Imnada Brotherhood 3
April 29, 2014
Historical | Paranormal Romance
Major Gray de Coursy, Earl of Halvossa and exiled heir to the five clans of the Imnada shapechangers, must regain his throne in order to save his people from a deadly war with the Feybloods. First, however, he must break the curse he has lived under since the final chaos of Waterloo. Desperate, he resolves to steal the Imnada’s most sacred relic—the mysterious crystal of Jai Idrish—to help him. When he receives a visit from his childhood companion Meeryn Munro, Gray is surprised by her offer of help . . . and by how the girl of his memories has grown to become the woman of his dreams.
None of Meeryn’s powers as anointed keeper of Jai Idrish have prepared her for the threat of battle, but it’s the passion Gray arouses in her that she finds herself fighting. In a perilous quest spanning two realms, Gray and Meeryn must outwit and outrun a cunning enemy. And only the strength of the warrior, the magic of the priestess, and a love greater than death can reclaim a crown and win them a future together.
I’ve slowly but surely getting acquainted with Alexa Egan’s Imnada Brotherhood series. And though I still have a LOT of books to go through, I thought it would be nice to invite Alexa over and talk about the series with all of us. Hopefully some of you would pick this up and we can compare notes later on.
Hi Alexa, welcome to Talk Supe! Let’s talk about Imnada Brotherhood, what is it about?
Alexa Egan: The Imnada Brotherhood is a para-storical sword and sorcery swashbuckler set during the Regency period about a race of shapechangers who have lived secretly as human for thousands of years and would do anything to guard their secret from a dangerous outside world.
As a result of a savage massacre on the eve of Waterloo, four soldiers of the Imnada are cursed to live the hours of darkness trapped as their animal aspect. As they battle to break the curse, they must also struggle against ancient enemies and those among their own kind bent on their destruction.
Para-storical! I like that, I’ll be using that moving forward, thanks! Now I know the series features shifters, what kinds of shifters are we looking at here and can you tell us a bit about your mythology?
Alexa Egan: This is a Regency setting where otherworldly creatures secretly exist side by side with humanity. The Fey-bloods are the most numerous and the most powerful, but hidden for thousands of years are the Imnada shapechangers who were almost wiped out in a war following the betrayal and murder of King Arthur. The five clans—panther, lynx, wolf, eagle, and seal—remain isolated from the outside world as much as possible, but this seclusion has come at a price and the Imnada are dying out. Now, they must risk coming out of hiding in order to save themselves from extinction, but in doing so they risk a renewal of old hostilities with their old enemies.
I love the Fey/fae and when I found out that they’re part of the mix I got excited. It’s been a long time since I read historical romance and I’m not well versed with genres. What exactly is the regency era and why did you decide to set your series in this period?
Alexa Egan: The Regency Era technically dates from 1811 to 1820 (the years the Prince Regent ruled Britain in place of his father mad King George III), but generally is considered any time from about 1800 to roughly 1830. Think Jane Austen /Georgette Heyer/Julia Quinn. I’ve loved this time period since cracking open my first GH romance back in high school and its blend of elegance and adventure fit perfectly with the stories I wanted to tell.
Yeah, novels during that time are indeed brimming with hopeful romances! I’m not a history enthusiast but I’m sure you probably are. What kind of research did you do for Imnada Brotherhood? Any interesting tidbits you can share with us?
Alexa Egan: I’ve always been a bit of a history nerd. I love reading about kings and queens and battles and discoveries and can rattle off famous dates, which thoroughly annoys my children. My office is floor to ceiling bookshelves and probably two-thirds of that space is devoted to historical research; everything from military maps and travel guides to sources on food, architecture, fashion, and social mores.
For the fantasy elements, I pull from a lot of Celtic mythology and Arthurian legends and then toss in my own ideas around the edges. As I’ve worked, I’ve had to research some odd minutiae; the floor plan of the opera house at Covent Garden, dates of lunar eclipses, and the ferry schedules from the Scottish mainland to the Isle of Skye come to mind first.
Arthurian Mythology is another favorite of mine, it’s very Greek in it’s tragic elements but very wondrous too with all the magic involved. And all I can say is WOW on your techincal researches. Even lunar eclipses? Whoa! So which book or novella was the most challenging to write and why?
Alexa Egan: I think the last novella was probably the most challenging because I had already completed the book that came after it chronologically, so I had to be very sure I didn’t screw up my timeline or my characters’ motivations, which had already been set. Plus, I had to tread a careful line between giving readers enough information so they understood what was happening and dumping them with so much backstory that the pacing slowed to a crawl. Fingers crossed…I succeeded.
That’s always a good sign, details are important because readers take note of that and we sure hate it when the “stars don’t align”.
As you’re creatures are shifters, the term Alpha Male is surely applicable to them. We’ve read different versions of Alpha males, how does your Alpha males compare with the others?
Alexa Egan: While I don’t set out to write a certain type of alpha male, I’ve noticed over the course of many stories that my heroes do bend in a similar direction. They all tend to be bruised and damaged souls who have to fight through a painful past to gain their happy ending. They’re not in-your-face chest beaters. I’ve tried to write those kind of leading men and failed dismally. Instead, the heroes I write are quietly competent, slow to anger but quick to fight when someone they love is threatened, grimly tough, and loyal to the end. People ask my husband all the time if I base my heroes on him. I would have to say yes, in part, since he possesses every single one of those characteristics.
Awww that is so sweet! And yes, a male protective of his female is sexy, give that trait to a shapechanger and you’ll have double or even triple the urge to protect. I’ve read Victorian paranormal romances but I don’t think I’ve read regency. Which series can you compare Imnada Brotherhood with?
Alexa Egan: I don’t know if I can compare the Imnada Brotherhood to any other Regency paranormal series since there aren’t very many of them out there and their authors come at the genre from such different angles. But some other authors who have series set during this time period would be Colleen Gleason, Zoe Archer, and Kathryne Kennedy to name a few. If you’ve read and enjoyed Victorian paranormal romance, you’ll almost certainly like those set a few decades earlier. (nudge, nudge)
That’s true… There’s a lot of books and novellas in the series so far, how many more stories are you planning to add?
Alexa Egan: There aren’t a set number of books planned. I’ve had so much fun writing in this world that I’d love to continue as long as readers want to read them. I’ve already started tossing around ideas for the next books. Can’t wait to dive in!
I’m sure followers of the series can’t wait too! In five words, why should we read Imnada Brotherhood?
Alexa Egan: Shapeshifters. Curses. Danger. Love. Happily-Ever-After.
Imnada Brotherhood Novellas & Books Reader Order
Alexa Egan lives in Maryland with a husband who’s waiting impatiently for her fame and fortune to support them in a new and lavish lifestyle, three children for whom she serves as chauffeur, cook, nurse, social secretary, banker, and maid (not necessarily in that order), one cat, one dog… and twenty-seven fish.
This is a US & Int’l Giveaway
US Winner: print copy of Warrior’s Cure
INT’L: Imnada Brotherhood Novella bundle