Melanie Marttila reviews The Mermaid’s Tale, by D.G. Valdron

The Mermaid’s Tale is a fable of personhood wrapped in a murder mystery framed by a fantasy setting, peopled by familiar races that are presented in subtly original ways. Valdron’s protagonist has no name. Most Arukh (orcs) don’t. The few that have been so graced have earned their names by distinguishing themselves from their mad and murderous brethren. Each race has its own name for the Arukh, but all of them translate to either abomination,…

Double book launch at When Words Collide

The poster pretty much says it all. But let’s recap: Five Rivers’ double book launch at When Words Collide, August 13, at Calgary Delta South, is open to the public; two of our best releases ever, by C.P. Hoff, and D.G. Valdron. One a madcap and endearing story that will have you laughing out loud. The other a dark journey into madness, and a battle between the profane and the sublime. Six copies of each title…

Michael R. Fletcher reviews The Mermaid’s Tale

Michael R. Fletcher, author of Beyond Redemption, and 88, recently reviewed D. G. Valdron’s forthcoming debut novel, The Mermaid’s Tale.  “He said the Arukh only had one word. It was their word for rage and for pain, for fighting and dying. It was a word spoken in sorrow and anger. It was the word they said to a world that didn’t want them, that had no place for them. It was loneliness and defiance and in the end it was…

An Interview with D.G. Valdron

Lorina Stephens sat down virtually with D.G. Valdron recently to discuss his forthcoming novel, The Mermaid’s Tale. We think you’ll find the discussion as fascinating as the novel, set to release August 1, 2016. Q: Tell me about the inspiration for The Mermaid’s Tale. What was it that informed this complex and brutal story? DGV: It started a throwaway bit of writing—the first scene at the Mermaid’s dock, where the Arukh, fearsome, scarred, battered, terrifying but secretly…

More cover genius…er…genesis: The Mermaid’s Tale

This summer we’ll release a profoundly disturbing and brilliant novel from D.G. Valdron, The Mermaid’s Tale. Part grimdark, part literary parable, Valdron has created a story you won’t soon forget. In a city of majesty and brutality, of warring races and fragile alliances, a sacred mermaid has been brutally murdered. An abomination, a soulless Arukh is summoned to hunt the killer. As the world around the Arukh drifts into war and madness, her search for…