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Locklands

By Robert Jackson Bennett
Locklands by Robert Jackson Bennett digital book - Fable

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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.

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Loudly Crying Face“What an addicting read this was!! I cried the entire way. I cried SO much. Half-way through the book in less than a day, and I found myself terrified of how much more pain the author could put these characters in. UGH. I was a wreck. Berenice begging to see her wife one final time and KNOWING there was no possible way… Berenice being the literal mother of a new way of life and then slowly being left behind by it… PAIN. UNRELENTING. BEAUTIFUL. I’m crying again.”
Multi-layered charactersDescriptive writingSuspensefulImmersive settingHeartbreaking
“Holy shit, this book. I am unprepared to review it, I think, because it made me feel so many things, and I would have to reread the whole trilogy to see it as a whole work that I could talk about coherently. What I'm reeling with now, five minutes after finishing, is that Berenice is Frodo-- I saved the world, but not for me-- and the grief that sits in my heart as the reader seeing her live through that. I never doubted RJB would bring her and Sancia back together, but still, the weight of those years that she suffered alone, after the trauma of the war she fought and won, it's just... it's a lot. I'm also really amazed at how the series started out firmly as a fantasy world, then segued into a fully sci-fi world, then for Berenice it came back around again to "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic". So fucking cool. God, what a series. I'm so proud to be able to say I've loved RJB since reading https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8077923.The_Company_Man back in '08 or '09, because he's only gotten better and better since then, and after this, I can say sincerely he's one of my favorite authors, and I truly can't wait to see what he does next.”

About Robert Jackson Bennett

Robert Jackson Bennett is the author of Foundryside, Shorefall, and the Divine Cities trilogy, which was a Hugo Award finalist in the Best Series category. The first book in the series, City of Stairs, was also a finalist for the World Fantasy and Locus Awards, and the second, City of Blades, was a finalist for the World Fantasy, Locus, and British Fantasy Awards. His previous novels, which include American Elsewhere and Mr. Shivers, have received the Edgar Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Philip K. Dick Citation of Excellence. He lives in Austin with his family.

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