Written by Chris Mole, illustrated by Melissa Trender and with art by Nikki Foxrobot, Brigantia #1 debuts at Thought Bubble this weekend. The self-published book was funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign and is the latest of our ongoing series of Thought Bubble previews and reviews running this last fortnight at BF.
The book’s premise is summarised below alongside preview pages from this gorgeously illustrated time-travelling fantasy series…
Brigantia, a Romano-British goddess from the north of England, is betrayed by her brother Veteris and tricked into travelling through a one-way time portal to contemporary Britain. While on her quest to seek vengeance on Veteris, she befriends Pravin, a bookish historian who specialises in Celtic paganism. But how far will the sadistic Veteris go to preserve the dominion that he has spent centuries cultivating? Brigantia must adapt quickly to a time that has forgotten her and find a way to break Veteris’ control over the people of Britain, so that she can return to her own time.
Brigantia is a fantasy adventure story which addresses questions about equality and the state of the modern world. It weaves together history and mythology to create a world where the ancient gods are real- but depend on the belief of humans to maintain their power. Brigantia herself struggles with her newfound anonymity and relative powerlessness, which hampers her search for a way back to her own time. She must regain her divine powers and prevent Veteris from spreading his evil across Britain.
You can pick up Brigantia at table 24 in the Victoria Hall at Thought Bubble.
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