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10 Best Dragon Books in Fantasy Fiction

Is there any creature—aside from a unicorn—that would make a more badass real-life pet?

From Game of Thrones to Harry Potter, the most successful fantasy franchises in history have featured memorable dragons. Since we’ve yet to win a dragon egg in a dive-bar poker game, we’ll have to settle for living out our beast-rearing dreams through the pages of novels. Thus, here are our 10 favorite dragon books of all time.

 

Buy Tea with the Black Dragon at Amazon

Tea with the Black Dragon

By R. A. MacAvoy

Martha McNamara is aided in her search for her daughter in this fantasy thriller by a man with the ability to transform into a dragon.

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Tea with the Black Dragon

By R. A. MacAvoy

 

Buy Dragon's Treasure at Amazon

Dragon's Treasure

By Elizabeth A. Lynn

In this sequel to Dragon’s Winter, Karadur Atani has now gained the power to transform from a human into a dragon. He must grapple with the challenges of ruling as a dragon lord in a fantastical medieval world.

Dragon's Treasure

By Elizabeth A. Lynn

 

Buy Spellsinger at Amazon

Spellsinger

By Alan Dean Foster

After a regular college student is transported to a magical dimension, he must team up with, among others, a Marxist dragon, in order to fight against a dark force.

Spellsinger

By Alan Dean Foster

 

Buy A Song of Ice and Fire series at Amazon

A Song of Ice and Fire series

By George R.R. Martin

In this epic series, young Daenerys Targaryen gives birth, by fire, to three dragons: Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion. The dragons make her all the more formidable as a contender to the Iron Throne.

A Song of Ice and Fire series

By George R.R. Martin

 

Buy His Majesty’s Dragon at Amazon

His Majesty’s Dragon

By Naomi Novik

In this alternate-reality fantasy, warriors fight each other on the backs of dragons during the Napoleonic Wars.

His Majesty’s Dragon

By Naomi Novik

 

Buy Seraphina at Amazon

Seraphina

By Rachel Harman

In a world in which humans and dragons live side-by-side, a court musician joins together with a prince to solve a gruesome murder.

Seraphina

By Rachel Harman

 

Buy Eragon at Amazon

Eragon

By Christopher Paolini

In the first book in the Inheritance Cycle, farm boy Eragon intends to trade a beautiful blue stone he finds in the mountains for food … only to watch as it hatches into a dragon.

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Eragon

By Christopher Paolini

 

Buy Dragonflight at Amazon

Dragonflight

By Anne McCaffrey

When her world is threatened by an evil force from a neighboring planet, Lessa must team up with a dragon queen to fight it.

Dragonflight

By Anne McCaffrey

 

Buy Dealing with Dragons at Amazon

Dealing with Dragons

By Patricia C. Wrede

Independent-minded Princess Cimorene abandons her royal duties and runs away to live with a dangerous dragon called Kazul in the first book of this fantasy series.

Dealing with Dragons

By Patricia C. Wrede

 

Buy Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone at Amazon

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

By J.K. Rowling

Though multiple dragons appear in the series, Norbert is one of the most memorable. After Hagrid wins a dragon egg from a disguised Professor Quirrell during a card game, he becomes obsessed with the creature, whom he names Norbert. Norbert, later revealed to be a female, is eventually released into the care of Ron’s brother Charlie Weasley.

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

By J.K. Rowling

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