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
This was a very smartly crafted sequel. Robert Jackson Bennett has more tricks up his sleeve than any other author I can think of; just when I think he could not possibly expand his world any more, or take me by surprise, he proves me wrong. Full review to come.
Shorefall is mind-bending great; Robert Jackson Bennett once again proved himself that he is a precious gift for the SFF genre.
I feel like there needs to be a new genre classification for Robert Jackson Bennetts books, an urban fantasy? Check. High fantasy? Check. Sci-fi? Check. Urban high SFF it is. Yes, it is always a safe bet to read Bennetts books when youre in need of a refreshing, fabulous, and incredible read that brims ...more
this series is something else. ive said it before, but this is the PERFECT fantasy series 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 ...more
Wow!! 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This book was epic and mind boggling.
Shorefall is the second book in the Founders series and its just as good as the 1st book! Not only is the writing amazing, but the characterization in this book is fantastic.
Shorefall starts off 2-3 years after Foundryside.
Sancia, Berenice, Orso and Gregory have founded their own scriving business. They're using the technology to better serve the poor and needy ...more
Aaaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!!!! I have an ARC!!!!!!!!!!! Aaaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!!!! Someone halp me, I'm having trouble breathing and stuff!!!!!
Ah, that's much better, thank thee kindly and stuff. So? Where were we? Oh yes. I have an ARC!!!!!!!!!!! Let's dance and stuff.
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[September 21, 2019]
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 ...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
Tevanne is a city state in this world which is built on the sea and has numerous canals and mountains. It ...more
And now that I have read it - I have very mediocre feelings about it. Because that's what this was - mediocre. Like lukewarm tea, you have to finish because you don't want to waste it.
Ok, that was a bit dramatic, and don't get me ...more
Robert Jackson Bennett is in both an enviable and a difficult situation. Hes 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 upon ...more
CW: violence, blood, gore, war, and deception
If I thought the first book was intense, nothing compared me for this one. I was legit sitting at my desk for a few minutes trying to realize what I read at the end and that this is going to be one hell of a book series, as if it wasn't already.
I'll likely have spoilers for the first book since this takes place three years after the events of the first book.
So, the whole gang is ...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, hes 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 couldnt put it down!
This book starts off with action and is wonderfully paced! More amazing magic, more of the unique, ...more
It will be up to one small time thief and a group of unlikely heroes to save the town, the people and the lives they live as one deadly and menacing evil returns on a mission of inhalation.
Magic like you have never seen, no simple whip of a wand, no wiggle of a nose, this tale is brilliantly intricate, richly detailed and riveting from ...more
Wow, Shorefall took forever to get through. So much happened in this one and I'm not sure how I'm still handling/processing everything. The ending was such a damn cliffhanger and now I'm left with endless questions! I'm hoping a certain someone isn't dead and maybe just slightly injured??
Besides hoping, again, so much happened in this book. Thankfully this sequel didn't get hit with the horrible second book syndrome. ...more
Oh it is intense, there was some serious power struggles going on. Power rearing ...more
This review is mostly spoiler-free as to this book. Since its a sequel, I will discuss spoilers of the first book as its hard not to, but I will keep my discussion of specifics for this book confined to the first 20% or so. If you havent 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 house ...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