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Publisher's Summary

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

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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In which Lesbians create a perfect new world order

This book 📕 did things to me I found myself ugly crying at 2am whilst listening to the final chapter. I had a feeling going into it would be rough but trusted the writer to stick his landing. It was darker than the previous entries in this series and it was broader when it comes to big world concepts. Not gonna lie, there were moments in which the magical system got so complicated it was hard to follow. The narrator Tara Sands did an excellent job acting this story with a nuanced and emotionally complex performance. I loved her voice inflection for Sancia, Berenice, and Clef.

The story follows what’s left of the foundryside limited crew from shorefall night. We get another time jump eight years into the future this is plot device that allows the author to grow the characters off page and introduce new concepts to the magic system. The characters have matured and we get a lot of Berenice doing the heavy lifting in terms of action sequences. So if you are a big Berenice fan she is to Locklands what Patroclus is to “the Song of Achilles.”

I loved Berenice as a character and was happy to see her take charge of the Foundryside crew. The book had me on edge from beginning to end. I felt exhausted for these characters. All you want is that happy ending and for everyone to be okay but that’s not what this book is. I think that is what makes it tough to read. There was something joyous in the heist driven found family elements in the first two books. This last book sucks a lot of hope off the page with just how desperate the characters are to survive.

This book had a lack of Sancia which is an odd thing to say given she is the protagonist of the first two books. In trying to convey a larger message on the affect of technology on civilizations we lost some of that shiny charm that made me fall in love with this series. Finally, it feels like the Sancia and Berenice love story needed more of a wrap up beyond a few meager sentences in the epilogue. The ladies saved humanity and are mothers of the new lesbian world order. I wished they could’ve at least had on page kiss in that epilogue. Scrumming hell!



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Worthwhile read,

But I found some of it tough going.

The narration seemed to drain the characters of nuance. If I repeated their words in my head, as if I'd just read them, I found myself appreciating the dialogue, and the story, much more.

I found the middle sections awfully plodding, but the last quarter much more engaging, reminding me of the sparkle of the first book.

I'm glad that I stuck with it, but recommend reading rather than listening.

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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.