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4.41  ·  Rating details ·  86 ratings  ·  63 reviews

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.

Paperback, 400 pages
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Jo Fletcher Books
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Miranda Reads
Jan 21, 2020 is currently reading it
A huge thank you to the author for sending me a free copy in exchange for an honest review
Chaima ✨ شيماء
Some of you haven't read the first book in this series about heists and found families and morally fraudulent characters and I think that's on par with a Shakespearean tragedy. Please fix that!
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is AWESOME!

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
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
[September 21, 2019]

Bloody shrimping hell of the stinking fish, it's been pushed back to April 2020!

[September 2019]

A scrumpacilious cover we have!! Quite scrumpacilious it is!!!

[March 23, 2019]

Argh!!!!!! It's being pushed back to 2020!!!!!

[December 2018]

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.)
Prepare to have your mind blown to smithereens. Shorefall, the second book in Bennett's Founders series, takes the story and the ideas first posited in Foundryside and doesn't just build on them, but blasts those ideas to the stratosphere. This is a thrilling, engaging, exciting sequel that takes the reader on a strange journey through one of the most unique fantasy worlds ever created.

Tevanne is a city state in this world which is built on the sea and has numerous canals and mountains. It
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received from NetGalley
Kathryn Speckels (Metaphors and Miscellanea)
Me, finding out I got approved for the ARC of this on NetGalley: YES OH MY GOD FINALLY IT'S HERE I LOVED FOUNDRYSIDE GIVE ME 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.
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“He looked up into his mother’s beaming face. I have died for this. And I will gladly die again.”

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,
Jan 02, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

Jan 10, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I got the ARC !!!! I'm rereading Foundryside book #1-re-loving the adventure. Then I'll start this precious beast !
I feel so greedy, I get to read it early :P if you read book one you understand


Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
I'm not even 100 pages into the first book and I know I want to read this one.
Jon Adams
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
RTC, but it was fabulous. Thanks Netgalley, I'm keeping my pre-order going...
I haven't anticipated a book so badly in YEARS.

Jan 31, 2020 added it
“What a critical and crushing thing, perspective is …”

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
T ❄
Aug 28, 2019 marked it as tbr-unreleased
Robert Jackson Bennett himself could knock on my door and punch me in the face and it would hurt less than this wait.

I don’t know how I am expected to wait until 2020 for this book. I have never anticipated a book so highly. Help me.
Jan 09, 2020 rated it liked it
I received a free eARC of this in exchange for an unbiased review.
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
Lesa Divine
Dec 15, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: april-2020-tbr
I enjoyed part 1 Foundryside. So now can't wait to read book 2 in August.
Jan 22, 2020 is currently reading it
I am so excited to read this ! I just finished re-reading book one
Jan 06, 2020 marked it as interested
Juuuust got an ARC of this one. Which clearly means I need to get cracking and reread Foundryside. Gah, I love this universe.
Alysa H.
** I received a Review Copy of this book via NetGalley **
All in all, a less exciting follow-up to the terrific Foundryside. Sancia remains a fantastic character, although her inability to put two and two together regarding her physical health was strikingly out of character. This book seems to have fallen afoul of 2nd-book-in-a-trilogy syndrome, with many pieces being arranged in order to move the characters and plot along to where the author wants/needs them to be for the big finale. And unfortunately for me, I'm not that excited by that direction. ...more
Jan 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Received a NetGalley copy in exchange for a review.

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
Dec 16, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
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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
Ralph Blackburn
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shorefall by Robert Jackson Bennett- Well, pretty much all the hype you read about this book comes to pass in a scary adventure written large by the demonic god-like players involved. The nail biting action and well devised set pieces are nonstop throughout. Sancia, Bernice, Gregor, and Orso are back and Foundryside is working on a new method of outfoxing the staid merchant houses, when they hear of a terrible thing that's about to happen out at sea. Off they go and are dropped into a battle ...more
Jan 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Review to come closer to publication time.
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Beth ~~Just One More Chapter I Swear~~
~~~~ 3.5 Stars ~~~~

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
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Robert Jackson Bennet has mastered textured world building. His books create societies and technologies that both mirror our reality and extend into the fantastical. He consistently explores deep questions of society, humanity, faith, and politics throughout his work. It's hard to walk away from reading anything he's written without being haunted by his narrative, characters, and philosophy. His books are never comfortable and his characters complex and flawed.

Over time, his books have become
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
With thanks to Netgalley for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

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
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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 ...more

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