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Alison Wilgus

Author Website | Reviews | Bibliography & Rights Information

Flying Machines: How the Wright Brothers Soared (First Second, 2017) | Biblio & Rights Info
Chronin Vol. 1: The Knife at Your Back
(Tor, 2019) | Biblio & Rights Info
Chronin Vol. 2: The Sword in Your Hand
(Tor, 2019) | Biblio & Rights Info
The Mars Challenge (under contract to First Second)


For FLYING MACHINES: HOW THE WRIGHT BROTHERS SOARED, written by Alison Wilgus & illustrated by Molly Brooks 

“Not only does it make the mechanical and technical details about flight interesting to the non-scientifically minded (which would be me), it shows the Wright siblings as interesting characters in the competitive drama of early aviation on both sides of the Atlantic. Highly recommended not just to science-minded kids, but to any curious young readers who enjoy graphic novels.”

B&N Kids Blog

“An accessible and engaging introduction to the Wright brothers and how they ushered in the age of flight.”


“Two accomplished cartoonists offer a fresh take on the story of the Wright brothers.”

School Library Journal

“I was charmed from the beginning, with the choice to have the story narrated by Katharine Wright, sister of the famous airplane inventors the Wright Brothers.”

Comics Worth Reading


Flying Machines: How the Wright Brothers Soared by Alison Wilgus, is told in the delightful voice of Katherine Wright, the younger sister of the famous brothers…Although I know the basic story of the Wright brothers, reading this graphic novel filled in all the gaps of the evolution of our modern-day jets. ”

Geek Mom

“Together, art and story in Flying Machines: How the Wright Brothers Soared, combine to create quite the educational experience.”

Open Book Society

“I felt that the artwork was vibrant and expressive, and it revels in depicting the various flying machines of the day. The story humanizes the achievements of some grand historical figures and also puts their work into historical context.”

Graphic Novel Resources

“There’s an incredible amount of detail in this volume- aviation enthusiasts will love it…Providing readers with a look into history and aviation technology, Science Comics: Flying Machines is a solid add to STEM collections and reinforces the fact that comic books DO belong in the classroom.”

Mom Read It

“I can really see these books being useful for science teachers or homeschool parents to build lesson plans (especially with the bibliography, glossary, and notes inclusions at the end of the texts), or as wonderful gifts for curious scientifically-minded young readers to learn independently, because of the lively dialogue and colorful illustrations. But, even as someone who isn’t particularly interested in flight, and who read the book as an adult, the strong partnership of Wilgus’ writing and Brooks’ illustrations kept me hooked until the very last page. Highly recommended!”

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For Chronin Vol. 1 The Knife at Your Back

“Clever dialogue and detailed black-and-white images create an intense and moving story with plenty of heart and a mystery readers will want to solve.”

Publishers Weekly

“Wilgus’ dialogue is fresh and snappy, the story moves with purpose, the characters are deeply conflicted, and there were far more surprises than I anticipated. I definitely want to see how it all comes together in VOL 2: THE SWORD IN YOUR HAND.”

Fantasy Literature

“The story has a truly fascinating premise and plumbs impressive depths, particularly in Kuji and Mirai’s arguments over rebel factions during the period, which raises thoughtful questions about how ideology influences how we view history as well as the dangers of romanticizing rebellion. Deepening mysteries about Mirai and Kuji’s time travel program make for a compelling cliffhanger ending to this genre-blending series starter.”


“Wilgus’ artistic restraint isn’t just visually pleasing — it’s also humble. It seems to say that this Westerner isn’t trying to cannibalize or exoticize Japanese culture, but only to offer a few new angles on its well-established forms. The book’s spare lines, unassuming story and uncomplicated-yet-likable characters aren’t just self-effacing: They’re also classic. Chronin seems timeless in more ways than one — but then, cleverness often does.”


“[CHRONIN] is many things: an adventure story, a sci-fi yarn, a romance, a survey of history and social change, a study of entitlement, and a meditation on finding one’s place in the world… it’s magical.”

Book Riot

“Wilgus executes the story in a skillful Manga art style and energy in unfolding the drama that works well together in presenting the headier themes, prefacing what is no doubt going to be an exciting Volume 2.”

Comics Beat

“CHRONIN is a tense, entertaining time travel caper, charmingly drawn and filled with endearing, complicated characters that you can’t help rooting for.”

—Faith Erin Hicks,
Eisner-Award winning author of The Adventures of Superhero Girl and The Nameless City trilogy

“A fascinating, intricate story, and Alison’s love for the period is evident in every scene.”

— Tony Cliff,
author of Delilah Dirk series

“CHRONIN delivers a solid story that touches on the importance of identity and history, and how they go hand in hand. With its lush historical setting and an ear for sharp dialogue, Alison Wilgus’s first solo outing shows the promise of a fresh voice to comics.”

—Ethan Young,
Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated author of Nanjing: The Burning City

“CHRONIN is an elegantly rendered, insightfully layered time-travel adventure that creatively explores the complex tensions around identity, power, and constructions of history. This technically adept graphic novel showcases the power of the comics medium and gives us the gift of a wonderfully dangerous world that is filled with so many amazing possibilities!”

—John Jennings,
author of New York Times bestselling Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation


For Chronin Vol. 2 The Sword in Your Hand

“A heartfelt story about the wonder of finding a community that sees you as you see yourself even when you’re very, very far from home.”

—Carey Pietsch,
artist and co-adapter of The Adventure Zone graphic novels

“Wilgus’ character dynamics strengthen and deepen in this second volume… I enjoyed every page of the Chronin duology.”

Fantasy Literature

“CHRONIN is a beautiful story with fantastic action, wonderfully drawn characters, social commentary, history lessons, and a whole lot of feels.”

The Roarbots


Flying Machines


  1. Chronin Vol. 1

  2. Chronin Vol. 2

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The Mars Challenge

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JABberwocky Welcomes Alison Wilgus!

In the first of three new non-fiction deals for the agency this spring (stay tuned for other announcements to come), we’re thrilled to finally, formally welcome the multitalented, NYT-bestselling author/artist Alison Wilgus!

Her forthcoming book, THE MARS CHALLENGE, is a non-fiction graphic novel that explores the technical and political obstacles that stand between us and footprints on the Red Planet, emphasizing personal narratives and scientific accuracy. Macmillan’s First Second graphic novel imprint acquired the book.

While researching the history, technical difficulties, politics and possible future of human spaceflight, Alison has:

* Combed through enormous digital stacks of mission design documents and federal budget requests
* Visited the Kennedy and Johnson Space Centers
* Doggedly watched all 19 hours of presentations from the 2013 Humans to Mars Summit
* Visited NASA launch, operations, and research facilities
* Met with Congress as part of the Space Exploration Alliance

Alison says that the most important things to know about her are that she lives in Brooklyn, she makes comics, she has cried while watching NASA TV, and she permanently imprinted on the women of Deep Space Nine as a teenager. Everything else is gravy. (You can also follow her as @aliwilgus on Twitter.)

Welcome to the crew, Alison!

Eddie Schneider

Photo by Erin Summerill


Eddie Schneider (Twitter: @eddieschneider) is the Vice President of JABberwocky Literary Agency, which he joined back when the nerve center was still Joshua Bilmes’ living room.

These days, the agency is in a real office, sandwiched between Grand Central Station and Times Square in midtown Manhattan, and the bustling new digs only serve to motivate Eddie in his pursuit of great authors, both new and new to JABberwocky.

Eddie is an Iowa graduate, where he studied fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. He has an M.S. in Publishing from New York University, and his client list includes Hugo, Andre Norton, Philip K. Dick, and Bram Stoker Award winners, as well as New York Times bestselling authors Brandon Sanderson, Daniel José Older, and Alison Wilgus.

When he isn’t agenting, reading, or editing, he has been known to run ultramarathons, and is technically an award-winner himself, although his form wouldn’t necessarily get rave reviews.

How to query me

Email queries to queryeddie [at] Please include the first five pages of your manuscript, and paste them below your query letter, in the body of your email. 1-3 page synopses may also be included at the very bottom, but aren’t mandatory.

When querying, please don’t send any attachments, as these queries are deleted unread.


What I’m looking for

Major changes are underway here in the U.S., both in terms of reading technology and demographics, and any time something comes along to disrupt the status quo, it presents huge artistic and economic opportunities. This dovetails nicely with what I desire most—books that are groundbreaking, genre-defining, and reflect the whole spectrum of human experience.

No matter the genre, I have a strong interest in working with authors who bring fresh and diverse voices to the literary conversation, especially those who come from historically marginalized groups. All people should be able to see themselves reflected in the stories they read, as well as in those who pen them.

The genres I represent, and the types of books that most interest me within a given genre, follow.



Literary fiction – I’m an avid reader of literary fiction, and what lights up my cerebral cortex here are more plot-driven novels with a strong emotional core, which engage in areas beyond and outside the middle-class concerns endemic to a large swath of books published in this genre. Two examples of (non-client) novels from the last few years that I particularly enjoyed are Ruth Ozeki’s A TALE FOR THE TIME BEING and Louise Erdrich’s ROUND HOUSE.

Science fiction – I love science fiction, especially SF set in the near future, often with social or cultural commentary, as well as the occasional space opera. Two examples of (non-client) novels that I enjoyed in this vein are Ursula K. LeGuin’s classic THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS and Octavia Butler’s PARABLE OF THE SOWER.  I am very much interested in SF written from non-Western cultural perspectives, and one good non-client example of that is G. Willow Wilson’s ALIF THE UNSEEN.

Fantasy – With fantasy, my favorite novels have tended to be those that toe both the real world and the fantastic. In any case, I go for stories with intricate, imaginative settings that are internally consistent, address political and social concerns, and have often found myself preferring tight writing to florid. I’m especially interested in fantasy novels set outside the Northern European milieu from which the genre originated. Two examples of (non-client) novels that I particularly enjoyed like this are Octavia Butler’s KINDRED and Susanna Clarke’s JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORRELL.

Young Adult – My favorite YA novels tend to be both character- and concept-driven, while embracing the intensity of emotion that characterizes a lot of the best YA fiction. A couple (non-client) favorites published in recent years include Laini Taylor’s DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE and AMERICAN STREET by Ibi Zoboi.

Middle Grade – Middle grade novels have a special resonance for me, because the genre has such breadth. Here, I’m also interested in both realistic/contemporary and sf/fantasy. Two examples of (non-client) novels that I really enjoyed are Dianna Wynne Jones’ classic HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE and Rebecca Stead’s WHEN YOU REACH ME.



Science – I have wide-ranging interests here that include the physical, earth, life, medical, and social sciences. Science books most likely to appeal to me tend to deal with specific topics, and sometimes unlikely ones. Examples of (non-client) books in this vein that I enjoyed are Rebecca Skloot’s THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, and especially Mary Roach’s STIFF.

History – I am interested in histories that focus on a single subject, rather than wide-ranging works about a time or place. I particularly enjoy historical biographies, including those where the biography’s subject is an artifact or commodity.

Narrative nonfiction – Here, I’m interested in memoirs that take on issues that extend beyond those in the author’s own life, travel narratives that are socially engaged and possess an individual stamp, and in ‘nonfiction novels.’


Graphic novels and comics

Note: When querying with a graphic novel or comic, please feel free to include 2-3 images representative of your art, pasted in the body of your email below your query letter. A link to your online portfolio is also good.

Graphic novels – Few things are better than a truly great graphic novel, where the writing and the art flow together, but are each strong enough to stand alone. I’m looking for work that’s both awe-inspiring and totally engrossing, and am only interested in author/artists, or an established author-artist team. I’m would like to see both fiction and non-fiction, realistic or speculative, for adult, YA or middle grade. A non-client example of a graphic novel I really enjoyed is Marjane Satrapi’s PERSEPOLIS.

Comics – What I’m after here are projects that either are, or are influenced by, comic strips and webcomics. What will most catch my eye are comics that are both humorous and incisive.


Special note:

Since it still needs (and may always need) to be spelled out, please note I am eager to consider queries by persons, or featuring protagonists, of any race, color, creed, religion, national citizenship/origin, gender or sexual orientation, disability, age, or physical appearance. Further, I will not attempt to editorially limit the presence of characters in any of the above in order to sell a project, and will support any client who has been discriminated against by a publisher or editor because of such status, in the hopefully unlikely event that this might occur.



Favorite film: The Seven Samurai, although Ikiru hits me harder
Favorite video game based off of a (non-client) licensed property: Knights of the Old Republic
Video game most likely to keep me up late: Minecraft – with or without the nine-year-old!
Number of countries visited: 10
Continents I’ve run a marathon on (in order of completion): North America, Australia, Europe
Splines: Reticulating

We Put Our Best Books Forward in 2017

The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam RiveraThe Core by Peter V. BrettAll Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis

This was an exciting year for us here at JABberwocky! We want to say congratulations to our authors who landed on some “Year’s Best” lists with their new works:

Peter S. Beagle, IN CALABRIA (Tachyon Publications)
“Best Books 2017 — SF/Fantasy/Horror” from Publishers Weekly

Peter V. Brett, THE CORE
“Our favorite books of 2017” from Six Colors
“The Best of 2017” from Beauty in Ruins
“Best Fantasy Books of 2017” from Fantasy Faction

“Best Fantasy Books of 2017” from Fantasy Faction


“Top Ten SF&F novels of 2017” from Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviews (UK)
“Speculative Fiction Top 10 of 2017” from Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist
“Best Fantasy Books of 2017” from Fantasy Faction

Gregory Scott Katsoulis, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
“Best Fiction for Young Adults Nominees” from YALSA

“Best Books of 2017” from NPR
“Best Books of the Year Nominees” from Kirkus

“The 17 Best Young Adult Novels of 2017” from PopSugar
“The 17 Best Debut Novels by Women in 2017” from Bustle
“Best Fiction for Young Adults Nominees” from YALSA

“The Best of 2017” from The Quill to Live
“Best Fantasy Books of 2017” from Fantasy Faction

Michael J. Sullivan, AGE OF SWORDS
“Best Fantasy Books of 2017” from Fantasy Faction

“Best Books of 2017” from Kings River Life Magazine

Chosen this year as one of the “Best STEM Books for 2018” from the National Science Teachers Association

Flying High with Flying Machines

We’re flying high from all the praise Alison Wilgus’s SCIENCE COMICS: FLYING MACHINES: HOW THE WRIGHT BROTHERS SOARED is receiving! Amazon listed FLYING MACHINES in their 2017 Holiday Toy List and the National Science Teachers Association has named FLYING MACHINES as one of the Best STEM Books of 2018!

The Amazon Holiday Toy List, curated annually by Amazon product experts, is a gift guide that lists the most sought-after products for children of all ages and interests. The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. Beginning in 2017, the NSTA has appointed a judging panel consisting of volunteer educators, identified in cooperation with the Children’s Book Council (CBC), to select an annual list of outstanding books that encourage students to develop literacy skills and learn science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) content. We’re so honored to have made both of these lists!

If you’re still looking for the perfect holiday gift for the STEM star in your life, FLYING MACHINES will take them to new heights! Grab your copy from your preferred retailer today!

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Marie Brennan

Author Website | Reviews | Bibliography & Rights Information

Doppelganger Duology | Biblio. & Rights Info
Warrior (formerly Doppelganger)
Witch (formerly Warrior and Witch)

Onyx Court | Biblio. & Rights Info
Midnight Never Come
In Ashes Lie
A Star Shall Fall
With Fate Conspire

Memoirs of Lady Trent | Biblio. & Rights Info
A Natural History of Dragons: Memoirs of Lady Trent
Tropic of Serpents
Voyage of the Basilisk
In the Labyrinth of Drakes
Within the Sanctuary of Wings
Turning Darkness Into Light

Ree Novellas | Biblio. & Rights Info
Cold-Forged Flame
Lightning in the Blood

Driftwood | Biblio. & Rights Info
A Heretic by Degrees
Remembering Light
The Ascent of Unreason
Into the Wind
Smiling at the End of the World




Praise for the Doppelganger Duology


“Brennan’s excellent first novel Doppelganger set up a unique quest and conflict for her heroine — or heroines, as it were.”

RT Book Reviews

“[WARRIOR] is a very strong story, and it is hard to believe that this is Ms. Brennan’s debut novel.”

The Book Smugglers via Red Room

“…a fun, compelling, traditional fantasy series.”


“It’s good. An original world, interesting protagonists, a fun story, and a satisfying conclusion.”

Jim C. Hines


“Brennan crafts a thought-provoking, exciting and entertaining read.”

RT Book Reviews

“This work is full of grand notions, multiple characters, and political twists and turns… [and] has a sturdy fantasy backbone, fleshed out with a large amount of adventure.”

The Thunder Child

“Life is rarely as simple as black and white, and Brennan does a masterful job of capturing that messy complexity. I love her characters, both for their courage and for their flaws.”

Jim C. Hines

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Praise for the Onyx Court Series


“Stunningly conceived and exquisitely achieved…”

Publishers Weekly
Starred review!

“Strong prose, tight plotting, mischievous humor, quick pacing and wonderful storytelling that fully engages the reader.”

Fantasy Book Critic

“Marie Brennan’s lush and lovely tale will draw you in at once and not let you go until long after midnight…”

Green Man Review

“What sets Marie Brennan apart, then, is the quality of her writing, the complexities of her plot, the characterisations, the world-building… everything.”

The Book Swede

“I highly recommend MIDNIGHT NEVER COME to readers who enjoy historical fiction and high fantasy.”

Dark Matter Zine

“A highly-enjoyable mix of Elizabethan and faerie politics and intrigue.”

—The Genre Files

“MIDNIGHT NEVER COME returns the fairies to their roots: terrifying, alien, yet captivating at the same time.”

Curled Up

“A historical thriller with a fascinating twist…”

The Bookbag

“A nicely told tale of curses, intrigue, love and faeries…The story is compelling and well-plotted. The world-building is excellent and you notice right from the start that author Marie Brennan has done extensive research into Elizabethan times and British faerie lore.”


“These are not kinder, gentler faeries. Really they’re not.”

Elizabeth Bear


“Brennan has created a fascinating hidden underworld beneath London, and it’s enhanced by prose that has an elegance perfect for historical fantasy.”

RT Book Reviews
4.5/4.5 stars!

Marie Brennan juggled complex politics, plague, and fire to great effect in IN ASHES LIE.”

Strange Horizons

“Brennan is a bright new voice in fantasy fiction, and IN ASHES LIE is her best effort yet.”

Sacramento Book Review

“Brennan does do an amazing job of weaving parallels between the real world events with the affects on the fae and vice versa.”


“…Brennan shines, and her abundant imagination… becomes something you will definitely want to experience for yourself.”

Arctic Wren


Kate MacLeod



“Enchanting, fearsome faerie vistas and pinpoint character delineations make Galen’s absorbing quest one to savor and remember.”

Publishers Weekly
Starred review!

“Brennan’s historical research is as impeccable as ever, and the twining of the two worlds is the best yet. Fans of the Onyx Court novels, and anyone who enjoys historical fantasy, should like A STAR SHALL FALL.”


“An ambitious tale and a pleasing triumph. Wonderful.”

SFF World

“A STAR SHALL FALL is a terrific novel. It stands solidly on its own two feet despite being the third novel in a series. You should be reading this novel.”

Elitist Book Reviews

“A STAR SHALL FALL is a well-written novel and a good addition to the series. I recommend it to fans of historical fantasy.”

Fantasy Literature

“The third book follows the pattern of the others, a quiet, slow beginning as complicated threads are laid down, rising to a terrific climax.”

Sherwood Smith

“This is my favorite of the series so far.  The plotting is sharper, the characters are great, and Brennan continues to blend history and magic so smoothly it’s hard to tell where one ends and the next begins.”

Jim C. Hines

“…a fantasy novel that’s utterly steeped in science.”

Wendy Shaffer

“A STAR SHALL FALL is a a marvelous, magical novel that evocatively brings to life 18th Century London  through interesting and believable characters and a wealth of historical details.”

David Forbes

“Marie Brennan is a writer worth making space for in your library.”

Alma Alexander

The best of the Onyx Court books to date… Very fine book, highly recommended.”

Alec Austin


“An absorbing finale to a series that has grown richer with every installment.”

Starred review!

“Series readers and fans of the Tam Lin myth will be captivated by this complex and vibrant depiction of a magical Victorian era.”

Publishers Weekly

“Brennan’s characters breathe life into a landscape rich in detail and vibrant with imagination. This title should please fans of Mercedes Lackey’s “Elemental Masters” series and Elizabeth Bear’s “Promethean Age” series.”

Library Journal

“For more tales of a London based on history as well as sheer invention, try WITH FATE CONSPIRE and its predecessors. Instead of the old-style fantasy of quests through green fields and dark domains, Brennan makes the most of one extraordinary city.”

Locus Magazine


“[Brennan’s] characters, both major and minor, are well drawn and memorable. Brennan’s own fans, historical-fantasy fans, and lovers of classic fantasy will find this a must-read.”


“…Brennan has taken a level in skill with prose: her writing was good before, but it’s gotten even better… WITH FATE CONSPIRE is a thoughtfully entertaining dénouement to an excellent series, and all round, a really good book.”

“WITH FATE CONSPIRE is a well-plotted and compelling novel…if you like historical fantasy and enjoy rich world-building, you definitely should give this book a try.”


“There are very few authors that really impress me with the way they write. Bakker. Valente. Gaiman. Brennan, for me, is right there… I often felt like I was slowing down my reading purposely so I could catch all the little literary goodies she has buried in the pages.”

Elitest Book Reviews

“Brennan set her work in an impressive historical time and coupled it with wonderfully done research that really sets it apart from many other fantasy books… WITH FATE CONSPIRE is a solid addition to an already strong series.”

Book Worm Blues

“The rounded characters and intricate plot create an absorbing story.”

Dr. Fantastique

“…this book is an entertaining and carefully crafted work. I must applaud Brennan’s dedication to her research as well as the inventive use of her concepts…”

Steampunk Chronicles

“If you’ve been following the Onyx Court series, you won’t want to miss this one. If you’re looking for a unique read about faeries in a richly detailed London through several centuries, give this series a try. I’ve very much enjoyed it. (And Dead Rick is awesome.)”

Fantasy Literature

“…if you’re a fan of richly detailed and vivid historical settings, full of old-school fairy magic, then I’d definitely recommend reading them, period.”

Jim C. Hines

“So be advised: this one is complete, it has an actual ending, and it remains excellent throughout. Highly recommended.”

Marissa Lingen

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Praise for the Memoirs of Lady Trent


“Brennan’s world-building is wonderfully subtle, rendering a familiar land alien with casual details. Fans of fantasy, science, and history will adore this rich and absorbing tale of discovery.”

Publishers Weekly
Starred review!

“Though dragons may not exist in our own world’s history, it is certain that the struggles of women like Trent do, and Brennan captures both with equal elegance in this first volume in the memoirs of Lady Trent.”

Shelf Awareness
Starred review!

“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.”


“A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS is a tale historical fiction lovers and fantasy fans alike will adore. Isabella is a heroine readers will root for, and fans of Naomi Novik and Mary Robinette Kowal will especially enjoy this book.”

RT Book Reviews
4.5/4.5 stars!

Downton Abbey, but with dragons!... A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS is a mellow and agreeable memoir, an absorbing and entertaining novel, and I want more.”

“What’s truly great about this novel is the seamless merging of fantasy themes and incredibly realistic scientific and social details. Come for the dragon adventure — because there’s a lot of it. But stay for characters whose stories feel as real as Marie Curie’s.”

“Isabella is a triumph, her voice a pitch-perfect blend of Jane Austen and travel writer Freya Stark. Brennan juggles the two layers with aplomb, using the older Isabella’s wise, wry detachment to reflect on the period’s snobbery and jingoism without sacrificing the main story’s intrigue and fun. Excellent stuff.”


“Whether it’s a recollection of a youthful Isabella disguising herself as a boy so she can sneak along on a hunting party near her father’s estate, or Lady Trent’s first examination of a dragon corpse in the mountains of Vystrana…you can’t help but get caught up in the discoveries she’s making.”

Dallas News

“A blend of Elizabeth Peters’ formidable Amelia Peabody and a decidedly less-cuddly version of How to Train Your Dragon.”

The Book Smugglers, via Kirkus

“It’s a saga, Reader, that I’ll happily follow, containing enough madcap adventure (Draconian ruins! Secret smuggling cabals! Mysterious dragon burial grounds!) to satisfy the armchair explorer and enough research to ground its engaging alternate history.”

Strange Horizons

‘”While the story is ostensibly a fantasy, it has the heart of a science fiction novel, in the spirit of exploration and scientific endeavor.”

Geek Exchange

“If you are looking for a grown-up version of How to Train Your Dragon, with some Jane Austen mixed in, I would definitely suggest picking up A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS . It is an extraordinarily well-written and tremendously gripping tale filled with mystery, humor, discovery, and originality.”

The Ranting Dragon

“Isabella is no shrinking violet, and her rather madcap adventures grow from the natural curiosity of a child to mould her into the Darwin of dragons. Ms. Brennan masterfully and evocatively tells this memoir-style tale of one girl’s love of dragons, and her willingness to sacrifice everything to study them.”

“The author’s love of books, science and dragons shines brightly through this novel… The atmosphere is a blend of Downton AbbeyPern and A Series of Unfortunate Events. The eclectic mixture works and it’s easy to imagine dragon boffinry and petticoats being discussed at a high society dinner in Scirling.”

Seattle PI

“Lady Isabella Trent is a wonderfully charming female-lead who is willing to break from the gender roles of the era and do as her heart desires, study dragons.”

Fantasy Faction

“A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS felt like it was written specifically for me. It’s got a swashbuckling adventure, a young lady of quality as the main character, with dresses and tea and dragons. It has the sense of a mid-nineteenth century travel memoir but set in a secondary world fantasy.”

SF Signal

“The world-building is magnificent. The dragons are a delight, both majestic and dangerous.”

All About Romance (Novels)

“Not only did Brennan tickle my fantasy bone, but she also tickled my intellectual one, and I appreciated that immensely. Brennan set a wonderful groundwork for an absolutely charming series.”

Bookworm Blues

“The tone is spot on…its style was distinctive and told a dragon story from a refreshing new angle. The main character was easy to relate to…and I’m looking forward to see how her adventures continue.”


“A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS is a lovely, quirky book which reads like a proper memoir.”

Nocturnal Book Reviews

“[W]hat makes A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS so riveting is Isabella’s quest not just to better understand dragons, no matter the cost, but to understand the metaphorical dragon in herself. I found the book completely engrossing.”

Fantasy Book Critic

“In terms of the world-building, this book is just lovely… I did merrily enjoy reading it, and will definitely be back for more.”

Book Yurt

“Whimsical language, funny remarks by the narrator, and a love for science and dragons that touches the reader as much as the heroine… Recommended to people who liked Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell or the Parasol Protectorate. And dragons, of course.”

SFF Book Review

“I’ve enjoyed all of Brennan’s previous novels to one degree or another but I think this is the one I am most likely to remember twenty years from now.”

Fantasy Reviews

“After reading this book, I found I couldn’t wait to read more about Lady Trent and her escapades around the world of dragons. It is a truly inspiring read.”

SF Site

“With a wealth of detail and striking visuals, there is so much more that could be, and should be!, explored in this fantastic alternate history envisioned by Marie Brennan.”

Ageless Pages

“Brennan had me at the very start with this wry, rebellious, sardonic voice.”

Fantasy Literature

“The writer does an excellent job at the world building, as the book’s world is a reflection of our very own Earth yet drastically different and somehow just a bit more magical and wonderful…2 parts fierce and a million parts fantastic.”

Bitches with Books

“The ending is properly shocking…I look forward to reading about her further adventures.”

Sci-Fi Fan Letter

“Oh, if we but could just take a quick trip to the world and be on an expedition – I would love it…if you like dragons, this is thus a must-read book.”


What struck me most about A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS is the impeccable execution of Marie Brennan’s concept… The characters and plot developments and dialogues are pitch-perfect… A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS is simply delightful…the novel is just so well-executed and clever that I always had fun reading it.”

Far Beyond Reality

DRAGONS is a fantastic novel that should appeal to any readers of Victorian-esque fantasy. It has all the character and cultural charm of those shows where propriety and manners are of the utmost importance. But DRAGONS is also about following your dreams, regardless of your lot in life.”

Elitist Book Reviews

“Brennan’s writing is polished, her pacing slow but smooth, and her ideas sharp and intelligent…a fantasy novel that really stands out from others.”


“This is an ambitious novel; one that is utterly unlike any other dragon-focused book I’ve read, and of the most part, A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS succeeds in all it attempts to do something new and fun with the genre.”

Ageless Pages

“The book is well written, characters are fully developed, and Lady Trent is a likable enough main character…If you like uncomplicated fantasy served up in normal novel-length sizes (unlike the hefty tomes of so many fantasy series), A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS may be a good addition to your reading shelf. Give it a try.”


“A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS is always engaging and entirely charming, and abounds with moments of tension, humour and emotion. Isabella may just be my new hero, and the Memoirs of Lady Trent my new favourite series.”

The Half-Strung Harp

“[Marie Brennan] brings a naturalness and clarity to her writing in this utterly charming book…It’s a delightful book…and an absorbing introduction to this world of dragons and Lady Isabella Trent. I can’t wait for the next book.”

Clandestine Critic

“[A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS] follows mostly the sedate and restful pace of a fantasy of manners. Restful does not mean boring; I was addicted to Isabella’s tale and Brennan’s impeccable writing.”

The Fantasy Inn

“Highly recommended.”

—Peter V. Brett,
The New York Times bestselling author of The Demon Cycle series

“Her Ladyship is a determined and canny woman in search of dragons–I wholeheartedly approve!”

Melanie Rawn,
Bestselling author of Touchstone

“A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS [by Marie BRENNAN] is a superb book. Loved it. Tightly written, great world building, well plotted, and a very interesting & believable main character. And of course, DRAGONS!!! Highly recommended.”

Christopher Paolini,
author of the Inheritance Cycle

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“Uncompromisingly honest and forthright as the first, narrated in Brennan’s usual crisp, vivid style, with a heroine at once admirable, formidable and captivating. Reader, lose no time in making Isabella’s acquaintance.”

Starred review!

“A rollicking adventure in which women wearing unnerving amounts of underwear tromp through jungles on dragon-hunting safaris. Really, that should be more than enough for just about everyone.”

The New York Times

“THE TROPIC OF SERPENTS is in part a fantasy travelogue, a guided tour of a world aslant from our own. It is also, in its way, a very science-fictional fantasy novel: it is in love with the idea of discovery, of knowing the world, of knowledge for the sake of knowledge…a thoroughly enjoyable book. I recommend it without hesitation.”

“Brennan’s follow up to A Natural History of Dragons is every bit as exciting and engrossing as the first part of Lady Trent’s memoir…Isabella’s strength and bravery in the name of scientific advancement…is beyond admirable–she’s a model protagonist.”

—RT Book Reviews

THE TROPIC OF SERPENTS: A Memoir By Lady Trent brings dragons into the Victorian world, and flawlessly so[it] gives fantasy readers another good reason to enter Brennan’s fantastical world.”

The Washington Post

THE TROPIC OF SERPENTS is one of those books that just really worked for me. It was a lot of fun, and reminded me of all the reasons why Marie Brennan is an author to watch. Her writing is smooth, flowing, and easy to absorb. She manages to really make me feel like I am there, living in Lady Trent’s world, experiencing her life…This is a very strong installment that will make you fall in love with Lady Trent and Marie Brennan all over again.”

Bookworm Blues

“It’s always nice to see someone do something a little different, particularly when they do it this well.”

Don D’Amassa

“Those who have read the first volume of these memoirs will be delighted with the continuation of Lady Trent’s stories. Written in a wry and to-the-point voice, the memoir has the gritty feel of reality.”

The Journal Star

“These ‘memoirs’ are such a joy to read…If you like fun, witty storytelling that’s quick to read and thoughtful about representing diversity, then pick this up.”

Sci-Fi Fan Letter

“I very much enjoyed reading THE TROPIC OF SERPENTS. Lady Trent is a fascinating character… Marie Brennan’s execution of the faux memoir format is once again flawless. The Memoirs of Lady Trent are a pleasure to read, and I eagerly look forward to the next installment in the series.”

Far Beyond Reality

“I can’t rave about the Memoir by Lady Trent series enough! I haven’t read anything quite like it, and when I’m not reading this series a part of my brain is always wishing I had the next book in my hands. I can’t wait to follow Isabella on her next adventure…I got so completely sucked into TROPIC OF SERPENTS that it felt like I was living and breathing the experiences right next to Isabella.”

Small Review

“This is a wonderful book with a never tiring or boring story. It has thrilling adventure, light comedy, quick wit, and everything you could hope for in a romance story.”

Purple Owl Reviews

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“Discoveries about the connections between dragons and humans mix with bone-punk technology, and revelations crash like waves in a satisfying conclusion. This is a good pick for lovers of Victorian fiction or those seeking a novel approach to dragons.”

Publishers Weekly

“Isabella, Lady Trent, narrates her astounding adventures from volume to volume, blending Victorian pastiche and alternate-world fantasy with a distinctly pulp sensibility…Brennan’s painstaking in the details,…Brennan has constructed both a slow-burn detective story, seeding hints at Isabella’s spearheading a dramatic taxonomic shift within dragon studies as she gathers firsthand data around the world, and a story about a delicately-balanced global ecology in which individual villages might be trying to rid themselves of predatory dragons even as populations elsewhere are being hunted to extinction…Lady Trent will continue her adventures after VOYAGE OF THE BASILISK; if you love dragons as she does, perhaps now is the time to get acquainted.”


“[VOYAGE OF THE BASILISK is] beautifully worked and thoroughly engrossing. Fans of this charming series won’t be disappointed.”


“The third installment in Lady Trent’s series of reflective memoirs does not disappoint. Isabella’s familiar audacity as she circles the globe in search of unfamiliar dragons – with her son by her side, no less – makes for an enchanting story. And the romantic interest she finds in Suhail is a much welcome addition.”

—RT Book Reviews

“[Lady Trent] continues her memoirs of dragon hunting in a gently paced but always entertaining adventure. Fans of Patrick O’Brian’s “Aubrey-Maturin” series protagonist, Stephen Maturin, will appreciate Isabella’s devotion to her studies, and those who like the Victorian feel of steampunk might want to try this variation on the theme.”

—Library Journal

“VOYAGE OF THE BASILISK combines grand adventure with fascinating insights into the principles behind a world that could almost be our own.”


“Her two-year round-the-world voyage takes her and her young Jake into dangers and predicaments of almost every imaginable sort, all of which make this book one superbly civilized entertainment.”

Barnes & Noble

Marie Brennan has now written three books in her “Lady Trent” series, and all three feature the unique and powerful voice of Isabella Camherst, which drives stories of adventure in an Earthlike world in the Victorian age…All are well-written and have the requisite dash of danger, romance and mystery. Brennan’s control of Isabella’s first-person narrative is pitch-perfect.

San Jose Mercury News

“What I enjoy most about Marie Brennan’s Lady Trent Memoir series is the narrative voice. Isabella Camherst engages in adventures and feats of derring-do that would have H. Rider Haggard clapping his hands in glee, and they are related in the crisp, slightly sardonic tone of a well-educated and witty Victorian gentlewoman. VOYAGE OF THE BASILISK is no exception…[It] was a thoroughly enjoyable read, and makes me eager for the next book, the In the Labyrinth of the Drakes, due out next year.”

Fantasy Literature

“[A] well-written expose on the life and adventures of her widowed but unbroken heroine…THE VOYAGE OF THE BASILISK is full of adventure, political intrigue, battles on the high seas and even a little bit of love. The author writes in an easy-to-read style and may quickly envelop many readers in the world she has created with Lady Trent. Brennan’s attention to detail, along with her background in anthropology, archaeology and folklore, invites readers to see exactly what the incomparable Isabella is experiencing as she forges ahead in her quest for knowledge. A few may even find themselves believing dragons exist.”

Deseret News

“As always in this series, the narrative voice is the strongest aspect…Lady Trent’s voice [is] wry, charming, dryly witty, introspective at times, highly intelligent, and supremely curious.”

Fantasy Literature

“Lady Trent is an excellent narrator with a dry and wry wit who draws the readers in. Author Marie Brennan hit a home run when she came up with using Lady Trent as a narrative voice for her novels…VOYAGE OF THE BASILISK by Marie Brennan is a Must Read…a compelling, page-turning read.”

Guardian Liberty Voice

“This series is something of a departure from most of the rest of current fantasy in that it avoids most of the clichés and is more interesting in intellectual discoveries than martial combat. It doesn’t hurt any that it is also very well written. I have liked each of these better than its predecessors, so I’m actively looking forward to the next.”

Don D’Ammassa

“Isabella’s exuberant curiosity and unflagging ability to stumble into and out of trouble make her an engaging guide.”


“(A) solid fourth book of the Lady Trent series. . .It’s a time of changes for the main character, but this mix of scientific and fantastic creatures remains in fine form.”

Publishers Weekly

“Once again, the work is a delight. Its most appealing aspect isn’t the genre-bending riffs on genuine events so much as the level-headed outlook that people like Lady Trent bring to both fantasy and romance.”


“The locations are so clearly described and so reminiscent of actual awe-inspiring places, that the book is a joy to read. The scene setting almost makes the reader into part of the story—casting you as the reader back home in her own land who the book is written for, and so putting you into the world as you read it. It’s a clever, exciting, informative book, sure of its characters and its world, and striking out in new directions further into that world in every chapter. May all of them be as fun to read as this one!”

New York Journal of Books

“It is a pleasure to go on another adventure with Lady Trent.”

Library Journal

“This is the fourth of the Lady Trent memoirs, and it’s only fair to note that I’ve been in love — platonic love, but deeply felt — with Dame Isabella (as she is at the beginning of In the Labyrinth of Drakes) since the first chapters of A Natural History of Dragons. The wry, retrospective quality of the first-person narrative and the quasi-Victorian style has an enormous appeal, and so too does the fact that at their heart, these are novels about science, about the love of discovery and the joy and struggle of intellectual work…Isabella’s inimitable voice and striking character makes Labyrinth of Drakes practically a perfect read: equal parts soothing and stimulating. Personally, I could read about Isabella’s adventures forever, and I hope there are many more Memoirs to come.”

“I adore this series for its world building, fascinating characters, strong narrative voice and sense of adventure, and for the dragons of course. Special mention goes to the cover and interior art, which is by Todd Lockwood. The books would be worth purchasing for the covers alone. They fully cement Isabella’s role as a skilled artist and meticulous naturalist in the Victorian style.”

Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

“If you’re not reading this series yet, you should be! My love for it just grows and grows, and indeed I think In the Labyrinth of Drakes may be my favorite Memoir by Lady Trent installment yet! So many questions that I had are finally answered, and there are plenty of other major reveals for readers who have been following our protagonist on her adventures. I promise you, this is one book you do not want to miss. . .I just love this series! Marie Brennan gives Isabella a voice that is so fresh and authentic that this is one of the few fantasy series that truly makes me feel like I am transported to another world. I highly, highly recommended these books; it is an experience like no other. 5/5 Stars.”

Speculative Herald

“. . .the strength of In the Labyrinth of Drakes, and of the series as a whole, is the first-person narration of Lady Trent herself, which is always sharply, thrillingly intelligent and also wonderfully, variously wry, self-deprecating, angry, introspective, oblivious, awed, indignant, and the list goes on. In short, she is an entire personality vividly, compellingly portrayed in all its human complexity.”

Fantasy Literature

“I honestly can’t get enough of this series. Brennan has reached down inside of me, torn out my inner most fantasies, and brought them to life.”

The Quill to Live

“Isabella is as witty as ever and the realistic science and character development make it seem so believable. I can’t forgo mentioning Marie Brennan’s lovely writing either, I had difficulty putting this down and ended up reading most of it in one sitting.”

What a Wise Guy


“Brennan delights with this fifth and final memoir…Lady Trent is the perfect heroine for this history-flavored fantasy romp.”

Publishers Weekly

“A thoroughly absorbing conclusion to this refreshingly different and consistently intriguing pentalogy.”

Starred review!

“While fans will be sad to leave the series behind, Lady Trent has earned her retirement.”

Library Journal

“Brennan brings the fifth and final adventure of the fearless Lady Isabella Trent to a conclusion that is perfectly triumphant and absolutely touching.”

RT Book Reviews

“I’ve been enchanted with these books since I first opened A Natural History of Dragons, and the final pages of WITHIN THE SANCTUARY OF WINGS felt like a tremendous validation — not only for Lady Trent, but for myself as a reader, who’s been rooting for her success since that first encounter with a sparkling. Her long path from curious young girl to novice scientist to world-renowned naturalist has brought such joy to my heart, as much as the real-life biographies and memoirs of Marie Curie, Temple Grandin, and Sally Ride. … Highly, highly recommended.”

Fantasy Literature

“. . . Lady Trent has captivated hearts along with fierce minds. This concluding volume will finally reveal the truths behind her most notorious adventure–scaling the tallest peak in the world, buried behind the territory of Scirland’s enemies–and what she discovered there, within the Sanctuary of Wings.”

“Best Fantasy Books of 2017”


“TURNING DARKNESS INTO LIGHT works beautifully as a standalone novel for newcomers to her elaborate, dragon-centric world.”


“Like the related series, TURNING DARKNESS INTO LIGHT is perfect for those readers who ap­preciate a light touch, thoughtful characters, and antagonists who almost but not quite topple into one-dimensional props in a melodrama.


“[TURNING DARKNESS INTO LIGHT] will appeal greatly to readers who love science and the simple pleasures of discovery and learning.”


“TURNING DARKNESS INTO LIGHT stands very well on its own and is a great introduction to the series for new readers.”

The Arched Doorway

“A creative, new book that highlights just how intertwined and important history and storytelling are.”

The Library Ladies

“The intricate use of language makes TURNING DARKNESS INTO LIGHT immersive, fantastical and a credit to the skills and knowledge of Marie Brennan.”

Rachel Read It

The writing is expertly done, the characters are multi-faceted, and the mythology is enthralling.”

Realms and Robots

TURNING DARKNESS INTO LIGHT is a fascinating read that immerses you in a world of conspiracy, high stakes, and danger.”

Utopia State of Mind

“A creative, new book that highlights just how intertwined and important history and storytelling are.”

Breathes Books

Praise for the Ree Novellas


“The heroine is fierce of mind, strong of will, and quite the warrior. Brennan delights readers with this exciting, fast-paced start to a fantasy novella series.”

Publishers Weekly

“An intriguing mix of folklore and fantasy. The heroine’s quest may be a long-standing trope in fantasy, but her character and situation are by no means dated. These mere 100 pages will fly by, leaving readers anticipating the next steps of her journey.”

Library Journal

“Marie Brennan brings the same thoughtful and fresh worldbuilding and character development to this small novella as she does to her longer books, and it’s proof that epic fantasy doesn’t need to be of epic size to work. … COLD-FORGED FLAME is an exciting and engaging start to a new series.”

New York Journal of Books

“It’s a tight, tense, gripping narrative, that builds to an excellent climax.”

“I enjoyed this novella a good deal. Brennan’s writing is very good, as can be expected — her prose well-crafted, descriptions evocative. … Her characters are interesting and all feel real and well-rounded.”

Civilian Reader

“If you’re looking for smart, exciting stories of fantastical adventure, look no further: Marie Brennan will deliver.”

 —Kate Elliot,
author of Black Wolves


Ree’s hunger for self-realization adds depth to the rich worldbuilding and exciting action sequences.”

Publishers Weekly

For DRIFTWOOD omnibus

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.”

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review!

“A diverse cast of characters from disparate worlds, each facing their own rapidly approaching mortality, come together to memorialize a missing man—rumored to be immortal—in this new fantasy title from veteran author Brennan . . . Readers will close the cover aching to read more about Last and his world. An exciting delve into a conglomerate land filled with magic and mystery.”

Kirkus, Starred Review!

The world building is excellent. The characters are all well developed as well. I thought this was a fantastic book.”

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1.WARRIOR (formerly Doppelganger; Orbit Books, 2006/2008)
2. WITCH (formerly Warrior and Witch; Orbit Books, 2006/2008)

  • French rights (#1-2) to Panini
  • German rights (#1-2) to Bastei***
  • Italian rights (#1-2) to Newton Compton


1. MIDNIGHT NEVER COME (Orbit Books, 2008)
2. IN ASHES LIE (Orbit Books, 2009)
3. A STAR SHALL FALL (Tor Books, 2010)
4. WITH FATE CONSPIRE (Tor Books, 2011)


2. TROPIC OF SERPENTS (Tor Books, Mar 2014)
3. VOYAGE OF THE BASILISK (Tor Books, March 2015)
4. IN THE LABYRINTH OF DRAKES (Tor Books, September 2016)
5. WITHIN THE SANCTUARY OF WINGS (Tor Books, April 2017)


1. COLD-FORGED FLAME (, Sept 2016)


A. Driftwood Omnibus (Tachyon, February 2020)

***Three asterisks (***) placed after the record of a foreign territory sale indicate that those rights have expired and are available for purchase in that market for that title(s).***


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