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Foundryside A Novel by Robert Jackson Bennett Crown Sci Fi & Fantasy Pub Date 21 Aug 2018
In a world where writing can allow the rules that govern nature to be bent, one young thief holds the key to the future in her hand. Foundryside immerses the reader in a world where technology is founded not on electricity or steam, but on sequences of sigils that compel objects to reinterpret the nature of reality. Sancia is a talented young thief gifted with the ability to “know” materials through touch. After a large job goes drastically wrong, Sancia discovers that what she stole is a priceless artefact - a key that can open any lock. More than that it is a piece of ancient technology that the merchant houses would kill to acquire. To survive, Sancia must find allies and counter the forces set on possessing the artefact and gaining unimaginable power.
Bennett has created an incredible world of magic and intrigue that invites the reader to linger. There is plenty of action, and more than a few surprising twists. Best of all, the world is rife with potential - both magic and dramatic. It’s clear that readers will be seeing more of Sancia and her friends in future. If you enjoy fantasy or science fiction, you should definitely pick up a copy of Foundryside.
5 / 5
I received a copy of Foundryside from the publisher and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review.
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.