Shorefall

A Novel
Narrated by: Tara Sands
Series: Founders [Jackson Bennett], Book 2
Length: 19 hrs and 40 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (283 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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

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.

©2020 Robert Jackson Bennett (P)2020 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"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." (Booklist, starred review) 

"Bennett’s characterization...strikes a perfect balance between terror and allure. This thrilling installment will leave readers eager for the series finale." (Publishers Weekly

"An expertly spun yarn by one of the best fantasy writers on the scene today." (Kirkus Reviews)

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The sequel is never as good as the original

I Returned for the charterers. The main characters developed in Book 1, Foundryside, did not disappoint. The protagonist are unlikely allies brought together by their idealistic opposition to an seemingly oppressive oligarchical system. I really enjoyed the characters who succeeded so often with a combination of intelligence and dumb luck. Their relationships and goals are complicated and intriguing. However, It's impossible to ignore the political undertones of the book. The protagonist scheme to redistribute wealth is all to overt but the reader is lead to accept this because the major houses, called Campos, deal not only in magical technology but slavery and torture. Instead of our heros attempting to end slave trade and rights violations, something we can all agree with, they are instead relagated to fantasy hackers with an intent to destroy the entire system. Luckily this takes a back seat in act 3 when two new nastier magical opponents appear. One intent on using magic to reshape the world in his image; a plan that is childish and petulant. The other, set on cleansing the world of the magic that makes it. I enjoyed the book because I enjoyed the characters and frankly I enjoy the escapism of most books but it's not by any means as engrossing as many other constructed world books. You won't find it hard to put down but it won't be a one star disappointment either.

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It's just not very good.

I wanted to like this. I read Foundryside, the first book in this series, when it came out. It's been a while, but I had fond memories of it. When Shorefall came out I got both of them on an Audible promotion and was well pleased. That lasted until about 3/4 of the way through the first book. It ended, I thought, "Okay, maybe that wasn't quite as good as I remembered, but it was decent. Tally-ho," and moved on to Shorefall. Shorefall seems to have left behind the enjoyable character interplay from book one in exchange for a weaker plot with a number of painful holes and things that just didn't make sense. I won't continue with this series, and honestly I probably won't get all the way through this audiobook... thirteen hours in and the history of political interference by the KGB is looking way less painful to listen to.

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Audible should listen to its own products 1st

This book was definitely better than the 1st. Less lesbian enteractions in the bedroom. However, throughout the entire book, whomever edited this audio book kept clipping off the end of sentences early. What sounded like "Thank You", would sound like "Thank Y". It'd do this at least once or twice per chapter. Like the editor was in a hurry & didn't want to wait until the narrator was finished speaking.

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this author is my favorite by far fiction writer

I can't say I love this one in fact I kind of struggled to finish it. Foundryside the first book in the series was absolutely one of the greatest books ever written in as far as fantasy goes in my opinion Im a member of the Robert Jackson patronage I follow him on Twitter. I like a lot of people contacted him via Twitter to congratulate him on the release of this book. I am a huge fan I do feel like this book missed the mark slightly yet it is definitely worth reading but not a Worthy successor to Foundryside. best of luck to all Robert Jackson followers and readers hopefully that's the next book will be a homerun and please remember not everyone picthes a shutout every night and I still love Robert Jackson Bennett. he will remain as always remember of my Mount Rushmore all fiction writers