Midst Toil and Tribulation by David Weber

By David Weber

After centuries of stasis, the island nation of Charis started to defy the edicts of the Church of God Awaiting—egged on, a few say, by way of the mysterious warrior-monk Merlin Athawes. Now, within the wars and intrigues that experience cascaded from Charis's announcement of independence, the populous Republic of Siddermark is sliding into chaos. Vicar Clytahn of the Church of God at harvest time. King Cayleb of Charis, his queen Sharleyan, and Merlin Arthawes can have their palms complete attempting to stave off wholesale hunger in Siddermark whereas whilst delivery in sufficient land wrestle devices to fend off the "volunteers" from the Church's Temple Lands. And whereas Vicar Clyntahn is hailed within the Church for his boldness and audacity, there are those that take into accout how based Church energy is on cash from Siddermark...and who ask yourself what's going to take place if Siddermark starves. 

Bursting with vibrant invention and the sweep of lived historical past, Midst Toil and Tribulation will construct its series' viewers to a brand new level. 

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Today, it meant nothing. The inevitable- reaction that had given early twenty-first-century negroes a slight sense of superiority had already passed away. The convenient word "nigger" was no longer tabu in polite society, but was used without embarrassment by everyone. It had no more emotional content than such labels as republican or methodist, conservative or liberal. Jan's father had been a charming but somewhat feckless Scot who had made a considerable name for himself as a professional magician.

As they approached the front door (which was not very easy to distinguish from the rest of the glass wall facing them) it swung automatically open with a fanfare of trumpets. Jean guessed, correctly, that she would be heartily sick of that fanfare before the day was through. The current Mrs. Boyce greeted them in the delicious coolness of the hail. She was, if truth be known, the main reason for the good turn-out of guests. Perhaps half of them would have come in any case to see Rupert's new house: the waverers had been decided by the reports of Rupert's new wife.

Glancing quickly round the table, he could see nothing suspicious in the faces of his friends. They seemed as intent, and as expectant, as he himself~ "IAMALL" spelled the plate, and returned to its point of equilibrium. "'I am all,'" repeated Rupert. "That's a typical reply. Evasive, yet stimulating. " He paused for a moment, obviously deciding upon his next question. Then he addressed the air once more. " "No," replied the plate promptly. Rupert looked around the table. "It's up to us; sometimes it volunteers information, but this time we'll have to ask definite questions.

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