The best fantasy books featuring dragons

The Books I Picked & Why

The Silmarillion

By J. R. R. Tolkien

The Silmarillion

Why this book?

If you thought Smaug was cool, the dragons in The Silmarillion are even cooler! Glaurung, the Father of Dragons; Ancalagon the Black, the first winged dragon; and Scatha, among others. This book is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful I have ever read, though it does take some effort on the part of the reader. I took the time to look up every name and placename that I didn’t understand, and that led me to fully understand everything and love it that much more. It’s totally worth the effort.


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A Wizard of Earthsea, 1

By Ursula K. Le Guin

A Wizard of Earthsea, 1

Why this book?

If you loved Harry Potter, well you should be grateful to this book, which featured a wizarding school many years earlier. The prose is spare but lovely, and the story is an absolute classic. And there are some pretty cool dragons in the story, especially Yevaud. No fantasy lover should miss this series.


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A Game of Thrones

By George RR Martin

A Game of Thrones

Why this book?

Far better than the tv shows (though the early seasons were pretty great as well), this series is amazing, even if some readers are frustrated at how long the author is taking to complete it. Anyone who has watched the show knows there are some pretty awesome dragons in the story. For me, personally, this was the book that set me on the path to writing my very first novel, so I’ll always be grateful to GRRM for his inspiration.


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Dragon Keeper

By Robin Hobb

Dragon Keeper

Why this book?

This series of four books is dominated by dragons. Dragons are no longer being born properly, and those that are have severe problems and may not even survive. The only hope for their survival is to seek out an ancient, lost city of dragons.


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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 4

By J. K. Rowling, Mary Grandpré

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 4

Why this book?

Dragons form one of the main and most dangerous trials faced by the young wizard competitors in this installment of the wildly popular series. I’m not a huge fan of modern YA novels, but these ones are well done, and even the movies were terrific.


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