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Best Dragon Books

Soar through mythical skies and fiery tales with this collection of the most beloved dragon-themed books. Compiled from fantasy literature blogs, these reads are treasures of the genre.

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Dealing with Dragons
The Enchanted Forest Chronicles, Book One
Patricia C. Wrede - 2002-11-01 (first published in 1990)
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This fantasy novel follows the story of Cimorene, a headstrong and intelligent young woman who runs away to live with a dragon. In this unconventional setting, she finally finds the family and adventure she's been craving. With themes of self-discovery and defying societal norms, this book is sure to enchant readers of all ages.
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Anne McCaffrey - 2005-07-26 (first published in 1968)
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Experience an epic adventure to save a world threatened by an evil substance called Thread. Follow the story of Lessa, a kitchen girl seeking to take back her stolen birthright, who meets a queen dragon and forms a bond that will last forever. With very few dragons and riders left, Lessa and her beloved dragon must risk everything to protect their beautiful world from destruction.
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Dragon Rider
Cornelia Funke - 2005-06-04 (first published in 1997)
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Join a lonely boy named Ben and a brave young dragon named Firedrake on a magical journey to find the mythical place where silver dragons can live in peace forever. Along the way, they must overcome obstacles, summon courage, and face a ruthless villain with an ancient grudge. This enchanting adventure is about the true meaning of home and the power of destiny.
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The Hobbit
J. R. R. Tolkien - 2002-08-15 (first published in 1937)
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Embark on an epic journey with a hobbit named Bilbo Baggins, who is whisked away from his comfortable life by a company of dwarves and the wizard Gandalf. Their mission? To raid the treasure hoard guarded by the dangerous dragon, Smaug the Magnificent. But Bilbo's journey takes unexpected turns, as he stumbles upon a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum. An adventure you won't soon forget.
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Christopher Paolini - 2005-06-01 (first published in 2002)
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This thrilling adventure follows a young farm boy named Eragon who discovers a mysterious blue stone in the forest. But when the stone hatches a dragon, he realizes he's stumbled upon a legacy as old as the Empire itself. Overnight, Eragon's simple life is turned upside down as he's thrust into a world of destiny, magic, and power. With the fate of the Empire resting in his hands, can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders and navigate the dangerous terrain of an Empire ruled by an evil king?
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Rachel Hartman - 2013-01-01 (first published in 2012)
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Discover a world where dragons and humans coexist, but mistrust persists. In this Morris Award-winning debut, Rachel Hartman delivers some of the most interesting dragons in fantasy, lauded by Eragon-author Christopher Paolini. Follow Seraphina, an unusually gifted musician, as she navigates the court and uncovers a sinister plot to destroy the peace. But as she works with the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs to solve a murder, she struggles to protect her own dark secret - one that could mean her very life.
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Guards! Guards!
Terry Pratchett - 2001-08-01 (first published in 1989)
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Get ready to embark on a fantastical adventure through the world of Discworld in this eighth installment. Dragons, not dead but dormant, occupy a unique space that's tightly packed together. Follow along as the story unfolds and discover the key to unlock their potential, forever changing the course of history. Guards! Guards! will take you on a journey that will leave you mesmerized and eager for more!
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Talia Lavin
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His Majesty's Dragon
Naomi Novik - 2006-03-28
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Step into a thrilling alternate history where aerial combat is taken to new heights - on the backs of mighty dragons! Join Captain Will Laurence as he embarks on a daring adventure after capturing a French frigate and seizing an unhatched dragon egg. Navigating through the high-stakes world of the Aerial Corps as the master of the extraordinary dragon Temeraire, Laurence will need to learn the daring tactics of airborne battle as France's own dragon forces prepare to invade British soil.
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Dragons Love Tacos
Adam Rubin - 2012-06-14
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Dragons love tacos of all kinds, but be careful with the salsa! This scrumptious New York Times bestseller is a hilarious tale of dragons, tacos, and the trouble spicy salsa can bring. From the award-winning team behind Those Darn Squirrels!, this laugh-out-loud book is perfect for sharing with new friends and enjoying a tasty snack.
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Eric Umansky
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The Complete Book of Dragons (Ologies)
Dr. Ernest Drake - 2003-10-13
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Unleash your inner dragonologist with this lavishly illustrated book that presents the long-lost research of renowned dragonologist Dr. Ernest Drake. From assigning Latin names to dragon species to explaining their true hoarding habits, this eccentric book features novelty items on every spread, a booklet of dragon riddles, and a sealed envelope containing a dragon-calling spell. Preserve the magnificent creatures with this tongue-in-cheek volume that is an incomparable gift for true believers.
Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey
The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley
A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville
The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis
How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee
Dragon and Thief by Timothy Zahn
Dragon Champion by E. E. Knight
The Knight and the Dragon by Tomie dePaola
Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steve Light
My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
Dragon Was Terrible by Kelly DiPucchio
Dragons and Marshmallows by Asia Citro
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Puff, the Magic Dragon by Peter Yarrow, Lenny Lipton
The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter
Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton
The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde
Dragons in a Bag by Zetta Elliott
There's a Dragon in Your Book by Tom Fletcher
Three Tales of My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros
Wings of Fire Book One by Tui T. Sutherland
Dragonbreath #1 by Ursula Vernon
Murtagh by Christopher Paolini
King Jack and the Dragon by Peter Bently
Ember and the Ice Dragons by Heather Fawcett
Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weis
Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb
Talon by Julie Kagawa
The Inheritance Cycle Series 4 Book Set Collection Eragon, Eldest, Brisngr by Christopher Paolini
Dragon's Milk by Susan Fletcher
The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
Rise of the Earth Dragon by Tracey West
Dragon Flight by Jessica Day George
Legends of the Sky by Liz Flanagan
Dragons Love Tacos 2 by Adam Rubin
The Dragon Warrior by Katie Zhao
Here, There Be Dragons by James A. Owen
The New Kid at School by Kate McMullan
Fireborne by Rosaria Munda
Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee
Wings of Fire Boxset, Books 1-5 by Tui T. Sutherland
The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede
Talking to Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
There's No Such Thing as a Dragon by Jack Kent
Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling
The Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey
Never Touch a Dragon by Make Believe Ideas Ltd.
Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
Dragon's Halloween by Dav Pilkey
Not Your Typical Dragon by Dan Bar-el
Dear Dragon by Josh Funk
Me and My Dragon by David Biedrzycki
Aranya by Marc Secchia
There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight by Penny Parker Klostermann
Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon by Kat Zhang
The Princess Who Flew with Dragons by Stephanie Burgis
City of Thieves by Alex London
The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame
Eon by Alison Goodman
Ferno the Fire Dragon by Adam Blade
A Friend for Dragon by Dav Pilkey
A Graphix Book by Tui T. Sutherland
Dragonwatch by Brandon Mull
Anya and the Dragon by Sofiya Pasternack
Dragonsdawn by Anne McCaffrey
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
Dragon Mage by ML Spencer
A Gold Star for Zog by Julia Donaldson
Inheritance by Christopher Paolini
Spark by Sarah Beth Durst
Raising Dragons by Jerdine Nolen
A Book Dragon by Donn Kushner
Dragons at Crumbling Castle by Terry Pratchett
How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell
Eldest by Christopher Paolini
The Tale of Custard the Dragon by Ogden Nash, Lynn Munsinger
Dragon Keepers #1 by Kate Klimo
Heartstone by Elle Katharine White
Handbook for Dragon Slayers by Merrie Haskell
Burn by Patrick Ness