Saturday, 1 October 2011

EBook Review: The Commander and the Den Asaan Rautu by Michelle Franklin

Goodreads: The Kingdom of Frewyn is being invaded by the Galleisian infantry and at the forefront of the battle is Boudicca MacDaede, a First Captain in the Frewyn armed forces. Her regiment is charged with defending the borders between the two nations, but when Frewyn’s last line of defense falls, Captain MacDaede enlists the assistance of a Haanta, one of giants from the islands to the far north. Promising to free him from his imprisonment in exchange for his help, she gains his trust long enough for them to win the battle and save the Frewyn border from being breached. The giant’s freedom is granted, but Rautu cannot return home unless he redeems himself in the eyes of his people for his past transgressions. He is offered a place by the captain’s side, and together, they defeat the Galleisian forces and become the saviors of Frewyn.

One year later, King Alasdair Brennin takes the Frewyn throne, Boudicca is made commander, Gallei and Frewyn reach an accord, and Rautu is granted an invitation home. He is eager to return and see his brothers but finds it difficult to leave Frewyn without Boudicca at his side. He has become accustomed to her company and the idea of being made to live without her begins to distress him. Rautu invites the commander to the islands in hopes of finding a way for them to remain together, but when they arrive at the white shores of Sanhedhran, not everything goes as planned: one of the dangerous Haanta magi is freed, Rautu’s three brothers are strangely missing, and the neighboring nation of Thellis leads an attack on the islands. 

Together, the commander and the Den Asaan Rautu must find a way to unite their two nations and defend against the Thellisian fleets, but can they do so successfully when outside forces are attempting to keep them apart?

Title: The Commander and the Den Asaan Rautu
Author: Michelle Franklin
Publisher: Self Published
Series: Haanta Book 1
Type: Ebook
Source: Author (via Kindle Book Review) thank you so much!
My Rating:  5 STARS

Wow - that is all I can say, end of story!

Loved this book, it was addictive, endearing and just awesome.  It would be great made into a movie.

It follows the Commander, an orphaned woman who joins the military to take revenge on those who killed her Father.  While she is defending her country, the Commander goes for more weapons and finds a Giant Haanta in the holding cells.  She offers him a deal, if he helps her win the battle, she will allow him to be freed.  The Den Asaan Rautu accepts her offer and helps her defend and win the battle.  He then accepts her offer to stay and defend the country from war.

When the war seems over, Rautu wanted to return home to his people.  He offered an invitation to the Commander to accompany him.  On the journey, they become engrossed in each other and not wanting to be apart.  The Den Asaan Rautu is an aggressive and stubborn beast, but on the inside is truly capable of love.

Follow their journey and what becomes of them when they return to his Island.  The characters and world that is created is amazing to say the least.  Fantasy seems to be a small word for what this book offers.  The book does offer non stop action, sexual tension that will make the hairs stand up on your neck in anticipation and the whole atmosphere was so crystal clear, you can absolutely picture the scenes in your mind.

Other books in this collection by Michelle Franklin include:  The Commander and The Den Asaan Rautu Vol 2 & Khantara: Haanta Novel (Book 3)

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