Fellow Book Adventurers,
Today, I bring you Dragons. Because whyever did vampires and werewolves replace dragons?
As a direct result of my beginning Moth and Spark, which is off to an excellent start (stay tuned for a review later this week), I have decided to share with you a list of 11 Books About Dragons Most Likely To…
1. Most likely to make you want to trade in your car for a dragon
Have you read Anne McCaffrey‘s Pern series yet? If you’re a dragon-lover, and haven’t, well, that’s just sacrilege. Start with the first book of her original trilogy, Dragonflight. Spend a few hours on Pern and I guarantee you, you’ll want to be a dragonrider.
2. Most likely to give you nightmares about dragons
The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkein. Not only a (formerly cult) classic tale of fantastic adventure, this book has one of the scariest dragons. Its name is Smaug, like in the new movie. And like smog. Bilbo’s trek across Middle Earth is all about getting to the treasure trove under the dragon, after all.
3. Most likely to make you laugh at humans who think of themselves as dragons
Game of Thrones, by George R. R. Martin. “Do you want to wake the dragon? Do you?” Bahaha. (Okay, that quote’s from the HBO series, but still.) The political intrigue and military strategics in this epic fantasy series will have your head spinning. Word to the wise: don’t play favorites with the characters.
4. Most likely to make you want to save the endangered dragons
Melanie Rawn‘s Dragon Prince series. Start with the first one (always a good place!), Dragon Prince. Love and war, magic and madness, and deadly dragons, as Goodreads desribes it. Prince Rohan and SunRunner (sorceress) Sioned found a desert dynasty on idealism and practicality. Lots of political intrigue, romance, some dragonslaying. A classic, it represents the early period of mingled romance and epic fantasy.
5. Most likely to crack you up
Patricia C. Wrede is the master of witty and YA. Her Enchanted Forest Chronicles turn the standard hero/damsel in distress tale on its head. Princess Cimorene is fed up with being a princess. So she runs away to keep house for a local dragon. Which leads to all sorts of adventures, excitement and fulfillment. And laughter, of course. Start with Dealing with Dragons:
6. Most likely to help you screw up your courage to do something crazy slash want to be a tomboy
Robin McKinley has been one of my favorite authors since I was very young. Since I started reading, really. (If you like this one, you MUST check out The Blue Sword. You simply must). In the Hero and the Crown, Aerin is an outcast in the Damarian royal court. Daughter of the first queen, a sorceress, she reads, wears armor, and slays dragons, and one day her ancestry may be the only thing that will save Damar. Delightful love story included!
7. Most likely to give you a unique perspective of dragons
Jennifer Fallon creates the strangest dragons in her thrilling, brilliant Hythrun Chronicles. Start with Medalon, which introduces R’shiel Tenragan and her half-brother Tarja, who flee their mother’s political scheming to get caught up in Destiny (with a capital D because this is a gods-and-mortals tale, where the gods make plans for the hapless mortals). I highly recommend all Jennifer Fallon’s works, but this series is a favorite, as well as having dragons.
8. Most likely to show you how appealing shapeshifting dragons can be as lovers
The Smoke Thief, by Shana Abe. Begins a historical-fantastic-romance series set in 18th century England, where an enclave of shapeshifting dragons has lived for centuries without attracting notice from humans. That is, until the mysterious Smoke Thief starts causing a ruckus in London by stealing famous jewelry. As Marquess of Langton and first among the drákon, it is Christoff’s duty to track her down and execute her for attracting attention to her fellow drákon. Will he be able to resist his attraction to the beautiful and talented jewel thief to do what must be done?
9. Most likely to make you want to join the army – as long as you can partner with a dragon
Bazil Broketail is a young village dragon, whose sidekick is an orphan named Relkin. When evil threatens, they venture to save the princess from Doom’s fortress. It’s like the Mario Brothers, but with a dragon. Written by Christopher Rowley, it mixes elements of fantasy and military drama.
10. Most likely to make you secretly want to be a dragon, even if it makes you different
Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman, break out dragon fantasy masterpiece about a young woman who decidedly does not fit in. As the princess’s music teacher, she fosters her musical gift and hides a great secret. There is, of course, a handsome Prince… In this world, dragons have evolved shapeshifting abilities to establish treaties with the human governments. Humans and dragons are potentially hostile neighboring nations with tense relations. The current treaty between the two species is about to be renewed when all heck breaks loose, with Seraphina at the center of the action.
11. Most likely to make you wish you’d studied paleontology
A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent, by Marie Brennan. Set in a slightly off-kilter early 1900s England, and styled as a memoir, it follows famous dragon naturalist Isabella, Lady Trent. To be perfectly honest, this one is on my To-Read shelf, instead of my Read shelf. But it looks unique!
Do you have any favorites you would like to add to this list?