Publication Order of Safehold Books
|Off Armageddon Reef||(2007)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|By Schism Rent Asunder||(2008)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|By Heresies Distressed||(2009)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|A Mighty Fortress||(2010)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|How Firm a Foundation||(2011)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Midst Toil and Tribulation||(2012)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Like a Mighty Army||(2014)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Hell's Foundations Quiver||(2015)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|At the Sign of Triumph||(2016)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
The Safehold series is a series of novels based on the science fiction genre and written by the noteworthy writer David Weber. The series consists of a total of 8 different novels published between the year 2007 and 2015. The novels of the series are set in the future time period of the 31st century and feature a distant world known as the ‘Safehold’. The Safehold hosts a group of human beings who have hidden themselves from a dangerous alien race known by the name Gbaba. One of the novels of the series shows the first meeting of the humans and the Gbaba, in which the aliens of the Gbaba race tried to exterminate the humans and became nearly successful in destroying the human race in the galaxy. The extermination process of the Gbaba aliens was also carried out on the human population living on the Earth. The human race on Safehold has managed to revert to pre-historical and pre-electrical technology base which has helped them to avoid getting detected by the Gbaba aliens. The technology base has allowed the humans to incorporate themselves into a common system of religious beliefs, which forbid the penalty of death for using higher technology and discouraged the scientific curiosity. The novels of the series are titled with the names taken from a hymn except the first novel of the series. The series was also translated into the German language and was called as ‘Nimue Alban’.
The first novel of the Safehold series was published in the year 2007 by the Tor Books publishing house and was titled ‘Off Armageddon Reef’. The plot of the novel of the series deals with the encounter of the human race with the aliens of the Gbaba race in a distant world in some place in the galaxy. The time frame of the novel is set in the advanced era of the 31st century in which the human race has made a lot of progress and has also reached various parts of the galaxy. On one such distant world named Safehold lives the race of the Gbaba aliens, who are considered to be extremely ruthless in nature. The once tried to wipe out the human race present on Safehold, but some of the humans managed to hide in a safe place where the aliens could not detect them. The Gbaba aliens have already finished the human population living on Earth in a huge extermination process and the only things that are left on Earth as well as on other planets of the galaxy are the smoldering ruins. The few humans who survived the extermination by the Gbaba aliens fled to a distant Earth like planet named Safehold and tried to rebuild their lives on the new planet.
The Gbaba aliens have the special power of detecting the industrial emissions and hence they come to know of the place where the humans hide. Hence, the humans on Safehold have developed extraordinary measures to remain undetected by the Gbaba aliens by using hidden high technology and mind control. The rulers of the human race in Safehold have developed a common system of religious beliefs which is followed by every human living on Safehold. The common religious system has helped the human race on Safehold to maintain a medieval society forever. As time goes by, the humans on Safehold begin to feel safe in the hidden chamber. After more than 800 years, an android awakens from the human past in the hidden chamber of Safehold. The rebirth of the android was initiated many centuries before by a section of the human society which opposed the idea of a common religious system. The android is named Nimue and has the memories of the Lieutenant Commander named Nimue Alban, who tells the android her fate with the help of automated recordings. She was told to emerge into the society of the Safeholdian humans as a disguised human and begin spreading the idea of provoking technological progress, which was otherwise prevented by the Church of God Awaiting of the humans on Safehold. However, the process does not seem easy to Nimue.
In order to work in a better way, she takes the new name Merlin along with a new gender. Now he has become a man and has formidable powers to access the hidden technology caches of the humans on Safehold. He carefully tries to conceal the technology and searches for a new country like Safehold for setting his base of operations, a place which is less orthodox and open to accepting the new changes. This search leads Merlin to Charis, a medium-sized kingdom with naval warfare. He intends to get the acquaintance of the King and the Prince of Charis and tries to set off an era of new inventions. His efforts attract the attention of the Church, which eventually results in a war. The war seems to be a never-ending one as both sections of the Safeholdian society of humans are not willing to give their ideologies.
The second novel of the series was published under the title ‘By Schism rent Asunder’. It was published in the year 2008 by the Tor Books publishing house. The plot of the novel shows a changed world as the kingdom of Charis has emerged victorious in the war against the Church. The kingdom of Charis consists of better guns and sailing vessels as well other sorts of devices, which helped them win the war against the combined navies at Armageddon Reef and Darcos Sound. Charis still stands as a free island with innovative technologies and a tolerant attitude despite the hostility of the Church of God Awaiting. The kingdom of Charis does not believe in the ideologies of the Church of God Awaiting for keeping the humanity away from the inventions of the new technologies for centuries. The men who run the Church are also equally powerful and are not going to let defeat come to them so easily. Even though the kingdom of Charis controls the seas, it does not have a worthy army. King Caleb is aware of the fact that the recent fortune of his kingdom is due to the efforts of Merlin. Merlin is not known by many that he has qualities better than the humans and the freedom of humanity also lies on his shoulders. The kingdom of Charis and its archbishop begin the explicit rift with Mother Church, which results into the gathering of a huge storm. Schism is about to join the world of Safehold and it seems that nothing is going to remain same ever.Book Series In Order » Characters » Safehold