The best fantasy novels that help you decide if dragons are good or evil

C.M. Surowiec Jr. Author Of DragonSin
By C.M. Surowiec Jr.

Who am I?

My fascination with dragons began at a young age and has intensified over the years. I think I’ve watched every movie with a dragon in it and read many of the books. I've tried to incorporate as much as I can, plus my own little twists, into each species of dragon in my world. The most excited I've been about dragons was while watching a special documentary on Discovery Channel. They explained how dragons could fly, the mechanics behind them breathing fire, and what their diet consisted of. It was a great speculative show but had enough science to make you wonder! I hope you enjoy the books on my list!

I wrote...


By C.M. Surowiec Jr.,

Book cover of DragonSin

What is my book about?

Cymm Reich possesses a rare, magical aura that hasn’t been seen in a millennium. He doesn't realize he has this power until many years later, but the gods already know. The first god, Terazhan, sends a dwarven cleric to train the young man to become a holy warrior in his name.

At sixteen years old, Cymm’s family is massacred and village razed. While Cymm struggles to discover himself and his place in the world, the benevolent Terazhan offers him a glimmer of hope to defeat the dragons responsible for murdering his loved ones. However, a dark secret entwines this gift of power, and the chain of events set in motion could change the history of the world forever.

The books I picked & why

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The Hobbit

By J.R.R. Tolkien,

Book cover of The Hobbit

Why this book?

I have read this book three times, and I absolutely love how the dragon is described and portrayed. Smaug is an ancient dragon of immense size and power with incredible intellect. The banter between Bilbo and Smaug is entertaining, but the dragon’s ego really draws you in. This was one of my first experiences with a dragon in a novel, and I was pleasantly horrified by the destructive power the beast could unleash on the world.

A Storm of Swords

By George R. R. Martin,

Book cover of A Storm of Swords

Why this book?

I love the way this novel portrays the relationship that can exist between humans and dragons. It is a beautiful friendship that is protective and loyal, but does not diminish their savage and vicious nature. Daenerys has raised them from hatchlings in the prior books, but in this book we start to see individual personalities developing, laying a foundation for what’s to come.

Eldest: Book II

By Christopher Paolini,

Book cover of Eldest: Book II

Why this book?

In this book, we get to see the dichotomy of good versus evil in dragons, but both believe they have chosen the righteous path. Saphira and Eragon care for each other deeply and although they fight and argue, they have formed an unbreakable bond. Eragon is the “chosen one” and Saphira makes sure he knows it. She selected him. I particularly like the training that they go through with the experienced dragon rider, and enjoy how the experienced dragon plays a significant part in educating the new pair.

Dragons of Autumn Twilight

By Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman,

Book cover of Dragons of Autumn Twilight

Why this book?

What a classic! I have read the trilogy several times, and many other books in the Dragon Lance series. The story feels like a roleplaying quest right from the beginning, but it is very accessible for those that are unfamiliar with the concept. The traditional good vs. evil (or colored vs metallic) dragons sets the tone throughout the novel. However, in this story the leaders of the dragons, Tiamat and Bahamut, play vital roles in setting the stage for what is driving each of the dragon armies.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

By J.K. Rowling, Mary Grandpré (illustrator),

Book cover of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Why this book?

The dragons are only a small part of this very popular book, but it is very memorable. The challenge that Harry (and others) must complete is very creative. The dragons in this story are closer to beasts than sentient creatures, and it forces the character and reader to realize that the dragons must be defeated with intelligence, not brute force. Although this is quite different from many stories, including mine, I can appreciate the difference and the value it brings to the trial Harry is trying to complete.

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