Locklands by: Robert Jackson Bennett

Locklands is the last in the Founders trilogy.

I’ve read his work before and when it came to City of Stairs I had a huge issue with his use of the bury your gays trope and swore I’d never read another one of his books. I’m glad I gave him another chance with when I saw Foundryside because his use of that trope was gone, it’s nowhere to be seen in any of these three books.

The scope of the story felt huge so after Shorefall I had no clue how it could be wrapped up, I as a reader, could not envision and ending to such a big story. But he managed one.

This story is incredibly well paced and it feels like something is always happening. It’s always going, always pulling you along and I couldn’t put it down. I needed to know what happened.

We follow Berniece instead of Sancia as the main identity of the story although Sancia is by no means a side character. They’re married now which made me happy but I can’t lie, I remembered City of Stairs and even though she’d been safe from the trope for two fat books, there were things that made me worry. I shouldn’t have.

The way the characters have found to function in this story with the use of scrivings and how they tied their society to it in order to survive was some of the most interesting worldbuilding to me. I’ve never read anything like it and this was incredible. And it just got better. IT became integral to them and their world.

The way certain characters were handled, their storylines, made me sad. Let’s face it, it’s a trilogy. I didn’t want anything to happen to the characters I’d come to love over the course of the other two books. but they way they wrapped up was logical and it was also what they needed. It was really well done.

It’s a book about giving. One of the characters basically says it. It’s out in the open. In order to survive, you have to give at least a little of yourself to make the world a better place. And you have to love if you want to keep the world going.

Read the acknowledgement, it’s there too.

I think this was a good end to the story as a whole. It ends things nicely, not abruptly, it makes sense. And when I was done, I was satisfied.

I give Locklands a five (5) out of five (5) stars. Pacing, character, everything was on point.

This is a book and a trilogy I will absolutely be recommending to people.

I received this eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


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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