Driftwood (#1)

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?


“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

“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

“DRIFTWOOD is epic in scale, and yet rooted in satisfying detail, full of possibility and wonder.”

Booklist, Starred Review

"The breadth of imagination displayed here is lovely – each of these worlds is an intriguing fantasy creation. The characters live. And the central image of Driftwood, and the constant loss of worlds, of culture, is stunning and moving. A very fine fantastical creation, and a perhaps-rare case of independent stories truly enhanced by their presentation in a fixup."


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

Book Lover’s Boudoir

“Absolutely tantalizing.”

Powder & Page

“DRIFTWOOD, by Marie Brennan, is the kind of weirdness I adore in fiction.”

A Bookish Type

“DRIFTWOOD, by Marie Brennan, is a short, sweet, and dark apocalyptic fantasy that does not overstay its welcome while leaving you desiring more.”

The Quill to Live

“Between the extremely original world building, effective story telling and fantastic writing I was spellbound by DRIFTWOOD.”

Looking Glass Reads

“Brennan has crafted a gorgeous, poignant apocalypse […] Each of the diaspora she’s depicted are richly imagined, complex, and compelling.”

Beneath Ceaseless Skies

"DRIFTWOOD is a beautiful book."

The Borrowed Bookshelf

“A wildly creative and imaginative novel that showcases an author’s vast talent and hard work.”


“Marie Brennan never disappoints.”


“The entire structure of Driftwood and its workings is not only well drafted and detailed, but I felt the sadness, hopelessness and sorrow that so many of these people feel at the fact that places eventually come to their end, and so do the people that belonged to them.”

Words Like Stars

“We’re lucky to have the imagination of writers like Marie Brennan right now to keep us afloat amidst the flotsam and jetsam of COVID-19. DRIFTWOOD is a life preserver.”

The Woven Tale Press

“DRIFTWOOD by Marie Brennan is one of those rare stories you don’t quite see coming.”

Betwixt The Sheets

“From religious zealotry to loners trying to save their little stretch of earth or memory of their people, Driftwood is as diverse as the Shreds themselves. Definitely worth a read. “

Manhattan Book Reivew

"DRIFTWOOD isn’t just a clinic on how a small collection of short stories can punch above its weight, or proof that fantasy settings don’t require thousand-page books to elucidate them. DRIFTWOOD has a point to make; and like all arguments, it’s best made with speed, clarity, and force. Brevity is a virtue in more ways than one."

Strange Horizons

"Those who are intrigued by vignettes of imaginative worlds will find plenty of that here."

File 770

"From the very first page, Driftwood is an immersive book."

Okurun Kosesi