Marie Brennan

Within the Shreds, a rumor goes around that Last has died.  But who really was Last?  Lying liar, or heroic savior? A mercenary, a charlatan, a legend? A man, an immortal—perhaps even a god?



by Marie Brennan

ISBN: Print ISBN: 978-1-61696-344-7; Digital ISBN: 978-1-61696-346-0

Published: July 2020

Available Format(s): Trade Paperback and Digital Books


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 neighborhoods, pulled inexorably towards the center in the Crush. Cultures clash, countries fall, and everything eventually disintegrates.

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

Discover Marie Brennan (The Memoirs of Lady Trent)’s incomparable Driftwood, a realm of fragments cohered into a myth that encompasses realities.


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.

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.”

“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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