The best dragon books

32 authors have picked their favorite books about dragons and why they recommend each book.

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Dragon Keeper

By Robin Hobb,

Book cover of Dragon Keeper

In Dragon Keeper, Robin Hobb expands on her Liveship Traders universe. The (deformed) dragons that take the spotlight are less friendly and their uneasy bonds with their caretakers give a whole different experience for the readers. It is a less heroic tale to read and more of a struggle, but one that is beautifully drawn out by Hobb’s amazing skill as a writer. It’s a book as much about self-discovery, as it is about building trust. In my eyes, the slow-burn storyline remained interesting because of the strong cast of characters and my curiosity about how the dragons would evolve, both emotionally and physically. You shouldn’t expect much action, but it provides a marvelous read nonetheless.


Who am I?

Fascinated by dragons at a very young age, I’ve read dozens of dragon books before I began to weave my own story with these mythical creatures. Driven by my interest in human-animal bonds, I followed wildlife management and worked with birds of preyone of the most wondrous times of my life. I want to bring dragons into the reader’s mind as a real part of the animal kingdom and the way of nature has as much a place in my books as the bonds between the characters. But there are so many dragon books out there to enjoy, with so many different approaches, that it would be silly not to share the joy. 


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Windcatcher: Book I of the Stone War Chronicles

By A.J. Norfield,

Book cover of Windcatcher: Book I of the Stone War Chronicles

What is my book about?

When Raylan bonds with the curious dragon Galirras, the duo and their friends are thrown into an adventure that darkens as the stakes increase. Chased by the Stone King’s ruthless general, Raylan and the others scramble to stay alive as they hastily try to find a safe way back home from behind enemy lines.

The Stone War Chronicles is a fast-paced, epic fantasy series featuring giant stone warriors, heart-racing action, and a world to submerge yourself in. What begins as a simple chase, develops into a complex, world-threatening conflict with dragons at the core of all. The Stone King rises and he wants his dragon!

Dragonsong

By Anne McCaffrey,

Book cover of Dragonsong

I remember it distinctly—the day my father brought home Dragonsong for me. I had shown signs of being an avid reader and he thought I might like this book because it had a pretty cover. It did have a startlingly beautiful cover, but it was the story inside that captivated me. The tale of Menolly’s flight away from the stagnation of her family and her survival struck a chord in me, and I imagined myself as Menolly, learning to live life on my own without the support of those around me. And secretly, I always wanted a fire lizard for a pet. McCaffrey immerses you in her world so completely that you can see it, and Menolly is the perfect vehicle for that adventure.


Who am I?

My passions for strong, dynamic characters in novels are threefold: as a teacher, an author, and a reader. The most important interest in character development came as a reader. I was drawn to characters who seemed to leap off the page and remind me of real people. As a teacher, there's no greater satisfaction than discussing a fictional character with your students as if they were a historical figure. And as an author, I'm so much more interested in who my characters are than in what they do. Their choices should always evolve out of their personalities. If you really want to stay in a reader’s mind, have a character they're willing to fight for.


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Murder in the Painted Lady

By M.L. Hamilton,

Book cover of Murder in the Painted Lady

What is my book about?

Peyton and Marco have solved more cases than many senior members of the San Francisco PD, but this case (the death of a high-end real estate agent) is proving more difficult than the others. With no evidence, no suspects, and no motive, Peyton fears they won't get a break in the case before the killer strikes again. In the multi-million dollar San Francisco real estate market, realtors are literally dying for a sale.

Cecile & The Kingdom of Belamor

By Marilyn F. Churchill,

Book cover of Cecile & The Kingdom of Belamor

This beautiful volume of three stories about a princess who deals with a spider-enchantress, a pair of feuding wizards, and a benevolent old dragon in her kingdom features pristine, gorgeous illustrations and a sweet-but-strong heroine. I just really love how Princess Cecile is a brave and sensible person and the twist that the real Cecile actually lives in our world and writes about Belamor was really smart, gently suggesting that princess stories are not just escapist fantasy, but an important part of self-expression for young girls as they grow up. It’s rare for me to find anything that so perfectly captures this idyllic genre. Marilyn Churchill has created a new fairy tale.

Who am I?

I am a farm girl who lives in rural Texas, surrounded by big blue skies, cornfields, and winding gravel roads. After avidly reading every children’s book and young adult novel I could find, including classics like Louisa May Alcott and J.R.R. Tolkien, I took to writing without thinking twice about it. I’ve published over 10 MG, YA, and New Adult books and I alternate between writing realistic family dramas and high fantasy, with a dose of science fiction that sprang up on its own and fits neatly somewhere between the other two. And then I read more books and plan to write more of them too.


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Ryan and Essie

By Sarah Scheele,

Book cover of Ryan and Essie

What is my book about?

Ryan and Essie is a space adventure about a dangerous planet, a hidden past, and two kids who journey far from home. At first Ryan, the introspective son of an astronomer, and Essie, the spunky daughter of a rancher, don’t feel much connection to each other. They care more about getting where they want to in life than about listening to others—which is all well and good until they can’t follow instructions.

When Essie accidentally sends them through a wormhole, they find themselves on a distant planet called Caricanus. In a world fallen into darkness and filled with creepy ruins and followers of a questionable deity named Trisagion, they are rapidly in over their heads and their careless decisions can have fatal repercussions.

The Book of Wonder

By Lord Dunsany,

Book cover of The Book of Wonder

Reputed to be one reason why J.R.R. Tolkien, Ursula K. Le Guin, and H.P. Lovecraft began writing fantasy, The Book of Wonder is a collection of short stories by Irish fantasy writer, Lord Dunsany. With gnoles, mail-clad warriors, and dragons, it is in many ways the foundation of what we consider classical fantasy stories. Unfortunately, it doesn’t often get the credit it deserves.

Who am I?

Although I was part of a large family, I frequently felt alone growing up. While my siblings were busy playing sports or running around with their friends, I sat by myself in the basement, reading fantasy stories. Eventually, I began creating my own worlds and published the Riddle in Stone series and Sword of Betrayal. I suppose I’m still trying to find a place where I fit in.


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Sword of Betrayal

By Robert Evert,

Book cover of Sword of Betrayal

What is my book about?

Edris wants to be a poet. His father wants him to kill the king's son.

The latest Kings’ Quest has been announced. The adventurer who finds the fabled Sword of Betrayal will win one thousand gold pieces, money Edris could use to start his own life with the woman he loves. Edris’s father, however, has another idea—he wants Edris to undertake the quest so he can kill the king’s son.

A Dance with Dragons

By George R.R. Martin,

Book cover of A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Five

The reason I fell in love with George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire goes hand in hand with why I love J.R.R. Tolkien’s work. GRRM’s series builds upon the work of his classic contemporary, layering a darker, grittier veil over the genre of epic fantasy. A Dance with Dragons, in my opinion, further builds upon the subject of power and politics as well as duty and honour. The “relativity of evil” is something that particularly stands out in this fifth installment, which is constructed so brilliantly and so effectively, it has completely changed the way I build grey and morally ambiguous characters. Its soft magic system, featuring things such as “greensight”, “shadow-binding” and “face-changing” is one of my favourite magic systems in ages.


Who am I?

I’ve been dissecting world-building and soft magic systems for nearly two decades, trying to understand what makes them tick. My fascination with epic fantasy compelled me to attain a degree in linguistics and English literature, which provided a unique excuse to read extensively on the matter. I only became serious about fantasy writing once I started developing a soft magic system of my own. And so I set out to create materials, weapons, creatures – and later, entire histories, philosophies, and languages – all centered on “imagination”. The books I picked for this list all feature intricate fantasy worlds and magic systems that feel organic and malleable. I hope you enjoy!


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Vivian Amberville - The Weaver of Odds

By Louise Blackwick,

Book cover of Vivian Amberville - The Weaver of Odds

What is my book about?

Prepare to lose yourself in a new fantasy series, where the thoughts of today become the events of tomorrow. In a world in which reality can be altered and history can be rewritten, a young hero discovers her powers to "imagine things true" stand between cosmic order and chaos.

Vivian Amberville® is a bestselling fantasy book series about a girl whose imagination can reshape reality. The first book in the series, The Weaver of Odds introduces 13-year old Vivian to her unique if dangerous power of altering odds, outcomes, and the very substance of reality. Fantasy like never told before: a mythical fiction of friendship and acceptance; of fate and free will; of destiny and despair; of extraordinary ordinary heroes and their reality-changing journeys.

Veil of the Dragon

By Tom Barczak,

Book cover of Veil of the Dragon

Barczak’s work belongs to that realm of poetic fiction that is occupied by Robert E. Howard and Janet Morris. Veil of the Dragon plays out like a vivid nightmare. This is the kind of fantasy novel that makes you want to pause in the middle of the paragraph you’re reading, go back to the beginning, and read out loud just to see how the words sound. Poetic fantasy takes you to another level.


Who am I?

I’ve been working professionally as a writer for twenty-five years. I’m nothing close to a household name, but a number of my articles have gone viral throughout the years. I’ve had educators reach out to mention they’ve taught my work at both the high school and college levels. Writing is an occupation of passion, and the authors I’ve mentioned are all talented and passionate about their craft. It’s rare to find people who speak the truth anywhere in our society. These writers don’t just speak the truth, they make it sing.


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The Reader of Acheron

By Walter Rhein,

Book cover of The Reader of Acheron

What is my book about?

The Reader of Acheron is a thoughtful dystopian/fantasy about a world where reading is prohibited. The book wrestles with the concept of willful ignorance, and the way an established power system can spread misinformation in the interest of servitude. The book has many parallels in our current political environment.

Dragon Mountain

By Katie Tsang, Kevin Tsang,

Book cover of Dragon Mountain

Dragon Mountain is fast and cinematic, full of excitement and thrills. It’s the story of a group of children at a holiday camp, who find a secret entrance to a world of dragons. There are battles and races and high-speed chases. I’ve always loved stories with a training session segment where the character learns new skills and, really, who wouldn’t want to learn to fly a dragon?


Who am I?

I am the oldest of six children – all girls! I used to make up imaginary worlds for my little sisters. We’d steal clothes from Mum and Dad for dressing up; we’d pull all the cushions off the sofa to make a show; we even used to put ribbons on the poor dog. Nowadays I write books with magic and fairy tales and adventure. I write for the child inside me; the child that loved an exciting, fantastical story. I have written over 50 books for children from picture book to middle grade, and I still love inventing imaginary worlds.


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The Trapdoor Mysteries: A Sticky Situation

By Abie Longstaff, James Brown (illustrator),

Book cover of The Trapdoor Mysteries: A Sticky Situation

What is my book about?

Ten-year-old Tally is an orphaned servant girl at Mollett Manor. She sleeps in the scullery sink, and spends her days scrubbing, polishing, and ironing...when she’s not secretly reading books and finding hidden passages. With her squirrel friend, Squill, Tally uncovers a mysterious room beneath the manor – a magical library where the books come to life! When Mollett Manor is burgled, can Tally use the knowledge she finds in the books to catch the criminals? And could they help her solve the even deeper mystery of her missing mother?

This is the first book in the magical adventures of Tally, a code-breaking, mystery-solving, animal-loving servant girl and her best friend Squill. The four-book series is illustrated by James Brown.

Dragon Actually

By G.A. Aiken,

Book cover of Dragon Actually: Dragon Kin, Book 1

Annwyl is always known for her strength and brutality. But when she is betrayed she has only one place to go.

When mortally injured Annwyl take refuge in a cave, the dragon Fearghus is her only companion. What she doesn’t know is that Fearghus is actually a dragon shifter, son of the dragon queen. This entire series is amazing. Filled with fantasy elements, romance and humor this definitely tops my top 5 list of shifter romance.


Who am I?

I’m a paranormal romance and fantasy author who fell in love with fantasy as a young girl. My journey as a reader started when I was four, but what changed me entirely was Russian Tales woven with magic. I’m passionate about Lycans, Werewolves, Witches, Vampires, and everything that’s magical. I like to write sizzling tales of love and betrayal.


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Lycan's Blood Queen

By Catherine Edward,

Book cover of Lycan's Blood Queen

What is my book about?

Aaron George Randolph, ruling King of the Lycans, is hell-bent on revenge for his mother’s brutal death at the hands of Vampires. But when a suspicious student takes up residence on his turf, he can’t help but be drawn to her despite knowing what she is.

Taken into custody by the ruling family of Brookedge, Mia’s life is complicated by the whole different world of mythical creatures living among humans. Now, she must survive the impending civil war between old rivals, all the while learning about her true self and the power she holds. What begins as vicious hostility changes into defying desire as Aaron and Mia are brought together by an unforgiving grudge that miraculously blooms into something unexpected that neither knew they needed.

The Dragonbards Trilogy

By Shirley Rousseau Murphy,

Book cover of The Dragonbards Trilogy: Complete in One Volume

I don't ordinarily care for stories about dragons or speaking animals, but this book's beautifully written descriptions of them and their world made it compelling, and the singing dragons remained in my memory long after the first time I read it. Moreover, the familiar elements of such fantasy–a hidden prince, animal companions, magical objects, imprisonment in a dungeon, and so forth--are here presented in unique and believable ways. The protagonists are heroic but vulnerable and the villains who seek to enslave the world are truly evil, so that the reader feels that what happens to them really matters. And looking it over recently, I was struck by the realization that in the years since its first publication in the 1980s the timeliness of the story has increased.

Who am I?

I’ve always been interested in worlds other than ours, primarily extraterrestrial worlds because I believe expansion into space is vital to the future survival of humankind, but also fantasy worlds that illuminate ideas and feelings that are universal. I’ve written the Newbery Honor book Enchantress from the Stars and ten other science fiction novels, a classification that limits their discovery because they're often liked better by people who read little if any science fiction than by avid fans of that genre. Because they’re set in imaginary worlds distant from Earth—and are not fantasy because they contain no mythical creatures or magic—there is nothing else to call them. I wish books didn’t have to be labeled with categories!


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This Star Shall Abide: aka Heritage of the Star

By Sylvia Engdahl,

Book cover of This Star Shall Abide: aka Heritage of the Star

What is my book about?

Noren can see that his world is not as it should beit is wrong that only the Scholars, and their representatives the Technicians, can use metal tools and Machines. It's wrong that only they have access to the impenetrable City, which he has always longed to enter. Above all, it is wrong for the Scholars to have sole power over the distribution of knowledge. Unable to believe in the Prophecy that promises these restrictions will someday end, he declares it to be a fraud and defies the High Lew under which they are enforced. His family and the girl to whom he is betrothed reject him. Yet he cannot turn back from the path that leads him to the mysterious fate awaiting heretics.

Dragonflight

By Anne McCaffrey,

Book cover of Dragonflight

The Dragonriders of Pern was my first introduction to the genre of dragon fantasy and I loved it. Anne McCaffrey sucked me into a world where dragons and humans worked together to fight the dangerous and mysterious thread. The dragons can talk with their bonded humans and their bond influenced their character and mood. This connected with the deep desire that I had at that age to build bonds with animals and laid the groundwork for one of my later career choices of becoming a falconer. Other magnificent parts of this series where the jumping ‘in-between’ (allowing dragons to teleport) and the fact it secretly had a science fiction origin. The series is also a huge inspiration and helped me shape my own book.


Who am I?

Fascinated by dragons at a very young age, I’ve read dozens of dragon books before I began to weave my own story with these mythical creatures. Driven by my interest in human-animal bonds, I followed wildlife management and worked with birds of preyone of the most wondrous times of my life. I want to bring dragons into the reader’s mind as a real part of the animal kingdom and the way of nature has as much a place in my books as the bonds between the characters. But there are so many dragon books out there to enjoy, with so many different approaches, that it would be silly not to share the joy. 


I wrote...

Windcatcher: Book I of the Stone War Chronicles

By A.J. Norfield,

Book cover of Windcatcher: Book I of the Stone War Chronicles

What is my book about?

When Raylan bonds with the curious dragon Galirras, the duo and their friends are thrown into an adventure that darkens as the stakes increase. Chased by the Stone King’s ruthless general, Raylan and the others scramble to stay alive as they hastily try to find a safe way back home from behind enemy lines.

The Stone War Chronicles is a fast-paced, epic fantasy series featuring giant stone warriors, heart-racing action, and a world to submerge yourself in. What begins as a simple chase, develops into a complex, world-threatening conflict with dragons at the core of all. The Stone King rises and he wants his dragon!

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