NATIONAL BESTSELLER • The jaw-dropping conclusion to the acclaimed Founders Trilogy, from the Hugo–nominated author of Foundryside and Shorefall
“It’s so rare to love every single book in a trilogy, to admire the aim, precision, and storytelling stamina this much.”—The New York Times Book Review
ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The New York Times, The Quill to Live
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.
Gods collide in the high octane finale to Bennett's epic fantasy Founders Trilogy, set eight years after the events of Shorefall. The people of the former city of Tevanne have become a collective intelligence searching for a doorway that will allow it to restart reality. The resurrected hierophant Crasedes Magnus holds out, but barely, against joining this group mind while the scrappy spell designers of the Foundryside search for a haven for their refugee fleet. Wives Sancia and Berenice, senior scrivers, try diplomacy to unite the scattered surviving colonies against the mentally unified horde from their former hometown, even if this entails allying with Crasedes, their former archrival. Meanwhile, Clef, Sancia's intelligent key, recovers his lost memories of how the world was once shattered by hierophants. Bennett advances the plot precipitously and raises his characters' power levels to the "nigh-incomprehensible," but the grounding themes of family and love as Sancia and Berenice risk their happiness to save the world, are what readers will take away. Fans will find this a satisfying end.
Finally found another great intelligent author. With a good grasp of humanity.
I’ll keep the spoilers to a minimum.
I really don’t know what to say about this book. It took everything I loved from the first two and did nothing of the sort.
When a book is released, especially a trilogy, there are promises made by the author to the reader that are sort of unspoken. Such as who the main character will be, what the themes of the story will be, the setting, etc. etc.
Almost every single promise is broken in this book.
All the characters I loved were either pushed far into the background or not at all in it. Do you truly think we care this much about Berenice???? I cannot believe we got maybe one or two POVs of Sancia and that was it. I literally had no idea what her feelings were throughout this book.
The story was ridiculous, boring and just completely out of nowhere. I don’t understand why the author decided half of the things they did for the story, especially the setting of this book. I cannot wrap my head around how you can have a time gap that far and expect us to care what is going on. We don’t even get to see certain events which would have been wonderful, but no we just get to hear about them in a two sentence conversation.
It broke every promise that the author gave us in the first two books and turned the entire series on its head, especially in regards to Sancia and how she was handled this book (did the author forget she is the main character???)
I’m usually not very critical of books, I usually find nothing wrong with them, but this book had me hoping for it to end. It was like a completely different book series.