The Iron Maiden by Resa Nelson
Well I have to say Mrs Nelson has done it again! I thoroughly enjoyed this installment in Astrid's story. This one picks up a short time after the end of the last book. Astrid has spent time working as a dragon slayer and is now headed home to enjoy some time blacksmithing over the winter months.
Unfortunately for Astrid life often does not go as we plan and she ends up off on another adventure. In this novel Resa again uses her fantasy world to teach us a little something about life. Astrid is forced to learn about herself and grow even more than the last time. Reminding us that in life we must choose every day to be the best person we can be and to be true to ourselves. Astrid is a caring character, even though she has been wronged more than once and now suffers from the lack of one arm (if you don't eat lizard meat you think so anyways) she is still driven to do whats right.
This is a totally enjoyable fantasy series. It has just enough swords and dragons with a touch of true humanity!