Books with Dragons in them

St George’s Day today! Which is my tenuous excuse for sharing some of my favourite books with dragons in them.

Please share your favourites in the comments, I feel like I don’t have enough dragons in my reading list.

The Copper Promise by Jen Williams

Sebastion and Wydrin are mercenary sell-swords who free a dragon-god whilst investigating a ruined citadel.

At first they try to ignore the problem they have created, but the dragon starts destroying towns and villages and leaving a path of destruction across the continent.

A refreshing and fun story, full of magic, adventure, fights and taverns. I’ve only started reading Jen Williams recently, but she’s jumped straight to the top of my favourite fantasy authors list.

The Hobbit

One of the most famous dragon stories thanks to the films that came out a few years ago. I much prefer the book though, shorter and better paced and without all the boring bits they added to be able to make three films out of it.

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin

Neither good nor evil the dragons in Earthsea are wise and long lived. Scornful of humans, they will only talk to Dragonlords, humans that understand the language of dragons.

Written in the 1960’s, the Earthsea series is one of the most influential and best-loved fantasies to be published. If you have never read it do yourself a favour and get a copy.

The Dragon Keeper (Rain Wild Chronicles, #1) by Robin Hobb

The Dragon Keeper follows a pack of dragons born so weak and deformed that they can’t fly or hunt for themselves. Tired of having to care for them the people of the Rain Wilds want to move them up river to a place where they can live away from humans.

Thymara is hired to be a Dragon Keeper, she has to care for and feed her dragon on the journey to her new home.

So if you like dragons this series is packed full of them, and Robin Hobb is a wonderful writer 🙂

Note – this series follows the Liveship Trader series, but I don’t think you need to have read that first (I hadn’t), and this series has far more dragon page time in it.

Guards! Guards! (Discworld #8) by Terry Pratchett

A secret brotherhood who want to gain control of Ankh-Morpork release a dragon into the city. Enter The Watch, the ragtag and incompetent town guards who have to restore order to the chaos.

This is one of Terry Pratchett’s best Discworld stories it has many of my favourite characters and is massively funny. If you want to laugh out loud, this is the one for you.

The Copper Promise (The Copper Cat #1) by Jen Williams

The Copper Promise

The Copper Promise Blurb

There are some far-fetched rumours about the caverns beneath the Citadel…

Some say the mages left their most dangerous secrets hidden there; others, that great riches are hidden there; even that gods have been imprisoned in its darkest depths.

For Lord Frith, the caverns hold the key to his vengeance. Against all the odds, he has survived torture and lived to see his home and his family taken from him … and now someone is going to pay. For Wydrin of Crosshaven and her faithful companion, Sir Sebastian Caverson, a quest to the Citadel looks like just another job. There’s the promise of gold and adventure. Who knows, they might even have a decent tale or two once they’re done.

But sometimes there is truth in rumour.

Soon this reckless trio will be the last line of defence against a hungry, restless terror that wants to tear the world apart. And they’re not even getting paid.

My Review of The Copper Promise

The Copper Promise (The Copper Cat, #1)The Copper Promise by Jen Williams
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Plot
Sebastion and Wydrin are sell-swords hired by Lord Frith to act as bodyguards while he investigates a ruined citadel. Rumoured to be haunted, no one with any sense will go anywhere near it.

It’s a refreshing and fun story, full of magic, adventure, fights and taverns! It has a lot going on, but it was easy to follow and didn’t get complicated enough to stop it being fun to read.

One issue I had with it though is that Sebastion and Wydrin are supposed to be renowned as two of the best sell-swords there are, but every time they got into trouble someone or something appeared out of nowhere to help them. If they’re so good at what they do shouldn’t they have been able to save themselves more?

Then at the end, everything is tied up quickly and neatly in the epilogue, and it all felt a bit forced. A lot happened to the characters and it didn’t show how they dealt with everything.

BUT there’s no cliffhanger! *happy dance*

Characters
This is where Jen Williams really shines, her characters are wonderful. Complex and diverse, and they bring the story to life with warmth and humour. Lifts the book way above standard fantasy fare.

Sebastion – more about his reaction to Gallo. A lot of things not resolved for him, lost the Knights, Gallo, and his connection to the Dragon’s daughters.

Wydrin – smart, clever and with a reputation that precedes her, she drives the story and brings a lot of humour in.

Frith – cold and focused on his goal of revenge. But he can’t help reacting to the warmth and life in Sebastion and Wydrin.

Pacing
It started out fast paced, but then it seemed to slow down in the middle. I liked this better because it meant I could get fully engrossed in the story.

The end went super fast though. You know when you have 20 pages left and you think the author can’t possibly resolve all this by the end of the book? And then they do, but it all flies past so fast that you’re not sure what just happened? I’m not entirely sure how their plan worked or what they were doing. I feel like I have to go back and re-read the ending to pick up bits I missed.

Writing
Loved Jen’s writing style. Humorous and lively, and it’s sensitive when it needs to be. Can I just say again how happy I am there is no cliff hanger?!

Overall
It’s not perfect but I enjoyed it, and it gives the fantasy genre a good kick up the bum. I will definitely be reading the sequel.

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The Copper Promise
The Copper Cat
Jen Williams
Fantasy
February 13th 2014
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