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Sarah Rees Brennan
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Born c.1980
Ireland
Occupation Writer
Nationality Irish
Alma mater Kingston University London
Period 21st century
Genre Young adult fantasy

Sarah Rees Brennan (born 21 September 1983) is an Irish writer best known for young adult fantasy fiction. Her first novel, The Demon's Lexicon, was released June 2009 by Simon & Schuster. Rees Brennan's books are bestsellers in the UK.

Life and career

Rees Brennan was born in Ireland. She lived in New York after college. She obtained a Creative Writing MA from Kingston University in London and worked as a librarian in Surrey, England, before moving to Dublin where she currently lives.

Rees Brennan has been writing since the age of five. She has a blog on Livejournal which has over 4000 subscribers.

She wrote her first novel, The Demon's Lexicon, while studying for her Creative Writing MA. The publishing house Simon & Schuster obtained a three-book contract deal with her which involved an undisclosed six-figure sum. Since then she has written and collaborated on many bestselling and award-nominated works including In Other Lands and her tie-in work with Netflix.

Rees Brennan is cancer survivor, diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2017.

Novels

Demon's Lexicon Trilogy
Lynburn Legacy
  • Unspoken, June 2012 (Book 1)
  • Untold, August 2013 (Book 2)
  • Unmade, 2014 (Book 3)
  • The Spring Before I Met You, September 2012 (Book 0.25)
  • The Summer Before I Met You, September 2012 (Book 0.5)
  • The Night After I Lost You (Book 1.5)
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
  • Season of the Witch (Book 1), July 2019
  • Daughter of Chaos (Book 2), December 2019
  • Path of Night (Book 3), May 2020
C.S. Pacat's Fence novelisations
  • Fence: Striking Distance, September 2020
  • Fence: Disarmed, May 2021
Shadowhunters Universe
  • Team Human, co-authored with Justine Larbalestier, July 2012
  • The Bane Chronicles, co-authored with Cassandra Clare and Maureen Johnson
  • Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, co-authored with Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson and Robin Wasserman
Fate: The Winx Saga
  • The Fairies' Path, as Ava Corrigan, March 2021
  • Lighting the Fire, August 2022
Other
  • Tell the Wind and Fire, April 2016
  • In Other Lands, August 2017

Short fiction

  • "Undead Is Very Hot Right Now" in The Eternal Kiss, ed. Trisha Telep
  • "The Spy Who Never Grew Up" in Kiss Me Deadly, ed. Trisha Telep
  • "Queen of Atlantis" in Subterranean Press Magazine: Summer 2011, ed. Gwenda Bond
  • "Lets Get This Undead Show on the Road" in Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions, ed. Melissa Marr
  • "Faint Heart" in After, ed. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
  • "Treasure and Maidens" in Scheherazade's Facade, ed. Michael M. Jones
  • "I Gave You My Love by the Light of The Moon" in Defy the Dark, ed. Saundra Mitchell
  • "Beauty and the Chad" in Grim, ed. Christine Johnson
  • "Wings in the Morning" in 'Monstrous Affections', ed. Kelly Link

Awards

The Demon's Lexicon

  • A 2010 ALA Top Ten Best Book
  • Long-listed for the Carnegie medal
  • Top Ten Best British YA Fantasy
  • A 2009 Cybils Finalist
  • A finalist for the Leeds Book Award
  • Received three starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews, Bulletin and School Library Journal.

Unmade

In Other Lands

  • A 2018 finalist for the World Science Fiction Society Award for Best Young Adult Book
  • Notable Mention - 2017 NYT Fall's Best YA Fantasy
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