A danger greater than you can know is stirring at the edges...
The final book in the Henrietta The Dragon Slayer trilogy reunites the four friends to face their biggest challenge yet.
Sworn to protect all kingdoms, Henrietta the legendary Dragon Slayer of Bleuve, must lead her people into the biggest battle of her life against a sorcerer bent on destroying her and overtaking all five kingdoms, but first she must rescue her more-than-friend, Franc, from the men who stole him right under her nose.
Paulette, the fire witch, desires only to master her fire, so that she can come to the aid of her friends at battle. Yet, she must first stand trial for a murder she had to commit out of desperation. Unable to stand the confinement, and the stinging betrayal of her friend, Jaxter, now the king, she escapes prison and flees to the frigid, forbidden land of Varangia to find the Volcano Witch. There she must let go of everything if she wants to master her power.
Jaxter is no longer a jester and must come to terms with his new responsibilities as king of the Oro Islands, his old home. In order to run a complicated kingdom that is recovering from being under an evil king for over 75 years, Jaxter must abandon his carefree life. And he must make things right, including putting his dear friend, Paulette, on trial for the murder she committed back in Bleuve.
Will Henrietta with the help of her friends be able to stop the ruthless sorcerer from obliterating her, claiming the Dragon Stone, and ruling over the Five Kingdoms?
About the Author
In her off hours, Beth enjoys walking her neighborhood, gardening on her patio, and watching movies and traveling with her husband, author Ezra Barany. They live in Oakland, California with their cat named Leo, a piano, and over 1,000 books.
When not writing or playing, Beth runs her own company helping novelists as a book midwife, coach, and teacher to help them write, market, and publish their books.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
by Beth Barany [I am voluntarily reviewing this book after the author gifted me a copy] " Shhh. Still the worries of the mind and the regrets of the heart. You cannot let them rule you. You must learn to relax and trust... Trust the earth. Trust love and life itself." In earlier parts of this story, Jaxter, Henrietta and Franc have struggled as they have grown into their own destinies. Now, it's Paulette's turn, and a great deal of the first part of the book's focus is her own journey to redeem herself and her fire magics. In great detail were watch the trial and error education and patience building that goes into being able to control and understand the gifts she, and her friends were born into as the next generation leaders of a peaceful world. As she learns focus and patience, Henrietta learns to trust that she was never alone despite what this evil has forced her to do. She and Franc are a couple as Jaxter and Paulette seem to be becoming. By trusting herself, her fears are relieved as she opens to a universe that knows how powerful she is. But does she believe it enough to defeat the powerful evil that, should it win, will destroy everything she has worked for? This is the third, and cumulative book in the Henrietta saga that Ms. Barany- the author-took twelve years to write to its conclusion.Barany has woven a little bit Jean Audi, a little bit Tolkien with an addition of Rick Riordan and J K Rowling, into a fitting conclusion that was read as a stand alone by this reviewer. And, bottom line, I can see why Henrietta has the following she does. A young woman forced by circumstance to do things and make decisions far beyond her ken, she has strength, compassion and bravery. Add friendship, openness and trust to the mix and you find a heroine who never really, by her own admission, really wanted the role as leader. She and her three friends together are a force to be reckoned with. Ethically and morally good, they start out separate but must be reunited to end the oppression caused by the pure evil out to rule the Five Kingdoms as they grown into their own power and understanding. A rollicking good read for anyone into deep fantasy. 5 stars