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Foundryside

A Novel
Narrateur(s): Tara Sands
Durée: 19 h et 34 min
4 out of 5 stars (27 évaluations)

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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

Ce que les critiques disent

“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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  • Michael
  • 2018-08-22

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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  • Krystan
  • 2019-04-05

Loved the Story, Did not Care for the Story Teller

I thought the story and writing were great, but I could not get past the terrible voices Tara Sands gave each character. I hope they use a different narrator for the rest of the series.

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  • J. Sullivan
  • Bend, OR
  • 2019-05-14

Narration was awful

The premise of this book sounded interesting. I was able to make it about 20 minutes in before I had to stop. Tara is overly dramatic in every single sentence, it almost sounded like a joke. Her inflections and sarcastic tone she gave to the main feel she gave to the main character made her feel childish. I would recommend reading this one.

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  • M.T.
  • US
  • 2019-01-06

great new fantasy. but a lot of deus machina

great new fantasy. but a lot of deus machina, quite literally the whole story is about deus ex machina I suppose

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  • Owen Masiello
  • 2018-12-10

Don’t give up on this book too quickly

This was some tough sledding in the beginning but once the cast of characters grew a bit it became fairly entertaining. I guess there are plenty of books where you don’t have to suffer through a weak beginning so I’m not gonna say it’s absolutely necessary but you do get sorta rewarded for pushing through. I’ll read/listen to more of this series, it’s not a stunning literary achievement or anything but it’s worth a read/listen once you get past the unappealing start. Some vocal choices that seemed odd were made by the narrator but nothing that will ruin it for you.

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  • Andrew Gleason
  • 2019-03-26

Great book with only a few problems

I loved the book overall! The world buildiny was amazing. But the plot wasn't anything special. While I grew to like the characters overall some small things nag me about it, certain characters having relationships that spring out of nowhere or their characterization wasn't strong enough for me. I want to be vague because of spoilers but just know that you should come for the world first and characters second.

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  • BDavis
  • 2019-01-10

Can't wait for more

Very interesting story and I look forward to more in this series.

The narrator has a limited variety of male voices and isn't at all convincing within that range. Even her female voices sometimes fold into each other so that sometimes midsentence her voice sounds like a different character than she started the sentence portraying. Nonetheless, I found her reading to be very entertaining.

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  • Adam Tate
  • 2018-11-23

Robert Jackson Bennett builds an interesting world

While not as compelling as Bennett's other novels, Foundryside delivers an interesting world. The characters are a little wooden, but it is still a worthwhile setup for future stories.

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  • D. Fyler
  • 2018-08-31

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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  • Rasmus Bonnevie
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2019-06-15

Disappointing but with potential

I remember being impressed by City of Stairs by RJB despite its pulpier moments, but this book did not hit the same high notes.
The magic system is interesting and used to good effect, but the worldbuilding itself is a bit flat and unevocative. The characters have personality, but are not fully rounded. The plot had some twists and turns, but they were often telegraphed by some slightly heavy-handed exposition.
It is not a bad book, and the ending left me intrigued about the sequel, but it still left me a bit disappointed, although I can't deny that I was entertained through out.