Author Archives: Marie Brennan

About Marie Brennan

Marie Brennan is the author of The Memoirs of Lady Trent and the Onyx Court series of historical fantasies. The second book of the Wilders series, Chains and Memory, is on sale now from Book View Cafe. More information can be found on her website, Swan Tower.

New Worlds: Cannibalism

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) Continuing the October theme of death and its customs, I’d like to talk about the rather squicky topic of cannibalism. If that disturbs you, I recommend not clicking through to … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Funerary Customs

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) Since October is, for many of us, strongly associated with Halloween, it seems like a ideal time to talk about things related to death! (I will make it clear in … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Bricolage

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) It’s the fifth Friday of the month, which means it’s time for one of the Patreon bonuses: an essay about the process of worldbuilding, the theory behind it, etc. Sometimes … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Rites of Passage

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) You start out a child, you wind up an elder; in between, there are rites of passage. These are the ceremonies that mark a transition from one social status to … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Respect Your Elders

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) Just as every society recognizes that children are not the same as adults, I think every society, to one degree or another, has respect for its elders. After all, age … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Childhood

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) Every culture in the world recognizes that there are some important differences between a newborn baby and an adult, a growing child and an elderly person. We all go through … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Happy Birthday!

New Worlds started up on the first Friday of March, so this is as good a week as any to declare the six-month anniversary of the series! And, in a happy coincidence, it is also my birthday. 🙂 If you’ve … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Divination

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) Prophecy is all over the place in fantasy, to the point where it’s enough of a cliche that a writer has to tread carefully in using it. The Chosen One … Continue reading

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New Worlds: Curse You!

(This post is part of my Patreon-supported New Worlds series.) If good-luck charms are one of the most common types of folk magic, I suspect curses are right up there with them. This time I don’t mean profanity (though there’s … Continue reading

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Nevertheless, She Persisted: Daughter of Necessity

Diana Wynne Jones is the reason I became a writer. For those who aren’t familiar with her work, she was a British writer of children’s fantasy who passed away a few years ago. One of her odder and more difficult … Continue reading

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