Foundryside (Founders, #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett

Foundryside (Founders, #1)

In a city that runs on industrialized magic, a secret war will be fought to overwrite reality itself--the first in a dazzling new fantasy series from City of Stairs author Robert Jackson Bennett.   Sancia Grado is a thief, and a damn good one. And her latest target, a heavily guarded warehouse on Tevanne’s docks, is nothing her unique abilities can’t handle.   But unbeknownst to her, Sancia’s been sent to steal an artifact of unimagina...

Details Foundryside (Founders, #1)

TitleFoundryside (Founders, #1)
Release DateAug 21st, 2018
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Adult

Reviews Foundryside (Founders, #1)

  • Brandon Sanderson
    Foundryside by Robert Jackson BennettWe’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 Fou...
  • ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
    🥇🦐 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, I feel much more inspired now. Not to mention super sexy and irresistible and stuff.Okay. I can do this. Let's see. Where to start? Oh yes, The Divine Cities. You k...
  • Carol.
    Robert Jackson Bennett is one of the few authors I watch out for. Recently, I finished his early award-winning book (Philip K. Dick, Edgar, Anthony), The Company Man so I was very excited at the opportunity to read an advanced reader copy of Foundryside, his latest work.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 ...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    5 fantasy stars to Foundryside! 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 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 c...
  • J.L. Sutton
    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 heroine, Sancia, reminded me of the resourceful Vin from Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn Series. There was also something about B...
  • Melanie
    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 i...
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    This is an action-packed, entertaining, and adventurous story.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 create...
  • Paromjit
    Robert Jackson Bennett's deserves all of the 5 dazzling stars for this utterly gripping, epic fantasy adventure thriller, that is the first of this hotly anticipated series. Bennett engages in wonderful world building of the city of Tevanne with its 4 powerful family merchant houses and the more poverty stricken outsiders residing in the slums of The Commons. Tevanne runs on industrialised magic through the use of scriving, a specialist art that ...
  • Terence
    Sancia is a specially skilled thief who accepted a job that can pay beyond her wildest dreams. The target is a simple box in a safe at the Tevanne docks. When curiosity gets the best of Sancia she learns she's stolen a device that could forever change the magic like scriving that has built Tevanne. She decides to flee rather than hand it over. Before she even has a chance to do so her contact is murdered and she escapes a trap that would undoubte...
  •  ⚔ Sh3lly - Grumpy Name-Changing Wanderer ⚔
    Review also found at:https://dustoffyourmachalo.wordpress....“Foundryside is topnotch story-telling. A fantasy heavyweight ripe with heart, heroism, and hilarity.” – ShellyMy attempt at one of those catchy quotes you find on jacket covers. See, this is why I’m not a writer. LOL. Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett, author of City of Stairs, is due to be released on August 21, 2018, which happens to be the day after my 45th birthday. It...
  • Sebastien Castell
    Foundryside is a novel that is perpetually combining elements you'd have thought wouldn't be compatible, and yet Robert Jackson Bennet pulls the feat off every time. I was lucky enough to be given an advance reader copy of the book and found it immensely well conceived and executed.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,...
  • Montzalee Wittmann
    Foundryside (Founders #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett is a book I requested and the review is voluntary. Wow, this is one heck of a book! The character building and world building is just so astounding! The story itself drags me in and I didn't even feel it until I was hopeless trapped and I couldn't stop reading for fear of what may happen when I wasn't there! lol The political intrigue, the society's ladders, how magic fit or didn't fit in, all w...
  • Bradley
    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 gushed on and on about those, but this one is a near picture-perfect mix of extremely detailed rules-based magic based on Scriving, or rune-like ancient language, to *persuade* reality to behave d...
  • Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
    A few hours late, but hey, here we are. Very special thanks to Kathleen Quinlan and Crown Publishing for sending this reader an ARC!This was utterly fascinating. I can't wait to see where the series goes. Character development and world-building are two areas where Robert Jackson Bennett excels. I loved Sancia, Clef, and the rest of the crew (even if it took me awhile to warm up to Orso). After reading this, I want prequels. Gimme origin stories ...
  • Maria Dimitrova
    I received this ARC from Crown Publishing in exchange of an honest review. This in no way affects my rating or influences my opinion.I'm usually not a big fan of epic fantasy. I enjoy it but it takes me some time to grow attached to both the world and the characters. And by a while I mean a couple of books. So it's a rare treat when a fantasy series catches me from the very first instalment. Foundryside starts like an adventure and for maybe the ...
  • Sharade
    RTC.Quick feedback: It's as if Brandon Sanderson and Max Gladstone had a book-child that was then raised by Scott Lynch. And I loved it.
  • Nick T. Borrelli
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  • Maryam
    I loved Robert Jackson Bennett Divine City series so when given the opportunity to read this advanced copy of Foundryside from the publisher, I accepted it without any hesitation. After reading it I’m sure when edited and published in August Foundryside will get the attention it deserves.Like Divine City this is a new world of magic, something remaining from a long lost magic era. The other similarity is the female protagonist which this time i...
  • Jonathan Terrington
    You can read a more polished and updated (with pictures) version of this very same review over at my website: The Write Stuff.Reading is a kind of contextual magic. At times, the location in which you read a book can influence the way you absorb the wonder of that novel. For me, I was reading in the back of a van that were it almost anywhere but Manila would have been illegal. We were stuck in traffic for three hours with nothing else to do. So ...
  • Judy Lesley
    Thank you to NetGalley and Crown Publishing for a digital galley of this novel.Foundryside had a little bit of a slow start for me but once it got going it had my attention fully engaged. The slow beginning had to do with the main character being immediately involved in a robbery using the magic system of this world. Once some of that magic was explained it was evident this would be a world unlike most I've encountered in the fantasy genre. I saw...
  • Beth Cato
    I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley.I was just about two chapters into this book when I thought, "Hmm, this is going to be one of my favorite books for the year, isn't it?" Foundryside fully lived up to the promise of its early pages. This is a darn good book, and one I have already added to my awards nomination list for next year.The world-building stands out foremost. There are a lot of political machinations going on between ...
  • Dave
    Foundryside is a stupendous work of fantasy that is written so well that the pages seem to melt away. What a great read! Absolutely enjoyable. Can’t wait for the next one in the series.Although us readers are only given a glimpse of a small corner of this world, it is an incredible glimpse into a world where scrivings dictate how things work. Scrivings are like magic words or the fantasy equivalent of computer code which allow objects to think ...
  • Donna Davis
    3.5 rounded up. This title is the first in a new series. Those that love fantasy, and especially those that already enjoy this writer’s work will want to check it out. My thanks go to Crown and Net Galley for the DRC, which I received free and early in exchange for this honest review. Bennett comes to this project with a list of awards as long as your arm, so I was excited to read him. I probably would have been more impressed by this book if t...
  • Lo Bookfrantic
    3.5 StarsWorking on review...
  • Alaina Meserole
    Foundryside was so freaking good! I am so happy that the publisher reached out to me and wanted to know if I wanted to dive into this book and The Grey Bastards. I loved both and I can't wait to dive into more books by these two authors.The characters in this book were completely lovable. Sancia and Clef were probably my favorites out of them all. Sancia is a young thief with unique magical skills. I loved her character from the very beginning be...
  • Julie
    A very, very solid 4.5 stars — if anything, it’s only slightly rounded down simply because Robert Jackson Bennett is pretty much my favourite author and so my standards for him are so damn high and I know how good he is. This one is a really fun, addictive fantasy with a young thief named Sancia Grado, who’s contracted to steal an enchanted key from a warehouse — which winds up being far more trouble than she realised, as she lands in hot...
  • Benjamin Thomas
    This, my friends, is the very definition of “smart fantasy”. Fans of Robert Jackson Bennett’s previous works will be pleased. I won’t try to rehash a plot summary because I really wouldn’t know where to begin. I can say that if you are looking for traditional fantasy with wizards, elves, etc. you will need to look elsewhere. Bennett has developed an innovative magic system along with some exquisite world building. The city of Tevanne ha...
  • Samantha
    Hooray! This almost felt like a buddy comedy, which I fully support in fantasy, a genre with an irritating tendency to take itself way too seriously. This reminded me a lot of The Lies of Locke Lamora, which is high praise in my book. Excellent world building and magical system, fantastic characters, and I felt it hit the right (if sometimes difficult to read) note on slavery. Sancia’s PTSD was well rendered, and something that should come up m...