Book Title: Shorefall
Series: Founders (#2)
Author: Robert Jackson Bennett
Goodreads Link: Click here
Release Date: 4/20/20
Star Rating: – Loved it!
Disclaimer: I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I was waiting on pins and needles for this book to come out! I kept searching every couple of weeks to see when it would show up on Netgalley and then suddenly there it was, and it was just as good as I hoped it would be!
The upstart firm Foundryside is struggling to make it. Orso Igancio and his star employee, former thief Sancia Grado, are accomplishing brilliant things with scriving, the magical art of encoding sentience into everyday objects, but it’s not enough. The massive merchant houses of Tevanne won’t tolerate competition, and they’re willing to do anything to crush Foundryside.
But even the merchant houses of Tevanne might have met their match. An immensely powerful and deadly entity has been resurrected in the shadows of Tevanne, one that’s not interested in wealth or trade routes: a hierophant, one of the ancient practitioners of scriving. And he has a great fascination for Foundryside, and its employees – especially Sancia.
Now Sancia and the rest of Foundryside must race to combat this new menace, which means understanding the origins of scriving itself – before the hierophant burns Tevanne to the ground. – Goodreads
If you haven’t read the first book in the series you definitely need to get that before you start with Shorefall. Here is a link to my review of Foundryside, book #1 in the Founders series.
Book two starts off a few months after the events of Foundryside. Our characters have begun to adjust to the way their fates have changed since the end of the first book, but everything is disrupted again when a new villain comes onto the scene. Reminiscent of the infamous Thanos, Crasedes Magnus is a psychopath who has convinced himself that the destruction he wreaks is necessary. The book also reminds us that having the best of intentions does not guarantee a good outcome, and we see that play out for so many of the characters in the book.
The worldbuilding is still fantastic, and the action scenes are wonderfully cinematic. There is a truly creepy section on a boat that gave me serious chills.
I can’t recommend Shorefall more strongly. But as I said, start with the first one, you won’t be sorry.
Song for this book: Stay by Shakespeare’s Sister (dedicated to Sancia & Berenice)