I have the pleasure of welcoming Tracey O’Hara to the blog today. Tracey is the author of the urban fantasy Dark Brethren series. Tracey is also giving away a copy of the first and second book in the series so make sure you enter at the end of this post.
So please give a warm welcome to Tracey…
The world of the Dark Brethren
I am so pleased to be here today, thank you for having me. I have decided to talk to day about the world I have created for the Dark Brethren books.
When I started writing the first book, NIGHT’S COLD KISS, Antoinette was the first and most clear thing in my head. But as I wrote her story, the world around her unfolded, amazing me with the complexity and richness. It was like it had existed all along and I was coming in as an explorer, discovering it as I went along.
However with each book I write, I can only really limit showing as much of it that effects the characters in the book. In NIGHT’S COLD KISS, it was the Aeternus and Necrodreniac aspects that were most important, but we also got to see a little about the Animalian world through Oberon’s eyes. There is a full glossary my website here, which is also included in the back of the book.
The Aeternus are a vampiric people rather than vampires. They exist on blood, are fatally allergic to the sun, are more long lived rather than immortal, have a heartbeat, but are NOT undead. Like all the parahuman races that inhabit my alternate version of modern day earth, they are a genetic blending of an alien race with the indigenous life forms of the planet. The Aeternus don’t kill their source of sustenance, but rather live in a symbiotic relationship with humans. It always appeared to me that if you needed living blood to survive, why not leave your hosts alive.
The Necrodreniacs however are probably more like the traditional vampire in that they prey and kill their human meals. They are addicts, not so much addicted to the blood, but they literal rush they get from draining a person of life. They are Aeternus who have crossed the line and there is no coming back from it.
With DEATH’S SWEET EMBRACE we get to see more of the Animalian world. It tells of snow leopard felian, Kitt Jordan, and her former lover, wolf canian Raven Matokwe. Kitt has grown up in a family pride until she was expelled for disobedience several years ago, but it’s hard for her to shake her need to be part of the family, even though it meant more than pain and humiliation. Raven has always been a bit of loan wolf. He left his pride decades ago and to him, his immediate family is more important to him than his extended one.
Yet the books are about more than just the protagonists’ issues. It is dark, there is death, and there is blood. Don’t read if you are squeamish. Young animalians are being immobilized so that they are completely aware of what is going on as the killer rips into their chest and tears out their still beating heart. As their life ebbs from their body, they are forced to watch the killer devours their flesh. It can be gruesome. It’s a bit of a mystery/thriller with a touch of horror and romance.
You can read more about the Dark Brethren here on my website.
Tracey is giving away a copy of Night’s Cold Kiss and Death’s Sweet Embrace shipped via Book Depository.
All you have to do to enter is the following:
1. Leave a comment for Tracey
4. Only one entry per person
This giveaway is International and ends 28th Feb 2011!