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Foundryside: A Novel (The Founders Trilogy)…
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Foundryside: A Novel (The Founders Trilogy) (2019. Auflage)

von Robert Jackson Bennett (Autor)

Reihen: Founders (1)

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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.… (mehr)
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Titel:Foundryside: A Novel (The Founders Trilogy)
Autoren:Robert Jackson Bennett (Autor)
Info:Crown (2019), Edition: Reprint, 512 pages
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A jarring tale of unlikely alliances and a world built off real world and fantasy combined. The concept of scriving coming from computer code and the city of Tevanne being a glorification of the Mediterranean is a unique way Robert Jackson Bennet has to his world creation. Past that the book in and of itself is a fun read with a good amount of introspection and action. Despite not being the deepest book, it will have you looking at yourself and going “damn do I really know myself that well.” The only real gripe i have is the dumbass replacements of usual swears, replacing a fuck with some PG-13 lore-friendly version. Another minor detail is the whole intention of a trilogy, it draws away from the book as a whole and makes. In the end the relationship between Sancia and Clef, Gregor’s dark past, and the twisted explanation behind Hierophants is what makes this book shine. ( )
  Vechs_ | Mar 1, 2021 |
Golems from Jewish folklore have always fascinated me, with their heads full of instructions written on a life-giving scroll. A golem is both the creation myth in miniature and a way to codify magic, a sort of early computer programming where the processors are clay giants. It’s strangely comforting to imagine that human beings could control the world in such a fashion, while also terrifying to imagine the many ways it could go wrong.

In Foundryside, Robert Jackson Bennett takes some of those basic elements and introduces a world where craftsmen use the art of scriving to write a reality-controlling language on inanimate objects and give them a form of consciousness; everything in creation is nothing more than a golem waiting for its instructions. Then, he imagines all of the ways that this power could and would go sickeningly, catastrophically, heartbreakingly wrong.

Sancia is a thief, and a damn good one, all thanks to her ability to touch any object and understand how it works. When she touches an object, understands everything about it, which comes in handy when she needs to pick a lock or avoid a trap, but makes it hard to focus when she has to tune out her own clothes.

When the book opens, Sancia is about to start a seemingly mundane job for a mysterious client: steal a small wooden box from the waterfront and deliver it unopened, no questions asked. As you might imagine, the heist goes catastrophically wrong, and Sancia decides she needs to know what she went to all that trouble to get.

Inside the box, she discovers a bizarre scrived key that can open any lock and that also happens to speak in a snarky voice that she can hear in her head. Sancia quickly realizes that she is in deep shit with any number of people who want to kill her, and she sets about trying to find a way to survive.

This wouldn’t be a book about a thief if there wasn’t eventually a bigger, more dangerous heist in the cards. As Sancia comes to understand the true stakes of her situation, she slowly but surely builds out a crew of friends and allies while Jackson Bennett unpacks her history and reveals the horrors of her former life.

Meticulous worldbuilding always feels like the “fun” of an epic fantasy novels, the part of the book that the author obsessed over, sometimes to the detriment of the story. Jackson Bennett’s worldbuilding is fun, but scriving is also the rotten core at the heart of Foundryside.

Sancia’s world and its wonders exist only because of atrocities that seem like ancient history but that happened not so long ago. The worst part is the revelation that the modern-day scrivers only understand a tiny fraction of the language of their ancestors, and all the power will go to the first scriver who puts enough pieces of the language together to remake the world in their image.

Foundryside is the first of Jackson Bennett’s novels that I’ve read. I had heard endless praise for his Divine Cities trilogy, and I’m sure I’ll read it before too much longer, but for whatever reason, I was more drawn to Foundryside’s fascinating premise and high-stakes magical heists. Highly recommended.

Full disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book from NetGalley, but I listened to the audiobook from Audible. ( )
  unsquare | Feb 16, 2021 |
Definite 4.5 starrer. ( )
  Andorion | Feb 6, 2021 |
Like the author's previous trilogy, there is a core of commentary on human nature that is more sophisticated than expected. ( )
  sarcher | Jan 19, 2021 |
A solid fantasy-heist book with interesting world-building and magic systems. Who wouldn't want to write something down and have it break reality?

Characterization and plot took a bit of a backseat to the world itself. The main characters are bags full of classic fantasy tropes, but their personalities are sketched out well and consistently applied. The plot has the well-trodden bones of an ancient, suddenly-collapsed empire that left behind troves of magic goodies of which a new civilization can barely scratch the surface.

However, the prose is so well-written, the action is so fast-paced, and the world-building is so thoughtfully done that it becomes very easy to appreciate the new skin that's been applied to the classic patterns. ( )
  ColtonH | Dec 29, 2020 |
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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.

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