The city of Tevanne runs on scrivings, industrialised magical inscriptions that make inanimate objects sentient; they power everything, from walls to wheels to weapons. Scrivings have brought enormous progress and enormous wealth - but only to the four merchant Houses who control them. Everyone else is a servant or slave, or they eke a precarious living in the hellhole cal...more
So…moreIf 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)
*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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
The soles of her boots touched earth, and she started to run.
She's a woman of many hats - thief, liar, plunderer, and more:
"But the fire was you as well?"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.
Sancia shrugged. "Shit got out of hand."
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 ...more
Good things: Can you hear us?
Me: Yes, I hear you!
Good things: We are ALL ABOUT Foundryside!
Publisher: Here, check out a copy!
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
➽ 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 💕lurve💕 with a key. A bloody shrimping KEY.
🥇🦐 Shrimpiest Book of the Year Award Nominee! 🦐🥇
Actual rating: 6.848697 stars. And a half.
Okay. So this book is so bloody fishing scrumptious I don't know where to start. By foaming at the mouth maybe? Not a bad idea, actually, that usually works pretty well for me.
Oh yes, ...more
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???
Sancia Grado is an outcast. She is an escaped slave ...more
Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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!
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I have to admit, I was beyond ecstatic when I got approved for an ARC of this. I've seen it circulating on Goodreads prior and once I read the description I was SOLD! Well, if you know me then you know that anything that has "thief" in it sells me basically. I just love my grey characters!
But Sancia is much more than just a thief. Sancia is different, and I don't mean it in the "ohhh I'm so pretty but I think I'm so ugly special snowflake character" way - these should be outlawed by t ...more
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