This new tale of the Deargh Du takes place in the early 9th century CE during the reign of Emperor Charles I, who many know as Charlemagne or Karl der Grosse. Historically, in this era, were great conflicts between the Franks and the Saxons, Emperor Charles and Pope Leo III, and the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church. We thought this was a ripe backdrop for storytelling.
If our readers have been keeping track of the years our works take place within, they will notice that Morrigan's Brood: Crone of War ended in 564 CE, whereas Dark Alliance begins in 801 CE. What happened in the last 237 years?!?!?! I have an answer...
and have written two short stories that cover some of this gulf of time, and we have published them onto Goodreads for free download. They are packaged as Madness & Reckoning.
So enjoy your reading experience, and check out our blog for updates!...more
**spoiler alert** I am one of the co-authors of this novel, so I won't actually post a review. But I will say that this second novel in the Morrigan's**spoiler alert** I am one of the co-authors of this novel, so I won't actually post a review. But I will say that this second novel in the Morrigan's Brood Series answers many questions about the main characters, such as "will Mandubratius find his treasure", "will Mael Muire get married", "will Marcus find Mandubratius before it is too late", and "will Mandubratius ever shut up".
I hope our readers will like this new installment as much as, if not better than, the first novel in the series. I also hope our readers will be pleased that the next three novels in the series are written, in queue for publication, and that two to three additional titles are being written.
Come, join the journey as we travel with the Deargh Du through the ages! The Balance must be maintained!...more
Heather and I, while writing books 6 through 8 of the series, looked back on Morrigan's Brood: Dark Alliance and realized that we needed to explain a little about the transitions of some of our major characters between books 2 and 3. Characters like Mandubratius and Máire became more interesting in book 3 than in book 2, so we felt we had to explain how they became more interesting.
In Madness, one of the two short-stories within this book, our friend Mandubratius becomes quite insane, more so than usual, following the Lamia's war against the Deargh Du and their Celtic blood-drinker allies. Amata must find a way to placate the Lamia senate until Mandubratius can recover, but schisms in Lamia politics threaten to plunge the Lamia into civil war. Meanwhile, Patroclus considers what must be done to preserve the Lamia, at all costs.
In Reckoning, Marcus, Son-in-Darkness to Morrigan, ex Praetor and general of Rome under Gaius Julius Caesar, hero of the Deargh Du war against the Lamia, is reduced to the menial and morally strained role of cutthroat, as he and Máire find themselves embroiled in "housekeeping". Sáerlaith, leader of the Deargh Du, has tasked Marcus and Máire with eliminating those Deargh Du who wish to return to the old ways of bigotry and isolationism. Though this is a mission from Morrigan, She warns that every action has its consequence. Can the Deargh Du survive this cleansing? Read and find your answer....more
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 from the shadows.
Two books of the series have been released and are on Goodreads, but as a special treat, we have added some content from the next three novels in the series. We are also currently writing two more installments in the series. To view the first five novels of the series, click here or click on a cover below.
The first novel begins the journey of the Deargh Du, a race of blood-drinkers derived from the Irish goddess Morrigan, with their creation during the Milesian's attempt to take Eire (Ireland) from the Tuatha De Dannan. Later in history, the Deargh Du must defend Eire from the Lamia, a Greco-Roman race of blood drinkers, who seek a long-lost artifact they believe will restore the might of Rome.
In the midst of this conflict among races of blood drinkers, Mandubratius, the self-proclaimed Chieftain of the Trinovantae, convinces Gaius Julius Caesar to invade Briton and help Mandubratius take the Chieftainship from his uncle in exchange for tin mining rights. Accompanying Caesar is general Marcus Galerius Primus Helveticus, the Praetor of Rome, who finds an instant dislike of their ally, Mandubratius. Both Marcus and Mandubratius soon become caught up in this conflict between blood-drinkers, which will continue for the next 600 years.
I would say that Morrigan's Brood is a character-driven adventure story set in a specific time and place in our history with the fantastical and mythological thrown in. It is not a classical vampire tale... the fact that these beings consume the life essences of mortals is only one aspect of these characters. We have striven to write a different kind of vampire tale that looks beyond what these characters are to instead highlight who they are, aside from being drinkers of blood.
I hope you have enjoyed this introduction, and that you will also find enjoyment in the free reads and other content about these books. If you decide to read any books of the Morrigan's Brood series, I would encourage you to post your thoughts about the work, good or bad. Thank you for sharing an interest in our works!