Marie Brennan

MARIE BRENNAN is a former anthropologist and folklorist who shamelessly pillages her academic fields for inspiration. She recently misapplied her professors’ hard work to The Night Parade of 100 Demons and the short novel Driftwood. She is the author of the Hugo Award-nominated Victorian adventure series The Memoirs of Lady Trent along with several other series, over seventy short stories, and the New Worlds series of worldbuilding guides; as half of M.A. Carrick, she has written the epic Rook and Rose trilogy, beginning with The Mask of Mirrors.

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“I’ve been calling The Night Parade of 100 Demons a supernatural investigation adventure with a side plot of romance – which I fear makes it sound like I chucked everything plus the kitchen sink in there, but I swear it doesn’t read like that.”
Paul Semel, Interview with Marie Brennan, author of The Night Parade of 100 Demons

“‘The Night Parade of a Hundred Demons’ (Hyakki Yagyou) is a concept out of Japanese folklore, and to my surprise, it’s never been used before in Legend of the Five Rings. (Many of the writers for L5R have been thoroughgoing nerds, so there are a lot of references to real things from Japanese history.) I was dying to write something about it.”
Track of Words, Interview with Marie Brennan, author of The Night Parade of 100 Demons

Marie Brennan, Super Nerd and “Avenger” of Aconyte Books with Court Games podcast,

“I also really enjoyed the chance to explore everyday life more than the usual game fictions allow for: those focus on samurai drama, since that’s the core of the game, but in the novel my two protagonists are the only samurai present for most of the novel.”
Imperial Advisor, Cover reveal and interview with Marie Brennan, author of The Night Parade of 100 Demons

Spring 23 Titles Announced! August 23, 2022 - The summer yet come to an end yet we’re already looking forward into Spring 2023. We’ve a sneak peek at the titles coming to bookshops, game stores, and online retailers at the beginning of 2023. These titles are already online and with your favorite FLG or bookshop to pre-order. Head… Read more.
Asmodee Entertainment press release Aconyte Books are coming to audio thanks to RBMedia September 8, 2021 - You’ve been asking for it for a long time now but finally, the wait is over… Aconyte Books are coming to your ears thanks to a new partnership with RBMedia. RBMedia is the largest audiobook producer in the world and their imprint, Recorded Books, has over 40,000 titles narrated by… Read more.
The Night Parade of 100 Demons, A Legend of the Five Rings Novel Cover Reveal! The Night Parade of 100 Demons, by Marie Brennan October 27, 2020 - A thrilling epic fantasy adventure in the astonishing realm of Legend of the Five Rings, as two rival clans join forces to investigate a lethal supernatural mystery Chaos has broken out in the isolated Dragon Clan settlement of Seibo Mura. During the full moon, horrifying creatures rampage through the village,… Read more.
Explore thrilling epic fantasy adventure in Legend of the Five Rings’ The Night Parade of A Hundred Demons by Marie Brennan March 13, 2020 - Last fall, an earthquake struck Sebō Mura, an isolated village in the remote northeastern part of Toshibu Province, near the border of Dragon and Phoenix lands. Although tremors are a common occurrence in the region, in this case, the earthquake had a more serious consequence… Aconyte Books are excited to… Read more.

“The story is interesting, the characters are good, and Marie Brennan is a fantastic writer. She did research into the world and it shows in the story and well detailed it is.”
Books With Lynn

“The fascinating and rather beautiful way that Marie Brennan has presented the culture and world of Rokugan drew me in and kept me turning the page.”
Big Geordie Geek

“An absolutely cracking read and comes very highly recommended to all fans of excellent fantasy – whether you’ve heard of The Legend of the Five Rings game, or not.”

“An entertaining and impactful read, that went far beyond its supernatural elements to create a very human, emotional story.”
Beneath a Thousand Skies

“While The Night Parade of 100 Demons could certainly be read purely as an enjoyable exploration of how the Legend of the Five Rings world works, in truth it transcends its tie-in roots to deliver a powerful, emotional tale of loyalty, honour, duty and love.”
Track of Words

“Brennan imbues both of her very different samurai with very different but excellent characters, and the setting with just the right amount of intrigue to keep the readers’ attention… It’s all really well done and made me smile at the very end – a lot of fun and highly enjoyable.”
Garik16’s SFF Reviews

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