Requiem uWhy do authors keep including a scene where a son looks at his mom and thinks she was StIlL beautiful bUt she was also looking her ageAre sons this obsessed about the wrinkles of their mom and I don t know about it Is this a thing I think notI m so torn I really thought I was going to give this book 5 stars after I had heard so many people compare the magic system to some of the ones created by Brandon Sanderson and mehYes the magic system wasniue and complex The story and characters were okay The talking key was awesome but I overall lost interest throughout the book and struggled to finish I enjoyed it enough to continue the series and I m crossing my fingers I ll enjoy book 2 Fantastic Five Star FantasyGood things Can you hear Show No Mercy usMe Yes I hear youGood things We are ALL ABOUT FoundrysidePublisher Here check out a copyMe SweetGoodreads community This book is awesomeGoodreads Choice Awards NominatedHype Livedp toAction adventure humor a cool magic system etc so much freakin goodness in these pages Creative to the max I think this book will appeal to most people who love fantasy and even a few who don t Seems to be set Grief, Love and Hope up for a series and I cannot wait for the next installmentThank you so much to Crown Publishing for sending for sending this arc my way They are putting out good product i love when friends recommend books to me because when i enjoy it it makes it easier for me to recommend it to everyone else this is the PERFECT fantasy for book for those who dont like fantasy or are wanting to get into the genre its a very subtle magical system it plays a great part in the story but it doesnt demand attention it feels natural and is integrated very well into the settin 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 isite a bit of funRJB filled The Divine Cities trilogy with Waiting for Mom uniue world building and I ll be honest the first chapter or two of Foundryside had me wondering if he d abandoned that for a standard fantasy setting Almost asickly as I wondered that intriguing things started happening and I realized that this wasn t going to be just another fantasy novel with all the trappings of every other fantasy novel RJB wasn t going to let me downFoundryside follows the thief Sancia Grado a very likable character with a mysterious past magical abilities particularly Dune (Dune Chronicles, useful for a thief and a drive to get a job done and do it well At the first of the book she s sent to steal something from a safe in what she thinks is a pretty straightforward job albeit a difficult one Once she finds out what she s been asked to steal then things really get cookingRJB s work reminds me a bit of China Mieville s Bas Lag novels but RJB s writing while beautiful like Mieville s is a lot accessible The story and writing is even accessible in Foundryside without losing the things that made the Divine Cities series so fascinating things like intriguing characters wrestling with importantestions What are the conseuences of tinkering with reality What are the moral implications of doing soOf course along with important The House on the Embankment uestions and moral implications RJB manages to to do some really awesome and fun things with the magic systemFor WritersPay attention to RJB sse of what I call the Grand Skill which has come a long way since City of Stairs whose dense first chapter hadn t ite struck the right balance In short the Grand Skill is worldbuilding without readers knowing that you re worldbuilding In a limited third person viewpoint everything you see from a character s eyes must evoke worldbuilding plot and characterHow do you show character setting plot and a magic system without telling the reader directly about all of these things How do you let readers know things without explicitly stating them on the page RJB can teach you a thing or two certainlyAside from a few infodumps about the magic system near the beginning of the book Robert Jackson Bennett does an excellent job at building the Machiavellian city of Tevanne and the larger world through the viewpoints of a few main charactersWatch how he also meticulously expands the worldbuilding rarely giving too much at one time doling out information only as the reader needs it And little by little the reader gets a complete vision of the world and the characters in itThe Short VersionFoundryside is the exciting beginning of a promising new epic fantasy series Prepare for ancient mysteries innovative magic and heart pounding heistsRating NotesI would give this book a strong PG 13 rating There are a few somewhat bloody descriptions of horrible deaths They re not dwelt on for particularly long but sensitive readers might be turned off There are also some euphemistic references to body parts and sex along with one sex scene seen from afar It only lasts a few sentences but it is a disturbing image even if it s meant to villainize a certain character As for language there s a lot of se of the so called s word but otherwise the language is dialed down from much of RJB s other work For example the F word is not Emilie Du Chatelet used but is replaced with the word scrum the meaning of which is explained so there s no doubt as to its euphemistic meaningBias NotesNot only did we receive a copy of this book for free but my assistants Isaac and Peter are already predisposed to like Robert s books 455 stars Foundryside was an incredibly addictive and entertaining read from start to finishI 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 trilogyp their TBR immediately Since finishing The Divine Cities Foundryside the first book in Bennett s newest trilogy immediately became one of my most awaited book of the year I pre ordered a hardcover I Easy Asian Cookbook Box Set: Easy Korean Cookbook, Easy Filipino Cookbook, Easy Thai Cookbook, Easy Indonesian Cookbook, Easy Vietnamese Cookbook (Korean ... Recipes, Asian Recipes, Asian Cookbook 1) usually order paperback of the book because I can t wait any longer and I want to give my support to the author as best as I could Foundryside livedp to my high expectation and Star Wars upon finishing it I m happy to say that Bennett has become the seventh author to be included in my favorite author list All things have a value Sometimes the value is paid in coin Other times it is paid in time and sweat And finally sometimes it is paid in bloodHumanity seems most eager tose this latter currency And we never note how much of it we re spending Patience, My Dear (The Lochmoor Glen Series, unless it happens to be our own The passage above was taken from the first page of the book a This was so magical andnexpected Sadly the seuel doesn t come out Artists on Art until 2020 sobs Review to come on my channel reads a heist book nicereads a heist book with flawlessly executed worldbuilding a wonderfully diverse cast of characters the two main characters are black expertly written character development and a burgeoning sapphic romance N I C E The first in a brand new series Foundryside introduces a world that is pure molten menace one that feels real enough to have its own passport stamp and arresting enough that even if you wouldn t want to live there you ll doubtless want to visitIn Tevanne four major Merchant houses hold the thread to power looking contemptuouslypon those who were poorer in possessions and from whom they exacted the most devastating tithes And there s one thing the Merchants coveted with so much greed scrived artifacts They killed for it fought wars for it wasted fortunes mining for it Scriving is essentially a mountainous violation of reality itself the act of harnessing bits and pieces and fragments of an alphabet left behind by ancient asi mythical beings called the Hierophants to paint sigils pon mindless objects that convince them to behave like something that they aren t You can persuade a blade to target the weakest part of whatever it s swung at or coax a wooden piece into
believing that it was dark stone and thus infallible but a slow trickle of rumors that it was dark stone and thus infallible but a slow trickle of rumors of worse things of scrived people enslaved their minds stolen away so they have no will than stones This is a rich man s fight said Sancia A rich man s game And we re all just pieces on the board to you Every single signpost on the road that started since Sancia Grado was hired to pull off a heist in exchange for an incomprehensibly large amount of money told her this was a very bad idea and she believed them all But survival in Foundryside is measured by the thinnest of margins and for Sancia this was just another hard edge of A Hard LifeSancia S Particular Skillset Guaranteed hard lifeSancia s particular skillset guaranteed job would be simple like a dropped stone falling to
a lake with scarcely a ripple break in an invisible marauder The Superior Peninsula unseen andnfelt steal a specific object and collect lake with scarcely a ripple break in an invisible marauder Don't Go Shopping for Hair Care Products Without Me: Over 2,000 Brand Name Products Reviewed Plus the Latest Hair Care Information unseen andnfelt steal a specific object and collect bounty But her excellently laid scheme soon tears skewed and fraying and the shock of Sancia s discovery a talking key named Clef with a mind of its own wakes her to the truth of her situation an item of. 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 Sweet Potato Pie uniue abilities can’t handle Butnbeknownst to her Sancia’s been sent to steal an artifact of nimaginable power an object that could revolutionize the magical technology known as scriving The Merchant Houses who control. .
Such nusual power cannot fall into the wrong hands even though Clef s attitude left a great deal to be desired Curiosity and caution appear to have each other do a draw and Sancia finds herself incapable of moving on The Haunted House and Other Spooky Poems and Tales until she cracks this mystery open to get to the soft parts hidden insideSancia s new forged plan embroils her into snarls both mortal and magical rushing hernwary into a war that has raged in a time beyond memory and she will need every ally ingenuity can yield her Enter Captain Dandalo a righteous cop with a bee in his bonnet about justice Orso Ignacio a notorious scriver with a foul reputation and even fouler moods and Berenice his sharp and far skilled assistant whom Sancia is absolutely not having a crush on And now you Sancia Grado said Giovanni tying Medical Marijuana up the sack at all of five foot no inches and a hundred and nothing pounds are going to take them all on He held it out to her grinning Good luck The contours of the plot willndoubtedly feel familiar to genre fans but the author continues to adeptly dress the bones of his premise And dress them And dress them The result is a ravishingly vivid and convincing novel relentlessly erudite and remarkably inventiveFoundryside is a lavishly ambitious novel and it delivers on that ambition Bennett moves through his conceptual tangle with great thoroughness and startling clarity leaving no stone A Walk Across France unturned His ability to craft a complex intricate and tightly wound mechanism of a story that brims and bubbles with detail without that information ever seeming tedious or encyclopedic and to skewer modern tropes with a deft but direct hand is enormousReading this book you re always living in action s eye bright and polished The magic in this world is thrumming with restless energy annfathomable force that makes you feel as though you were part of something It s what makes Foundrisyde an effortlessly charismatic novel The story is always striving and seeking eddying and turning in such slyly Nicademus unpredictable ways always delighting in some new twist of cleverness some brilliance summoned out of the air that honestly I sometimes laughed out loud at Bennett s ingenuity But it s when he lays all his cards down at last that it becomes soundly devastating Revelations come roaring at the reader as deafening as any explosion louder than the rending of the earth and I drank it all in a daze of fascinated horror The ending opened the chasm of my curiosity even deeper kickingp a storm in my mind the last line setting a nauseating Gone til November uiver in the marrow of my bonesWhile there is plenty original in the above the success of Foundryside in my opinion lies in the way it becomes a laboratory in which Bennett examines at great length and in cleverly subtle ways the notions of free will freedom of choice and the nature of sentience It s also a masterful critiue of capitalism one that cuts right to the heart of the matter to the essential rottenness of the world Foundryside is a killer story about power corruption and vengeance Tevanne is a world abound with poverty and toil and human terror governed by the currencies of men who owned so much ground but never bent down enough to touch it Their greed was a devouring thing that would gulp down lives with pleasure and would only pretend to care about justice or law Bennett succeeds in making his economic parablenrelentingly engaging and above that frighteningly aslant our own realityThe author also Turning The Professor Into A Crossdressing, Sissified and Feminized Pet - A Tale of Forced Feminization! undoubtedly has a keen sense forniue characters whom he infuses with wit spark and depth deftly capturing the nuances of their personalities so that they Fortinbras at the Fishhouses unfold along with their gradually changing perspectiveThe primary voices are of three characters Sancia Captain Gregor Dandalo and Orso Ignacio each with the weight of the past hanging stillpon them like ocean weed an incessant drag of remorse fear despair Their entanglement however stirred no feeling of kinship only a burn of mistrust They were strangers watching each other with a sort of obseuious wariness The air between them was a dead place as though they trusted their frailty to none but themselves However the charming theatrical curtain eventually drops away slow and steady and devastating and we see each of the characters for the first time as they really areSancia Grado is a young woman destined to be rootless like a seed tossed on the wind staring out windows wistful yearning for a distant nattainable horizon Her ability one that would make thieves gnaw on their miserable envy and those who hire them clamor for her loyalty was like a curse than a blessing Sancia paid for it with scars seamed into the side of her head hideous and crudely sewn and several agonizing memories brushing against her like a burning iron fresh from the fire It s almost a surprise to realize that the atrocious injustices she was made to endure were like a spark falling on dry tinder they were no match for her kindness and good grace Sancia s heart had no talent for grudges She knew how to value friendships and an open hand Nevertheless those who mistook her mildness for yielding always paid a heavy toll It s fair to say that I Absolutely Loved Sancia S Character And I loved Sancia s character and I continuously rooting for her As for Clef the less said about him the better But I will say this if you think I did not almost cry my eyes out because of a character who is literally a key you are gravelly mistakenCaptain Gregor Dandalo fought the men and slayed the monsters and at last the soldier having conuered all earned the thing that he yearned for the most to go home to find civilization So he picked p and dust off the one thing left over his honor alongside a number of inconvenient ideas about justice and returned to Tevanne Only Tevanne was not as civilized as he d liked Now Dandalo is willing to set fire to this whole little world of scoundrelly Merchants even if one of them is his mother and see what grows out of the ashes The need to exact justice was a cold spear point twisting in his guts but he flung his whole weight against it strongly enough to make even Sancia the scion of a crooked city entertain a few wary hopes as well I think he s broken just like you and me notes Clef matter of factly he s just trying to fix the world because it s the only way he knows how to fix himself Gregor s basckstory is to be charitable absolutely heartrending and I suspect the seuel carries an arsenal of nameless horror stillOrso Ignacio is a man of a loathsome reputation blood soaked and angry who now in old age is feeling the debts of his burning youth His hubris greed and tunnel visioned tenacity has scorched him down to the bone and regrets are swelling in him ripening Orso sed to work as a hypatus essentially a head of research for Candiano Company before his boss a legendary scriver forgot how to possess his skill and instead let the skill possess him before the Candiano house almost came to dust and smoke and life had never again attained the heights of power that it once held Nonetheless Orso s own ambition never abated the boil of it never calming to a simmer But now the whole poisonous weight of it is coming crashing back
down full forceFurther Orso s relationship with Estelle Candiano holds its own fascination as does Estelle sfull forceFurther Orso s relationship with Estelle Candiano holds its own fascination as does Estelle s as the woman who had her father s exceptional talent for scriving but who was repeatedly ignored and cast aside for no reason other than that she was a woman in a business ruled by men who thought the world would fail without them Orso s assistant s Berenice s backstory on the other hand is bare bones but her character is not less riveting I love her permanently amused attitude her tendency to walk around with far too many scrived weapons nder her cloths and how the dynamics between her and Orso are less akin to what you d expect from a mentor and his student and like a senile grandfather and his indulgent but slightly irritated granddaughter Also the sheer sapphic vibes emanating from her every interaction with Sancia are the only thing sustaining me ntil the release of the seuel JusticeGod Why are you doing all this Why are you out here risking your life Is justice such an odd thing to desire Justice is a luxury Overall Foundryside s brisk
storytelling bright and chiming prose and dazzling aptitude for fun culminate in onebright and chiming prose and dazzling aptitude for fun culminate in one the strongest fantasy novels that I ve read this year Bennett proves to be a generous author with an abundance of things to say and I m sure Foundryside is merely the warm p for what promises to be a Les Altaens : Peuple turc des montagnes de Sibrie uniuely striking series If you love Six of Crows The Gilded Wolves or The Lies of Locke Lamora Foundryside should be next on your To Readeue Hell if you love a good heist story with amazing characters and an exciting plot you ll certainly dig this book wishlist blog twitter tumblr 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 But the fire was you as wellSancia shrugged Shit got out of hand She takes on odd jo. This magic the art of The Possible Police using coded commands to imbue everyday objects with sentience have alreadysed it to transform Tevanne into a vast remorseless capitalist machine But if they can nlock 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 Bs often stealing items from one merchant house and selling it to anotherthough the latest adventure might just take a cake You re a a A What A She swallowed A keyI m a key Yes I didn t really think that was nder dispute Now that she s added talking key guardian to her job description she now has to deal with the conseuences which includes having the entire world trying to kill herIn Sancia s world there are scrivers who scrive objects to behave a bitunnaturally That s what scriving is Reality doesn t matter If you can change something s mind enough it ll believe whatever reality you choose If a skilled scriver writes something on an object the object will believe that it can do that somethingOnly there are very specific and highly controlled rules for how scriving works and when Sancia steals Clef the talking key she Before Our Eyes uickly realizes that someone has broken all of the rules Any of the merchant houses where new scrivings are dreamedp and tested would literally kill to obtain the key especially considering this is an object with an actual consciousness And with people closing in on all sides Sancia is Death on Milestone Buttress uickly running out of options I don t know what the hell to do Clef I want to run but I ve nowhere to run to Wow Seriously WOW From the first page to the last I was absolutely hooked There was so much I loved about this book the banter the characters the dialogue I could go on The humor really stood out in this novel Sancia had just the right mixture of sarcasm and snark I adored how Sancia would take other characters misconceptions and just roll with it I want your client he said Very much so If you can give him to meIn what condition You want his name his head or what Also the magic felt so fresh and interesting I actually looked forward to the exposition scenes so I can puzzle out all the intricacies of the world Which brings me to the world building it was absolutely fabulous The craziness of the merchant territories and the slums of Sancia s home were all beautifully fleshed out I truly feel like I could be plopped down anywhere in the city and find my way around Hats off to the author for thatHonestly the worst part about reading an amazing newly published first book of a series is realizing how long you have to wait for the series to come out I cannot wait for the next one With thanks to Crown Publishing for an ARC in exchange for an honest reviewAllotes come from an A Dark and Stormy Knight (Victorian Rebels, uncorrected proof and are subject to changepon publicationYouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading 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 workBennett 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 career Foundryside springs into action on the first pages during an elaborate heist Skilled independent thief Sancia is in the midst of stealing an object in a safe although she accidentally burns down half the waterfront in the process Unfortunately this attracts the attention of Gregor Donaldo head of security at the waterfront and noble heir as her actions have jeopardized his long term plans for a neutral police force in a decidedly partisan city For me this had a decidedly new adult feel a bit younger than I enjoy I think I appreciated the seasoned characters in his Divine Cities series and in some of his other works He also seems to be experimenting a bit with world building in this one and I felt his magic system was far too detailed with too much information dumping Brandon Sanderson owes readers an apology Thankfully I had the experience of knowing Bennett and his interesting stories to keep me pushing through I persevered and around page 99 found that the story was finally gripping meThe plot is essentially a series of heists and cops and robbers that takes place in a city controlled by merchant houses who have a complete disregard for the nderclass It s not an nusual setting and I appreciate Bennett s attempt to create a realistic vision of the proto Renaissance setting so many fantasy authors love to play in However beyond the Commons area as a dirty cesspool where bodies were literally left to rot on the streets and the gated merchant communities as pristine light infused compounds I didn t get much of a sense of how the two pieces fit togetherThe magic system is complex sing a system of scriving on objects to tell them what their purpose is and
how to interact with the world Bennett spends far too much timeto interact with the world Bennett spends far too much time this although to give him credit he at least tries to do this in conversation with Sancia and later with scriving experts explaining what they do But to me there was a lot of nnecessary information dumping kind of like explaining the molecular process behind tasting and nerve signal processing when really I just want a piece of chocolateI enjoyed Sachia s personality a great deal at the beginning and thought she developed reasonably well One of Bennett s strengths is his ability to create female characters that feel like real people The Divine Cities have a wide variety of female characters and Foundryside is no exception A love interest developed during this story that felt somewhat nfounded however I credit his attempt at being diverse Again it just didn t hit the complicated notes in The Divine CitiesTwo side notes one occasionally too much vernacular crept in It was particularly noticeable with swearing goddamn bothered me as I hadn t noted any godschurchesreligion I think I recall a bullshit although we hadn t heard of any bulls or even cows as well as some other form of shitting me that seemed far too familiar These were varied with scrumming so go figure The second issue is purely stylistic and not troublesome to me but I imagine it will bother some readers A lot of the dialogue is in mindspeak and so is set off in italics to differentiate Which means there are pages of alternating regular style text and italicsAll that said this just didn t with me like his other books City of Stairs and it s follow p City of Blades were easily among the best books I ve read in years interesting emotional and flat out good story telling I loved the Southwest atmosphere and the magical realism of American Elsewhere and The Company Man had me paying attention to it s intriguing mystery despite some heavy handed moralizing This seemed a bit rushed a strange combination of over worked the explanobabble for scriving and Grove Farm Plantation under developed the efforts to integrate economics politics war compared to Bennett ssual sophisticated and emotionally complex stories It s not that I wouldn t recommend it as much as it wasn t as awesome as I know he s capable of do I sound like a teacher or what In his end notes he remarks that this was the work that most changed from start to finish I d say it might be time to go back to his original advisors It felt a little like The Lies of Locke Lamora and a little bit like Mistborn so if those appealed to you I d recommend it Many many thanks to Kathleen Wampeters Foma Granfalloons 1ST Edition uinlan at Crown Archetype Three Rivers Press Crown Publishing and NetGalley for the advanced reader copy Sept 10 2020 only 299 today And the moral of this reread is Robert Jackson Bennett thank thee kindly ever so much Because of you I am now in hopeless desperate lurve with a key A bloody shrimping KEYMay 2018 Shrimpiest Book of the Year Award Nominee Actual rating 6848697 stars And a halfOkay 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 thatsually works pretty well for me Oh yes I feel much inspired now Not to mention super sexy and irresistible and stuffOkay I can do this Let s see Where to start Oh yes The Divine Cities You know the slightly wondrous trilogy that brings instant doom and self combustion to those Puny Barnacles who haven t yet heard about itread itrated it 10 stars Yes that trilogy Well it turns out the books in said trilogy are some of the very bestest I have ever read in the entirety of my entire nefarious life And it just so happens that this little book right here was written by The Divine Cities Divine Daddy DD Robert Jackson Bennett Imagine that What a coincidence and stuffAnyway I was offered an ARC for Foundryside and I must admit I almost didn t accept it I mean there are so many glorious Historical Romances waiting for me on my to be read shelf How could I carelessly dismiss them in favor of a silly Fantasy book written by some moderately talented guy I ve repeatedly asked to marry me I kinda sorta not completely dislike and stuff Introducing Corinna uite the predicament this was I must admit But being the civilized friendly eager to please overlord that I am I endedp accepting the ARC Because it was the polite thing to do obviously And not because I was slightly excited at the prospect of reading this book And certainly not because. N 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 La Creatividad Lingüística under way Sancia will have to marshalnlikely allies learn to harness the artifact’s power for herself and ndergo her own transformation one that will turn her into something she could never have imagine. ,