Shorefall A novel

Robert Jackson Bennett, 1984-

Book - 2020

"Having narrowly saved the metropolis of Tevanne from destruction, Sancia Grado and her allies have turned to their next task: sowing the seeds of a full-on magical-industrial revolution. If they succeed, the secrets behind scriving--the art of imbuing everyday objects with sentience--will be accessible to all of Tevanne's citizens, much to the displeasure of the robber-barons who've hoarded this knowledge for themselves. But one of Sancia's enemies has embarked on a desperat...e gambit, an attempt to resurrect a figure straight out of legend--an immortal being known as a heirophant. Long ago, the heirophant was an ordinary man, but he's used scriving to transform himself into something closer to a god. Once awakened, he'll stop at nothing to remake the world in his horrifying image. And if Sancia can't stop this ancient power from returning? Well, the only way to fight a god...is with another god"--

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Series
Bennett, Robert Jackson, 1984- Founders trilogy ; 2.
Subjects
Genres
Fantasy fiction
Published
New York : Del Rey [2020]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
496 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN
9781524760380
1524760382
Main Author
Robert Jackson Bennett, 1984- (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Set three years after the events in Foundryside (2018), the second Founders novel takes the series to dangerous new heights. Sancia, Gregor, and their group of scrivers are changing the city of Tevanne with their independent consulting firm that ensures everyone, not just the wealthy, can access the symbols and formulas that magically imbue technology. At the beginning of this story, the Foundrysiders are in the midst of a transaction, one that is both a sale and a heist. Offering to sell a unique new twinning technique, the intrepid band is secretly planning to duplicate a founding family's hoarded magic cyphers and make them freely available to those less fortunate and, in the process, bring down another merchant house. Little do they know that their actions will cause a devastating struggle for the lives and souls of Sancia, Gregor, and the city itself. They were previously able to pause the reincarnation of an all-powerful, immortal being, but his imminent arrival is aided by a formidable founder. The large-scale conflicts, new characters, and climactic ending set the stage for more exciting action and adventure to come in the complex, ever-expanding world of the series. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Winner of Edgar, Shirley Jackson, and Philip K. Dick honors, Bennett offers the second book in the "Founders" trilogy, set in a city run on (and corrupted by) industrialized magic. Sancia Grado and pals now want to effect a revolution that would make scriving—that is, the art of endowing ordinary objects with sentience—available to everyone. Her enemies intend to stop her by resurrecting a monstrosity from the past, but have they thought this through? Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

Review by PW Annex Reviews

The thoughtful second installment to Bennett's Founders fantasy trilogy (after 2018's Foundryside) kicks off as a clever caper but swiftly changes tone, shifting into supernatural horror. Sancia Grado, an ex-thief able to "flex" her mind to see hidden magical inscriptions and commune with enchanted objects, aids her fellow mage-technicians of Foundryside—a well-wrought fantasy world that will put readers in mind of Renaissance Venice—to infiltrate the grand merchant houses of the city's robber barons and redistribute their powerful "scrived" belongings to the public. But as Sancia's budding revolution celebrates its first success, the resurrection of a legendary wizard, the hierophant Crasedes Magnus, forces Sancia to turn to her own scrived objects to combat him. The ancient magical items she'll need are powerful enough to rewrite reality and sentient enough to have their own agendas, leaving Sancia with an impossible choice between "the unimaginable and the irredeemable." The industrialized magic system is intricate and fascinating (if at times overly detailed), and Bennett's characterization of the unhinged, all-powerful Crasedes strikes a perfect balance between terror and allure. This thrilling installment will leave readers eager for the series finale. Agent: Cameron McClure, Donald Maass Literary. (Apr.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly Annex.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A sequel to Foundryside finds Sancia and her allies fighting the city’s robber barons before a legendary hierophant reappears and launches a campaign to destroy Tevanne. By the award-winning author of the Divine Cities trilogy.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"As a magical revolution remakes a city, an ancient evil is awakened in a brilliant new novel from the Hugo-nominated author of Foundryside and the Divine Cities trilogy. Having narrowly saved the metropolis of Tevanne from destruction, Sancia Grado and her allies have turned to their next task: sowing the seeds of a full-on magical-industrial revolution. If they succeed, the secrets behind scriving--the art of imbuing everyday objects with sentience--will be accessible to all of Tevanne's citizens, muchto the displeasure of the robber-barons who've hoarded this knowledge for themselves. But one of Sancia's enemies has embarked on a desperate gambit, an attempt to resurrect a figure straight out of legend--an immortal being known as a heirophant. Long ago, the heirophant was an ordinary man, but he's used scriving to transform himself into something closer to a god. Once awakened, he'll stop at nothing to remake the world in his horrifying image. And if Sancia can't stop this ancient power from returning? Well, the only way to fight a god...is with another god"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

As a magical revolution remakes a city, an ancient evil is awakened in a brilliant novel from the Hugo-nominated author of Foundryside and the Divine Cities trilogy.“An absolutely wild ride . . . Foundryside blew me away, and this is a perfect sequel.”—Amal El-Mohtar, The New York Times Book Review A few years ago, Sancia Grado would’ve happily watched Tevanne burn. Now, she’s hoping to transform her city into something new. Something better. Together with allies Orso, Gregor, and Berenice, she’s about to strike a deadly blow against Tevanne’s cruel robber-baron rulers and wrest power from their hands for the first time in decades. But then comes a terrifying warning: Crasedes Magnus himself, the first of the legendary hierophants, is about to be reborn. And if he returns, Tevanne will be just the first place to feel his wrath. Thousands of years ago, Crasedes was an ordinary man who did the impossible: Using the magic of scriving—the art of imbuing objects with sentience—he convinced reality that he was something more than human. Wielding powers beyond comprehension, he strode the world like a god for centuries, meting out justice and razing empires single-handedly, cleansing the world through fire and destruction—and even defeating death itself. Like it or not, it’s up to Sancia to stop him. But to have a chance in the battle to come, she’ll have to call upon a god of her own—and unlock the door to a scriving technology that could change what it means to be human. And no matter who wins, nothing will ever be the same. The awe-inspiring second installment of the Founders Trilogy, Shorefall returns us to the world Robert Jackson Bennett created in his acclaimed Foundryside . . . and forges it anew.