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The Commander And The Den Asaan Rautu

(Haanta #1)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  31 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 185 pages
Published June 14th 2011 by Michelle Franklin (first published January 2011)
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Jan 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
It's not actually legal to make a profit on your Dragon Age fanfiction.
May 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I was quite hesitant to read this book initially because at the tine I had been savoring some easygoing YA paranormal romances and I assumed that this book would be a quite heavy period-ish piece with an almost undecipherable old English style of writing but this book is anything but that- it is a really lighthearted and enjoyable read with all of its snark and dare I say, sexual tension. If you are a fan of Tamora Pierce or authors similar to her YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK (seriously, you will not ...more
Apr 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love fantasy but I was kinda getting tired of the quest/magic item/prophecy story. When I asked my reading group at Chapters what people suggest, someone said she had been reading some books online called "the Haanta series". I had no idea what this was so I checked it out on the author's website. I got the book online since I couldn't find it the store and read it immediately.

This is a very different fantasy. It focuses a lot on character pasts, thoughts and relationships but there's a lot
Cassandra Florence
May 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Instant love. A few grammatical errors but it was a wonderful read!
Jul 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A man has only one escape from his old self: to see a different self--in the mirror of some woman's eyes. - Clare Boothe Luce

Frewyn and Gallei are at war and the former is losing the battle. First Captain Boudicca MacDaede enlists the aid of an imprisoned Haanta. in exchange for his freedom, Rautu accepts. together, he and Boudicca defeat the Galleisian invaders and an accord between Gallei and the Kingdom of Frewyn is reached. the good King Alisdair Brennin acends the Frewyn throne and
Jeffrey Hollar
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I recently had an opportunity to read Michelle Franklin's debut novel of The Haanta Series, The Commander and the Den Asaan Rautu. I was looking forward to it because I don't enjoy reading any other genre the way that I do epic fantasy. I read my first fantasy book at the tender age of 4 (Where the Wild Things Are) and have been hooked on fantasy literature ever since.

The book's plot synopsis seemed filled with the promise
Apr 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I 've been reading this, and other stories of Michelle Franklin online for some time now. From the first moment I read chapter one of this book I knew I'll like it, I didn't realized however that I'll fall in love SO MUCH with the story and characters described in the book . To me the story is intriguing, fascinating and very well written, taking us constantly from one interesting place or situation to another, and there is something in the story for everyone - romance, battles, war, politics ...more
Fictional Bookshelf
Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading this book. Most fantasy stories I’ve read leaned more toward the paranormal element than fantasy. However, this fantasy was a treat to read and I definitely recommend it.

The story centers around two main characters, Boudicca MacDaede and Rautu, who fight to save their freedom, their people and their love for one another. While the two seem to be mismatched from the start, their love grows throughout the pages instead of a ‘love rush’. Boudicca
Sheenah Freitas
Apr 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I was a little hesitant about reading this because I'm not a big fan of romance books. I enjoy reading books with romance in the background, but a book that's supposed to be heavy in romance: not a big fan of. However, Michelle Franklin has made me a fan of her series. Though the romance is central to the story, there's enough battles and plot to keep me from being fidgety.

The characters shine. There's something remarkably likable about Rautu, a giant who doesn't like to deal with people. He can
Damian Rucci
Sep 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I've been lucky enough to have read the Tales of Frewyn from the outstanding blog to her two amazing ebooks. The Commander And The Den Asaan Rautu is the first in the Haanta series, it begins with an explosion of romance, action and beautiful, clear, and entertaining language. It begins with a giant being freed to fight along the borders of Frewyn and leads to a deep romance which comes off realistic and alluring enticing the reader into the world which is being depicted. I have always been a ...more
Apr 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
I have been reading this author's stories for the past 6 months online. When I heard she was published I raced to buy this book. I am a very picky reader and I can honestly say nothing captivates me more that this series other than Austen and Eddings. The setting is original and the characters are believable. The Den Asaan is a hilarious disgruntled giant with a penchant for his woman and his dark chocolate. The commander is a strong woman without the feminist bravado. She's a clever and witty ...more
A Book Vacation
May 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Franklin has done a phenomenal job creating this alternate world in which giants and humans unite. I was drawn in by the story and Franklin’s prose, which flows beautifully off the page and into the imagination. I love fantasy books, and this series (currently 21 books long) has something for everyone! This novel alone has war, bloodshed, magic, romance… a feast for the book connoisseur (ages 18+).

To read my full review (6/29):

(3.5 stars) :)
Apr 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'm not a big book reader but I am a huge fantasy nut. I saw this book online a while ago and I decided to give it a read. I really enjoyed the parts I read so I decided to buy it. 20$ well spent.

I'm a fan of the Shinara series and the Magician Apprentice, and even though this book is more in a more ornate style, the magic and universe are really cool. The nation of giants are menacing, the mages are really powerful, and the humans aren't the bad guys but their not the good guys either.

Jul 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This novel is a good read for people of many different genre interests. The author skillfully details the setting and plot, the reader will not be confused in this novel even with the intricate plot. The reader will have fun getting to know all of the characters. Den Asaan Rautu will capture the reader's attention with his slightly haughty, critical tone and character in the book. Commander Boudicca acts as comedic relief and the strong female figure in the book. The secondary characters are no ...more
Jun 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A true and total surprise.

I bought this book because the art was nice and it was 3$. Never in my life did I expect a small book from a no-name fantasy author to be this good.

The prose has an Austen-esque quality to it, the characters are believable and engaging, the woman and the giant are hilarious together, the sexual tension is intense without being overly erotic. Never thought I would like a romance this much- but it's more than that. The world is really deep and interesting, a lot of
Tracey Jago
Jul 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Commander and Den Asaan Rautu – Michelle Franklin

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
Jun 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Haanta Series is one of the longest, ongoing, romantic fantasy series currently being followed online. Red Willow Press has recently acquired the rights to publish the series, with The Commander and the Den Asaan Rautu being the first book in the series.

As you might expect from a romantic fantasy, this is a character-driven series. It focuses on Boudicca (the Commander), and Rautu (the Den Assan). As physically different as they may be, and as odd a couple as they may appear to make, we soon
Vanessa theJeepDiva
In a desperate attempt to save her homeland Boudicca releases a giant that is being held prisoner in the camps where her troops are currently attempting to maintain their borders. Rautu is not easily convinced to help. He is gruff and comes off often as quite rude. He is having some guilty feelings about his failure to his people. He sees that if he helps this female (that has no business fighting a man’s war in his expert opinion) that perhaps he can return to his homeland in good graces. Rautu ...more
Michelle Miller (True Book Addict)
The first thing I have to say about this book is that Michelle's world building is amazing. Her description of the Haanta, a proud race of giants, and their lands is so vivid and detailed. While reading, I almost felt I was walking along beside the characters. Like I said, the Haanta are a proud race and can be very stern and austere. Their customs are quite constraining and rigid, down to the way they live and the food they eat. When Rautu, a captive of the Frewyn, is enlisted by Commander ...more
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The only problem I had with this book was I practically highlighted every sentence on my Kindle. The entire story from start to finish is beyond impressive and most definitely entertaining.

Frankly, I'll not be able to give this title the review it deserves. I lack the eloquence but know this... The Commander And The Den Asaan Rautu ROCKED.

Back in July, Author Michelle Franklin shared an excerpt here and I immediately fell in love with the characters, story, scenery,
Sep 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
WOW - that is all I can say, end of story.

Loved this book, it was addictive and endearing and just awesome. This 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 weapons only to find a Giant in the holding cells. She offers him a deal, if he helps win the battle, she will allow him to be free. The Den Asaan Rautu accepts her offer and helps
Sep 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had been hearing a lot about this book from people I follow on Twitter and it peaked my curiosity. When Michelle asked me if I would consider reading it for review, I thought, “why not?” Now I really need to thank Michelle for introducing me to this unique world she has created.

I am a fan of paranormal anything, but I can honestly say that giants are one set of paranormals that I can’t remember reading about. The world that Michelle has created is totally unique, at least for this reader.
Nov 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
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
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
I found this to be a very playful yet passionate story. While there is plenty of action, this is a character-focussed story. The characters are very developed and seem to jump right off the page. The Commander (Boudicca) is quite playful and enjoys poking at Rautu. He is easily instigated and creates quite the scene several times during the story. This poking is all done in fun, and never gets tiring. In fact, the Commander's delight in Rautu's rage was highly entertaining.

The love story is
Sep 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not a huge fan of fantasy books, I do like some though. This is one of them that I did really enjoy. I loved how the romance developed throughout the book. I found the descriptions of the different world and people interesting.
Apr 16, 2011 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: wrote-it
Wrote the book. I'll let you guys rate it. :D
Jun 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, romance
I started reading this a little sceptically, having heard a lot of the whole "Dragon Age fanfiction" criticism. While I did find this a little bit in the beginning of the book, and the author does seemed to have borrowed a little bit from the DA story / characters. However I was pleasantly surprised to find that as the book went on, the characters really started to break out of their shells. Rautu became less and less like Sten, and more an ill tempered, yet layered and likeable brute.

The prose
Dec 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review is for The Commander and Den Assan and Khantara.

I must say at the outset of this review that I am entranced with this author’s style.

That said, open the pages of either of these books and be delivered with delicate phrasings and a narrative style that makes you startled when a noise outside of the world you’re reading occurs.

Come to the land of giants and warriors; of peaceful resolutions first, and firm reprisals last; to tranquility.

Khantara is a love story at its core and one that
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
**For the full review please check here**

I’m always on the lookout for the next series I can get thoroughly involved in and love, with Michelle Franklin’s Haanta series I have found just that.

The first volume in the series introduces the reader to a different world with two separately defined countries...

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Jul 28, 2011 marked it as to-read
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“Boudicca MacDaede was not the most striking of women, but she had a wryness in character and heartiness in form that recommended her to the rough demands of a farmer’s daughter and a soldier’s sufferance." ~ First two lines of book 1 in the Haanta Series” 3 likes
“Her remarks caught his consideration and his violet eyes tapered with growing dislike. He was at least dejected in his solitude, and now she had come to ruin his isolation and compel him to speak when he would otherwise be enjoying silence. He pressed his immense body against the bars of the cell in hopes of intimidating her, but the captain remained complacent and unaffected by his display.
“Leave me, woman,” he bellowed at her.
“I fear a cannot do that just now. I might need your help, should you wish to give it.”
He groaned and turned aside. “I will not assist you.”
“It is rather a shame you won’t. I was going to offer you your freedom.”
The giant turned back and looked at her with hesitation.”
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