Sunday, March 20, 2011

Henrietta, the Dragon Slayer

By Beth Barany

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.

This reviewer enjoyed reading the book and look forward to reading more of Beth’s writing.

This book receives a four and a half out of five stars along with a must read recommendation from this reviewer.

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