Henrietta The Dragon Slayer by Beth Barany

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Henrietta The Dragon Slayer by Beth Barany
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Series: The Five Kingdoms #1
Published by Firewolf Books on January 5, 2014 on Kindle (Originally January, 2011)
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Pages: 238

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

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Henrietta, the legendary Dragon Slayer of the Kingdom of Bleuve, can't stomach the thought of one more kill. Yet, in order to save her dying mentor, she must go on one last quest. But will misfit companions, seasickness, and an ego maniacal king derail the quest for the healing stone? And will she be able to cut past her conscience and kill the dragon?


EXCERPT -- Chapter 1

Battle-hardened and brave

Ready for the fight
Henrietta the Dragon Slayer
Swings with all her might
--From the chorus of theĀ Song of the Dragon Slayer

Henrietta strode away from the tavern, fists clenched so hard they hurt. At two paces from the forest edge, the ground crunched in the black night behind her. Even with her ale-fogged brain, she sensed the presence of a man, smelled on him soot, leather and metal, and knew he was armed, but wore no armor.

She didn't have time for this.

"What do you want?" Henrietta whirled to face the thrill seeker, her long sword drawn, her long red hair whipping across her chilled cheeks. Above her head, the bitter wind keened through the forest trees.

The man hovered five feet-lengths away from her, out of sword reach, his face shadowed by the light of the tavern behind him. "I heard your story back there." His voice, thick with a foreign accent she couldn't place, held no compliment. "I hear you're looking for a new quest."

My Review

This was the perfect choice for a family read-aloud!

I read this book out loud to my husband, a teen boy, and a tween girl. The guys were a bit indifferent to it, so I’m not counting their votes or ratings, mainly because this book was an excellent example of girl power!

My daughter and I truly enjoyed this fantasy tale about Henrietta The Dragon Slayer, a brave, strong young woman who fought among and against the bravest and best knights. I felt like I was skipping along on Henri’s journey, felt the magic permeate the air in our family room, and I wanted to touch my side every time Henri touched the hilt of her sword.

I look forward to going on the next journey with Henrietta, as she learns more about The Dragon Stone. I’m so curious!

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Beth Barany, for this fantastical reading opportunity!


About Beth Barany

Based in Oakland, California, I write kick ass heroine fantasy stories and tales of adventurous and bold romance heroines. Because that’s what I like to read!

I am an award-winning author of HENRIETTA THE DRAGON SLAYER, the first book in my young adult fantasy series, The Five Kingdoms.

I also write sweet, paranormal romance novellas for my growing Magical Tales of Romance & Adventure series to transport you into worlds of possibility and magic. Because that’s where I love to go!

When I’m not writing fiction, I work with novelists to help them create compelling stories, publish them, and be bold and true in their marketing. I love to teach what I’ve learned as a writer and pass my knowledge, expertise, wisdom, and lived experience with other novelists. Together we are strong!

When I’m not writing or helping writers, I love to do capoeira — a Brazilian martial art –, travel near and far (yes, Paris!), and watch action and funny movies with my awesome husband, bestselling author Ezra Barany. We live in Oakland with our two vocal cats, Kitty and Leo, amidst creative chaos and lots of books, art, and collages.

2 thoughts on “Henrietta The Dragon Slayer by Beth Barany

    1. It was our pleasure! We’re looking forward to the second book! I can’t wait to see how you’ve written the Dragon Stone into Henri’s next story! It’s just my style…a continuing story with NO cliffhangers! <3

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