She's a legend at 17, but only Henrietta knows the price she paid for her fame ... and it was much too high.
From the Winner of the California Fiction Writer's Book Contest comes this thrilling adventure of a young warrior on one final quest ... against an opponent she swore never to face again.
Henrietta, the legendary Dragon Slayer of Bleuve, can't face the thought of another kill. She's lost family, friends and home on her rocky road to fame. But when the young warrior is summoned by a King to retrieve the Dragon Stone from the last dragon in existence, she can't refuse--her mentor lies dying, and the healing stone is all that can save him. This quest will be her most harrowing of all, for it means facing mysterious assassins, the dreaded choppy sea, and all with a misfit band--a young witch, a jester and a surly knight. And at journey's end, someone must die ... the dragon, or Henrietta.
Perfect for fans of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, Collins' The Hunger Games, McKinley's Hero & the Crown, and Paolini's Eragon. Get your copy of Henrietta the Dragon Slayer today!
"This is a fun book with all the essential elements of a YA quest adventure. We have the feisty heroine on a mission to save her mentor, a trainee witch, a noble knight and a food-obsessed bard/jester. Henrietta's mission gets more complicated as it goes along, and it is paced well." -- Graeme, Goodreads
"Henrietta The Dragon Slayer was a wonderful book. I loved Henrietta as a character and I truly enjoyed getting to know the side characters as well. Following them on their journey to conclude Henrietta's quest brought this feeling of fulfillment and happiness to me as a reader, which I thoroughly enjoyed." -- Kelly, @YAfantasyfan
Henrietta The Dragon Slayer is book #1 in the Five Kingdom series. Book #2, Henrietta and The Dragon Stone will be out Summer 2013. Book #3, Henrietta and the Battle of the Horse Mesa, will arrive in 2016.
About the Author
In my YA Fantasy series, I write about Henrietta The Dragon Slayer, a kick ass heroine who has to journey far to learn about friendship and true leadership. Books 1 and 2 are available. Book 3 is coming soon!
I write magical tales of romance & adventure to transport you into worlds of possibility and magic -- because that's where I love to go.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a really cute coming-of-age novel. Barany has created a wonderful cast of characters, including Henrietta, the haughty, kick-butt heroine, Franc, the heroic, chauvinistic knight, Jaxster, the storytelling jester, and Paulette, the quiet, mischievous witch. Through fate, these four characters are cast together on a quest to save Henrietta's mentor by bringing back the healing stone after killing a dragon. Perhaps my favorite portion of this novel, on the whole, is Barany's portrayal of Henrietta. While confused and running from her own personal dragons (no pun intended), Henrietta is a tough female lead, standing up for what she believes in and, behind her hard exterior, possess a caring heart. She is unlike any other heroine I've read about, and watching her work out her own issues, while dealing with choices of right and wrong, was extremely enjoyable. This often humorous tale brings together the unlikeliest of foes, forcing them to learn to either work together or face failure. Barany has created a captivating tale for all ages, complete with sword fights, witchcraft, and friendship. Three and a half stars.
I'll be completely honest and say I was a bit leary about it at first, as I'm not a fan of books about slaying dragons! I love dragons too much. BUT, never fear, no dragons were harmed in the making of this book! I have to say I really enjoyed reading this story. Henrietta is exactly the type of heroine I love to read about. She can handle her self in a fight but that doesn't mean she necessarily goes looking for trouble either. Henrietta is a girl that can't stand the thought of killing one more dragon - or anything for that matter. She simply wants to live her life. But, when her mentor falls ill she is forced into a quest to get a healing stone to save him. But that requires one more kill. Can she do it!? Well, you'll have to read the story to find out! It was a great read - I read it in one sitting. The dialogue and really the whole tone of the book made for excitment from the first line. Beth Barany did a fabulous job grabbing me right from the beginning with this story. I highly recommend this story to anyone who is a fan of fantasy and kick-butt heroines. It's really a great book to have in your collection.
HENRIETTA, THE DRAGON SLAYER by Beth Barany is a YA paranormal/fantasy.It is written with depth and details. The first in the "Five Kingdoms" series.The characters are interesting,compelling and will capture your heart. Henrietta is a young,fiery,female dragon slayer,who we never see slay a dragon,only hear of her exploits through others,but she does not want to slay dragons any longer.Franc,a knight who is very pushy,is sent by the king of Plumaria to enlist Henrietta's help to slay the dragon,Mimoto.When Henrietta,is approached for the task she first refuses until she learns that her mentor,Master Chen,is sick and dying and only one of the Dragonitas from Mimoto can save him,she then agrees.Henrietta,the dragon slayer,Franc,the knight,Jaxter,the jester,and Paulette, the apprentice witch set out on an adventure that includes hardships,friendship,and slaying a dragon along their way to Plumaria.This is a good,fun read for young adults and older adults also who enjoy magic,fantasy,mysticism,dragons,and little to no violence. This is a fun summer read.This book was received for the purpose of review from the author and details can be found at Firewolf Books and My Book Addiction and More.
Killing dragons for a living grows old after a while especially if you are only 17 summers old, Henrietta is old before her time, she has done her share of killing, smithing, and various other pursuits and is not sure what to do next . But that is when fate steps in and takes control. It is through Henrietta that we travel through this adventure, her character is sure and confident on the outside but a mass of whirling doubt on the inside, something which most of us can identify with and certainly the doubt about our place in the world, though her strength of character always shines through it is good to see young heroines experiencing what we all go through, and so we identify so easily with Henrietta. Franc, Jaxter and Paulette are all seen through Henrietta's eyes, and so we grow to like them as she does, though I have to admit Jaxter as the minstrel is likeable from the first. The story line starts a little slow but picks up, lulls a bit in the middle but then concludes with a grand finale before a light encore that is enough so this book could be read alone, there is no cliffhanger though you know there is more to be told in the story. Overall an enjoyable read, and one that younger readers will devour with delight.
Henrietta is a fascinating character. At 17, she's served in the army, gained renown as a dragon slayer, and walked away from it all. Now, she's made a habit of isolating herself, and while she's an excellent warrior, she balks at killing. Which makes things difficult when set upon in an ambush. The story opens as Henrietta is accosted twice in succession: once by an arrogant foreign knight who demands she accompany him back to his king, who has need of her dragon-slaying services, and immediately after, by a witch who informs her that her old master whom she has been long estranged from is dying. To heal him, she needs the special healing stone one can only win by slaying a dragon. On this last quest she does not want, Henrietta ends up with a tagalong group of companions she would much rather do without: a girl who needs to be escorted home in return for the witch's favor, a jester who wants to go an adventure with the hero whose songs he sings (poor Henrietta!), and that unshakeable, obnoxious knight who wants to make sure she slays her dragon. This story will quickly suck you in, even though the action is slow to build. There's plenty of tension--Henrietta is one big ball of tension--and as the story progresses, you begin to understand her more and more. Here's a girl-hero who has been a hero and wants no more of it; she's tired, she's alone, and she's lost her purpose, drifting from town to town and singing her own adventures to earn her keep. And she doesn't want any of it back--but this time she doesn't have a choice, not if she wants to be able to live with herself. The writing is strong, though the proofreading could have been a little stronger. I did catch a handful or two of typos--not enough to detract from the story, but enough to be noticeable. While there are only a few points of serious action prior to the major climax, the book moves along well, and what isn't sword fighting and sorcery is very strong character development. I did think that we heard about Henrietta's stomach a bit too much, which was more an issue of being made a little too aware of how much she continued to stress and worry over her options and choices. And I thought Henrietta was also a little too slow to grasp what she needed to do in the lead-up to the climax of the book. But, there are plenty of characters who just don't want to see what's before them, so I can understand that. Overall, this was a well-paced and enjoyable read, with strong character development and a varied cast. Recommended for fans of epic fantasy, sword and sorcery, fire witches, obnoxious knights, and lost kings.
This is a tale with a strong heroine by the name Henrietta. It is also a tale of the magic of dragons and witches. Henrietta, along with her traveling companions, Franc the knight, Jaxter the court jester, and Paulette the apprentice witch, Take on an arduous journey to Plumaria. Franc is on a mission from the king to find Henrietta the Dragon Slayer and bring her back to Plumaria. The foursome encounters many hardships along the way, least of which is Henrietta's fear of water. She must steel herself for a long sea voyage from the mainland to Plumaria to find the reason for her summons to the island, and what the king wishes of her since Franc is not forthcoming with much information. Henrietta is on a mission of her own, to restore the health of her ailing mentor Master Chen, although she left after a heated exchange with him to join the King's Army. Master Chen is much like a farther to her as well as her mentor in the fighting arts with the use of swords. Will she be in time to same Master Chen if she travels to Plumaria to do the King's bidding? Beth, best known for strong heroines in her stories, this story is no exception. It is a tale of righteousness and overcoming adversity including magic. Who or what are the guardians she encounters along the way, and why do they hide in shadows as they speak to her. She is reluctant to listen to them as she in not ready to be a believer yet. If you enjoy stories of mysticism, magic, and dragons this is a story for you. If you enjoy a good tale this story is for you, and if you enjoy a good read Henrietta the Dragon Slayer is the book for you.