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Marie Brennan Books In Order

Publication Order of Doppelganger Books

Doppelganger aka Warrior (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Warrior and Witch aka Witch (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Onyx Court Books

Midnight Never Come (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In Ashes Lie (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deeds of Men (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Star Shall Fall (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
With Fate Conspire (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Wilders Books

Lies and Prophecy (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Welcome to Welton (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Chains and Memory (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Memoir by Lady Trent Books

A Natural History of Dragons (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Tropic of Serpents (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Voyage of the Basilisk (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In the Labyrinth of Drakes (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Within the Sanctuary of Wings (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Ree Varekai Books

Cold-Forged Flame (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lightning in the Blood (2017) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Mad Maudlin (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Daughter of Necessity (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Writing Fight Scenes (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Previously an academic but presently a full-time writer, Marie Brennan is an American woman of letters. For a person of her age–she has not even reached middle age–her bibliography is not only impressive but also comprehensive. The juxtaposition of her achievement and her age is out-and-out commendable. Meet Marie Brennan.

For starters, Marie Brennan is not her real name. Incidentally, that is her pen name. Did you know that Marie Brennan’s legal name is Bryn Neuenschwander? The hard to pronounce and mouthful birth name prompted her to adopt the pseudonym Marie Brennan. What’s more, according to Brennan, her pen name is not only hassle-free when spelling and pronouncing but it also enables people to accurately guess her gender.

The youthful Marie Brennan was born in 1980 in the US. For her undergraduate studies, she pursued archaeology and folklore at the prestigious Harvard University. She later on enrolled for her postgraduate studies at Indiana University. However, Brennan did not finish her doctoral studies; she left the institution before she could get her PhD.

Apart from writing, Marie Brennan also plays piano and games, loves photographing, and is also learning karate. Brennan has been writing the fantasy niche since she was young. She opines that, when she was growing up, her preferred writer was British fantasy author Diana Wayne Jones; the latter inspired her to be a writer. Specifically, she acknowledges Wayne Jones’ book titled Fire and Hemlock for the decision to pursue a writing career.

A Section on Books
Marie Brennan started writing professionally in 2004 and among her earliest works are short stories. However, in terms of novel-length literary works, Brennan debuted in 2006. She has penned several series of books but her earliest series is titled Doppelganger. There are two books in the Doppelganger series, and thus it is aptly titled Doppelganger duology.

There are about fourteen editions of the first book in the Doppelganger duology. The first edition was initially published in April 2006, titled Warrior (but this is the reissued title because the original title was Doppelganger), and the series is shelved under the fantasy (urban fantasy sub-genre) and paranormal genres.

The second book in the Doppelganger series is called Witch. There are approximately thirteen editions of this book and the first one was originally published in October 2006, titled Warrior. The aforementioned title is on reissued books; the novel was initially titled Warrior and Witch.

The featured protagonists in the Doppelganger duology are Mirage and Miryo, and both of them are women. Incidentally, Mirage is Miryo’s doppelganger. The noun ‘doppelganger’ is a specter wherein one living person has an apparition or double. On the one hand, Mirage is a talented bounty hunter and somewhat religious. On the other hand, Miryo is a desperate up-and-coming witch. When Miryo learns that her doppelganger exists, something which hampers her chances of being a witch, she embarks on a mission to hunt it down and kill it, according to the prerequisites of a witch initiation process.

The first book in the Doppelganger duology, Warrior, notably shows how Miryo, the aspiring witch, fails her test, apparently because she has a doppelganger. For her to be successful in her ambition, she is required to kill the double, who is Mirage. Mirage is soulless and should have been killed at infancy, accordingly. But Mirage, the notable hunter, is not easy to kill as Miryo soon finds out.

The second book in the Doppelganger duology, Witch, wraps up the plot in the previous book and expounds the storyline. Hereby, both Miryo, the witch, and Mirage, the doppelganger-cum-hunter, combine to make Mirei. The combination is the cream of the crop of witches. One supreme leader of the witches, Satomi, sees Mirei as godsend; however, other supremos opine that Mirei is a disgrace and the dark world is embroiled in a bloody war between pro-Mirei and anti-Mirei combatants.

Marie Brennan Awards
Marie Brennan has won and been nominated for awards, and honorable mentions. Her novel titled A Natural History of Dragons, which is the first book in The Memoirs of Lady Trent series, was a finalist twice: one, for World Fantasy Award in 2014; and, two, for the Prix Imaginales in 2014 courtesy of its French version.

Brennan’s novel titled With Fate Conspire, which is the fourth book in The Onyx Court series, won the Kirkus Review literary award in the Best Fiction of the Year category. In 2003, her novel titled Calling into Silence clinched the Isaac Asimov Award, Grand Prize.

Best Marie Brennan Books
The three best books authored by Marie Brennan are A Natural History of Dragons, With Fate Conspire, and The Tropic of Serpents. A Natural History of Dragons features protagonist Isabella who is a famed dragon naturalist. She puts her welfare and everything else which she holds dear in her bid to whet her scientific appetite, but ultimately discovers world-changing things in her galvanizing journey across the Vystrana Mountains.

The book called With Fate Conspire revolves a mysterious eternal city below London; the turning point is the then heartthrob of protagonist Elizabeth who disappeared mysteriously, seven years previously. Only Elizabeth believes that fairies stole the heartthrob; she starts looking for the friend, a quest that takes her to the world of fairies, which is on the cusp of disintegrating.

The book titled The Tropic of Serpents, which is the second book in The Memoirs of Lady Trent, chronicles Elizabeth’s journeys in the fictitious continent called Eriga, currently embroiled in a war, and where there are unusual megafauna such as tree-dwelling snakes.

Other Books You May Like
Readers who liked books authored by Marie Brennan also loved the following series of books. The first one is called Book of the Order series authored by Philippa Ballantine. This series revolves around the prospect of the dead coming back to life to haunt and to interfere with the daily routines of the living.

The second one is called Zoe Martinique series and is penned by Phaedra Weldon. The featured protagonist is Zoe Martinique, a woman in her twenties; Martinique has out-of-body experiences. The third one is called Rogue Agent and is penned by Karen Miller, albeit using the pen name K. E. Mills; it revolves around sorcerers, and witches and wizards.

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