Get Free Copy

100 free copies left

This novel is limited to 100 free copies due to its part in Inkitt’s Novel Contest.

0
Free copy left
You can read our best books
Sol would love your feedback! Got a few minutes to write a review?
Write a Review

Clockwork Dragon

By Sol All Rights Reserved ©

Adventure / Fantasy

Chapter One

The air was stale. It was rank with wisps of smoke that sailed past the florescent lights and into the shadows above. Music could be heard in fits and starts as the record skipped on the worn out phonograph. It was noon and The Red Lady Tavern was full with drifters, drunks, sailors.

It was a place where you can drink your cares away and have a nice warm meal to put in your belly. That was probably the only reason Eden even came into the damned place. The Tavern was a shadow of its former self. Once the hub of the Old District, catering to the rich and powerful; now, only host to those who wish to drown their sorrows.

Maybe that is the reason she comes here. Even run down and beaten there was beauty in the old tavern. Hell, that could go for the damned city; industrial combining with natural beauty to form the city of Preseason.

But, Eden shouldn't be the one to talk about looks. She was just a little over average built with long raven black hair that framed her pale face, and mismatch colored eyes. One eye so blue it all most glowed and the other a deep emerald green.

Eden took a long swig of her mug of mead draining the last drops, before placing it back on the table.

"I see your travels haven't diminished your appetite," said a red-headed woman who proceeded to exchange Eden's empty mug for a full one.

"No, it has only made me thirst for more of your finest mead!" she replied, before taking a gulp.

The red-headed woman chuckled. "Aye, and one of the only few who are able afford it," she said, nodding over her shoulder to the other patrons around the tavern. "Most can only afford my cheapest brand."

Eden nodded thoughtfully picking at her fish. "Aye, but at least they are able to buy your cheapest, Reagan."

Reagan nodded solemnly. "So, do you have any kind of tales to tell?"

Eden paused for a heart beat, thinking thoughtfully. "Unfortunately no, not this time," Eden said, finishing the last bits of her food. "There hasn't been a worthwhile hunt since last month."

"That's good, maybe it's a sign from the gods telling you to switch to another and safer job lass," Reagan said, gathering up the empty plate.

"Nah, I'd rather hunt than sit around or do any mundane job anyway. And besides," Eden said, pushing her seat back and getting up. "If I were to retire the gods would just send something rather nasty and I'll be the one to clean it up."

Reagan heaved a sigh and shook her head. "One of these days, you'll end up biting more than you can chew."

Reaching into her pocket of her tunic she pulls out her money pouch. "You said that many times now, and I haven't met a man or beast that can matched my wits or sword couldn't take down," she replied confidently as she counted the gold coin.

She regarded the raven-haired woman, chewing on her next words before slowing them down. Eden was an arrogant lass, but what she said was true. She didn't become one of the greatest bounty hunters for having a pretty face.

"But I'll keep on saying it tell the day I die," Reagan said haughtily, but, with a smile the made her storm gray eyes bright with mirth.

"I hate to leave, but I do have some business to attended with the guild masters."

"Well don't be a stranger, now." Reagan said with a mischievous wink.

"I'll be back later for super, so save my seat." Eden said as she stood, placing two gold coins on the table.

Continue Reading Next Chapter
Further Recommendations

ernbelle: When I first started this story I was a little unsettled by all of the information that appears in the prologue, and wasn't sure if I would continue. However, I am very glad I did. The plot was very well thought out and really interesting. There were not any page breaks or markers to acknowledge ...

themyronus: Vanessa has made 'amazing' the norme. I didn't want to read this as I am waiting for the finished and polished book to come out. But then I decided to read one chapter for kicks...well hours later I finished what was posted. Fortunately, my memory is not to good and I hope I will read the book wi...

Jason Phang: It's too short! The plot was excellently thought through, with the characters flowing up and down the storylines like the peaks and valleys of the Himalayas. Thoroughly enjoyed the book and the time spent with Asta and her journeys. (:

rudyoxborough46: An action-packed, mystical adventure awaits anyone wishing to read this novel. I’m amazed at how well you’ve managed to flesh out the characters in this book, and I hope to read more of your work.I’ve read books about goblins and elves and all that mumbo-jumbo before, and most accounts of these c...

ElusiveBadwolf: I loved this book so much! It's a shame that i already came to the end of this. I really enjoyed the story, and i liked it how everything became in the end. It was a great book and i can say that you are a great writer too. Keep it that way and i think you can make it in the writing business!

Hawkebat: Playing both Kotor I & II and Swtor I found the story line interesting and it held me until chapter 35 Very good story and plot flow until then, very few technical errors. I felt that the main character was a bit under and over powered, as it fought for balance. The last few chapters felt too f...

Dru83: This is the second or third time I've read this one and I just love it. It has just about everything you could ever want packed into one scifi story. It still has some parts that are a little rough in terms of grammar, punctuation, and word usage, but it's still an awesome story. I love how detai...

tsolaidowu: I want a continuation dammit....I loved this book and the 1st one. I can't believe this is it. I'm not ready to say goodbye to Jeff and Lorie; and the gang. Great book and storyline. You're a genius Madelyn.

CookieMonster911: The story overall was an adventure that is appealing to any age. The way the characters develop adds a more human characteristic to the novel. The writing style itself is amazing because you can learn every character's thoughts and emotions. The awkward love triangle and jerk moments adds to the ...

More Recommendations

Felisa Yoder Osburn: I really enjoyed the story. Civil War stories are some of my favorites and the intertwining of the past with current times was wonderful. I look forward to reading the next stories.

Krupa Kataria: the detailing is really awesome ....the characters, ur plots jst too Awsm ,m waiting for the further chapters please do complete it ...like m really craving for those ones ...great job with words too ..please complete the further parts ...

maryahbeebe66: OMG I fell in love with the story and how the characters fall into place. I'm really excited to read more into the story and hope there's a sequel to it. My fav characters are Dylan and Laila. Your doing a great job keep it up 👏🏾

littlebunnypoopoos: Omg this was so amazing! The ending was a little bad and predictable. But otherwise, I need a second book or I'll die :D The character development was excellent and the whole romance, action, and suspense was superb

Hudson: Your story was fantastic Erin! The Rising Sun was one of the first stories I read on Inkitt, and I have to say I don't regret the three to four days I spent pouring through the story.Probably the biggest strength I see in your writing is your characterisation of Eliana, Oriens, and the rest of th...

About Us:

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, offering an online community for talented authors and book lovers. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books you love the most based on crowd wisdom.