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

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

Series: #1 Haanta
Genres: Fantasy Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published on January 21, 2011
Pages: 360
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four-half-stars

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I tumbled onto this book accidentally as I am not one who will gravitate toward the fantasy aisle or the fantasy section of a bookseller.

I completely enjoyed this offering. It has everything- fantasy world and beings, adventure, romance, and intrigue. The deep characters were the best part. I found the humor that was present in the h/h friendship as well as its presence in the tension between Rautu and the displaced Magi companion wonderful.

The tale is comprised of the h/h battle to save her land, then they journey to his land where she learns about his people and gets into mischief, and finally due to the unintentional outcome of the Commander’s attempt to save the Haanta people from an invasion, they are sent into exile and back to her land. There they find the new king and country trying to repair quickly from the last war as they are in the shadow of another possible war. The Commander and Rautu escort the Haanta magi to the Mage shelter only to be forced to leave when her great powers save them from a demon attack. The tale ends when they are informed that the magi must remain in their care and that war has come to the land. The king is calling for their aid.

There is little lag time and the plot is interesting. The different peoples and their worlds are fascinating.

A good read!

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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.