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 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. 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 on this series.