Dragons have been a part of fantasy stories for a long time, and for a good reason. We can’t stop thinking about these scary, beautiful, and mysterious mythical creatures. Over the years, many writers have tried to tell stories about dragons, which has led to some truly iconic books. Here are the 10 best books about dragons that every fantasy fan should read.
1. “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien
Tolkien’s classic book “The Hobbit” has a dragon named Smaug who hides a treasure. A list of dragon books would only be complete by mentioning him. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in dragons because it has one of the most memorable dragon characters in literature.
2. “A Song of Ice and Fire” series by George R.R. Martin
Even though dragons are not the main point of this epic fantasy series, they are very important to the plot. As the series goes on, we see Daenerys Targaryen raise and train her dragons, which become more and more important to her quest to take the Iron Throne.
3. “Dragonriders of Pern” series by Anne McCaffrey
In this series, dragons are mythical creatures and very important allies in the fight against Thread, a dangerous enemy. McCaffrey’s dragons are smart, telepathic creatures that form strong bonds with their riders. This is important to the survival of their world.
4. “His Majesty’s Dragon” by Naomi Novik
This book is about Captain Will Laurence and his dragon, Temeraire. It takes place during the Napoleonic Wars. Novik’s dragons are not just strong weapons of war but also loyal friends to the people who ride them. The relationship between Laurence and Temeraire is one of the book’s best parts, and readers will want these two unlikely heroes to win.
5. “Eragon” by Christopher Paolini
This fantasy book for young adults is about Eragon, a young farm boy who finds a dragon egg and raises the dragon that hatches from it. The dragons in Paolini’s books are beautiful, wise creatures with a strong connection to magic and the natural world. The book is popular with young readers because it talks about friendship, courage, and the power of the human spirit.
6. “The Dragonbone Chair” by Tad Williams
In this epic fantasy book, dragons are strong animals and ancient beings with their own culture and history. Williams’ dragons are smart and have a lot of experience, which makes them both interesting and scary. In the story, Simon, a young boy who works in the kitchen, gets caught up in a big adventure with dragons, magic, and political drama.
7. “The Memoirs of Lady Trent” series by Marie Brennan
Dragons aren’t just mythical creatures in this series but also things scientists study. In the books, Lady Isabella Trent, a famous dragon naturalist who travels the world to explore different kinds of dragons, has adventures. Brennan’s dragons come from many other species, each with unique traits and skills.
8. “The Enchanted Forest Chronicles” by Patricia C. Wrede
This funny series follows Princess Cimorene and her dragon friend Kazul traveling through a magical and exciting world. Wrede’s dragons are not only strong animals but also smart and have their own culture and language. The books are fun and interesting for people of all ages to read.
9. “The Inheritance Cycle” by Christopher Paolini
In this epic series, a young farm boy named Eragon and his dragon Saphira go on adventures in a world full of magic and danger. The dragons in Paolini’s books are smart, can talk to each other, and have a strong connection to the magic that runs through their world.
10. “Dragon Keeper” by Robin Hobb
In this book, dragons are not only strong, but they are also rare and in danger of going extinct. Hobb’s dragons are different from others because they are born without wings and must depend on humans to care for them. The book tells the story of a young girl named Thymara as she learns to take care of a dragon she has taken in.
Readers have been interested in dragons for hundreds of years, and these books are some of the best ones about these fascinating creatures. There is a dragon book on this list for everyone, from the epic fantasy “A Song of Ice and Fire” to the young adult adventure “Eragon.” Whether you’ve been reading this kind of book for a long time or just learning about the magic of dragons for the first time.