Saturday, June 15, 2013

Tales from Frewyn Volume 1 by Michelle Franklin - Tour

The Haanta Series is the longest, ongoing, online romantic fantasy series. Thousands of readers visit the world of the Two Continents to enjoy the daily short stories featuring all their favorite characters from the Haanta Series novels. In between the business of the books, the commander, Rautu, Otenohi, Unghaahi, Leraa, Kai Linaa and Alasdair enjoy some time together in Diras Castle, but as the stories portray, mischief lies in every corner of the keep where spiders, chocolate pies, petulant giants and grouchy cooks abound.

Tales from Frewyn is a short story collection brimming with fantasy worlds and eccentric characters.  The book itself isn't that long, not quite a hundred and fifty pages.  But each story blossoms vividly to life with a short tale, usually encompassing the Commander of the King's Guards or Rautu, the Haanta giant.  There are secondary characters as well, and if you haven't read any of the series before, you could find yourself a little lost.  

But, the first story pretty much is necessary to follow along with the rest of the book.  It gives you the background, introducing the reader to the characters and what part they play.  Without it, I would have been hopelessly confused.  While I did enjoy the amorous relationship between some characters, I didn't like the point of view all that much.  Told from a third person perspective, it took some getting used to.  But there is wit, romance, light action and great enchantment to be found within these pages that many will find enjoyable.

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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