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Locklands

By: Robert Jackson Bennett
Narrated by: Tara Sands
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Publisher's Summary

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • The jaw-dropping conclusion to the acclaimed Founders Trilogy, from the Hugo–nominated author of Foundryside and Shorefall 

“Bennett concludes his Founders trilogy . . . with characteristically high-spirited mayhem. Great fun, with nonstop action.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Sancia, Clef, and Berenice have gone up against long odds in the past. But the war they’re fighting now is one even they can’t win.

This time, they’re not facing robber-baron elites or even an immortal hierophant, but an entity whose intelligence is spread over half the globe—one that uses the magic of scriving to control not just objects but human minds. 

To fight it, they’ve used scriving technology to transform themselves and their allies into an army—a society—unlike anything humanity has seen before. With its strength at their backs, they’ve freed a handful of their enemy’s hosts from servitude, and even defeated some of its fearsome, reality-altering dreadnoughts. 

Yet despite their efforts, their enemy marches on. Implacable. Unstoppable. 

Now, as their opponent closes in on its true prize—an ancient doorway, long buried, that leads to the chambers at the center of creation itself—Sancia and her friends glimpse a last opportunity to stop this unbeatable foe. To do so, they’ll have to unlock the centuries-old mystery of scriving’s origins, embark on a desperate mission into the heart of their enemy’s power, and pull off the most daring heist they’ve ever attempted. 

But their adversary might have a spy in their ranks—and a last trick up its sleeve. 

And to have a chance at victory, Sancia, Clef, and Berenice will have to make a sacrifice beyond anything that’s come before.

©2022 Robert Jackson Bennett (P)2022 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“Bennett concludes his Founders trilogy . . . with characteristically high-spirited mayhem. Great fun, with nonstop action.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
 

“Bennett provides a poignant but uplifting conclusion to his spellbinding, fast-paced Founders Trilogy, expanding the complex world with more innovative concepts and new characters.”Booklist, (starred review)

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Letdown

I really liked the first book and found that I couldn’t quite connect to the second in the same way. Was really hoping the latest installment would be on par with the first but overall it felt like storylines were drawn out excessively and it fell flat of recapturing the engaging nature of book 1.

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A failure of effort, an Afghanistan of Literature

Much like the doomed invasions of Afghanistan by Soviets and then later Americans, this book has grand ambitions, but delivers little in terms of meaningful rewards for listener or the characters the author tries to wrap up in an exceedingly long missive that rivals our length in time in at war in Vietnam.

The book meanders like the slow moving Mississippi, only to end up needing to be dredge in order to relaunch the audience’s interest. Character development while not rushed, is sloppy and leans towards tapping into audience interest that isn’t there.

Abandon hope all ye who listen, for there is no escape from boredom here.

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Not as good

Not nearly as good as the first book, not as good even as the second. Still, well performed (albeit the whining of almost all the characters)... and if you were expecting more of the story, you get it. I wish it would have concluded with better storylines, deeper characters, less exclamations and at large, more engaging writing.

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The worst of the trilogy

This series slowly degrades with each installment. The first book was okay, not great, but with decent characters and fun moments. Scriving is as a moderately satisfying semi-hard magic system that is interesting enough. But those things aren’t enough to carry the series through to the end. I’ve found myself caring less and less about everything. The situation is exacerbated by some of the worst narration I’ve suffered through. The narrator’s tone varies between sounding like an AI missing the depth of true emotion and a grating hysteria. It’s comical when she attempts to do very deep voices… she can’t. So maybe don’t even try at that point, just speak in your normal range, or cast a male actor along side to share in the dialog. I’m at chapter 38 and I’m taking a break. Not sure if I’m going to finish.

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Fantastic conclusion

Loved it! Well written, and unbelievably read aloud. 5 stars! Looking forward to whatever this author does next.

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Good book

"Locklands" book #3 in the Founders Trilogy remains one of the most unique magical concepts I have ever encountered in a fantasy series. The concept of scriving was fascinating to me, and while I enjoyed "Foundryside," I was less impressed with "Shorefall. That said I enjoyed the ending of Shorefall. Unfortunately, I found "Locklands" my least favorite in the series.

Again the world-building and magical concepts introduced in the series by Robert Bennett were unique and intriguing. I listened to the audiobook and I was not a big fan of Tara Sands the narrator. I found the childish voices she used for some of the characters annoying.

I missed Gregor and Orso. In Foundryside and Shorefall, the plot and the magic made sense to me. I found Locklands confusing, and instead of anticipating what might happen and understanding the actions of the characters within the magical concepts, I was just listening, not really having a clue where the story was going or what might happen next. I am glad I listened to the end of the series.

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Ending is ridiculous

Unconvincing attempt to make a hive mind seem like utopia. By the end they can't even speak coherently but we're supposed to believe they remember everything?

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Decent but repetitive.

It was a decent end to a book series that honestly declined over time, the 3 novels in series could have even separate books with the tonal changes.

my biggest issue with this is the awkward way everyone keeps re-explainging how the magic system works to each other as if they were not all experts - the audience gets it at this point!, it's clunky and tiresome. (and it's not just like in the beginning for those who may have spent some time between reading them, it happens over and over again during the book. just unnecessary.

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Do any of you remember if a single character was happy at any point in this book? Did any character even laugh? I really loved the first two books but this one from the onset felt like total slog. If my first two questions didn’t give it away it was also a total downer. I guess there is kind of a happy-ish ending. Well, for everyone else…the main characters get like two words for their happy ending. If that wasn’t clear I’m a bit disappointed in the same way water is a bit wet.

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Worth Reading

Not as good as the 1st book but def better than the second. It was interesting and the characters were thoughtful and interesting.