#review Henrietta and TheDragon Stone; The Five Kingdoms #2

DSC01632 Author : Beth Barany

Publisher​ : Firewolf Books
Publication date : January 2014

Book length : 304 pages

Language : English

Genre : Fiction/ YA/ Fantasy

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Synopsis :

Henrietta the legendary ass kicking dragon slayer wants to return to her village with a heroes’ welcome. But an unknown sorcerer is after her and her Dragon Stone, and everyone she cares about. Can she claim her newfound powers sparked by the Dragon Stone and keep her loved ones safe, especially her more-than-friend, and her stalwart bodyguard, before the sorcerer destroys her and everything in his path?

Rating :  4½/5

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Review :

The next book in the Five Kingdoms trilogy, Henrietta and  The Dragon Stone is based on the aftermath of Henrietta’s adventure when she brought to the knowledge of the people of Oro Islands the sorcery of their false king, King Singfan’s  and Jexter turned out to be their true king. She is appointed as the ambassador of King Renaldo for the Oro Islands. And her first task is to go to King Mattias’ Solscite Opening (King Mattias is the king of Bleuve, Henrietta’s home and they at the moment were not in good terms) to deliver to the king an important, delicate message. No matter how much she is unwilling to face King Mattias, her faithfulness to Jexter and the call of duty forces her to set out for her task, as also the fact that she has to return to her master in time to cure him.

Now she has her old companion, Franc to come along with her in the journey. No sooner does she reach her master’s village that she finds that the village is on fire and people being killed by the Varangians. She couldn’t save her master. She kept running from one hiding to other along with Franc, Nanette (her mother) and Antoine (her master’s apprentice) to protect themselves. But attacks increase and her mother falls cold as well.

In the book, one can see the constant fear Henrietta has to go through for the life of her loved ones. However, Henrietta is not a woman to back down and give up. She fights her way and takes her message to King Mattias. But he seems not to give much importance to that and is rather obsessed with Henrietta presenting him a fight-till-you-drop-dead fight. She senses sorcery and as she slowly gets close to uncovering the dark secrets, both Franc and she are imprisoned, separately. What happens next gives such a thrill that just a review can not convey.

To know more, pick up the series and enjoy the thrilling journey.

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#review Henrietta The Dragon Slayer ; The Five Kingdoms #1

 

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Author : Beth Barany

Publisher : Firewolf Books

Publication date: June 2011

Book length : 226 pages

Language : English

Genre : Fiction/ YA/ Fantasy

Synopsis :

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 the quest for the healing stone be derailed by misfit companions, seasickness, and an egomaniacal king? And will she be able to cut past her conscience and kill the dragon?

Rating : 4/5

 

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Review :

When we come across story books based on bravery, it is always a gallant, invincible, handsome man who is the leading character and the representative of strength and bravery. To come across ass kicking dragon slayer is very rare that also a woman!

The story begins with Henrietta, the legendary Dragon Slayer being almost forced by Sir Franc, knight to the Royal and Mighty King Singfan de Plumare de’Oro, the First, to come out of her life of retirement into dragon slaying once again. She gets mocked by him, is accused of false storytelling yet doesn’t agree to accompany him. However, she is that very night informed of her master’s illness. The solution leading to the same tasked the knight wishes her to assign to. She takes a little witch, Paulette along with her, whom she is supposed to drop to her own village on the way,  and starts for the journey but is joined unwilling to her choice by the knight, Franc and the jester (an old friend of Franc and admirer of Henrietta), Jexter; all towards the way hunt for Dracontias – Franc’s has demanded for it and Henrietta is in need of it to save her dying mentor.

As they travel far and across lands, they face danger, betrayal, killing and misery. But the new found bond between the four is unbreakable. The betrayal makes Henrietta doubts King Singfan’s aims in getting hold of the Dracontias yet she does not back up. She hears the Guardians of the Dracontias to recognise herself, to save all. Though she enters the palace and confirms the deal with the King she senses immense danger and before killing the Dragon she backs off.

What happens next is not my tale to tell but the reader’s curiosity to discover.

This book kept me glued till the end and keep my heart beating fast. I totally am in love with the pairing of Franc and Henrietta cause why should I? It’s so exciting! Thanks to the author for introducing me to such a luscious, exciting, adventurous read. Can’t wait to dig into the next book.

For those who love kick ass female lead characters with great adventure and fights as also some romance to brighten up the mood, I totally recommend it.