The word â€œFantasyâ€ itself creates in us an image of dragons. Varieties of them, the good ones,-the protective ones, the bad ones, the destructive ones, fire breathing, flying, serpentine-like, and those possessing reptilian traits … the dragons have been a part of the fantasy world for a long, long, long time. They are mostly only a part of the story and are used as wild beasts to be ridden or slain. There is also a long list of fantasy genre books in which dragons are a major part of the story, with the story revolving in and around them.
One such series of books that captured imaginations worldwide and led to the very famous Game of Thrones dynasty is A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. It is one of the best series of epic fantasy novels in which dragons form the central part of the mythos and become very important as the story continues.
The novel Eragon by Christopher Paolini has been adapted into the film Eragon. It’s a lovely story of a farm boy who accidentally discovers a dragon egg, which he believes to be a stone. Later it hatches, and Saphira (a dragon) is out. Then the villain, an evil king, tries to capture the boy and the dragon, driving them to flee their hometown. Only they come back with rebels who plan the downfall of the evil king.
Dragon Weather by Lawrence Watt-Evans is another interesting dragon tale that features Arlian. He is a young boy who was the only one to survive the dragon attack, but he ends up with dragon venom in his veins. Very interesting, exciting, and a must-read for all the dragon lovers.
Age of Fire by E. E. Knight is a series of sibling adventures. A must-read for dragon fans. In this series, the characters ARE dragons. The series consists of seven books; the first three books are written from each sibling’s perspective.
The Two Pearls of Wisdom (aka The Dragon Eye or The Rise of the Dragon Eye) by Alison Goodman is a fantasy novel of a girl â€œEon,â€ who is concealed as a boy in order to become a Dragoneye. She has the potential to control wind, water, and land. The novel takes an interesting twist when the story reveals Eon as a female, since females are forbidden from practicing the dragon magic. She becomes a dangerous gamble. A novel you’ll get hooked on. No wonder the author ended up with award after award after award for this.
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien is one of the best fantasies. Again, the story is all about conquering the “talking dragon,” but most of the story is about the journey and the adventures involving the characters.
Dragon Keeper from The Rain Wild Chronicles series by Carole Wilkinson is a children’s fantasy novel and is the first book of the trilogy, followed by Garden of the Purple Moon and Dragon Moon. A brave girl during the reign of the Han Dynasty saves an aging dragon and escapes her brutal master only to be blamed for all the dragon deaths. She is pursued by a dragon hunter. Their journey across China to the ocean while protecting a mysterious stone is adventurous, thrilling, and dangerous. It ends up being a learning experience that will help her in her struggle. The mysterious stone turns out to be a dragon egg. The other books that follow Dragon Keeper are Dragon Havens, City of Dragons, and The Blood of Dragons. All five starter books continue her story with new twists and adventures.
The Dragon Jousters series by Mercedes Lackey is a series of fantasy novels. Initially, the story centers around a war between two neighboring countries who use dragon jousters as their most powerful weapons. Then the story follows Vetch (Kiron) who escapes slavery with the help of Ari, a dragon, and later comes back to Alta to become the leader of the first wing of tamed dragons.