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, as well as the series itself.
The series, Morrigan's Brood
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.
The book, Morrigan's Brood
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!