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...
  • Miranda Reads
    The soles of her boots touched earth, and she started to run. No matter the cost, Sancia will do what it takes to survive. She's carved out an existence in one of the most inhospitable places in the city. She's a woman of many hats - thief, liar, plunderer, and more: "But the fire was you as well?"Sancia shrugged. "Shit got out of hand." She takes on odd jobs - often stealing items from one merchant house and selling it to another...though the l...
  • Petrik
    4.5/5 starsFoundryside was an incredibly addictive and entertaining read from start to finish.I’m a recent fan of Robert Jackson Bennett’s books. Three months ago on the last week of May, I binged read his critically acclaimed trilogy, The Divine Cities, and it became one of my favorite trilogies of all time; I forced my friends and everyone I know to pushed the trilogy up their TBR immediately. Since finishing The Divine Cities, Foundryside,...
  • ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
    💥 AVAILABLE TODAY!!! 💥🥇🦐 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 y...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
    Sancia Grado is lonesome thief on the streets of Foundryside. When we enter the book, she's right in the middle of pulling off a job that requires her to steal a small, unassuming box from a safe that's locked up extra tight. Difficult, right?Not for Sancia, partially due to the fact that she's able to feel the layout of objects when they touch her bare skin. It's not nearly as hard to pick a lock when the lock volunteers its own combination as s...
  • 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 ...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    ”Sancia saw the nightscape of Tevanne below her, suddenly rendered in the juddering, jangly tangles of silver scrivings, thousands and thousands and thousands of them, like a dark mountain range covered in tiny candles. She watched in wonder as the scrived bolts hissed through the air above her, glittering like falling stars as they sped out over the city, a city that swarmed with minds and thoughts and desires like a forest full of fireflies....
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    Please note that I'm not an avid reader of adult fantasy novels, so my opinions here might not apply to you as a reader and I highly recommend giving this one a go if you enjoy adult fantasy regularly!I really did enjoy this overall, as a 3 STAR rating is positive on my scale, but I just didn't love it as much as everyone else seems to be. Again, I'm in the minority here so I recommend balancing my review with a few 5 stars that have come before ...
  •  ⚔ Sh3lly - Grumpy Book Grrrl ⚔
    RELEASE DAY!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 b...
  • 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...
  • Iryna (Book and Sword)
    4/5 stars I have to admit, I was beyond ecstatic when I got approved for an ARC of this. I've seen it circulating on Goodreads prior and once I read the description I was SOLD! Well, if you know me then you know that anything that has "thief" in it sells me basically. I just love my grey characters! But Sancia is much more than just a thief. Sancia is different, and I don't mean it in the "ohhh I'm so pretty but I think I'm so ugly special snowfl...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    4.5 stars for this great fantasy novel, just published this month, with an intricate magical system that reminds me of Brandon Sanderson. Tevanne is a city with a huge gap between the haves and have-nots, and magical devices are integral to the city's functioning. Sancia is a thief with secret (and illegal) magical powers that make her particularly good at getting into and out of secure buildings, but also make it difficult for her to live a norm...
  • 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...
  • Emma
    4.5 starsThis book was so much goddamn fun, I can't even describe....but I will try.Sancia Grado is about to take on the biggest job of her life. The details: steal a small box, contents unknown, from a safe in the warehouse on the Tevanni waterfront guarded by the Waterwatch, return it to her fence, Sark, and get paid serious paper money by an undisclosed, but very rich, patron. For Sancia, this job means the kind of cash to fix herself, to make...
  • Ginger
    FANTASTIC! 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review via NetGalley.This is the first book that I’ve read of Robert Jackson Bennett and I was impressed. The writing of Foundryside is great from the beginning, to the end.It starts off strong, the pacing is well done, and the ending was a blast! The action sequences impressed the hell out of me.The characterization of Sancia Grado was one of the best thi...
  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    Release Day, You'll Thank Me Later! This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart You know what more books need…More sentient inanimate objects.Some of my favorite things in some of the other fantasies I’ve read have been things like Nightblood, the sentient sword in the Cosmere series of Brandon Sanderson.  Pookie Bear (thanks Tandie) from the Angelfall series, Beauty and the Beast had an entire castle full of sentient everyday ite...
  • 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,...
  • Emma
    You know that feeling you get? The excitement and high from reading a stunning story? Yeah- that.A phenomenal piece of fantasy and feat of imagination! A complex world of mechanics, sigils, scriving is brought to life by Bennet with a wonderful cast of characters. The pacing was fantastic, never a dull moment and very hard to put down (not that I wanted to!). I can’t wait for the next one. I loved City of Stairs, but for some reason, never went...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Gary
    Originally posted at Jackson Bennett’s new novel Foundryside shows the same investment in world building as his extravagant Divine Cities trilogy. This time he gives us the city of Tevanne, a setting inspired by late-medieval/early-Renaissance-era Italy. Tevanne is ruled by four “campos”, houses run by rich families that control every facet of commerce in the city. Sancia is a young thief from ...
  • Anton
    A delightful surprise! I have heard great things about the author - but this is the first book of his I tried. I think this book is a kindred spirit to Sanderson's The Final Empire. I know, it is a high benchmark. But trust me, this is the best comparable for this new release.Slick and gripping writing, seriously clever magic system, exquisite worldbuilding, strong characters - all of that 5* easily. Incredibly powerful start of the new series.My...
  • Hannah
    I am such a huge fan of Robert Jackson Bennett’s style of fantasy, I practically jumped when I realized he has a new series starting this year. This book featured prominently on my most anticipated releases list and I am happy to report that I enjoyed it a whole lot, for the most part. I have spent the better part of two weeks trying to come up with a way to review this book. I am such a huge fan of Bennett’s work and his ideas and there is i...
  • Kaitlin
    * I was sent an arc for free to review from the publisher *This is my first book by RJB and it's certainly not going to be my last because I found that I really enjoyed this. I wasn't sure what to expect when I went into this story but right from the start where we follow Sancia as she flies an unwieldy rig, listens to the Scrivings and steals an object which is wanted by many, I knew it would be a fun one. Sancia is a great character to start of...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum new novel by Robert Jackson Bennett is always cause to celebrate, as he is the author of one of my all-time favorite fantasy series, The Divine Cities. Needless to say, I went into Foundryside with sky-high expectations, and once again I was rewarded with a remarkably good read.This book, the first in a new series, takes place in the industrialized magical city of Tevan...
  • Nick T. Borrelli
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