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.
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.