This book is a sequel to Off Armageddon Reef and a very good one at that. When I finished reading Off Armageddon Reef I was eager to find out how the story would continue. Not only had I liked the characters but the whole situation in which we humanity finds itself in its new home in the planet Safehold is intriguing.
By Schism Rent Asunder takes us through the continued, and unstoppable, events that were triggered by the events in the previous book. As with with Off Armageddon Reef, By Schism Rent Asunder is the kind of book which you will not want to put down. In this book David Weber seems to have done a great job of controlling his usual tendency to sometimes indulge in long descriptions and the book flows very well.
Upon reaching the end of the story I was left, once again, with a craving for more information about what will happen with the main characters and how will events turn out for the last remnants of the human race. Having to start a civilization entirely from scratch could not be easy, but having to do so with the weight of religion which was specifically created to prevent technological innovation certainly seems to be a challenge.