Dragon Time by Ruth Nestvold
Published by Self-Published, Smashwords on March 05, 2011
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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?
Note: Dragon Time is only available as a standalone from Smashwords. Amazon (and other e-bookstores) sells an anthology of Ms Nestvold’s short stories that includes Dragon Time.
I received this free copy of Dragon Time via Smashwords in March 2011, qualifying it for my 2016 The Mt. TBR Struggle is Real challenge. Dragon Time has been on Mt. TBR for 5 years, 2 months.
Dragon Time starts as a rather lovely tale. In Dragon Time, the dragons are shifters but they mostly avoid humans, especially males, but mate and have children with human females.
The story opens with the heroine, Katja, realizing that all the clocks in her home have stopped. Katja is the granddaughter of a clocksmith who would love to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps but cannot. Women are not allowed to be clocksmiths in her county.
Katja discovers that time has stopped and that it is related to the death of the Queen of Dragons. As the only woman around who has any familiarity with clocks, Katja must overcome her slight fear of dragons as well as the established glass ceiling in order to repair the World Clock.
I really enjoyed this short story…until I got to the ending. The ending was a quick wrap up with a tacked on romance that felt rushed and/or that the author was just done with the story and slapped on an ending. I did a quick check to see if Ms Nestvold has any full length books set in this universe but did not see any.
All in all, a quick read that is mostly enjoyable.