Didn’t we all dream about dragons? Didn’t we all want to, at some point, fly on the back of a dragon to fantasy lands full of adventures and dangers? Yes, we all dreamed about that, but some of us still dream about going to those lands!
Dragons, however, might be allies, strong enough to turn into humans, or humans to turn into dragons, or humans have the power to summon dragons. The possibilities are infinite, and in this list, we will see some books that will take you to the infinity lands of fantasy to discover more about dragons!
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
I come here sharing and letting you know about the existence of The Hobbit as if you didn’t know. Free on Kindle Unlimited, The Hobbit goes around a group of dwarfs, a hobbit, and sometimes a magician that plan on conquering back a mountain full of gold, which dragons crave greedily.
Here, although the dragon is not 100% evil, it is not the best friend or the sharer of wisdom and power, more like the sharer of destruction and fear!
Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee
Min’s mother forbids them to use the fox magic! She wants to protect the family and they should appear human at all times, but they can charm and shape-shift… So of course Min resents her simple life, her constant chores, the cousins who crowd her, and the aunties who judge her. – this sounds like the Disney movie.
Min wants to leave this planet, join the Space Forces and follow her brother through a thousand words, but it seems that Jun, her brother, has gone rogue for the Dragon Pearl… but Min knows that her brother would never do that, so she escapes her home, her planet in search of her brother.
The Penguin Book of Dragons by Scott G. Bruce
The most popular mythological creature in the human imagination, dragons have provoked fear and fascination for their lethal venom and crushing coils. As avatars of the Antichrist, servants of Satan, couriers of the damned to Hell, portents of disaster, and harbingers of the last days.
These collections of myths include: Their origins in the deserts of Africa; their struggles with their mortal enemies, elephants, in the jungles of South Asia; their fear of lightning; the world’s first dragon slayer, in an ancient collection of Sanskrit hymns; the colossal sea monster Leviathan; the seven-headed “great red dragon” of the Book of Revelation; the dragon in Beowulf, who inspired Smaug in Tolkien’s The Hobbit; the supernatural feathered serpent of ancient Mesoamerica; and a flatulent dragon the size of the Trojan Horse.
Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton
A savage world where the high-and-mighty have the self-imposed right of killing and eating the weaker children, which they do with ceremony and relish, growing stronger thereby.
A family deals with the death of the father. A son who fights for his father’s inheritance. A son who suffers deeply for his father’s death, and a sister who falls in love. Another one joins the abolition movement, and the last one gives herself to her husband.
The plot twist, however, is that this family is not that normal… because they all are dragons – red in tooth and claw.
Don’t Call the Wolf by Aleksandra Ross
A fierce queen, neither human nor lynx, fights to protect an abandoned forest. An exhausted soldier searches for the brother who disappeared in the trees of this forest. A fearsome and vengeful golden dragon haunts their nightmares and steps.
They are all destined for their paths to cross at the fringes of war! Monsters and men!
Love the concept of the shape-shifting queen, the desperate soldier, and of course the mighty dragon!
Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee
Gyen Jebi isn’t a fighter, all they want is to paint. One day they’re jobless; the next, out of desperation, Jebi has to paint the mystical sigils that animate the government’s automaton soldiers. However, while working, Jebi discovers the horrifying crimes of the government – where the magic pigments come from…
They can’t and won’t stay put. They will get into the mess of politics. They will steal the mighty dragon automaton, and find a way to fight…
Love how the main character’s pronouns are they/them!
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