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Michelle Franklin is a small woman of moderate consequence. She writes many, many books about giants, romance, and chocolate. She is the author of several published fantasy stories and the Haanta series. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Paperback: 194 pages
  • Publisher: Paper Crane Books (December 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615733484
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615733487
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,475,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Pohlman on August 26, 2013
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I recently read Michelle Franklin's "Khantara," the first book of her Haanta series. I'm a fan (and writer) of fantasy and science-fiction work, and while I initially expected a well-developed dose of medieval-style fiction, complete with magic and conquering heroes, but I found myself experiencing an odd phenomenon: More and more, I read the novel as if the protagonist Khantara was an alien from a superior species, one visiting planet earth. He is a Haanta, hailing from distant islands, and he reigns over a conquered part of the nation of Thellis. He is a giant; Thellisians are like ordinary humans. He finds himself attached to Anelta, a member of the "Marked," essentially a slave-caste. Throughout the novel, Khantara puzzles over just how the Thellisians could be so cruel as to enslave one another - to murder, to ignore the suffering of others.

Why, yes, I realize that's not the standard way the story is interpreted!

Khantara, remember, is a magical giant. He speaks to birds, he is incredibly old, and he has impossible physical strength. He has subordinates who each bear their own incredible might. His people have only invaded Thellis after it became clear that Thellis would not stop attacking them; he reigns over a swath of occupied territory with an agenda centered around not intervening in its people's lives. It was only after Khantara met Anelta and saw first-hand just how abused she was by her owner/pseudo-husband that he resolved to get involved in the affairs of any of his subjects. He ultimately deals with the slavery issue, at least in part; he certainly liberates Anelta, who displays an incredible amount of intelligence for one as downtrodden as a slave. Then again, slaves are often smarter than their presumptive "owners" give them credit for!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sophia Rose on September 2, 2013
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Michelle Franklin has another huge Haanta giant success on her hands as far as I am concerned after finishing this first volume about the Haanta Khantara and the Thellesian woman, Anelta.

Khantara is the biggest giant at 9 ft tall, but he is a humble, wise, gentle leader with many talents. He is sent away from the Haanta islands with an invasion force to the mainland to establish a place where the Haanta can keep an eye on a hostile nation that has provoked and attacked them in the past. He is an almost godlike male of his people and respected by all. He teaches the children, oversees the daily affairs of the little outpost, instructs the warriors, and spends time with three of his commanders who were trained by him personally. He has a gift of speaking and listening to animals. But what doesn't he have?

That is where Anelta, a woman of the Thellesian race they have come to observe comes to Khantara's notice. Her role as a marked, untouchable in her culture makes her the lowest of the low of her race. This classification restricts her purpose to slave status though her situation is even more pitiable. Most slaves at least have food, clothes and shelter. Anelta is left with no food, threadbare clothes, and must grovel to maintain the shelter for the frequently absent and abusive man who owns her.

The difference in their cultures draws Khantara's attention, his compassion, and then because of Anelta's indomitable spirit, his care and respect. In Khantara, Anelta finds the first person to treat her with value. Their friendship blossoms and grows to something more thought they both are hesitant to acknowledge this. What of her master when he returns?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gord Fisch on July 27, 2014
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I was really moved by this book. I would call it young adult fantasy with a fantastic vocabulary and Welsh(ish) names.

At times I felt the plot was contrived and moved too slowly and the woman, Anelta, could have been stronger and less overwhelmed by events.
Of course she was a slave, and horribly abused all her life. At times it seemed too perfect with the hardened but kindly hero falling for the abused slave girl.
Then I put myself in his place and liked it. The detailed descriptions of the backgrounds, the emotional feelings
of the main characters and the surroundings conjured up a real world.

Khantara himself is absolutely perfect in strength, charm, bravery, thoughtfullness,
uprighteosness and all else; and he's 9 feet tall; and he is covered in birds telling him secrets or pleading for
a bit of food; and he and all Haanta have flaws. Flaws that made me reflect on my own history and how I have come to be.
What a great character. The history that made him so is detailed in the book. The test of fantasy is
belief in the world and Franklin makes it totally real.

After a good build up of tension, I was almost giddy in the last chapters as things resolve and Khantara's student,
Jhiaanta, brought the news home.

Top notch writing, a fantasy that's real and emotionally engaging.

There is love and wonder in the world!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MKempher on January 24, 2013
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This is the first in a three part prequel to The Commander, and the Den Asaan Rautu. If you haven't already read that book, you should--absolutely fabulous. Check out my review.

Read this book when by yourself, because once you start--any distractions will annoy you. I started reading Khantara and didn't stop until I'd finished, I didn't want to stop reading. I wanted to know the answer to the big question: What happens next?

The countries Thellis and Haanta have been at war for centuries. Military forces from Thellis attack Mharvholan, the Haanta judiciary island, but are defeated. In retaliation Haanta military forces attack and ultimately occupy the mainland of Thellis.

While out walking, the commander of these forces, literally a gentle giant comes upon a man and a woman fighting. She is begging the man not to leave. The commander watches and soon realizes the woman is often left on her own, often without much food. She is a 'marked one,' though we don't find out exactly why she's marked; she has few rights and is treated unkindly by the people she encounters, while the commander secretly watches.

He is saddened by what he sees. The Commander makes his presence known; he provides her with food, and even takes her to his military headquarters where she is shown kindness and respect. As much as he'd like to take her from the house forever he must remember she is a married woman.

Much of the book is narrative, and that is usually frowned upon but this author is such a talented writer, it works for her. If you want the answer to the big question: What happens next? Read the book, you won't be sorry.
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