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Marie Brennan



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01 September 2020
Series: Driftwood
*A Kirkus' Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2020 Pick* *A Library Journal Best Books of 2020: Science Fiction and Fantasy Pick* In this first novel set in award-winning author Marie Brennan's incomparable Driftwood fantasy universe, enter a post-apocalyptic realm where the apocalypse has not ended, where fragments of worlds cohere into shifting myths.

Yet even as everything fades, Drifters gather to tell conflicting legends of Last, the guide - the one man who seemed immortal, but may have been a fraud. Who is Last? Fame is rare in Driftwood - it's hard to get famous if you don't stick around long enough for people to know you. But many know the guide, Last, a one-blooded survivor who has seen his world end many lifetimes ago.

For Driftwood is a strange place of slow apocalypses, where continents eventually crumble into mere neighbourhoods, pulled inexorably towards the centre in the Crush. Cultures clash, countries fall, and everything eventually disintegrates.

Within the Shreds, a rumour goes around that Last has died. Drifters come together to commemorate him. But who really was Last? Lying liar, or heroic saviour? A mercenary, a charlatan, a legend? A man, an immortal - perhaps even a god?

Driftwood is the invention of bestselling author Marie Brennan. Mirroring the world that many people are currently living in, the Driftwood stories chronicle the struggles of survivors and outcasts to keep their worlds alive until everything changes, diminishes, and is destroyed. Driftwood is the first full-length novel in this world.

'Exploring found family, adaptation, and hope in the face of apocalypse, Brennan imbues this high-concept fantasy with a strong emotional core. Fantasy fans will be thrilled.' - Publishers Weekly, starred review 'An exciting delve into a conglomerate land filled with magic and mystery.' - Kirkus Reviews
By:   Marie Brennan
Imprint:   TACHYON
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 140mm, 
ISBN:   9781616963460
ISBN 10:   1616963468
Series:   Driftwood
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   01 September 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Marie Brennan is a former anthropologist and folklorist who shamelessly pillages her academic fields for material. She recently misapplied her professors' hard work to Turning Darkness Into Light, a sequel to the Hugo Award-nominated Victorian adventure series The Memoirs of Lady Trent. She is the author of the Doppelganger duology of Warrior and Witch, the urban fantasies Lies and Prophecy and Chains and Memory, the Onyx Court historical fantasy series, the Varekai novellas, and nearly sixty short stories, as well as the New Worlds series of worldbuilding guides. For more information, visit or @swan_tower on Twitter.

Reviews for Driftwood (#1 Driftwood)

Praise for Driftwood A Worlds in Ink 2020 Most Anticipated Sci-Fi and Fantasy Release [STARRED REVIEW] Brennan (the Memoirs of Lady Trent series) plays with the concept of secondary-world fantasy with this fresh, immersive introduction to the land of Driftwood, a patchwork world where other fantasy worlds come to die. As each otherworld is pulled toward the Crush, the churning center of Driftwood where their last vestiges mix and crumble before vanishing forever, its inhabitants must adapt to life in Driftwood or disappear along with their homes. The novel's form mirrors the cobbled-together nature of its world, composed primarily of self-contained episodes unified only by the shadowy figure of Last, the sole survivor of a world that Driftwood consumed long ago. Many who pass through Driftwood seek Last's aid, desperate to preserve their cultures and stop the inevitable and believing he knows the secrets to surviving the Crush. Brennan skillfully builds a multiplicity of worlds, painting each unique and fully developed culture with bold, minimalist strokes and, though readers don't get to spend much time with any single character, rendering each member of the sprawling cast with impressive nuance and subtlety. Exploring found family, adaptation, and hope in the face of apocalypse, Brennan imbues this high-concept fantasy with a strong emotional core. Fantasy fans will be thrilled. (Aug.) --Publishers Weekly Haunting, timeless, and timely. Brennan invented Driftwood, but it feels like she discovered it. --Max Gladstone author of The Empress of Forever Driftwood is a richly imagined and shifting place. I keep thinking about it weeks after shutting the book. This is what people mean by 'haunting.' --Mary Robinette Kowal, author of The Calculating Stars Praise for Marie Brennan [STARRED REVIEW] Saturated with the joy and urgency of discovery and scientific curiosity. --Publishers Weekly on A Natural History of Dragons Smart and nuanced . . . Overwhelmingly fun and a perfectly delightful [summer] read. io9 on The Tropic of Serpents Uncompromisingly honest and forthright [and] narrated in Brennan's usual crisp, vivid style. Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on The Tropic of Serpents Revelations crash like waves in a satisfying conclusion. Publishers Weekly on Voyage of the Basilisk Told in the style of a Victorian memoir, courageous, intelligent and determined Isabella's account is colorful, vigorous and absorbing. A sort of Victorian why-what-whodunit embellished by Brennan's singular upgrade of a fantasy bromide and revitalizingly different viewpoint. Kirkus Reviews on the Memoirs of Lady Trent series Praise for Turning Darkness Into Light Turning Darkness Into Light delivers a plot of politics. Groups straining to be heard, to have their place in the world recognized. We witness not only the potential importance of the text Audrey is translating, but what real world consequences it has ... This is a story of betrayal, loneliness, and our quest to be seen. It is a story that places emphasis on the importance of history, of telling our story, and our fight for recognition. Utopia State of Mind She has managed to expand upon the world of Memoirs of Lady Trent and more, and it's safe to say fans of the series who wanted more about the mysterious Draconean civilization will be very happy with this novel . . . Marie Brennan has written another winner, building upon the brilliance of her Lady Trent series. BiblioSanctum Signals the start of a new era in the universe . . . A fantasy novel with a difference that promotes intelligence, the power of myth and also being prepared to always seek the truth. Runalong the Shelves Turning Darkness Into Light is a book that took me totally by surprise, filled with wonderful, complex characters, and a plot that has so many twists and turns in it that you'll never anticipate what is coming next, but will leave you hungry to read more. An absolutely wonderful read. Set the Tape I'll snap any forthcoming sequel up in a heartbeat. Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

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