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Based in Oakland, California, Beth Barany writes magical tales of romance and adventure to transport readers to new worlds where anything is possible.
She's the award-winning author HENRIETTA THE DRAGON SLAYER, a young adult fantasy novel (Book 1 of the Five Kingdom series.)
When not writing, Beth helps authors create successful careers, via her coaching, consulting, speaking, and courses.
In her nonworking hours, Beth enjoys capoeira, traveling, and watching movies with her husband, bestselling author Ezra Barany, and playing with their two cats, Kitty and Leo.
More about Beth at http://author.bethbarany.com.
on Oct. 23, 2017 :
A thrilling read!
She's a legend at 17, but only Henrietta knows the price she paid for her fame ... and it was much too high...
A young warrior on one final quest ... against an opponent she swore never to face again...
And at journey's end, someone must die ... the dragon, or Henrietta...
A thrilling adventure that focuses on Henrietta and her new friends involving a quest - to kill the dragon or die trying.
I really enjoyed this book. Such a good imaginary world that I was able to place myself in it right from the start - loved reading about Henrietta's quest, her struggles and her fears.
Full of dragons, a dragon slayer, quests, magics, friendship, action and adventure.
Perfect for readers of fantasy romance.
(reviewed 8 months after purchase)
on July 01, 2017 :
This is the real adventure now. Finally, Henrietta was convinced to go hunting dragons again but it was not easy. She was forced to go because she had her own motivations apart from what was really required of her. She had to face sad and urgent realities first before she made her decision.
This was a good adventure. Her companions who at first seemed to be of no use to her proved to be very capable. Henrietta in turn, finds her self-confidence again and her strength.
This was OK. It was not as impressive as I expected it to be as this won an award. I think I have read far better stories but this was entertaining in the least. I was just not so taken by the story. It is entirely my fault. I think the author has done her job but I guess, there are just stories that have different degrees of effect to each reader. This one just did not have the same effect it had with me as the others who loved this. I guess I was just not impressed or probably, I had very high expectations of this book and they were just not met.
I give the book 3/5 cute dragons, not as fierce as I wanted them to be. I can't exactly point why this book did not really pull me in. Maybe I will be able to appreciate the next two books in the series. I have the third book already waiting for me. Sadly, I don't have a copy of book two.
They can sweep you up and pull you along like a pebble in the tide.
- Beth Barany, Henrietta the Dragon Slayer -
Thank you again, Beth Barany, for the copy.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
on Nov. 23, 2013 :
Although I am not a big fantasy fan I did enjoy reading this book. I loved that Barany wrote Henrietta as a strong, independent, and no taking crap from anybody type of person. Anytime I read reviews or synopsis of a strong lead heroine it automatically has won me over. This story is about adventure and friendship.
Henrietta is on a quest to save her mentor that has fallen ill. Even though she never thought that she would go back she felt compelled to go and save him. Although she prefers to travel alone she has three other companions that are with her.
There is Framc the Knight. He is one of the first characters that is introduced at the beginning of the book. He was sent to get Henrietta for his king's wishes and he isn't taking no for an answer. At first I didn't like this character because he was very sarcastic and talked a lot of smack to Henrietta about "women can't do what men can do" kind of things. As the story went on I did enjoy reading about him.
Jaxter the jester is probably my favorite character since we got introduced to him. I think if he were real we would be best friends.I know there would never be a boring moment! He keeps the group together. Basically he is the glue for them. He has a gift of story telling and he loves food! I love a guy that can cook :)
And finally we have Paulette who is a witch in training. She kind of reminded me of the person that you would want to be around if you were having a bad day. It just cools you down
This was a good and quick read.I read it in one sitting! Although I did feel that it was slow especially at the beginning while they were on their adventure. There were times it was getting boring but I have a rule that once I start a book I finish it so I kept on reading and I'm glad that I did.
*I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review*
Rating 3.5 stars
Would I recommend it? Yes
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
on Jan. 21, 2013 :
This was a very interesting read. I am all about kick butt heroines and this one had two strong leads. This is pure fantasy! I hear tale that another one is being published and I am ready for it. Very suitable for YA and I love the lost king tale. I think I liked it a little better than Hunger Games.
(I received a free e-copy for an honest review)
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
on Oct. 24, 2011 :
This is a great book and a wonderful addition to the ya fantasy market. Henrietta is a tough cookie and a delightful character, but what is really great about this book is the way she develops as a person through the story. A nice cast of supporting characters too, all growing as the story progresses. The interactions between them are very well done. Definitely one to read if you like this genre. The story is refreshingly different to a lot of others around too.
(reviewed 37 days after purchase)