Hedge King in Winter: The Matter of Manred Begins…

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“The king is crippled…”

Set in a grimly realistic, medieval dystopia, Hedge King in Winter opens on the tense days following the grievous wounding of a king with a shaky hold upon his throne. His cousin wants the crown and exploits the letter of an ancient law to erode the wounded king’s support. His brother, the noble but naïve Lord Eowain, is challenged to seize the throne himself by his brother’s own supporters. And a mysterious drymyn priest, scholar of an ancient magickal philosophy, seems to have reasons of his own for propelling Lord Eowain toward the kingship.

Follow the struggles of Lord Eowain and King Lórcan against their Uncle Tnúthgal. Get to know the drymyn-priest Medyr, the no-nonsense Lady Fidelm, and the business-minded but superstitious Aunt Rathtyen. Get Hedge King in Winter today!

Can his brother hold the kingdom together against the machinations of their rival cousin?”

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Hedge King in Winter - Amazon“The slog through the rough terrain, the fire on the horizon and the fear that overtakes him when he sees the child’s stocking, all building to that cliffhanger that leaves your readers wanting more. Excellent! And yes, I do want more!” — Yolanda Renée, author of Murder, Madness and Love

“I like how nuanced, lyrical and absorbing your setting is– you’re a fantastic writer– the excerpt makes me want to read your book.” — Damyanti Ghosh, the Daily (W)rite

“[It] made me feel the cold of winter (which I’m all too familiar with) and the weariness of the soldiers as they came upon that burning village. With their energy sapped, could they survive another battle? I’d love to keep reading and find out.” – Debbie D.

“It’s not just good. It’s one of my new favorites . . . Michael Dellert has produced a work of dark fantasy that I can’t get enough of. Hedge King in Winter is only the merest taste of this complex and deeply researched world.”
— Erin Sandlin, Being Southern Somewhere Else

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Droma, Most Troublesome of the
Hedge-Kingdoms on the High-King’s Road

Map of Droma and the Surrounding Lands. Designed and Illustrated by Cornelia Yoder.Welcome to Droma, a medieval fiefdom of a mere three-thousand souls, ruled by a local tribal king and a network of aristocratic cattle lords and land-holders.

The Kingdom of Droma holds a strategic location between two larger rival kingdoms, pinned against the elbow of a river by inter-tribal rivalries on their rear echelon and the aggressive Fifth-Kingdom of Gruiniath.

Click on the beautiful black and white map by Cornelia Yoder to get the full-sized Map of the Kingdom of Droma and the Surrounding Lands.

You Think Your Family Holiday was Tough?

If you didn’t get enough family strife, political intrigue, treachery, betrayal, romance and deadly action in your own house this past holiday, check out the House of Eowain!

Follow the adventures of King Lórcan, his brother, and their chief minister Medyr as they struggle to hold the throne against the villainous Lord Tnúthgal.

Eowain eyed his cousin up and down. Eowain wasn’t a tall man, but neither was Tnúthgal. His cousin was grizzle-bearded with age, but no less burly than himself. Eowain knew him for a veteran of a fierce history, of a generation with his own father. As Eowain stepped forward, Tnúthgal did not shirk from him, bridling in his coat of steel-ringed leather.

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The Matter of Manred continues…

“[O]nly the merest taste of this complex and deeply researched world… highly detailed and represents… decades of research and world building, with a uniquely crafted history that spans millennia.” —Erin Sandlin, Book Sniffing and Other Naughty Oddities I Rarely Confess, Being Southern Somewhere Else.

The Matter of Manred is a dark medieval romance saga, a fantasy fiction setting in the literary sense, being both a lushly imagined cosmos and the cycle of adventure-romance tales set within it.

The milieu of Manred is a detailed fantasy world some twenty years in the making. Deeply researched, brutally realistic, set in a fantastical re-imagining of medieval Irish history, Manred is a cosmology, an understanding of the vast creation from the viewpoint of one particular poor royal family in a stricken, war-torn land.

Hedge King in Winter is just the first tale in the ongoing The Matter of Manred. A forthcoming series of stories, novellas, and short novels, presented in a variety of cross-internet Adventures in Indie Publishing, the second project, A Merchant’s Tale: a Serial Novella, has just premiered on Tablo Publishing! New episodes will appear (for free!) each week, chronicling these continuing adventures.

Based on a lifetime’s long study in the history and legends of medieval and ancient Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Cornwall, Brittany, England, and France, this series of projects is steeped in ancient pagan spirituality, myth, and philosophy, and informed by the works of masters such as…

J.R.R Tolkien, Terry Brooks, Stephen R. Donaldson, Ursula LeGuin,

Andre Norton, Glenn Cook, Stan Nichols, George R. R. Martin,

and the incomparable C. J. Cherryh.

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About the Author

Michael Dellert is an award-winning writer, editor, publishing consultant, and writing coach with a publishing career spanning 18 years. His poetry and short fiction have appeared in literary journals such as The Backporch Review, The Harbinger, Idiom, and Venture. His poetry has also appeared in the anthologies The Golden Treasury of Great Poems and Dance on the Horizon, and he is a two-time winner of the Golden Poet Award from World of Poetry Press. He is currently working independently as a freelance writer, editor, and publishing consultant. He lives in the Greater New York City area.

Mr. Dellert holds a Master’s Degree in English Language & Literature from Drew University in Madison, NJ. He also attended the Cornell University School of Criticism & Theory (2009) in Ithaca, NY, where he studied under Leela Gandhi (Professor of Literature, Chicago University).

Hedge King in Winter is his first published fiction novella.

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Michael Dellert is an award-winning writer, editor, publishing consultant, and writing coach with a publishing career spanning 18 years. He is currently working as an independent freelancer. He lives in the Greater New York City area.

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Michael Dellert is an award-winning writer, editor, publishing consultant, and writing coach with a publishing career spanning 18 years. He is currently working as an independent freelancer. He lives in the Greater New York City area.
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