This week I was really happy. What got me smiling was hearing back from an author that I review a while back asked me to review another of her books. So this week I read a book from the author Beth Barany. A while back I read her Touchstone Series but this week I got to finish her book called Henrietta the Dragon Slayer. For those that love dragons like me and fantasy as well this is a treat.
The story is about a woman named Henrietta who is famous for being a dragon slayer. After years of slayer dragons she decides to quit and live a life of travel and be a troubadour. She goes around singing stories of her adventures and one night decides to stop at a tavern. After Henrietta’s performance, she approached by knight named Franc who was sent by his king to fetch Henrietta to help slay a dragon. Henrietta who is retired from dragon slayer refuses and tells the knight to leave her alone. Franc on the other hand is a code of honor and is not willing to leave without her. This leads to a short fight but was interrupted by their mutual friend Jaxter the Jester from the Tavern. Jaxter graciously offers Henrietta a stay a room at the tavern’s inn.
Henrietta who is sleep goes to the inn to find a room but gets approached by an elderly mysterious woman who tells her that she must go to slay a dragon to get a stone called Dracontias to help save her master Chen who is dying. Henrietta is at first skeptic but the next day when she sees the old woman she learns that this isn’t a joke and she must see her friend and get the stone. But in order to get there she must get help from the old woman. The old woman makes a deal that in return for help she must escort her apprentice Paulette back to her village safely. Reluctantly, Henrietta agrees.
Paulette and Henrietta is off on the journey to Paulette’s village but ends bumping into both Franc the knight and Jaxter the Jester who insist on coming along the journey as well. So the four companions must go on the journey and must learn to work together. The four of them also learn more secrets of the dragon, each other, and to face one’s fears.
The story has a lot of mystery and fantasy. I actually love these type of stories where a character goes on a quest and I especially love knights, dragons and magic. The story also carries the message of friendship, learning to face your past and fears. The story has action and sword fighting as well. I totally enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read the next book that is in the series. If you are interested in reading the book the link to Amazon is below and if you wish to learn more about the author her website link below too. Until the next review keep on reading.
Beth Barany’s Site