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Foundryside

A Novel
Lu par : Tara Sands
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"The exciting beginning of a promising new epic fantasy series. Prepare for ancient mysteries, innovative magic, and heart-pounding heists." (Brandon Sanderson)

"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!" (Tamora Pierce)

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 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 sentience - have already used it to transform Tevanne into a vast, remorseless capitalist machine. But if they can unlock the artifact’s secrets, they will rewrite the world itself to suit their aims.  

Now someone in those Houses wants Sancia dead, and the artifact for themselves. And in the city of Tevanne, there’s nobody with the power to stop them.  

To have a chance at surviving - and at stopping the deadly transformation that’s under way - Sancia will have to marshal unlikely allies, learn to harness the artifact’s power for herself, and undergo her own transformation, one that will turn her into something she could never have imagined.

©2018 Robert Jackson Bennett (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critiques

“An absolutely riveting secondary world fantasy.... I felt fully, utterly engaged by the ideas, actually in love with the core characters for their differences and the immensely generative friction between them, and in awe of Bennett’s craft. I went to bed late reading it and woke up early to finish it. A magnificent, mind-blowing start to a series I’m hungry for.” (Amal El-Mohtar, New York Times Book Review

“An excellent first novel in what promises to be another home-run series for Bennett [featuring] expert writing, complicated and distinct characters, and an intriguing, deadly, wonderful new city where reality can be shuffled like a deck of cards, provided you can justify it.” (Tor.com)    

 
“An epic, breathtaking novel that’s as much cyberpunk as it is fantasy...Bennett lays out a fantastic story ladened with fantastic characters, but it’s his take on magic that stands out here.” (The Verge

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  • Global
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  • Michael
  • 22/08/2018

Amazing Fantasy

This book was amazing. With a well thought out magic system, engaging characters, a plot that pulls few punches, after writing the Divine Cities Trilogy Robert Jackson Bennett strikes again as a fantasy author with a new series that looks to be shaping up to be another great one.

For me this book ticks many boxes that a great fantasy should have. A sense of discovery, abundant magic, society shaped by that magic, a consistent story, and after finishing you feel like you accomplished something, gained a new perspective, and new characters to cherish and imagine.

Tara Sands was a great voice for this novel captures the characters well and the tone of the story. The production was on point.

Not having much more to say and not wanting to spoil the novel the book, my recommendation is: BUY

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  • Global
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  • D. Fyler
  • 31/08/2018

A bit childish

After the elegant complexity of the Divine Cities Series, this book seems a bit simple and straightforward. There were a lot of well used tropes which I was surprised that Mr. Bennett employed. Poor but fiery street urchin, a starkly divided society with clear good guys and bad guys. It’s not bad but I expected a bit more layering, depth and intricacy from a writer as good and creative as Mr. Bennett.

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  • Global
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  • Abel
  • 30/09/2018

If you know the work of Brandon Sanderson, you’ll enjoy this.

Although it could very well be part of the cosmere as it’s so similar in style and magic system. (Set in the Elantris world most likely). I wish the book had developed the “bad” character a bit more. Sometime it feels a bit gratuitous or over-exaggerated. The second and last thing, I also wish the romance part was further developed. It really comes out of the blue although it get better by the end, I’m not sure it should have been delayed to the next book where it could get more pages. Overall great listen, good narrator and engaging story.

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  • Rob
  • 03/09/2018

Another excellent book by Robert Jackson Bennett

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Tara Sands does a fine job, making the audio a decent option. Her normal reading voice seems like a good fit for the protagonist and does some additional voices that adds that little extra something to the book.

Story
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I'm typically a big fan of thief protagonists, and heist stories, so it's no surprise that I was excited to see how RJB tackled the genre. I really loved his Divine City books, especially the first two and I was looking forward to read a story in a different setting.

Sancia is a pretty good protagonist, although I didn't connect to her right away. Once things finally got going with the magic key however, things picked up quite a bit for me.

The story in this book was enjoyable, but for me the best part was the excellent magic system. I'm a sucker for a well thought out and detailed magic system. I'm a software engineer by trade. The details of how scriving works reminds me a lot of how software is built. You start with a foundation of lower level language and build higher level languages on top of that.

I loved, loved LOVED this system, and I'm hoping we continue to get some more interesting details about it as the series progresses.

Overall this was a pretty solid start to a new series that only got better as the book went along. I'm really looking forward to seeing where he takes things next. If you haven't read anything by Robert Jackson Bennett, I highly recommend it. His Divine cities books are excellent, and this one is right up there with them.

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  • cordell
  • 13/03/2019

only made it through chapter 7

I could not maintain any interest in continuing this book beyond chapter 7. It may not be a terrible book, but it's geared towards a YA audience, and I am not that audience.

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  • jzaslice
  • 11/03/2019

best narrator yet

I've listened to only a few audio books all the way through but the narration was spectacular compared to most.

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  • Kian Ameli
  • 08/03/2019

A surprising heist

Towards the end of this book I slowed the narration down because I wanted it to last longer. It has a robust magic system, easy to love characters, and world building that doesn’t get in the way of itself.

One of the top listens of 2019

  • Global
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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 23/02/2019

It took too long for the story to get interesting

I need to preface this by saying I ended up liking the story at the end. However, as an intro to a supposed trilogy this was a poor representation of how it should be done.

The Good: The intro to the novel was not bad. A heist is a great way to start a novel. I loved the characters in the novel with the exception of one of them. The last 1/3 of the novel was amazing once you really understood what was going on and why the characters are motivated to do what they are doing. I cannot emphasize that I was truly engrossed in the last 5 hours of the book. Tara Sands voice acting was above average and most of the characters were very well represented. I love the "scriving(?)" system in place and the setting is just amazing.

The Bad: The first 2/3 of the novel is just poor plodding, pacing, and over explanation. It took time to get used to the shift in character perspective. Gregor was not a very interesting character to say the least and felt flat. The overuse of the first and last name of characters seemed...odd and I'm not sure what it was done and then suddenly dropped at the end. Things felt jarring and too confusing at times. And I really can't scrumming stand the curse "scrum" as its just silly.

Outside of that I can't wait to actually see where the series goes. I feel like it firmly planted its feet on the ground and can only go but up. Despite the slow start and annoyances I promise if you stick with it you will get an amazing ending to the novel and you will be excited for the next one.

  • Global
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  • Dante
  • 15/02/2019

Great world, poor conversation

The premise is great (and interesting). But the number of times the characters remark to each other "is that even possible", "thats never been done before", etc. is incredibly grating. I understand that the point is to show how ludicrous all of this is to the characters, but at some point it surpasses that and becomes lazy writing to surplant explaining characters thoughts or feelings. The book is worth a listen just for the world building, and I appreciate that many cliche` plot points and character choices were NOT present, but at the end of the day, half the book is characters telling you how breathtaking the scenes are. 6/10

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  • Richard
  • 31/01/2019

Great action, solid characters, cool concept for magic

I enjoyed the story, it’s full of action. I even found myself cheering out loud during certain passages.
I would prefer if the author had kept a bit more subtly with the exposition at times. But that was a minor complaint in a book I thoroughly enjoyed. Can’t wait for the next book.