A Merchant’s Tale:
The Second Tale in the Matter of Manred
Michael E. Dellert
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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 young local priest, and their native scout, Corentin sets out on a journey that will change his life forever.
A Merchant’s Tale is the second installment in The Matter of Manred Saga, 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.
This is no shiny happy fantasy of noble knights
on noble steeds
“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.” – Stacey C.
From the Prologue:
“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.
“Eowain son of Findtan, Chief of the Donnghaile, King of the Droma, reigned over those lands. His armies raged across the High-King’s Road, annihilating every holdout in their path.
“His cousin had raised a legal challenge to the right of King Eowain to succeed to the throne of Droma, and was sharking up an army of lawless, dispossessed resolutes from the hinterlands of the kingdom to decide the matter by force of arms and terror.
“On the fifteenth day of the month of Fearn, Teilmon being the day of the week, under the dark of the moon, the caravan of House Pelan, honest merchants from Aukriath, ventured into the heart of the great Eowain’s war-torn kingdom.”
What People Are Saying about A Merchant’s Tale
“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 Writer, Halo 4
“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. 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.
“This novella is so different than 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 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!”
– Jennifer D.
“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.
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Praise for Hedge King in Winter:
First Tale in the Matter of Manred
“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
“Hedge King in Winter is a well-written story… The reader isn’t burdened by dense political intrigues, but the system of government is captivating, with strong characters and dialogue. The political boardgame of Fickle was absolutely incredible… Characters have multiple layers, and their dialogue is unique to region and ego… An enjoyable novella overall, it left me with a strong desire to read the second (A Merchant’s Tale).” — Steven Raaymakers, author of the Aria of Steel Trilogy, Five Star Amazon Review
“Honor, deception, the desire for power…what’s not to love in a medieval tale? Hedge King in Winter is but a taste of what Dellert presents to us in this series… I feel as if I was in the time with the characters. Can’t wait for the next one.” — Melanie Rodriguez, author of the Artemis Ravenwing Series, Four Star Amazon Review
“A compelling story of a king’s ascendance in a richly developed medieval world… There are many moments in the story where the tension and danger seem impossible to manage. The many threats, fraught alliances, and struggles for power in a world where nature itself seems an enemy create the setting for this compelling story.” — Anonymous Amazon Reader, Four Star Review
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 the owner, writer, and publisher of the creative writing and self-publishing blog, MDellertDotCom: Adventures in Indie Publishing.
He is the author of Hedge King in Winter: First Tale in the Matter of Manred and his soon-to-be-released A Merchant’s Tale: The Second Tale in the Matter of Manred.
He currently lives and works in the Greater New York City area as a freelance writer, editor, and publishing consultant.
For More Information:
Amazon Author Page: http://Author.to/MichaelEDellert
Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14849380.Michael_E_Dellert
MDellertDotCom: Adventures in Indie Publishing (Blog): http://www.mdellert.com/
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