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Dragon Time and Other Stories by [Nestvold, Ruth]
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"'Dragon Time' is a beautifully told tale. It's easy to feel empathy for Katja; she has just enough flaws that we can love her, and not so many that we lose respect for her. The play of plot and emotion was especially lovely; the ending satisfies completely, and the love in the story positively shines. While the story has ancient treaties, magician-clockmakers, and, of course, dragons--everything needed for a good fantasy story--it's the love that stands out the most. It's a story I'll go back to time and time again--pun intended."

- Keesa Renee DuPre at Tangent Online

About the Author

Ruth Nestvold's short stories have appeared in numerous markets, including Asimov's, F&SF, Baen's Universe, Strange Horizons, Realms of Fantasy, and Gardner Dozois's Year's Best Science Fiction. Her fiction has been nominated for the Nebula, Tiptree, and Sturgeon Awards. In 2007, the Italian translation of her novella "Looking Through Lace" won the "Premio Italia" award for best international work. Her novel Yseult (Flamme und Harfe) appeared in translation with the German imprint of Random House in 2009 and has since been translated into Dutch and Italian. She maintains a web site at ruthnestvold.com.

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  • File Size: 319 KB
  • Print Length: 102 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Red Dragon Books (January 6, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 6, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006UMIU8G
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Those things which are precious are saved only by sacrifice. - David Kenyon Webster (US Army Officer and Writer)

from the creative mind of Nebula Awards nominee Ruth Nestvold comes a collection of four notable stories of fantasy and magic:
* Dragon Time - stricken with grief over the death of his Queen, the dragon King has accidentally stopped time. Katja must attempt to fix time even if it is forbidden for a woman to do so.
* Wooing Ai Kyarem - summoned by her lord Kubai Kuyuk, Ai Kyarem must go to the city of Pakum and prove to him that not even his loyal adviser Nika of the Harding can best her in a wrestling match in order to win her hand in marriage
* To Act the Witch - pleading for her husband's recovery, the Queen's Alchemist Janna Childe seeks the help of actress and witch Brilliana Crowley. Brilliana must stop whoever is responsible for attempting to put an end to the Age of Magic.
* Princes and Priscilla - to save the kingdom from falling into the hands of King Rupert's cousin Denny, fairy godmother Fanny stages a trial for the hand of her godchild Princess Priscilla.
after reading a couple of pages of the first story, i felt that i had to slow down because i knew that i discovered another master wordsmith. more than three hours later, i was not proven wrong in savoring this well-written collection.
i love the old-world feel of the settings of the stories and how mundane everything appeared to be despite the fantasy and magical elements in each tale.
what connects all four are the presence of strong female characters who face their respective predicaments and triumph over them. moreover, each one had to sacrifice someone or something for the greater good without losing her dignity and integrity in the process.
i thoroughly enjoyed escaping into Ms. Nestvold's world and i highly recommend this anthology to fans of fantasy and magic who wish to make that journey as well.
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Dragon Time and other stories is a great read. It is four short stories, all with women as the main characters.

Dragon Time was really enjoyable. Katja is a woman in a mans world who is called upon to fix time when the Dragon King, in a fit or rage over the death of his Queen, breaks the clock that controls time. The King's son, the Prince enlists Katja to fix time even though it is forbidden for a woman to do so. You will have to read the book to find out more.

Wooing Ai Kyarem is a story about a woman who is the leader of a tribe, and is also an undefeated warrior who will not have any man who can not best her in wrestling. She is summoned by her lord Kubai Kuyuk, and goes to Pakum because he wants her to marry into his clan so he can acquire her tribe's horses. The story does not go his way, and the rest will require you to read the book to know what happens.

To Act the Witch is a story about a performer, Brilliana Crowley who is also the descendant of a Witch, and finds out that she is a witch in a land that is trying to put an end to the age of magic. Brilliana undertakes a challenge to remove a spell placed on the husband of the Queen's Alchemist. Secrets will be uncovered and again, you will have to read the book to find out more.

Princes and Priscilla is about a spoiled princess, her father, her fairy godmother, Fanny, a slew of princes and an attempt to wed Priscilla so that the King's cousin Denny will not be the next King to sit upon the throne. Read along and find out how Fanny and the King attempt to wed Priscilla, and how she resists their every attempt. This story will amaze you, and the ending is supurb.
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Four lovely short stories with strong female leads. Each is quite different from the others, but all contain strong world-building and character development. While they are stand-alone stories, they do make me interested in the author's other works to see if there are longer stories set in these worlds she has created.
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I enjoyed this book a lot. The stories are smart, romantic and funny, and take you to unexpected places. I hope the author writes a full novel with the characters and places in Dragon Time.
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Wonderful writing; I thoroughly enjoyed each story and character. I can't wait to get her other books! As for "simple endings" - nah. Just use your imagination- the entire reason for reading in general.
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This book contains four short stories: "Dragon Time", "Wooing Ai Kyarem", "To Act the Witch", and "Princes and Priscilla". Overall, I thought that it was a pretty strong collection. I was a bit surprised by the fact that all the stories had a strong element of romance to them, but that's probably because I went into the author's novel, "Yseult" expecting a lot more romance than there was, and that skewed my expectations.

I was pretty impressed with the range of settings described in Dragon Time and Other Stories. The titular story is set in a place like medieval Germany, "Wooing Ai Kyarem" is set in what seemed like Mongolia and Genghis-Khan inspired, and "To Act the Witch" is set in 17th century England. Nestvold was able to capture very different feels in all the stories, and I really enjoyed that.

I thought that "To Act the Witch" was the weakest of the stories; the events of the story were too big to be adequately conveyed in such a short story. It felt a bit rushed and not entirely believable. I still enjoyed it, though. "Dragon Time" was a fun story, although it was a bit too romantic for me. "Wooing Ai Kyarem" was one of my favourites; I liked Ai Kyarem and her determination a lot. "Princes and Priscilla" was my other favourite, I also loved Priscilla's way of taking matters into her own hands, and the humour of the story.
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