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Morrigan's Brood: Morrigan's Brood Book I [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Dunbar , Heather Poinsett Dunbar , Sarah E. Aalderink , Dayna Hartley , Khanada Taylor
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

I am a child of the Goddess Morrigan...
I was born in the land of Éire...
And my heart blazes with its fury...
I have lived through the ages...
I seek to right those who have wronged...
I am the Maintainer of the Balance...
The Balance must be maintained

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 foothold on the Island of Éire and hasten their search for this most important relic.

Standing in their way is an outcast Roman general from many ages before, a Briton who would rather tell bawdy jokes than fight, and a young woman who has found her newly acquired lands under siege by a manipulative Lamia seeking vengeance against his oldest foe.

They are not alone.

The Lamia are not the only blood-drinking line on earth. A race called the Deargh Du, who draw their lineage from the Goddess Morrigan, will rise up and face the challenges of those who would tip the balance.

Join the Journey, the first in a series of stories revolving around the Deargh Du through the ages.

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

This is where our story begins.  A single Heather Poinsett goaded a single Christopher Dunbar into helping her polish up her manuscript for a vampire novel set in the modern day with flashbacks to the ancient world.  After finding two or three agents and / or publishers willing to read her manuscript, she sent it in.  Two different people told her the same thing... lose the modern setting and stick to the ancient world.  Then began a year of scrapping and re-envisioning.  Instead of being the owner of a rare books store in the modern era, Maél Muire (pronounced "mal mure") became the only daughter of a deceased Chieftain of a small coastal village in northwestern Ireland in the 6th century CE.

We made considerable changes to characters, plot, setting... everything.  We wrote and we wrote and came up with something like 1,200 pages for our manuscript; book page count exceed 700 pages.  The decision was made to split the manuscript into two... Morrigan's Brood and Crone of War.  More is told about splitting off Crone of War on that book's page.  Unfortunately, the beautiful cover Khanada Taylor had designed for the 700 page book fit Crone of War, so we needed a new cover for Morrigan's Brood.  Luckily, the back cover art looked so cool that we asked Khanada to brighten it up a bit, add more color, and then use it for the cover of Morrigan's Brood.

I will offer a bit of a heads-up for this book.  If you became infatuated with the book after reading the prologue, you may become a little disappointed through the next few chapters, which explain the animosity between two of the main characters, Marcus Galerius Primus Helvetticus and Mandubratius, as well as how they both arrived in Ireland.  I mention this because many readers have commented about the Roman chapters, or the Man chapters, as some of our female readers have expressed it, saying they were odd, out of place, considering what the Prologue and the rest of the chapters were about.  Still, if you manage to muddle through the Roman chapters, you will find that later in the story... in the series, actually... that those Roman chapters were quite necessary and informative.

My co-author and I hope you enjoy the beginning of your journey and will continue on through the next books of the series.

From the Inside Flap

The Druid Grove near Loch Garman

     Ruarí stood in the middle of the grove and gazed down upon the unseeing eyes of the hare.  The animal's body rested on top of the granite altar.  The hare's blood pooled on the altar and began to drip to the earth in offering.  The animal had made no complaint or sudden movement as the druid sliced through the soft part of its neck.
     Ruarí thanked the hare once again for its sacrifice, and then he turned his gaze skyward.  He could see the red from the fires set by the Romans tingeing the sky, making it appear that the clouds bled blood as red as the hare's.  "Triple One, hear our lament," intoned Ruarí.  "Phantom Queen, we ask for your vengeance against the invaders of your land."
     He raised his hands over his head while holding the bloodstained sacrificial knife.  "Hear our pleas, Morrigan, and come forth to bring sorrow to those who bloodied our clansmen."  He then set the knife on the altar.
     Ruarí could hear his students, who were led by Suibhne, repeat his call.  The elder druid lowered his gaze to his oldest student.  After the two men made eye contact, Ruarí nodded to the younger man.  Suibhne then lit sprigs of herbs he had gathered earlier and passed the burning twigs to each druid.  As Suibhne walked along the circle of druid students, Ruarí continued the summoning.
     "Badhbh, battle raven, we call you forth."  The others continued to chant with him.  Soon, the hairs on the back of Ruarí's neck prickled up as he began to feel energy flow through the circle.  Sensing it was time to unite with the others, Ruarí joined the circle.  The students on either side of him released their burning herbs and clasped hands with him.  Then in turn, each druid student dropped his or her burning herbs and joined hands with the next, until the entire circle was joined as one.
     All eyes gazed skyward as clouds gathered and swirled into a dark circle, spanning out from directly above the grove.  A cone formed at the base of the clouds, and soon strong winds whipped at the clothing of the druids.  Small trees and branches lifted from where they lay and scattered beyond sight.  Lightning shattered the darkness, and thunder boomed with deafening ferociousness.  Such was not a natural storm in these parts.  Only the wrath of a deity could spring such a torrent.

Product Details

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  • Print Length: 336 pages
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  • Publisher: Triscelle Publishing; 2 edition (December 30, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006RVV3BG
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing, intricate fantasy tale. April 9, 2012
If you are a fan of high fantasy, historical fantasy, and/or Celtic mythology, this tale should be a good match for you. Set in ancient Ireland, Breton, Rome and a few other locales, the authors introduce us to a richly detailed world full of unique and compelling characters.

There's a lot of talk, and action, involving various races of blood drinking lines. I found this aspect of the story fascinating. Each race has its own characteristics and individuals within each race are well defined. We're presented with a world that seems to be controlled, behind the scenes, by these different blood drinkers, as well as gods and goddesses, without humanity's knowledge.

As other reviewers have noted, there are a lot of characters, and it takes a bit of attention on the reader's part to get it all sorted out, but once you do, the interplay between the characters and their places in the intricate plot is facscinating.

As with other more popular fantasy series' the volume begins with a map, a map guide, a list and explanation of all the different blood drinking lines, a character and pronunciation guide, and a guide to the gods and goddeses. The map is cool, but slogging through all the other information was a bit daunting, without knowing anything about the characters beforehand. I recommend skipping this, and getting right into the story. Everything is very well explained within the story itself, so you don't really need the infodump at the start. It's good as a reference though.

The book itself is quite beautiful. A lot of work went into the graphic presentation, and it shows. Major kudos for that.

The story is intricate, detailed and sophisticated.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A juicy taste of history... October 3, 2010
This book is the first in a series; therefore it creates plots that will continue into other volumes, as well as setting a tone for the reader. Aside from being extremely well researched, this tale spins up characters that feel familiar and are more engrossing with each chapter. There is a large cast, but each character is an individual and not cookie-cutter duplicates of the same person. The tale of conflict between the blood drinker lines and the mythology behind it is fascinating; but for me...the marvelous characters carry the story. They ARE the story; and I can't wait to read the next one, Crone of War!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Morrigan's Brood Review March 19, 2012
By av0415
Morrigan's Brood is a unique story about blood drinkers or more commonly known today as vampires. The lineages of the vampires were from different gods and goddesses. Like gods and goddesses with different natures, each line of blood drinkers also has its strengths and weaknesses. On the first few pages of the book,there are the maps and the character guide. The addition of these really helped in understanding the story. It was difficult for me at first to get a grasp of the whole story because of the many hard to pronounce and unfamiliar names and places. But half way through the book, recalling the characters was as easy as breathing. The readers must not worry about this because every book is an experience and in every experience lies the unknown but that unfamiliarity will soon be gone as soon as you become comfortable with it. This book is no small deal, I believe that the characters and the places were well researched and studied. The detailed description and imagery used will bring you to the time when that certain event happened. Everyone must read it, the balance must be maintained!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Morrigan's Brood January 23, 2013
By lady g
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive August 10, 2012
By Alecia
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 blood drinkers were going to make an appearance. I really like that the vampires are not the entire focus of the plot, while an integral factor in the story they are not the entire story-as some of the more common books out there today. It is a slow book, maybe better phrased a whole lot of story is covered, which made it a tad difficult to read but well worth the time. While I did enjoy it I have a feeling it would be better for someone into the fantasy style of say salvatore?
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