The upstart firm Foundryside is struggling to make it. Orso Igancio and his star employee, former thief Sancia Grado, are accomplishing brilliant things with scriving, the magical art of encoding sentience into everyday objects, but it's not enough. The massive merchant houses of Tevanne won't tolerate competition, and they're willing to do anything to crush Foundryside....more
No spoilers, no matter how much I want to go on and on about all the great things in this sequel, but I can say a few things.
If you loved how so many wonderful magical goodnesses came out of the magic system in Foundryside, how they could all argue reality out of commission, find new loopholes, reprogram it again, and do it all while being one of the biggest magical heists in modern fantasy, you will totally FREAK OUT when you see Shorefall.
Foundryside was all kinds of awesome ...more
Bloody shrimping hell of the stinking fish, it's been pushed back to April 2020!
A scrumpacilious cover we have!! Quite scrumpacilious it is!!!
[March 23, 2019]
Argh!!!!!! It's being pushed back to 2020!!!!!
Bloody shrimping hell of the stinking fish. We have a release date and stuff.
Oh, and by the way:
Oh, and also:
· Book 1: Foundryside (actual rating: 6.848697 stars. And a half.) ...more
Tevanne is a city state in this world which is built on the sea and has numerous canals and mountains. It ...more
Me, shortly thereafter, realizing it's been over a year since I read the first one and I've forgotten some pieces of how it ended and can't find a recap anywhere online and am now afraid to start this one: well, this is just scrumming* fantastic.
* well, if nothing else, apparently I remembered this universe's profanity, so there's that.
I received and ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Ladies and gentleman, he’s done it again! I had never heard of this author before I read foundryside but now I plan to read more of his books. I stayed up late for 2 nights reading this book because I couldn’t put it down!
This book starts off with action and is wonderfully paced! More amazing magic, more of the unique, ...more
Robert Jackson Bennett is in both an enviable and a difficult situation. He’s one of the most imaginative writers in fantasy today, but that carries a sky-high level of expectation that can be difficult to meet. His latest book, Shorefall, is the second book of the Founders trilogy, and often the middle book of any trilogy is the weakest, so I admit to having some trepidation before starting it. I could not fathom how Bennett could improve ...more
This picks up the story of Sancia and her Foundryside compatriots three years after the events of Foundryside. Sancia, Orso, Berenice and Gregor have worked to establish a free guild of scrivers not beholden to any of the major campos. They are ready to set off their big idea to bring down the campos from within when the worst happens, Ofelia Dandolo brings back a hierophant. The rest of the novel deals with their attempts to ...more
The first book in this series was a 3.5 for me which I rounded up to 4, and I did not enjoy this book as much, so I guess I have to give it 3 stars. I will always be on the lookout for future RJB books, although I won't finish this series.
It is hard for me to put my finger on what falls flat for me: Maybe the magic system seems to have so many arbitrary elements that just happen to work out for what the plot needs at the moment; maybe the dialog ...more
Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett is the second book in the Founders fantasy series. Mr. Bennett is an award winning author including the Edgar Award, the Shirley Jackson Award and a Philip K Dick Award Citation of Excellence.
In Foundryside, Orso Ignacio and Sancia Grado are having a tough time with their scriving startup firm. Scriving involves encoding everyday objects with magic (code?) to make them do things they ...more
This review is mostly spoiler-free as to this book. Since it’s a sequel, I will discuss spoilers of the first book as it’s hard not to, but I will keep my discussion of specifics for this book confined to the first 20% or so. If you haven’t read the first book, I recommend you stop reading this (and go read it!).
Shorefall picks up three years after the events of Foundryside. Our main characters, Sancia, Gregor, Berenice, and Orso, the “Foundrysiders,” have established their own scriving ...more
You know what we have here? What we have here is a chaotic, action packed sequel that doesn't fall prey to the dreaded 2nd book blues. There were some issues with convenient problem resolutions that (too) easily moved the plot along in order to circumvent some sticky spots. This always rankles me. I'm not good with easily obtained powers, accomplishments, or love. Is that a dealbreaker this time? No, maybe because it wasn't rampant. There was, however, an inordinate amount of ...more
Over time, his books have become ...more
I am a big fan of Robert Jackson Bennett. I've considered him one of the most imaginative writers in modern fantasy ever since I devoured his "Divine Cities" trilogy. "Divine Cities" set the bar very high, and it was quite a head-scratcher to admit when I read "Foundryside" that I found it lacking, although the majority of my complaints had to do with the characters' language.
Because of that lingering disappointment with ...more