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Shorefall: A Novel (The Founders Trilogy…
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Shorefall: A Novel (The Founders Trilogy Book 2) (udgave 2020)

af Robert Jackson Bennett (Forfatter)

Serier: Founders (2)

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"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, 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 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"--… (mere)
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Titel:Shorefall: A Novel (The Founders Trilogy Book 2)
Forfattere:Robert Jackson Bennett (Forfatter)
Info:Del Rey (2020), 493 pages
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Do not read this sequel until you have read Foundryside (or my review, for that matter.)

The sequel starts three years later, following the loss of Clef. Sancia, Berenice, Gregor and Orso have established a free guild of scrivers, and begin their war on the family-run campos. However, Ofelia Dandolo whose house was badly crippled, decides to revive one of the original, all-powerful hierophants, Crasedes. This requires the death of many slaves, and his main opponent, is Valeria, whose agenda and exact species is undisclosed. Each has a vastly view of how the human world should be organized, and a different plan to make it happen. Sancia, the little orphan thief, is a great character with unparalleled scriving skills: she can speak to technology and make it do her bidding. Clef must be revived to accomplish Crasedes' or Valeria's goal. The highlight of Book 2 was the creativity in linking minds, which I liked very much. It was also nice to understand what happened with the Dandolo family, and how Gregor was turned into a mindless killer resulting in his self-loathing.

Sadly, the magic of the first book was absent: Sancia's bond with Clef, the shifting loyalty of Gregor, and Sancia's budding romance with Berenice. And, it was quite slow in parts as there was too much discussion of what might happen, instead of letting the actual events occur. ( )
  skipstern | Jul 11, 2021 |
It pains me to write this but much of this work I found less than enthralling. What it boils down to is that there's too much exposition and too many moving parts that seem to exist for their own sake. Bennett pulls the chestnuts out of the fire in the end, mostly so he can throw some more wood on the fire and stick them back in, but I can't help but be left with the feeling that there had to be a better way to organize this story. Maybe part of the problem is that the novel's "big bad," Crasedes Magnus, hits the city state of Tevanne like a force of nature very early in the story, leaving our heroes from the first book flailing around to mount an effective response with no real character focus. Considering how the story plays out, perhaps Orso the master of technological magic, or Gregor, the cursed soldier, would have been the appropriate points of view for this installment. I still have every intention of reading the concluding novel. ( )
  Shrike58 | Jan 16, 2021 |
3.5

I loved Foundryside. It felt fresh and the characters and dialogues were fun. Shorefall wasn't quite as good. As so many fantasy epics, it suffers from the stakes being escalated unreasonably. It doesn't help that the antagonist(s) aren't really all that good either. Though i did enjoy the body horror that came along with it. The two distinct goals of the antagonists were also well done in my opinion. It's just the theatrics and some of the monologues that were a bit off-putting. Generally the heavy focus on action scenes and the slight lack of character development/dialogues were the book's greatest weakness for me.

The finale was the best part of the book for me. It was slightly disappointed because it doesn't really conclude anything (2nd book syndrome i guess), but it's also cool because it dangled a lot of high concept stuff right in front of our noses and the action was done well.


I really wish we would have gotten into the hive minds, distributed consciousness, vs. overwriting free will earlier. I also can't help but be disappointed that it didn't escalate into our heroes accidentally or intentionally creating a borg collective in the city. Would've been amazing. And pretty interesting in terms of how the antagonists might not be so wrong to eliminate or control tech to prevent humanity fucking itself over.

The twinning was also amazing conceptually and done really well.
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  102joa82 | Jan 1, 2021 |
Such a disappointment. Bennett seems to have lost his touch and his sense of humor. That makes me very sad. This book took itself far too seriously and the characters, which I liked in the first book, are turned into annoying, self-involved children wading through a pile of shit that they created themselves.

The world that he created remains top-notch, however. He builds such fantastic places with incredible populations. He's just getting really weak with the individuals in his stories. They were so annoying in Shorefall. Maybe if they had a wider vocabulary of curses?

I'm unsure if I'll continue with this series. At least I have my memories the old Bennett books. They are the best. ( )
  authenticjoy | Nov 15, 2020 |
Pros: lots of twists, great characters, interesting magic system

Cons:

Three years have passed since the events at the Mountain. Orso, Berenice, Sancia and Gregor have created a library for scrivers in Foundryside. But after celebrating a major acquisition, Valeria, the hierophantic construct, warns them that Crasedes Magnus, first hierophant, is being reborn. The gang jumps into action, using their various skills to stop the most powerful entity in existence from enacting his plan.

This is a real rollercoaster of a read. There are so many twists as the group faces off against several powerful enemies. I was really shocked by some of things that happened.

The characters were great and felt fully developed. Berenice and Sancia have such a loving relationship. While it was unfortunate seeing Gregor’s pain, I appreciated that his unresolved trauma was dealt with.

The author continues to do interesting things with the unique magic system. I loved seeing the various ways twinning could be used.

This book didn’t wrap us as nicely as the previous one, nor does it end on a similar positive note. While it’s not exactly a cliffhanger, it will leave you wishing the third book in the series was already out. ( )
  Strider66 | Jul 7, 2020 |
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"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, 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 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"--

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