Henrietta the Dragon Slayer - Beth Barany
Henrietta has done much in her short 17 years. She has been in the army and earned her reputation as a dragon slayer. Now she is done with the killing and just wants to live a quiet life on her own. That is, until fate steps in and sends Henrietta on a quest. She learns that her old mentor, Master Chen, is dying and the only way to save him is to kill the dragon Mimoto and retrieve the Dracontias, a magical stone with the power to heal him. 
 
Henrietta is the kind of badass heroine I love to read about. She's stubborn, irritable, and sarcastic but deep down she has a good heart. Despite her complaints, she gains a few travelling companions along the way. Jaxter the Jester was the comic relief. I think other than Henrietta he is my favorite. She is also joined by a witch in training, Paulette and Franc the Knight. For me, these characters made the story!
 
This was such an engaging and fantastic read! The whole story was so well paced and full of action and twists. There wasn't a single dull moment.  Can't wait to get started on the next book, Henrietta and The Dragon Stone. Consider me a new fan of Beth Barany!
 
-BW