Shorefall - The Founders (Paperback)Robert Jackson Bennett (author)
'A refreshing look at magic - featuring a heroine every reader will root for - from one of the smartest writers I know', says Peter V. Brett, New York Times bestselling author of The Demon Cycle
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.
But even the merchant houses of Tevanne might have met their match. An immensely powerful and deadly entity has been resurrected in the shadows of Tevanne, one that's not interested in wealth or trade routes: a hierophant, one of the ancient practitioners of scriving. And he has a great fascination for Foundryside, and its employees - especially Sancia.
Now Sancia and the rest of Foundryside must race to combat this new menace, which means understanding the origins of scriving itself - before the hierophant burns Tevanne to the ground.
Publisher: Quercus Publishing
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 619 g
Dimensions: 232 x 152 x 42 mm
An expertly spun yarn by one of the best fantasy writers on the scene todayBennett's characterisation . . . strikes a perfect balance between terror and allure. This thrilling instalment will leave readers eager for the series finalé It's a fascinating take on magic, and it was great to see it evolve further. Once again, the novel's dialogue is on point. Fast, funny, and authentic. Bennett's sharp eye for dialogue is part of what makes his novels so special
The exciting beginning of a promising new epic fantasy series. Prepare for ancient mysteries, innovative magic, and heart-pounding heists
Complex characters, magic that is tech and vice versa, a world bound by warring trade dynasties: Bennett will leave you in awe once you remember to breathe!
Absolutely riveting . . . I felt fully, utterly engaged by the ideas, and in awe of Bennett's craft. A magnificent, mind-blowing start to a series I'm hungry for
Bennett has created a new genrewith this series -- maybe call it magical Renaissance cyberpunk -- and I am here for it. The second book in the series rockets along, with all the action taking place over the course of a few days, but it still finds time to add nuance to an already rich world and give the characters space to grow
Foundryside will not disappoint. It's a world like no other, a concept like no other and a read like no other
A compelling treatise on power and its misuse
Funny, exciting, pacy and gory, this terrific debut promises greater things to come
Shorefall maintains the all-action, techno-magic-mayhem of the first, while upping the ante on epic stakes, compelling characters, and the mind-bending worldbuilding that is the author's trademark
Inventive, immersive and thrilling, Foundryside is a fascinating look at how our best intentions can be corrupted -
and how wickedly awesome and terrifying gravity belts can be. Do yourself a favour and pick this up
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