Foundryside – Robert Jackson Bennett

All things have a value. Sometimes the value is paid in coin. Other times, it is paid in time and sweat. And finally, sometimes it is paid in blood.

The start of a new trilogy, this is by far one of my favorite books of the year. Set in a world where the magic is controlled by carvings called scrivings, that are placed on objects to make them perform other functions or perform better (such as wood to make it as strong as Iron). These scrivings are illegal to place on humans, but of course Sancia is the exception.

I honestly feel that is all you need to know, along with the heists and powerful female roles. This book is rich with descriptions, experiences, dialogue and relationships that build gradually over time but that are still fraught with emotions. And of course the action that keeps this book gripping and immersive.

I have been a fan of Robert Jackson Bennett since his Devine Cities trilogy. His world building is better by far than any other writer I have come across. His explanations and depth of the world along with his sentence building is just right. He gives you enough details without going to the levels of Tolkien.

If you are a fan of fantasy, pick this one up.

5/5 Stars!

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