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The exciting beginning of a promising new epic fantasy series. Sancia Grado, a thief in a city controlled by industrialized magic joins forces with a rare honest police officer to stop an ancient evil ritual that endangers thousands of lives.
Publisher: New York : Crown, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781524760366
Branch Call Number: F Ben


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JessicaGma Aug 27, 2020

This is one of those books that's so complicated to explain, you'll do a bad job and it's such a fun tale that you don't want to explain it poorly. It's a neat world, with a novel magic system, solid characters and a heist - never enough heist tales out there. The characters are wonderful and now there's a sequel!!

Aug 13, 2020

First of a trilogy. Second is Shorefall. Third pending.

Apr 22, 2020

I have been so lucky to only read excellent books over this quarantine, lol. This book is a perfect example of Good Writing. The magical system is interesting and parceled out slowly, so you aren't overwhelmed. And even though the characters get up to some crazy heist hijinks, it never feels like they're breaking the established rules or having too many convenient coincidences, because the foundation for the system was so solid that it felt real to begin with.

All of the characters are my favorite. Sancia is the main-main character, but I also loved every single side character, who all felt completely real and totally developed! As mentioned, the heist aspect of this book was also incredibly fun, plus seeing this group of opposite people work together to pull it off. I'm chomping at the bit for the sequel already!

IndyPL_CarriG Apr 14, 2020

What a fun story, with a unique and well-designed magic system. I was trying to describe it to my husband, and realized it was a lot more complicated than I thought. Just like the best non-fiction, Bennett lays it out so well over the course of the novel without (much) extraneous exposition that you don't realize how much you are learning. This novel builds a strong and interesting new world with nuanced heroes you want to root for and villains you sometimes hate a lot and sometimes understand a little. It's a bit gritty, a bit steampunkie, and a bit heisty, with a healthy dose of having to save the world thrown in. The first in a new series - do yourself a favor and if you are any type of fan of epic fantasy, especially magic systems as intricate and well-drawn as Rothfuss and Sanderson, give this a shot.

Mar 29, 2020

I generally liked this book. I found the main character interesting and the city-state that she lived in to be well described and reasonable. The storyline moved at a reasonable pace while not being overly predictable. I don't know that I still completely understand what scriving looks like or exactly how it works but it certainly added some interesting wrinkles to the story.

Nov 25, 2019

I thought I might not like Foundryside at first. The semi-magical world of rich vs poor felt clichéd and the characters were not very sympathetic. Also, the protagonist makes a predictable but fairly silly decision early on, and I dislike stories that make you wait for the characters’ bad choices to catch up with them. But I’d liked the author’s previous Divine Cities series and so stuck with Foundryside. And I liked it more the further along I was. The characters become more likable and the pace of the story picks up. I hadn’t known this was intended to be the first of a trilogy when I checked it out, but now I’m looking forward to more. Like the volumes of Divine Cities, this author's previous trilogy, this book resolves its plot rather than forcing the reader to wait for the next installment to see how the tale ends.

Nov 12, 2019

I enjoyed this work very much. Looking forward to reading more of these Novels. Good Read. -

Tigard_LindsayD Apr 12, 2019

In a rough-and-tumble fantasy world, thief Sancia has a strange advantage – she can talk to objects, sort of. But objects haven't ever really talked back, until she’s sent to steal a key. Calling itself Clef, the key claims it can open any door – which is cool, but this unheard of power sends the merchant houses in hot pursuit. And the merchants have access to oodles of scrived objects – objects that are convinced to bend the rules of physics. (For example, in place of cars, this world has carts that believe they’re on an incline plane.) The first of a new series, this fast-paced heist book will appeal to fans of well-built worlds, characters with a strong sense of self, and rules-based magic systems. Heads up: Some gore and a brief sex scene.

forbesrachel Mar 26, 2019

Take Bennett's ability to create an intriguing cast, and city setting, and add a Sanderson type magic system, with objects that talk, and you have Foundryside, the first in a fast-paced, exciting series told from the point of view of several key individuals. The primary lead is Sancia Grado, a thief with the unusual ability to sense the inner "thoughts" of everything she touches. This has its benefits for her trade, but is overall an inconvenience that causes her discomfort and even pain, and she would rather not have it. This desire leads her to take a job with more risks than usual, and what she finds at the end of it, will have repercussions for her entire world. Along the way, Sancia gets involved with other characters like Captain Dandolo, who have equally well-established motivations, mysterious "objects" from a time long past, like Clef, and the political scheming of the merchant houses which will do anything to maintain their power within the city. Bennett's colloquial dialogue helps to keep the pace crisp, and the characters grounded. While, on the other hand, the speech of the scrived objects is often lyrical, and quite amusing. There is quite a bit of exposition, but it is usually blended in fairly naturally, and does lay important groundwork for things that come later. The second book is definitely one to be eagerly awaited, for while one problem has been solved, it is already clear that a whole bucket load of new ones await the cast in the next. Sancia and the others have already grown quite a bit, but the question of how they develop from here on out, is just as much of a draw

Phil_R Nov 17, 2018

Could even give it 6 stars. The dialogue almost gets corny at times, but isn't that what makes these fantasy adventures so fun to read?! Like 'The Grey Bastards' or Schwab's 'Darker Shades' trilogy. The movie version just unrolls as the pages turn, but no screen is ever going to capture anything close to how this comes to life as a novel.

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Apr 22, 2020

“There are many dangers here, child, she’d said once. Many. Many ugly things you’re going to have to do. It will be a great contest for you. And you’re going to think: How do I win?

And the answer is—so long as you are alive, you are winning. The only hope you should ever have is to see the next day, and the next. Some here will whisper of liberty—but you can’t be free if you aren’t alive.”

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Do you feel free? Or do you feel, perhaps, like you have stolen yourself?”

Apr 22, 2020

“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 blood.

Humanity seems most eager to use this latter currency. And we never note how much of it we’re spending, unless it happens to be our own.”


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Apr 22, 2020

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The main character is an ex-slave and there are references to and scenes of her reliving: being whipped, seeing the lynched body of another slave, and being medically tortured / experimented on.

Apr 22, 2020

Violence: There's standard "action movie violence," about what you'd expect to see in Die Hard. Graphic maybe, but not gory. References to rape and domestic abuse, but none happen "on screen" or are graphically described.


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Apr 22, 2020

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