Review: Tales From Frewyn by Michelle Franklin

Posted June 11, 2013 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Tales From Frewyn by Michelle Franklin
Tales From Frewyn

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Genres: Fantasy Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Author

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Who couldn’t love an irascible, chocolate-loving warrior giant, a witty, but earthy female commander of the King’s guard who has captured the giant’s heart and the band of quirky friends who surround them?  I most certainly adore them and delighted in this set of short story tales that may not have provided a big epic adventure like the novel that precedes it, but does give a humorous, heartwarming set of tales with gives those glimpses into the characters’ daily lives.  Speaking of the first story, I recommend that for optimal enjoyment of this short story collection that this be read after ‘The Commander and the Den Asaan Rautu’ so events, backdrop and characters make better sense because these stories just jump right in assuming the reader knows these characters and their backstories.

As is the case when I review an anthology or collection of short stories, I will not be reviewing the stories individually.  There were twenty-eight short stories that would probably be more aptly described as little vignettes.  The stories generally feature Boudicca the Commander of the king’s guard or her mate, the Haanta giant, Rautu as the main characters, but on occasion one or more of their friends will get the spot light.  For the majority of the time, the stories have a light tone with the action teasing or tender.  The voice of the stories is not casual, but has a classical structure that will make readers who are used to ‘laid back’ speech the need for an adjustment period.  The stories are told third person narration, but it’s not difficult to emotionally engage because dialogue, thoughts and expressions are detailed.

Now, out of the twenty-eight pieces brought together here, there were only one or two that I was ‘meh’ about.  My favorites were ‘The Five Second Rule’ where Rautu learns to appreciate the Frewyn attitude toward food that has been dropped on the ground, ‘The Spider Killer’s Reward’ where Boudicca must sooth her giant who is fearless of all, but one thing, ‘Games’ where Leraa enjoys learning a few games and the others show their competitive natures, ‘Drawing’ with a sweet little moment between Kai Linaa and Leraa, ‘Offense’ in which young Frewyn warrior trainees learn to respect a Haanta giant’s mate and ‘Scissors’ in which Bou and Rautu come to a compromise regarding her long hair were my favorites.  The first two for their humor, the second for their family feel, and the last two for the sense of relationship.  Truthfully, I enjoyed them all for one reason or another.  Like the variety of chocolates in ‘The Box of Chocolates’ story, I found reading each of these vignettes was like pulling out a different piece of chocolate from a box and enjoying its distinct flavor.

I need to mention the stories off an extra surprise when reading this book.  There are illustrated drawings by the artist Twisk that are scattered throughout the stories.  The stories do not do a lot of character description because the previous book has already introduced them, but the drawings capture those previous descriptions perfectly.  The very last illustrated drawing of Bou and Rautu sleeping together has been a personal favorite for the way it captures their relationship so perfectly even in sleep.

This will appeal to those who enjoy light fantasy that has endearing characters, witty and humorous language and a homey feel to it.

My thanks to Paper Crane publishing for providing my copy of the book for review purposes.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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