’s books in any series. There was a good book submerged somewhere under all the verbose info dumps and unnecessary details, which I did enjoy, but digging it out no longer feels worth the effort; there are plenty of other good books and authors out there.
Even then, loved the book and the series. Loved Clyntahns punishment too very satisfactory.
Keep up the good work Mr Weber!