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Morrigan's Brood

(Morrigan's Brood #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  58 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Evil reigns throughout much of the western world in the mid sixth century. Following the collapse of the Roman Empire, a group of blood-drinkers called the Lamia begin the search for a long, lost relic that will restore power to the Roman Empire. After traveling much of the known world, the Lamia discover the relic's location: Ireland. The Lamia invasion forces win a footh ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 312 pages
Published January 15th 2012 by Triscelle Publishing (first published December 21st 2009)
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Lisa Carol
Jun 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a rousing start to a promising series of books.If you love vampires, and ancient history, this is the series for you.

Morrigan's Brood gives is a combination of the Celtic and the Greek vampires lines in the World Chris and Heather Dunbar has created.

The History and texture of the ancient worlds combined with Vampire mythology gives you a rich tapestry of characters, conflicts and characters that make you want to know more.

I can't wait for Crone of War, to see the next leg of the Charact
Stephanie  G
Marcus and Mandubratius are foes that are now immortal blood drinkers from two different lines. They both seek an artifact, that in the wrong hands, can tip the power scales to favor the more villainous. Marcus is a former Roman soldier who you could come to respect and Mandubratius is a Briton you'd come to loath. This book takes place in the time frame of hundreds of years. There are a lot of new people and mystical beings introduced along the way and I did find myself getting confused as to w ...more
Janet Blowers
Apr 22, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Janet by: Denise
Shelves: vampires, druid
A very exciting first chapter leads me to believe this will eventually be a great series. I will definately keep reading as they come out because the story really started picking up towards the end. It was a little slow thru the next few chapters when then spend a great deal of time on historical references and two mens lives in and around ancient Roman/Ceasar battles. However, all of the history of these two mens lives and battles are important to the plot and it is worth getting thru. I loved ...more
Charlotte Phillips
Jan 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
For a book that started of pretty slow, it was actually an engaging and well thought out book. It had something very unique to it and yet it could be classified as a fantasy novel. I think that a lot of authors are afraid to stand out from the crowd and breach out into the topics that others find hard to focus on. admit the first few chapters were really slow moving, and for a while I wondered what I was actually reading. At the beginning we find ourselves back in the roman times, where ceaser w ...more
Feb 11, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. Morrigan's Brood is about vampires. That word is actually never used--they're called blood drinkers. I enjoyed the story; it's different from other vampire books. There are several "lines" or families of blood drinkers, each started by a god or goddess. They each have different talents and weaknesses and they don't get along with each other.
The story starts at the time of Julius Caesar and spans over 500 years. Many of the centuries a
Jul 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
I recieved this book through the goodreads giveaway, my first one actually. Im going to keep my review short so i dont give away any spoilers. My first thought, with all of the introductions to the maps, characters, gods and goddesses, blood lines it reminded me of the depth a Tolkien novel would have.  Well written and extensive research done to bring a true depth to the story and characters. Amazing detail bring the cultures to life.  By the time I got  fourth chapter I began to wonder of the ...more
Mar 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recieved these book when i won Book 3 in a good reads contest. I have to say i really enjoyed this book and the story line. It is not like most blood drinking books. I also enjoy the history that weaved into it.
Oct 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
A book that you need to be prepared to sink your teeth into...Morrigan's Brood combines elements of dark fantasy, historical fiction, and vampire lore to tell a story of lines of blood-drinkers in mid 6th century Europe. On the first page inside the cover I noticed maps with keys. I like this as I can go back and refer to when needed as I'm reading. A reference like that is valuable for engaging me so I made note that I would be using those. The next page was a description of each of the lines o ...more
Donna Parker
Jul 20, 2012 rated it liked it
One consumes books for various reasons: pleasure, escape, knowledge, wisdom, laughter, fun, curiousity, distraction, hope, beauty, time-fillers, etc. I had difficulty figuring out which one this book was. I should have loved it. The whole supernatural element and such should have made it escapism and pleasure. I liked it, but I found it a trudging read at times and the characters lacked dimension, they stubbornly refused me entrance into their heads. I was pleased to have won this book from the ...more
Georgiann Hennelly
This is a story about blood drinkers or Vampires from two different family lines. They each seek an artifact, that if in the wrong hands can tip the power scales to the more evil one,s. There are a lot of mystical beings and God's, Goddesses introduced along the way. The story starts in Julius Cesars time and spans 500 years. In the beginning of the book there are maps and a character guide which made it easier for me to follow along. I truly enjoyed the book.
Oct 05, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
found it hard to get into as the first few chapters have lots of info some male readers would find interesting battles etc. the rest of the book was very god strong characters and the sequel is at the top of my to be read pile. But first grandchild born on 25th Nov and Christmas festivites means very little time for reading.
Jun 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Neat concept but starts really slow. Gets much better at the end
M.R. Graham
Mar 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
A treasure-trove of heavy research infused with magic and myth. Written in a slightly more formal register than I usually like, but well done.
Christopher Dunbar
Mar 27, 2010 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults with an interest in fantasy, historical fiction, and vampires
Greetings Goodreaders!

I am Christopher Dunbar, one of the co-authors of Morrigan's Brood, and I wanted to provide a brief introduction to the first book in the Morrigan's Brood series.

The Morrigan's Brood Series

The Morrigan's Brood series combines elements of dark fantasy, historical fiction, and vampire lore to tell a story of lines of blood-drinkers, each derived from the gods and goddesses of cultures the world over, vying for control in the ancient world, influencing how history unfolds
Bianca Weller
Oct 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
Reading this book was an exercise in patience. There was potential for depth, as shown in the research and sheer extent of the blood-drinking communities. It also held moments of comedic talent, and this was mostly what kept me holding on.

However, it also suffered from one-dimensional, emotionless characters, and Maél Muire had to be the worst culprit for this. We seem to be told to like this character for her compassion and 21st century open-mindedness over and over but she is just. so. boring.
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have some mixed feelings about this. In some ways it was really great with complex characters and packed with historical nuances. There were of course some paranormal aspects but they blended almost seamlessly into the historical part of the book. I loved the idea of this book and loved the creative mixture of vampires and ancient history. But the flip side is this was fairly dry and in some parts a little boring. It shuffled between a huge host of characters that I at times had think where to ...more
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Slow to start, but a quarter of the way in BANG!
I loved this book, all of the vampire races made the story really unique and interesting.
I loved the contrast between Mandubratius and Marcus and the intertwining characters that i can't wait to lean more about.
I can't wait to start the next one!!!
Sep 03, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read4review
I'm excited to read these books! I love Fantasy books, especially when they have vampires in them! :) Just waiting for my copies to arrive in the mail!
Jun 23, 2013 marked it as to-read
Shelves: to-read-fiction
Bought from author at Comicpalooza on June 25, 2013
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