9 Favorite Dragon Books, or Why I Read Fantasy

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By Meredith Veatch

In recent weeks, I’ve had several people tell me that they don’t like reading fantasy books. Since fantasy is the main genre that I read and enjoy, I naturally had a question for these people: "If you don’t like fantasy novels, then what do you do when you want to read about dragons?" While I enjoy pretty much all aspects of fantasy except the silly names, dragons are definitely what I love the most. Here are a few of my favorite books about dragons. Maybe it will convince some fantasy naysayers!

Dragon SlippersDragon Slippers by Jessica Day George
Creel’s impoverished family tries to sacrifice her to a dragon, but instead of waiting to be rescued, she negotiates her own release. Then, because she is amazing, she starts to befriend the dragons as well as a super cute prince and saves the kingdom from certain disaster. The first book in a trilogy.

His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik
I’ve already mentioned my love of dragons, but you may not know that I also love stories about the British navy in the time of Napoleon. So when you take the Napoleonic Wars, add a heroic and gentlemanly British Navy captain, and then change the entire history of the world by adding dragons, you have a practically perfect book. It doesn't hurt that it's funny, adventurous, and at times, tragic. First in a series that currently numbers eight books.

The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
 A different type of dragon book, where the dragons are most definitely not friendly, good, or even misunderstood. They’re just evil. Aerin may be a princess, but everyone thought her mother was a witch who tricked the king into marrying her, so Aerin escapes court by fighting dragons, including the giant dragon Maur. This book is the prequel to The Blue Sword, which I technically like better, even though there are no dragons in it.

EonEon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman
Eon has been training for years to become apprentice to one of the twelve energy dragons who bring fortune to the country. Unfortunately, Eon has a secret—rather than being a 12 year old boy like all of the other hopefuls, she’s actually Eona, a sixteen year old girl. But girls aren’t allowed to practice dragon magic, so if she’s found out, she’ll lose her dragon and her life. This is a unique fantasy inspired by Asian mythology. Also has a sequel called Eona, which you will definitely want to read.

Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
Cimorene is not your typical princess. She’s smart and headstrong, and so bored with regular life that she runs away to live with a dragon. She spends a lot of her time fighting off the princes who come to rescue her. First in a four book series, all of which are delightful.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
Dragons show up throughout the series, from Norbert in The Sorcerer’s Stone to the Hungarian Horntail in The Goblet of Fire. I always wished we knew more about Charlie, the Weasley brother who studies dragons in Romania. He’s probably really cool! There are seven Harry Potter books, and they’re all great, but dragons are most prominent in the first, fourth, and seventh books.

How to Train Your DragonHow to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
Hiccup is not an ideal Viking, and Toothless is not an ideal dragon, but it might fall to them to save their village. Very different from the movie of the same name (don’t expect Toothless to be super cute), but still one of the funniest books about dragons I’ve ever read. First in a series that currently numbers 10.

The Hobbit by J.R. Tolkien
The story of a hobbit who goes on an adventure with thirteen dwarves and a wizard to reclaim the dwarves homeland from the dragon Smaug. Truth be told, I always preferred The Lord of the Rings, but there’s no denying the appeal of Smaug.

Seraphina by Rachel Hartmann
Humans and dragons may technically be at peace after a long and terrible war, but that doesn’t mean they like or trust each other. Part of the problem is that dragons can magically fold themselves into human forms, but they can’t understand human emotions. So when a member of the royal family is murdered by a dragon, things become even more perilous for Seraphina, a court musician with a dangerous secret. The first book in a series. Expect book two in 2014.

There you have it—nine dragon books that I really love. What about you? Are there any dragon books you’d recommend? Or other mythological creatures you love to read about?

This looks like an awesome list. I am gonna give some of these a try. Thanks!
Posted by: Shay at 9/29/2013 10:33 p.m.

I love your list! I'd love to hear your top favorite books with...fairies...or vampires...or [insert whatever here]. Anyway, I've been meaning to reread The Hero and the Crown and The Blue Sword, so thank you for putting them back on my radar.
Posted by: Chelsea at 9/29/2013 11:10 p.m.

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