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Hedge King in Winter: First Tale in the Matter of Manred (The Matter of Manred Saga Book 1) by [Dellert, Michael E.]
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"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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Read and enjoy Hedge King in Winter, the first tale in the Matter of Manred. The new on-going fantasy serial is soon to be available in Print and on Kindle.

This exciting new sword-and-sorcery action tale follows the continuing adventures of the warriors, kings, and priests of the Matter of Manred Saga.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1835 KB
  • Print Length: 122 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1944400001
  • Publisher: Skylander Press (January 12, 2016)
  • Publication Date: January 12, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0190XPTWG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #663,859 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Let me start this by saying, I LOVED THIS NOVELLA. If that is not enough to tell you how good this book is, then keep reading.

I received "Hedge King in Winter" from Michael during the Brain to Books Con this past April in a giveaway. He sent me a signed copy of the the book a few short days after, and as soon as I got it I had to dig in and immediately knew that I would be basing the May Go Indie Now! Box after it. This book has everything that I look for in old - fashioned fantasy, and so much more.

First of all, the cover art and book design is brilliant. The art gives the novella a renaissance fantasy feel and I felt as though I fell into the book as soon as I opened it. It was also helpful that a map of the land that Dellert created, Droma, was included in the beginning of the book. Since the land he created, and the characters, are so vast and wide it was nice to be able to have an aid to picture the story properly.

But one of the things that I loved most about this novella was that it was short, but that Dellert packed a punch throughout the book, and I didn't become bored at any point. As soon as I finished the book, I immediately had to order the second book in the series that just released "A Merchant's Tale", and wasn't disappointed. ("A Merchant's Tale" was the second book included in the Go Indie Now! May Box).
Dellert's work is very original, and he clearly understands what he has created and doesn't confuse the reader at all with inaccuracies (which can happen in heavily imaginative works sometimes). I found myself connecting to the characters on a personal level, and I loved how the language is similar to that of old - English (but easier to understand).

Michael E.
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The plot was quite good. The setting was described in good detail . I felt that some characters could be a little more developed. The king was primarily shown as a stubborn man where his brother was a little more developed and shown to be a loyal man without great aspirations to become king himself. Still, they could use more development. I'm hoping that will occur in sequels to this book.
I did have a difficult time with many of the names for people and places. There were places I found the sentence structure excessively wordy and some that were awkward. The use of some archaic words slowed me down because I looked them up to make sure they were words and their meaning tone certain they were used correctly.
The story can be left as a stand alone, but there is definitely room for much more. I do look forward to the rest of the series. Enough so that I would happily volunteer to be a beta reader for this series. The book is appropriate for teens as well as adults. I give this a four out of five rating.
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Hedge King in Winter, by Michael E. Dellert begins a fantasy adventure, which I look forward to reading. But even more than the story, this reader is reminded of the continual thread of conspiracy and intrigue in the courts of Europe from the Middle Ages onward, even up to the Second World War. Not knowing who is trustworthy, where the next attempt at the throne will emanate from, who is the rightful heir? The kingdom of Droma could be any of the minor kingdoms that rose to power and then disappeared throughout history. As a fantasy adventure, with the addition of magic, I look forward to where the author takes me next. Fantasy fans, go for it.
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Filled with intrigue and political manipulation, and some very skilled word use by the author, Hedge King in Winter is a delightful read. It is apparent that Michael Dellert knows his subject matter intimately, and his use of language and names brings to mind ancient Celtic times of old and a setting that reminds one of the Arthurian legends. Yet, this is a completely different setting and stands on its own. I found the story very enjoyable and a great introduction to the world of Droma, setting up the people and culture for further tales and stories.

I consider this book a great start to what is sure to become a great series, and I am looking forward to reading more. We are introduced to Eowain and his friend and family, and while the details of the characters personalities are only beginning, I get the sense more in-depth character studies will be involved in future books of the series. I would definitely recommend this book to those who love medieval styled fantasy with an only mild touch of the magical.

All in all, it becomes obvious to me that this is an author whom I will watch closely and I will be reading more about Eowain in the future. A quality, well-done story all should enjoy.
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Coming in at under 125 pages, this tale of warring clans had a lot of substance. The story's pace was methodical with the plot revolving around the war strategies and political intrigues of a vulnerable kingdom struggling to maintain its current leadership despite opposition from enemies near and far. With undercurrents of magic, an arranged marriage intended to benefit both sides, and the introduction of myriad characters and locales, this first entry in the Matter of Manred Saga is off to a great start.
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