Foundryside (Founders, #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett

Foundryside (Founders, #1)

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 unimaginable power, an object that could revolutionize the magical technology known as scriving. The Merchant Houses who control this magic--the art of using coded commands to imbue everyday objects with sentie...


Details Foundryside (Founders, #1)

TitleFoundryside (Founders, #1)
Author
Release DateAug 21st, 2018
PublisherCrown
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy, Fiction, Adult
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Reviews Foundryside (Founders, #1)

  • Brandon Sanderson
    2018-07-19
    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
    2018-09-16
    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
    2018-09-04
    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,...
  • carol.
    2018-03-03
    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 ...
  • ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
    2018-04-21
    🥇🦐 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...
  • Jen/The Tolkien Gal/ジェニファー
    2018-09-02
    Buddy read with KarishmaDNF'd at about 7%. I couldn't. I am absolutely sick of YA female characters written with the extreme "independent" women complex/syndrome. I can't take it anymore. I'm done. Done. YA has ruined the concept of the female character - why should it be a concept in the first place? Why can't characters be characters and their gender not the focal point of the book? What happened to personality and strength and complexity being...
  • Melanie
    2018-06-30
    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...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    2018-09-13
    ”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....
  • J.L. Sutton
    2018-06-20
    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
    2018-07-18
    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...
  • Paromjit
    2018-07-29
    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 ...
  • Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
    2018-03-07
    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...
  • Ginger
    2018-09-16
    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...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    2018-08-03
    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 (grumpybookgrrrl.com)
    2018-06-24
    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...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    2018-05-03
    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...
  • Carol (Bookaria)
    2018-07-15
    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...
  • Emma
    2018-09-05
    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...
  • Iryna *Book and Sword*
    2018-08-11
    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...
  • Sebastien Castell
    2018-04-27
    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,...
  • Terence
    2018-05-03
    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...
  • Robin (Bridge Four)
    2018-08-13
    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...
  • Bradley
    2018-05-30
    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...
  • Emma
    2018-08-17
    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...
  • Montzalee Wittmann
    2018-05-20
    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...
  • Fares
    2018-12-13
    I predicted this would the first of many RJB books I'd be reading soon. Yes, I'm a fan.The book has it all folks. Yes, it could've been better but it's still really good.For some reason, I keep thinking it's a debut novel and it is not XDBefore reading this book, all the reviews I read mentioned the amazing world building and magic system in this, and while I agree about the magic system I didn't notice much world building, probably bc I zoned ou...
  • Maxwell
    2019-02-24
    This is an awesome first installment in, what is I'm sure to be, a great high-fantasy trilogy. It has fantastic world-building, but isn't overly descriptive or bogged down with explanation. All of the magic system is incorporated into the narrative, and there isn't a scene in this story that doesn't move the story forward in some way. Sancia is a great main character, though I do wish we got to know a tiny bit more about her—but I'm guessing th...
  • Gary
    2018-08-21
    Originally posted at https://1000yearplan.com/2018/08/21/f...Robert 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 ...
  • Phrynne
    2018-09-03
    Well having five starred my way through Robert Jackson Bennett's Divine Cities trilogy, I am obviously a fan, so I was looking forward to reading his latest book enormously. And I was certainly not disappointed!Five stars again for 500 wonderful pages which flew past too quickly. Bennett absolutely excels in his world building, introducing information as and when it is needed in the most natural way. He also has a flair for creating interesting c...