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Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them: Dragons

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Dragons

Where To Find: Dragons!

Hello everyone! So I’m sure many of you have guessed that I love dragons :D. It might not surprise you then that I’m more likely to read a book if it has dragons in it, and I bet that there are fantastic beasts that you are similarly smitten with ;-). With that idea in mind, I decided to start a new series of sporadic posts, with the name lovingly stolen  borrowed from Harry Potter of course. I’ll focus on an awesome fantastical beast per post and list some of the books I know of that have a version of that critter as a fairly central element. Of course the matching might not be perfect since the best authors put their own spins on classic ideas, and some of the later posts might be more of a stretch depending on what I can find ;-). But I’ll do my best and more importantly, I would love suggestions :D.

  1. Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey – To start off, I have to go with the classic dragonlover’s book series, The Dragonriders of Pern. There are a lot of these books, so you won’t run out for a while! On Pern, a deadly Thread falls from the sky regularly, and so the telepathic dragons are needed to burn it before it destroys crops and people. There are lots of dragons in this series to fall in love with and humans as well, haha!
  2. Eragon Eragon by Christopher Paolini – Next we of course will go with one of the main books people think of when they think of dragons. Saphira and friends are major players in the adventures. Dragons can communicate telepathically with their chosen riders, and while there are only a couple left, Eragon being a dragonrider makes this a big dragon book :D.
  3. Song in the Silence by Elizabeth Kerner Song in the Silence by Elizabeth Kerner – This one is less well-known, but also a classic bard tale of adventure. In this one, Lanen has seen “dragons” before, but they are mindless beasts roaming the northern forests. She dreams of True Dragons, that can speak and think. To find them, she goes on a dangerous journey and gets way more than she bargained for, but just what she dreamed of!
  4. Heart of the Dragon's Realm Heart of the Dragon’s Realm by Karalynn Lee – I just recently read this one and loved it! There aren’t as many dragons as I’d hoped, but they do show up at the end, and it’s totally worth the wait :D. I’m also hoping that Lee writes a sequel that will have more dragons in it.
  5. Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman – This one is based in the Dungeons and Dragons world, and so dragons can transform into humanoid shapes and are good or evil depending on their color. The dragons don’t show up until later in the trilogy, but they play a major role and are some awesome characters :D. Plus, it’s a freaking awesome trilogy ;-).
  6. Tournament of Chance Tournament of Chance by S. G. Rogers – This is another tour book that I read really recently, and while I was a little disappointed with the lack of description of the dragonform that the wizards used, there were still lots of dragons :D. In Tournament of Chance, a family of wizards transforms into dragons on a regular basis. Then there are also wild dragons, some of which are nice and adorable and some of which are mean ;-).
  7. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin – So I’ve only read the first book and a half of A Song of Ice and Fire, and so the dragons are still itty bitty, but totally awesome! I’m so excited to keep reading this series and find out all about the dragons and their queen ;-). Oh and all that other human stuff that is going on, haha.

All right, that’s all I’ve got for now, though there are a lot more on my shelf waiting to be read…. What dragon-y books do you know of? I always want to add more to my TBR :D. Also what is your favorite fantastic beast that you want to know where to find? ;-)

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Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings -A

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Comments

  1. Such an awesome idea for a series :) And a great start too, dragon books are my absolute favourite! How about Robin Hobb? Her Liveship and Rain Wilds series have lots of dragons in them! I’m off to add some of these to my reading list now, thanks!

    • :D Thanks! I had to start with the critter I had read the most of, haha! I am so ashamed to say I haven’t read any of Robin Hobb’s books! They’ve been on the TBR list for way too long though, so she’ll definitely be in the v2 of this list :D.

  2. Love this is a feature idea! :) I love Dragonriders of Pern! :)

    • Yey thanks :D Me too! I think I’m going to need to re-read some of those books when I steal them from my parents’ house this week, haha!

  3. typingtiara says:

    SO MANY PERN BOOKS. I’ve been trying to snatch them up as I see them at my library sales but I have absolutely no idea where to start. Though I’m pretty sure all the ones I’ve grabbed so far are later in the series….and every website says different, so where is the best place to start these books?

    I have Eragon marked as a 2013 must-read and I have Song in the Silence that I’ll add to the list since I have a copy of that buried somewhere in the TBR.

    And YES on Song of Ice and Fire. I’m about a hundred pages into A Clash of Kings and I just love these books. Love love love them.

    As for my favorite creature, I am seriously in love with centaurs…think you can help a girl out? :]

    • Haha, yes, it’s a problem! Anne McCaffrey’s website used to have a reading order guide that I used as a kid, but apparently that has been taken down, which sucks…. Inarguably, Dragonflight is the first book to read. The trilogy Dragonriders of Pern which contains Dragonflight, Dragonquest and The White Dragon is a great start and I think is what Anne McCaffrey recommended to start with. For the most part, the books are fairly interchangeable past that, except for the trilogies (Harper Trilogy etc). Generally you want to read in chronological order (though that doesn’t always work as you’ll find as you read the books ;-)), but I like this guide: http://pern.srellim.org/readorder.htm since it has the wiggle room that seems to make sense to me. This pdf seems to be straight from the source: http://pernhome.com/aim/2006-Pern-Reading-Order.pdf though it doesn’t have wiggle room explained, so don’t worry about straying form it if the first link says it’s okay ;-). Really, the first books are what matters, and past that you can figure it out ;-). If you have specific questions, feel free to ask though and I will dive in to try to determine if there are spoilers for you :D

      Oo centaurs, excellent choice! I’m not sure how many centaur books I’ve run into in the past, but I will now be keeping my eye out :D It’s amusing, though, since I think Harry Potter is going to be showing up on a lot of these lists now xD

  4. Awesome list! I’m also a huge dragon fan, and have one on my blog banner (but it’s not as cute as your dragon!) Love the Dragonlance books, I spent years of my life reading them, and the Inheritance/Eragon books, too. And this last year it’s been all about A Song of Ice and Fire. :)

    • They are so awesome :D I’m still completely behind in all of these great series unfortunately, but I’m working on catching up, haha!

  5. Great idea for posts! Can’t go wrong with dragons! The books you listed that weren’t on my TBR list are there now! Thanks. :D

    • Thanks :D I was sitting there thinking one day that I wanted a list of books based on critters in them since I’m obsessed with mystical creatures xD

  6. I’m a dragon lover also, I adore Dragonriders of Pern series also and I am adding all books from your list that I did not read to my tbr. :D As for more books with dragons: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman & Realms of the Elderlings series by Robin Hobb. :)

    As for favorite fantastic beast, since you already covered dragons – I vote for unicorns. :)

    • I’m so excited, Angelya from The Oaken Bookcase got me Seraphina for x-mas and it should be arriving soon :D So I’ll definitely be including it in the second version of this list xD Oo, I haven’t heard of the Robin Hobb series, adding it to the TBR list :D

      Excellent, I haven’t read a lot of unicorn books, but that sounds like an excellent reason to start doing some research :D

      • Yay for soon arriving Seraphina. It’s one of the best ya fantasy I read this year, I hope you enjoy it too! And Robin Hobb writes very good classic fantasy. I only read Farseer Trilogy so far, but I plan to read more soon…
        I did not read many books with unicorns also, they seem very neglected in fantasy….

        • Indeed, poor unicorns! It might be a phase thing too, I feel like they were more common in past generations of fantasy…. Research time :D

  7. What, no Hobbit? :)

    The most recent book with a dragon in it that I read, and adored, was the YA book Kenny and the Dragon written and illustrated (such great illustrations) by Tony Di Terlizzi. Highly recommend it.

    • Haha, I knew I’d forget some! Though I was aiming for books that had dragons that weren’t the bad guy ;-) Oo, that illustrated one sounds wonderful though! I love pretty pictures :D

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