The world's a machine. She's the wrench.


Now available in paperback

Sancia Grado is a thief, and a damn good one. And her latest target, a heavily guarded warehouse on Tevanne’s docks, is nothing her unique abilities can’t handle.

But unbeknownst to her, Sancia’s been sent to steal an artifact of unimaginable power, an object that could revolutionize the magical technology known as scriving. The Merchant Houses who control this magic--the art of using coded commands to imbue everyday objects with sentience--have already used it to transform Tevanne into a vast, remorseless capitalist machine. But if they can unlock the artifact’s secrets, they will rewrite the world itself to suit their aims.

Now someone in those Houses wants Sancia dead, and the artifact for themselves. And in the city of Tevanne, there’s nobody with the power to stop them.

To have a chance at surviving—and at stopping the deadly transformation that’s under way—Sancia will have to marshal unlikely allies, learn to harness the artifact’s power for herself, and undergo her own transformation, one that will turn her into something she could never have imagined.

Shorefall is coming in April 2020. Preorder now.

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The Elevator Pitch

Robert Jackson Bennett describes his CITY OF BLADES to unsuspecting victims at NYC Comic Con 2015.

Every once in a while I read a book that's so well done, I find myself wanting to punch the author in the face out of pure envy. Congratulations Bennett, you just made the face-punching list!"

Jim C. Hines, Hugo Award winning author of Libriomance

Dazzling, sophisticated and thoroughly modern... Imagine China Mieville and George R. R. Martin stuck in an elevator, with only a laptop to keep them company, and you’re almost there. Robert Jackson Bennett is a name to remember and a talent to behold.”

G. Brown, Nerds of a Feather

Every five to ten years, a novel will come along in the fantasy genre that remixes what came before in a powerful resonant fashion... watershed novels that evoke a perfect symmetry of resonance and freshness... City of Stairs is one such novel.”

Rob H. Bedford,

Robert Jackson Bennett deserves a huge audience. This is the book that will earn it for him. A story that draws you in, brilliant world building, and oh my God, Sigrud. You guys are going to love Sigrud."

Brent Weeks, New York Times bestselling author of The Way of Shadows

Absolutely blew me away. Bennett's writing is so impressively transportive that you're nearly sure one day you'll wake up in Bulikov...It boils down to just read this book. Robert Jackson Bennett is genre fiction's best kept secret. He's a secret that needs to be shared.”

Andrea Johnson, Little Red Reviewer