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 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

“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