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A Merchant's Tale: The Second Tale in the Matter of Manred by [Dellert, Michael E.]
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Length: 119 pages Word Wise: Enabled
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There is no sense of creation behind A Merchant's Tale; it is a document of pure reality, capturing the subtle beauty of aworld that I am only beginning to understand and can't wait to returnto. 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 hidingbehind this tapestry of shadows, his patience in revealing it sets amood quite unlike other fantasy tales. -- Christopher Schlerf, LeadWriter, Halo 4

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"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 seethe heroic and stalwart Hedge King with an outsider's eye, something Iappreciated after suffering through his battles with him. The merchant's son,while not easy to like himself, tells his story unapologetically with laughablebrashness and high-handedness--I loved to hate him!" - Stacey C

Product Details

  • File Size: 3491 KB
  • Print Length: 119 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Skylander Press; 1 edition (April 5, 2016)
  • Publication Date: April 5, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01BO57OU8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #440,750 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I enjoyed this novella. I still have problems with the names of people and places plus the use of local languages made me stumble through some parts of the story. The character narrating the story was developed through his personal observations, reactions, and dialog. I liked how the story was told as a tale told to another to inform the listener of the dangers of traveling to the area. The merchant narrating was portrayed as a good story teller.
The group that traveled together with the merchant only had one other very well developed character, the acolyte. Even though he was a pretty well developed character and more likable than the merchant telling the tale there remains some mystery about him throughout the entire tale. The end was a bit short as it did not tell of their return trip which could have been another adventure. Still it ended at the conclusion of the travelers adventure on getting to their destination and concluding their business.
It is a a well written short and I look forward to reading the next books in this series. I give it four stars primarily for the hard to read names and the use of dialects and local language in the narration.
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As the second book in a new fantasy series, this tale takes the reader in a different direction. While the story does involve Eowain from the first book, it introduces the foreign merchants and allows us to travel through the countryside. While it may be less fraught with exciting battles and questions of kingship, there is a certain tension that drives the story. What is in that box the merchant must carry? It also follows the personal development of the merchant's son, a young man desperately in need of an opportunity to define himself beyond the shadow of his father. I think that the second book is equally important to a full understanding of this realm of fantasy created by Dellert. It explicates some of the relationships between castes and kingdoms, as well as offering a glimpse of the intricately crafted world beyond the small patchwork of territories directly referenced in the first book.

This tale was well-crafted and deserving of high praise. It functions to flesh out the world beyond the court of the Hedge King, offering glimpses of people in distant communities and a sampling of the geophysical setting of this series. As such, I highly recommend it. Knowing the nature of series, it likely offers context that will be valuable for readers of the next books.
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One of the great joys of reading Dellert's Matter of Manred series is the experience of a world realized from its soil to the firmament. Thanks to his second installment, we have fresh eyes in country yet unseen, as our main characters are traveling through Droma to deliver a mysterious chest to a woman with unknown powers. The protagonist is a bit of an aloof jerk at times, but his prejudices aid in providing a distinctive view of the land, for aren't all readers foreigners at the outset? We also see his prejudices soften thanks to another young man, an acolyte on a mission of his own. The characters have a fine chemistry together, and the dangers on their road never stop coming. I look forward to many more adventures in Droma, Mr. Dellert, thank you!
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