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 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.
Eon: 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
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
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.
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.
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
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?