Review: Henrietta the Dragon Slayer

Henrietta The Dragon SlayerHenrietta The Dragon Slayer by Beth Barany

Summary: 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 misfit companions, seasickness, and an ego maniacal king derail the quest for the healing stone? And will she be able to cut past her conscience and kill the dragon?

My Thoughts: Henrietta the Dragon Slayer by Beth Barany is a fun, engaging YA fantasy tale. There were a few times I found myself really getting into the story and unwilling to put the book down. Henrietta’s quest is mysterious and compelling. Even Henrietta finds it mysterious. And her companions – unusual, to say the least. Talk about a rag-tag band of travelers.

Henrietta is an interesting, and quite strong, female lead. Hopefully teen girls will find her an empowering figure. I, personally, was kind of annoyed by her at points, especially earlier in the novel. She seemed to have a huge chip on her shoulder and one nasty attitude. But, I don’t doubt that she had her reasons. There is enough told about her past to compel the reader to cut her some slack. However, I don’t think enough is shared about her past. There is mention about a couple of things in a few places, but we never get a full account for what exactly transpired. I believe Beth Barany is working on a sequel, so hopefully we’ll find out more about Henrietta’s past in that book.

Paulette is interesting, to say the least. And I’m not sure how I feel about her possible pairing with Jaxter. Speaking of Jaxter, his role toward the end of the book was zero surprise to me. I caught on to that very early on in the book, thanks to the short quotes at the beginnings of the chapters. I don’t think, however, that it’s super obvious. There are small hints here and there, and I think they’re pretty easy for a practiced reader – or one who’s just absorbing everything – to pick up. Someone who isn’t as attentive (maybe reading too fast to get to the end?) might miss the hints.

Finally, Franc. He grew on me. A lot. By the end of the book, he’s one of my favorites. And I would LOVE to see him and Henrietta paired up. :-)

I enjoyed Henrietta the Dragon Slayer very much, and am glad to have been part of this tour. I will be looking forward to the next book in the series, eager to see what more is in store for Henrietta and her friends!

4 Stars
Received through The {Teen} Book Scene for review. (Click the button below for more tour stops.)

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  1. Beth Barany
    Twitter: bethbarany

    Thanks for the frank and lovely review, Heather!


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