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(The Founders Trilogy #1)

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Sancia Grado is a thief, and a damn good one. And her latest target, a heavily guarded warehouse on Tevanne’s docks, is nothing her unique abilities can’t handle.

But unbeknownst to her, Sancia’s been sent to steal an artifact of unimaginable power, an object that could revolutionize the magical technology known as scriving. The Merchant Houses who control this magic--the
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Published August 21st 2018 by Crown
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    Rase McCray If there weren't sequels planned, you'd be disappointed. But the story does reach a nice logical stopping point that is a satisfying place to pause.

    If there weren't sequels planned, you'd be disappointed. But the story does reach a nice logical stopping point that is a satisfying place to pause.

    Something the other answer didn't mention: Bennett is a much faster writer than your question implies, so you also won't be waiting forever. Book #2 is already slated for publication in August 2019, and he's published a book every year or two since 2012. Therefore, I expect the conclusion of the trilogy in 2020 or early 2021 at the latest.(less)
    Zach Darr-Rodriguez The scene is set for further romance during the sequels, but make no mistake, this series is about action and intrigue.

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    chai ♡
    *reads a heist book* nice

    *reads a heist book with flawlessly executed worldbuilding, a wonderfully diverse cast of characters (the two main characters are black), expertly written character development, and a burgeoning sapphic romance* N I C E

    The first in a brand-new series, Foundryside introduces a world that is pure molten menace, one that feels real enough to have its own passport stamp and arresting enough that—even if you wouldn't want to live there—you'll doubtless want to visit.

    In Te
    Brandon Sanderson
    Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett

    We’ve been looking for a chance to blurb Robert Jackson Bennett’s fantasy novels since my assistants Peter and Isaac loved City of Stairs when it came out in 2014. Now we have our chance. Bennett’s new novel, Foundryside, releases on August 21st of this year, and it is quite a bit of fun.

    RJB filled The Divine Cities trilogy with unique world building, and I’ll be honest, the first chapter or two of Foundryside had me wondering if he’d abandoned that for a mor
    Miranda Reads
    Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing

    The soles of her boots touched earth, and she started to run.
    No matter the cost, Sancia will do what it takes to survive. She's carved out an existence in one of the most inhospitable places in the city.

    She's a woman of many hats - thief, liar, plunderer, and more:
    "But the fire was you as well?"
    Sancia shrugged. "Shit got out of hand."
    She takes on odd jobs - often stealing items from one merchant house and selling it to another...though the latest adventure might just take a cake.
    Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    Why do authors keep including a scene where a son looks at his mom and thinks "she was StIlL beautiful... bUt she was also looking her age".

    Are sons this obsessed about the wrinkles of their mom and I don't know about it?! Is this a thing? I think not!

    I'm so torn. I really thought I was going to give this book 5 stars after I had heard so many people compare the magic system to some of the ones created by Brandon Sanderson and... meh.

    Yes, the magic system was unique and complex. The st
    Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Recommends it for: Bennett and Sanderson fans
    Shelves: favorites
    4.5/5 stars

    Foundryside was an incredibly addictive and entertaining read from start to finish.

    I’m a recent fan of Robert Jackson Bennett’s books. Three months ago on the last week of May, I binged read his critically acclaimed trilogy, The Divine Cities, and it became one of my favorite trilogies of all time; I forced my friends and everyone I know to pushed the trilogy up their TBR immediately. Since finishing The Divine Cities, Foundryside, the first book in Bennett’s newest trilogy, immediate
    Robert Jackson Bennett is one of the few authors I watch out for. Recently, I finished his early award-winning book (Philip K. Dick, Edgar, Anthony), The Company Man so I was very excited at the opportunity to read an advanced reader copy of Foundryside, his latest work.

    Bennett has a habit of starting out a book slow, letting the reader get a feel for the world and the characters before heading into action. He's gotten better at that through his career; Foundryside springs into action on the fir
    Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Recommended to Matthew by: Morgannah
    Fantastic Five Star Fantasy

    Good things: Can you hear us?

    Me: Yes, I hear you!

    Good things: We are ALL ABOUT Foundryside!

    Publisher: Here, check out a copy!

    Me: Sweet!

    Goodreads community: This book is awesome!

    Goodreads Choice Awards: Nominated!

    Hype: Lived up to!

    Action, adventure, humor, a cool magic system, etc. - so much freakin' goodness in these pages. Creative to the max! I think this book will appeal to most people who love fantasy and even a few who don't. Seems to be set up for a series and I
    Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: favorites-2019
    This was so magical and unexpected! Sadly the sequel doesn’t come out until 2020 *sobs* Review to come on my channel!
    Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    i love when friends recommend books to me because, when i enjoy it, it makes it easier for me to recommend it to everyone else.

    this is the PERFECT fantasy for book for those who dont like fantasy, or are wanting to get more into the genre. its a very subtle magical system - it plays a great part in the story, but it doesnt demand attention. it feels natural and is integrated very well into the setting and plot.

    and what a plot it is. there is a great balance between action and thievery, breakin
    ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
    And the moral of this rereread is: over-caffeinated street vendors disguised as keys (and vice versa) + exploding flying ninjas + mystical shit galore + people who go “pop” in the most horrifying delightful way + wonderfully scrumptious batshit crazy bitches + severed limbs FTW! + insane mystical conundrums aplenty =

    👋 To be continued and stuff.

    [March 2020]

    And the moral of this reread is: Robert Jackson Bennett, thank thee kindly ever so much. Because of you I am now in hopeless, desperate 💕
    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    UPDATE: $1.99 on Kindle US today 11/12/21

    Well hell, I thought since the majority of my friends loved this book, I wouldn’t like it. Just goes to show what I know. I fell in love with a key 😉

    Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
    Jen - The Tolkien Gal
    Buddy read with Karishma

    DNF'd at about 7%. I couldn't. I am absolutely sick of YA female characters written with the extreme "independent" women complex/syndrome. I can't take it anymore. I'm done. Done. YA has ruined the concept of the female character - why should it be a concept in the first place? Why can't characters be characters and their gender not the focal point of the book? What happened to personality and strength and complexity being the focal point of a character? WHY???

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    J.L.   Sutton
    Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    “There are many dangers here, child, she’d said once. Many. Many ugly things you’re going to have to do. It will be a great contest for you. And you’re going to think: How do I win?

    Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett | The Fantasy Hive

    So much more than I expected! Fantastic! It didn’t take long to recognize that Robert Jackson Bennett’s Foundryside (Founders #1) was something special. Before this book was offered to me for review, Bennett was not a writer I was familiar with. Now, I’m positive that I’ll be reading more of his work. His female he
    Jeffrey Keeten
    Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: fantasy
    ”Sancia saw the nightscape of Tevanne below her, suddenly rendered in the juddering, jangly tangles of silver scrivings, thousands and thousands and thousands of them, like a dark mountain range covered in tiny candles. She watched in wonder as the scrived bolts hissed through the air above her, glittering like falling stars as they sped out over the city, a city that swarmed with minds and thoughts and desires like a forest full of fireflies.”

    Sancia Grado is an outcast. She is an escaped slave
    Val ⚓️ Shameless Handmaiden ⚓️
    4 - 4.5 Stars

    I polished this thing off in less than a day, so if that isn't a glowing recommendation, I don't know what is. This book had almost everything I love about great high fantasy: epic world-building, a cohesively complex magic system, and a cool main character with dope fantasy book skills.

    Something else this book made me realize I like? Fantasy heist-style books.

    What can I say, I just love it when a group of seeming misfits bands together to achieve a common goal. Think The Final Em
    Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
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    Reviewed together with book 2, check my blog in the link above or the second book review.

    Will this heist story fill the gap that Six of Crows left?
    Jun 30, 2018 rated it liked it

    ARC provided by Crown in exchange for an honest review.

    “Foundryside. The closest thing Sancia had to a home.”

    This is a really hard book for me to rate. The concepts in this book are so unique and creative; I loved them so very much! But some of the banter and conversations felt so dry, boring, and sometimes even offensive. Like, two of the main characters have completely captured my whole heart! The others? Meh. I do think this is worth it though, especially if you have enjoyed Rober
    Robin (Bridge Four)
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    Just as good on the second read. I'm glad I did it before jumping into Shorefall, there is a ton of info in this book that I'm really happy I have a refresher on.

    Re-reading in anticipation of Shorefall

    This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

    You know what more books need…More sentient inanimate objects.


    Some of my favorite things in some of the other fantasies I’ve read have been things like Nightblood, the sentient sword in the Cosmere series of Bra
    Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Robert Jackson Bennett's deserves all of the 5 dazzling stars for this utterly gripping, epic fantasy adventure thriller, that is the first of this hotly anticipated series. Bennett engages in wonderful world building of the city of Tevanne with its 4 powerful family merchant houses and the more poverty stricken outsiders residing in the slums of The Commons. Tevanne runs on industrialised magic through the use of scriving, a specialist art that involves coding to change reality for things to en ...more
    Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
    Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: year-2018, arc, 4-star, lgbt
    Sancia Grado is lonesome thief on the streets of Foundryside. When we enter the book, she's right in the middle of pulling off a job that requires her to steal a small, unassuming box from a safe that's locked up extra tight. Difficult, right?

    Not for Sancia, partially due to the fact that she's able to feel the layout of objects when they touch her bare skin. It's not nearly as hard to pick a lock when the lock volunteers its own combination as soon as it's touched!

    She can also hear scrived obj
    Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    You know that feeling you get? The excitement and high from reading a stunning story? Yeah- that.
    A phenomenal piece of fantasy and feat of imagination! A complex world of mechanics, sigils, scriving is brought to life by Bennet with a wonderful cast of characters. The pacing was fantastic, never a dull moment and very hard to put down (not that I wanted to!). I can’t wait for the next one. I loved City of Stairs, but for some reason, never went back and finished the trilogy despite all the rave
    Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: arc, 2018, fantasy
    FANTASTIC! 5 STARS ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley.

    This is the first book that I’ve read of Robert Jackson Bennett and I was impressed. The writing of Foundryside is great from the beginning, to the end.
    It starts off strong, the pacing is well done, and the ending was a blast! The action sequences impressed the hell out of me.

    The characterization of Sancia Grado was one of the best things in this book. I loved this badass woman. I'm looking
    Re-Read 1/21/20:

    I really can't outdo my previous review. I'm still mightily impressed and thrilled to death over the magic system. The purpose of rules is to find loopholes. :)

    NOW, on to the second book in the series! :) WOOOOOO!

    Original Review:

    Sometimes I come across a piece of fiction that tickles every single one of my funnybones. As in thoroughly delighting me. Charming me. Making me fall in love.

    This is one of those.

    I mean, don't get me wrong, I've LOVED Bennett's City of Stairs books and g
    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    5 fantasy stars to Foundryside! 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

    This was the second of two fantastic fantasy books I was invited to read from Crown Publishing. I am an eclectic reader, and for whatever reason, I do not reach for fantasy as often, but just the same, I tend to savor it when I do.

    Foundryside is Sancia’s story. A skilled thief, she has been sent on a mission to take a hugely powerful artifact from a guarded warehouse in the impoverished city of Tevanne.

    This artifact is used in “scriving,” which is codin
    Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: fantasy, arc
    4.5 stars for this great fantasy novel, just published this month, with an intricate magical system that reminds me of Brandon Sanderson. Tevanne is a city with a huge gap between the haves and have-nots, and magical devices are integral to the city's functioning. Sancia is a thief with secret (and illegal) magical powers that make her particularly good at getting into and out of secure buildings, but also make it difficult for her to live a normal life. When Sancia is sent to steal a box from a ...more
    Sebastien Castell
    Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: fantasy
    Foundryside is a novel that is perpetually combining elements you'd have thought wouldn't be compatible, and yet Robert Jackson Bennet pulls the feat off every time. I was lucky enough to be given an advance reader copy of the book and found it immensely well conceived and executed.

    When you begin the novel, you're immediately drawn into a piece of classic fantasy storytelling: a daring (if troubled) young thief in the middle of a dangerous heist, using a mix of magic and cleverness to survive. T
    Carol (Bookaria)
    Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: fantasy, fiction, 2018
    This is an action-packed, entertaining, and adventurous story.

    We follow Sancia Grado, a young thief trying to survive in a poverty-ridden city as she tries to steal a powerful device. In this world, objects have been modified with a mystical process called scriving. When an object is scrived it forces it to behave in a way different that it was designed to.

    The author did a great job with the world building. He took the scriving concept and created a very imaginative story with compelling charact
    Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley
    4.5 stars

    This book was so much goddamn fun, I can't even describe....

    but I will try.

    Sancia Grado is about to take on the biggest job of her life. The details: steal a small box, contents unknown, from a safe in the warehouse on the Tevanni waterfront guarded by the Waterwatch, return it to her fence, Sark, and get paid serious paper money by an undisclosed, but very rich, patron. For Sancia, this job means the kind of cash to fix herself, to make herself normal. Maybe even enough to get out of t
    May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: arcs-and-galleys
    Sancia is a specially skilled thief who accepted a job that can pay beyond her wildest dreams. The target is a simple box in a safe at the Tevanne docks. When curiosity gets the best of Sancia she learns she's stolen a device that could forever change the magic like scriving that has built Tevanne. She decides to flee rather than hand it over. Before she even has a chance to do so her contact is murdered and she escapes a trap that would undoubtedly lead to her demise. Sancia has to keep running ...more
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    Robert Jackson Bennett is a two-time award winner of the Shirley Jackson Award for Best Novel, an Edgar Award winner for Best Paperback Original, and is also the 2010 recipient of the Sydney J Bounds Award for Best Newcomer, and a Philip K Dick Award Citation of Excellence. City of Stairs was shortlisted for the Locus Award and the World Fantasy Award. City of Blades was a finalist for the 2015 Wo ...more

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