“A Merchant’s Tale” by Michael Dellert (not a stranger to this blog. Click here for my interview with him)
The Matter of Manred Continues.
Corentin, a young foreign trader of the House Pelan arrives in the uncertain lands of Droma, tasked to deliver a mysterious chest to a far-away sage in a remote corner of the kingdom. Accompanied by his mercenary bodyguard, a native scout, and the young local priest named Adarc, he sets out on a journey that will change his life forever.
A Merchant’s Tale is the second installment in The Matter of Manred, a new cycle of medieval romances, action adventures, heroic fantasies, mysterious priests, and their dark and forgetful gods, brought to you from the fiction workshop of Michael E. Dellert.
“Now,” said their host, “Merchant, as the Gods may you bless, since you know so much of that land of Iathrann, full heartily I pray you tell us part.”
“Gladly,” said he. “Many good folk have long desired a wayfarer’s practical guide to Droma, one of the most troublesome of the hedge-kingdoms along the High-King’s road…”
“There is no sense of creation behind A Merchant’s Tale; it is a document of pure reality, capturing the subtle beauty of a world that I am only beginning to understand and can’t wait to return to. Even the most casual moments in this second entry in the Matter of Manred resonate with a deep and cryptic history; whatever Michael Dellert is hiding behind this tapestry of shadows, his patience in revealing it sets a mood quite unlike other fantasy tales.” — Christopher Schlerf, Lead Storywriter, Halo 4
“Get ready to wish you were part of the Droma tribe. Loved this next installment of the Matter of Manred! Richly detailed, and holds you until the last page.” – Jenn M.
“That little girl and her dog are a force to be reckoned with! That’s how I secretly envision Red and I would be in an impromptu battle. He would be the hound from hell and I would be the faerie child calling him back with one hushed word. Perfectly written, sir.” – Astacia C.
“Dellert deftly uses an outsider’s narrative to add yet another facet to an already all-encompassing tale, giving the readers a more comprehensive understanding of the world he has created.” – Jenn M.
“This novella is so different than the Hedge King in Winter, but complements it so well with its narrative style. The reader is able to see the heroic and stalwart Hedge King with an outsider’s eye, something I appreciated after suffering through his battles with him. The merchant’s son, while not easy to like himself, tells his story unapologetically with laughable brashness and high-handedness—I loved to hate him!” – Stacey C.
“I loved the originality of using a merchant’s perspective in the second tale as opposed to the much more personal narrative of Eowain in Hedge King in Winter, idealism and superstition vs. cold pragmatism and profit. Made for a great read!” – Jenn M.
“The land and every man who steps foot onto it are in a fight for existence; no efforts will be spared to ensure survival. But, of course, not all can survive. Brutal and realistic, Dellert writes with uncompromising elegance.” – Astacia C.
“I love the detail in this series! From each clan tartan, to the unforgiving landscape, Dellert paints the picture beautifully, with no detail left unattended. Can’t wait to see what happens next!” – Jenn M.
“I was sorry to part ways with the unexpected heroes of this tale and was reminded of the power, fury and tenacity of a girl and her dog. Michael Dellert has once again captured every ounce of my attention with his magical and harrowing depictions of every day life in Droma and I am beating my fists on the table in anticipation of the next tale!” – Astacia C.
About the Author
Michael Dellert lives in the Greater New York City area. Following a traditional publishing career spanning nearly two decades, he now works as a freelance writer, editor, publishing consultant, and writing coach. He is also the sole writer, editor, and publisher of the blog MDellertDotCom: Adventures in Indie Publishing. He holds a Master’s Degree in English Language & Literature from Drew University, and a certificate from the Cornell University School of Criticism & Theory (2009). He is the author of two fantasy fiction novellas: Hedge King in Winter and A Merchant’s Tale.
Amazon Author Page:
Goodreads Author Page:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14849380.Michael_E_Dellert
MDellertDotCom: Adventures in Indie Publishing (Blog): http://www.mdellert.com/
A Merchant’s Tale (Amazon):
- US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BO57OU8
- Short link: http://amzn.to/1ThTwZj
- International (non-US) link: http://getBook.at/A-Merchants-Tale