The best fantasy books that feature dragons

Who am I?

I have written and published fifteen books, ranging from Fantasy to Science Fiction to Children’s Rhyming stories. I write under several pen names, because (being Neurodivergent) I like to keep my voices straight, and the names help me do it. My love of Dragons came from a song and cemented itself via book and movie – Flight of Dragons, my all-time favourite movie, closely followed by Labyrinth. I have at least thirty stuffed dragons that I call my Flight… they’re the subject of a story series that I’m turning into an illustrated book called Author & Muse, a myriad of Dragon Statues, and a plethora of t-shirts. 

I wrote...

The Dragon’s Pendant: Book Two of The Secret of Arking Down

By Kira Morgana,

Book cover of The Dragon’s Pendant: Book Two of The Secret of Arking Down

What is my book about?

Caoimhe has a small problem... she keeps seeing scales on her hands and face, and she keeps hearing her cat, Ghost, talking to her.

Is she going crazy... or is there more to her family and friends than meets the eye?

The books I picked & why

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Guards! Guards!

By Terry Pratchett,

Book cover of Guards! Guards!

Why this book?

Guards! Guards! is the first of the City Watch books from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld. This book was the first book that I’d ever read to lampoon Dragons and Humans in such a brilliant way.

STP had already mentioned Dragons in The Colour of Magic, but I wanted dragons that had characters and were a proper character, not just a side one.

There are two types of dragons in this story – Swamp Dragons, a purse puppy-sized dragon that was more likely to explode from excitement like a spaniel with a new friend, than breathe fire and fly. The other type is your usual Fire breathing, massive wingspan, gold hoarding Noble Dragon.

However, this story is so much more than just the dragon. The story is about the effect of “dragons” on society be they animal or human….

The Hobbit

By J.R.R. Tolkien,

Book cover of The Hobbit

Why this book?

When I was a teenager, I picked up and tried to read, Lord of The Rings three times. Each time it went back to the library unfinished. The Librarian, noticing this, suggested that I try The Hobbit instead before I tried LOTR again.

As usual, the Librarian was right (aren’t they always?) and once I’d devoured The Hobbit, LOTR was much, much easier to read.

My favourite character has always been Smaug, even before Benedict Cumberbatch was his voice… *sighs in Fangirl*… and it is because he is completely arrogant, cold, and heartless; unapologetically so. He is the Perfect Dragon Villain.

Puff, the Magic Dragon

By Peter Yarrow, Lenny Lipton, Eric Puybaret (illustrator)

Book cover of Puff, the Magic Dragon

Why this book?

Puff was my first contact with Dragons. Being born in 1975, it was one of the songs that my dad learned to play on guitar and would play for my sister and me when we were small. So it was inevitable that when I started my collection of children’s books (What? I am studying to be an illustrator of my own books…*cough*) that I would go looking for a copy of the story in book form. 

Of course, I knew about the Peter, Paul, and Mary song – that’s why my dad could learn it. But I was certain that there would be a book form one day, someday.

And this book version (you can get it in pop-up form and with a CD of the original song as well) is perfect. Honalee is beautifully depicted and I would love to have a stuffed version of this Puff. 


By Anne McCaffrey,

Book cover of Dragonflight

Why this book?

Dragonflight was my first step into the realm of Science Fantasy. However, Dragonflight doesn’t read like it’s a Science Fantasy story, and you only start picking up hints of the science side when you get to The White Dragon, several books down the series.

The story feels so real and wonderful, and immediately made it into my list of “Books to keep forever and ever.” I felt connected with Lessa and wanted to be her. Of course, what I really wanted was the dragons, but there’s a small problem with that…

Dragonflight brings Dragons into a very real plausible form, a genetically designed from a flying lizard on another world. It answers all the questions about how Dragons could actually be a real creature… with an advanced technology’s help, anyway….

Dragons of Autumn Twilight

By Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman,

Book cover of Dragons of Autumn Twilight

Why this book?

This was my first connection with the world of Dungeons & Dragons (other than the unfinished animation) and I adored everything about it. Of course I had no idea what D&D was until I went to University, but that didn’t stop me from jumping into TTRPG when I was invited into a group!

The story has the classic D&D questline and some wonderful characters that you can totally fall in love with (ahem… Tanis) and I spent a long time as a teen wishing that I could be Goldmoon. 

It was also an inspiration when I started writing my own fantasy books….

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