Claudette's father, Augustine, was a warrior before he lost his legs and an arm. He also lost his sword, Breaker, when it was swallowed by the dragon known as Azra the Atrocious. Claudette dreams of being a warrior as mighty as her father was in his prime and wants to travel to the Grim Grotto, defeat the dragon, and retrieve her father's sword. Her younger brother, Gaston is actually a great cook, perhaps a future chef. Sadly, he has sworn off cooking until he masters the art of swordmaking (and that doesn't look as if it will happen any time soon). Augustine makes swords now and he has even made Claudette a small wooden practice sword which she carries with her everywhere. But she will need more than a wooden sword to defeat the evil army of the wizard Grombach that is heading for their town.
Will Augustine get his sword back? Who will fight Grombach? Could Augustine or Claudette or one of the princes who are visiting Claudette's friend Marie save the day? With plenty of spunk, but not much stealth, Claudette charges through life, attacking all obstacles. Gaston puts his culinary talents to an unexpected use and Marie at last has the chance to practice her skills of diplomacy as they all work to save Mont Petit Pierre.
There is plenty of action, humor, and surprises to keep readers turning the page. A fantasy adventure suitable for all ages.
I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.