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

By Kira Morgana,

Book cover of The Dragon’s Pendant

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?

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of Guards! Guards!

Kira Morgana Why did I love 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….

By Terry Pratchett,

Why should I read it?

6 authors picked Guards! Guards! as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

First book of the original and best CITY WATCH series, now reinterpreted in BBC's The Watch

'This is one of Pratchett's best books. Hilarious and highly recommended' The Times

The Discworld is very much like our own - if our own were to consist of a flat planet balanced on the back of four elephants which stand on the back of a giant turtle, that is . . .

'It was the usual Ankh-Morpork mob in times of crisis; half of them were here to complain, a quarter of them were here to watch the other half, and the…

Book cover of The Hobbit

Kira Morgana Why did I love 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.

By J.R.R. Tolkien,

Why should I read it?

40 authors picked The Hobbit as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Special collector's film tie-in hardback of the best-selling classic, featuring the complete story with a sumptuous cover design inspired by THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY and brand new reproductions of all the drawings and maps by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely travelling further than the pantry of his hobbit-hole in Bag End.

But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard, Gandalf, and a company of thirteen dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an unexpected journey 'there and back again'. They have a plot to raid…

Book cover of Puff, the Magic Dragon

Kira Morgana Why did I love 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 Peter Yarrow, Lenny Lipton, Eric Puybaret (illustrator)

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Puff, the Magic Dragon as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it. This book is for kids age 3, 4, 5, and 6.

What is this book about?

Become lost in the dreamy illustrations that capture the enchanted land of Honalee and its extraordinary inhabitants, and share in the adventures of Jackie Paper and his childhood friend, Puff, the magic dragon. The timeless Peter, Paul and Mary song, and bestselling children's book and CD set, is now available as a beautiful gift set.

Enjoy two vibrant bonus versions of the song plus two other tracks (Froggie Went A-Courtin' and The Blue Tail Fly) on an exclusive CD.

Book cover of Dragonflight

Kira Morgana Why did I love 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….

By Anne McCaffrey,

Why should I read it?

13 authors picked Dragonflight as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Volume I of The Dragonriders of Pern®, the groundbreaking series by master storyteller Anne McCaffrey

On a beautiful world called Pern, an ancient way of life is about to come under attack from a myth that is all too real. Lessa is an outcast survivor—her parents murdered, her birthright stolen—a strong young woman who has never stopped dreaming of revenge. But when an ancient threat to Pern reemerges, Lessa will rise—upon the back of a great dragon with whom she shares a telepathic bond more intimate than any human connection. Together, dragon and rider will fly . . . and…

Book cover of Dragons of Autumn Twilight

Kira Morgana Why did I love 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….

By Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman,

Why should I read it?

6 authors picked Dragons of Autumn Twilight as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

This Dungeons & Dragons-inspired fantasy adventure is the first installment in the beloved Dragonlance Chronicles, set in the magical world of Krynn

Once merely creatures of legend, the dragons have returned to Krynn. But with their arrival comes the departure of the old gods—and all healing magic. As war threatens to engulf the land, lifelong friends reunite for an adventure that will change their lives and shape their world forever . . . 
When Tanis, Sturm, Caramon, Raistlin, Flint, and Tasslehoff see a woman use a blue crystal staff to heal a villager, they wonder if it's a sign the…

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By Zoe Routh,

Book cover of The Olympus Project

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What is my book about?

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The Olympus Project

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What is this book about?

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And they might destroy us all…

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