11 Amazing Dragon Books for Fantasy Fans

With Game of Thrones finally reached the end of its epic eight-season run, public interest in dragon books (and their adaptations) is arguably at an all-time high. Like vampires and zombies, these winged creatures tend to share common mythology: they tend to be vain, powerful, blinded by gold-lust, and often incredibly loyal to a single human counterpart. To help you fight your GoT withdrawal symptoms, here are 11 dragon books you’ll want to check out.

1. Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey

The first book in McCaffrey’s sprawling Dragonriders of Pern series shot her to acclaim back in the late 1960s, making her the first woman writer to win both a Hugo and a Nebula Award (admittedly, both awards had only been around a few years). In the far future, humans have colonized a planet called Pern, which is protected by dragons and riders known as Weyrs. When Lessa, the surviving daughter of a once-great family, goes on the run from her family’s killers, she ends up joining the ranks of a Weyr — where many great things await her. Read More.
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2. Here, There Be Dragons by James A. Owen

In 1917, three Oxford scholars are entrusted with the Imaginarium Geographica by their recently deceased professor. The book contains the secret locations to mythical lands — information which makes them the target of some dark forces. In a bit of a well-known twist, our heroes are revealed to be the authors J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Charles Williams — and their adventures take them to a hidden real realm where, indeed, there be dragons. Read More.
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3. Temeraire (His Majesty’s Dragon) by Naomi Novik

In the midst of the Napoleonic Wars, Captain Will Lawrence of the King’s Navy captures a ship carrying a precious dragon’s egg. When the hatchling inside imprints itself on Lawrence, he makes the decision to abandon his naval career and join Britain’s mighty fleet of dragon-bourne ‘aviators’. Novik creates a rich and rewarding alternative history, devising entire global cultures around fascinating dragon characters in this beloved series of page-turners. Read More.
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