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Dragon Time and Other Stories [Kindle Edition]

Ruth Nestvold
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A collection of four previously published fantasy tales by Ruth Nestvold: "Dragon Time," "Wooing Ai Kyarem," "To Act the Witch," and "Princes and Priscilla."

Dragon Time: In Unterdrachenberg, time has stopped. After the death of his queen, the dragon king is mad with grief. Only a human woman can enter the dragon's lair to fix time -- a magic that is forbidden to women. Katja is the grand-daughter of a clockmaker, and she has watched her grandfather work with time for many years. But can she fix it on her own? More importantly, is she brave enough to try?

Wooing Ai Kyarem: Ai Kyarem calls no man lord. But what if the powerful Kubai forces her to choose?

To Act the Witch: Brilliana is a famous actress for the Duke's Theatre, yes -- but she is also a Witch. And it is up to her to save the Age of Magic.

Princes and Priscilla: As princess and heir to the kingdom, Priscilla really should marry a prince and ensure the succession. Unfortunately, Priscilla has other ideas.

Praise for "Dragon Time":

"'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:

A former assistant professor of English in the picturesque town of Freiburg on the edge of the Black Forest, Ruth Nestvold has given up theory for imagination. She has since replaced her university career with a small software localization business, and the Black Forest with the parrots of Bad Cannstatt, where she lives with her fantasy, her family, her books and no cats in a house with a turret. Her fiction has appeared in numerous markets, including Asimov's, F&SF, Baen's Universe, Strange Horizons, Scifiction, and Gardner Dozois's Year's Best Science Fiction. Her work 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: A Tale of Love in the Age of King Arthur appeared in translation as Flamme und Harfe with the German imprint of Random House, Penhaligon, in 2009, and has since been translated into Dutch and Italian. It is also available as an ebook. She maintains a web site at

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 319 KB
  • Print Length: 102 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Red Dragon Books (6 Jan. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006UMIU8G
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Since about the age six, Ruth Nestvold wanted to be a writer (besides wanting to be a singer and an actress and President of the United States), but for too many years she put practical pursuits first and writing fiction second. After completing a Ph.D. in literature and working as lecturer and assistant professor at the University of Stuttgart and the University of Freiburg, she took time off from academic pursuits to attend the Clarion West Writers Workshop, a six week "boot camp" for writers of science fiction and fantasy. She learned more there than she could have dreamed possible, changed her priorities, and gave up theory for imagination. Two years later, she sold her first short story to the acclaimed science fiction magazine, Asimov's. Since then, she has sold over forty pieces of short fiction to a variety of markets, including Baen's Universe, Strange Horizons, Scifiction, F&SF, Realms of Fantasy, and several year's best anthologies. She has been nominated for the Nebula, the Sturgeon, and the Tiptree awards. In 2007, the Italian translation of her novella "Looking Through Lace" won the "Premio Italia" for best international work. Her novel Yseult appeared in German translation as Flamme und Harfe with Random House Germany and has since been translated into Dutch and Italian. It is now available as an ebook in the original English. It was followed in June 2012 by the second book in the Pendragon Chronicles, "Shadow of Stone" ( She taught creative writing for a semester at the University of Stuttgart, participates regularly in online writing workshops, and founded the Villa Diodati workshop for English-speaking writers of speculative fiction in Europe. She maintains a web site at

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5.0 out of 5 stars Dragon Time and Other Stories 14 Aug. 2013
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This is a collection of four stories although the first one is my favourite. As always with short stories, there is a lot of information given and things happen very quickly but still this is a good collection! If you like dragons and fantasy/paranormal reads then I recommend this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantasy & magic times four 14 Mar. 2012
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, makes you want more 6 Jun. 2012
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars 4 short stories to wile away the hours 20 Jan. 2013
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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.

Ruth Nestvold has put together these four short stories with a flair that will entice you to read the entire book at one sitting, it is supurb. The characters are all very well defined, the stories are believeable, and you can relate to them. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone who absolutely loves fantasy. I look forward to more from this author and encourage you to get this book, read it, and like it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Review of Dragon Time and Other Stories 4 Mar. 2014
By Jesper Rugård Jensen - Published on
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Dragon Time and Other stories is a collection of four stories by Ruth Nestvold. I have heard the author do a reading of a story in Copenhagen 2007, and when I saw the possibility of winning a collection of her stories I immediately jumped at the chance, as I really enjoyed her tales..

The stories in Dragon Time are all different and all very well written. Nestvold is able to characterize a person in a few, well drawn strokes, and all the protagonists come to life in the stories as interesting people. If I have a criticism of the collection, it is that the themes and the structure of the stories in the collection is a bit samey. They all seem to be about a young woman, independent of mind and in spirit, not willing to marry per society’s dictates but suddenly meeting that someone special, who, it turns out, really understands them. A prince, a dragon king, an envoy from far away countries. The romance part of the stories work very well, and so do the character and world building, and the plots are really engulfing. But, I would have liked to see some more variation in the stories and themes, something about an old woman or a child, some other conflict than marraige/love or not...

Dragon Time is about a young woman growing up in a world where humans share the world with dragons. Apparently, here Sigurt never killed Fafner. And a place where dragons control time, but only humans are clockmakers. A strange world, but one you can believe in. The heroine is the granddaughter of the greatest living clockmaker, and even though it is not considered a job for women, she has learned to repair clocks as well as the best of them. So when time suddenly stops, the heroine is called into action. It is a story about conceived places, about what lies under the surface and about gender roles (and species roles as well). And even though I never quite understood, what it precisely means to control time in the story (or stop it), the story worked very well for me.

Wooing Ai Kyarem is the next story, set in ancient Mongolia (or at least on some steppe somewhere in time). Here the protagonist is a woman (Ai Kyarem of the title) who has sworn to never wed, at least not until she is defeated in combat by the man who is to marry her. This keeps her free of marriage, and she is able to lead her tribe of fierce horse warriors. That is, until she is summoned to the Khan, who is going to order her to marry, and lose her independence, and help him in his plans for domination of the (known) world. I liked the story for the strong heroine and the excellent setting.

To Act the Witch, is set in a London that seems familiar, but for the new powers of alchemy and witchery. In this world magic real, after being discovered not so long ago. Here the story is centered on a plot against the English king that is discovered by a witch/actress. She does her best to thwart the evil plans, while having a crush on the Prince Regent, thinking about her absent father and her place in society.

Princes and Priscilla was my favorite, a no nonsense fairy tale with godmothers and princes vying for the princess hand. I really liked the satire, and the princess (Priscilla) way of handling her godmother (and her suitors) with Latin and disregard for propiety.

All in all, a very strong collection, even if I could have wished some more variation in the story themes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dragon Time and Other Stories 14 Mar. 2013
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I loved them. I just wish they were longer! Very well written and entertaining. I'm really glad I got it!
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