Deborah J. Ross, on their eponymous blog, thinks highly of the novel, too.
In “The Second Coming,” Yeats wrote, “Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold.” But in the world of Driftwood, things fall into a center from which nothing emerges, not even the memory of what was once vital and precious. Yet despite the sadness, in the skillful storyteller hands of Marie Brennan, the stories move through compassion to hope, with many memorable moments along the way.
TAR VOL ON agrees.
DRIFTWOOD is one of those stories that doesn’t need much in the way of plot or character summary, because the concept is the star of the show. And Marie Brennan wows on that score—this is the first book in a long time that gave me the same kind of feeling I had when I was absolutely blown away by The Wood Between the Worlds in Narnia as a kid. All the magic of fantasy is here, even if the magic is not always literal.
In an interview for the Brazilian ROCK PRESS, Christopher Kastensmidt mentions both Brennan and her Driftwood universe, when asked what he’s reading and enjoys.
My favorite authors and titles in Brazil are “João Beraldo” (JM Beraldo), he has a series “O Império de diamante” (Editora Draco) that I find sensational and that mixes elements of African cultures; and Marie Brennan, an American author who has a series of short stories called “Driftwood” (unpublished in Brazil), a series of books about a woman who researches dragons in a Victorian era, very cool.Translation from Portuguese courtesy of Google