ARC Review: Shorefall

by: Robert Jackson Bennett

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Foundryside was the first book by this author I had read. I was hooked. The cast of characters and a magic system I’d never seen before pulled me in hard and fast. So when I found out there were going to be more books I was excited. It’s actually the reason I made a Netgalley account.

Then I read one of his older books which left a bad taste in my mouth due to the use of the bury your gay trope. After that I wasn’t sure I’d actually read more by this author. And in Foundryside the romance between two of the female characters felt rushed and almost shoved in at the end. I went into this book apprehensively.

I’m happy to say that this book restored my faith in this author. Just like in Foundryside, Shorefall pulled me. The book is fast paced and picks up three years after the end of the first with the characters in a far better state than when we left them.

It doesn’t last long. Things go haywire fairly quickly and the pace never slows. It all builds smoothly, nothing feels out of place and the decisions the characters make feel genuine and make sense.

There were parts that had me holding my breath out of fear for them all and my jaw dropped at revelations. A big mystery from the first book is answered and it only makes it that much more emotional. I can’t wait to read the third book.

This is what I was hoping for in the next book. And I got exactly what I wanted. Robert Jackson Bennett has skill in not only world building but also making his characters distinct and real. I need to know how it all ends.

I would absolutely recommend this book. Especially because, like the first, it isn’t written to sound like it’s being described by some wizened old narrator like most fantasies do. It sounds fresh and new and it’s something that been needed for a long time in the fantasy genre.


Author. Reader. Reviewer. Interested in Sci-fi, Fantasy, and everything in between. Ya, and Adult. Looking for representaion where it matters! BIPOC, LGBTQ+, disabled, everything! We all deserve stories!

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