Recommended Dragon Books

recommended dragon books

Transferred from old site, 2010-2018 version. Last updated 6 March 2024.

This is one of the last pages that I forgot to transfer over from my old website (third version).

I read many of these lovely dragon books as a teenager / young adult.

I’d love to add new recommendations (fiction and non-fiction) onto future dragon books related posts 📚

1. Dragons, A Natural History by Dr. Karl Shuker

He’s an expert on dracontology—enough said. A real wealth of information here. One of the best.

2. The Flight of Dragons by Peter Dickinson

Highly recommended book, first published in 1979. The physics of flight, details of dragon evolution and specific techniques of
dragon-slaying are discussed.

3. Dragoncharm dragon books by Graham Edwards

From the blurb: “This special edition of the original 1995 novel features revised text and a new introduction by the author. Return to the days before man walked the earth, when the skies were filled with dragons. . .”

4. The Book of the Dragon by Ciruelo Cabral

A lavish book of illustrations by the Spanish artist. The scenes are accompanied with text explaining the dragon’s legends.

Also check out our Michael Jackson and Dragons post where the King of Pop was carrying a copy of this book.

5. Here There Be Dragons by Jane Yolen

A wonderful collection of published stories and poems by Jane Yolen, combined with realistic pencil illustrations. It’s one of those books that’s irresistable if you see it on a shelf or at a bookstore (or online).

6. Pern Series by Anne McCaffrey

[in recommended order of reading]: Dragonflight, Dragonquest, The White Dragon, Dragonsong, Dragonsinger, Dragondrums, Moreta:Dragonlady of Pern, Nerilkla’s Story & The Coelura, Dragonsdawn, The Renegades of Pern, All the Weyrs of Pern, The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall, The Dolphins of Pern, Red Star Rising [Dragonseye in the U.S], The Masterharper of Pern, The Skies of Pern

One of the most recommended and famous dragon books of all time. Readers are pulled into the world of Pern, and the series has captivated the imagination of booklovers worldwide. In the 2000’s, this series was the most recommended amongst Dragonsinn site visitors.

You can also check out our small collection of Pern dragon quotes.

7. The Last Dragonlord by Joanne Bertin

8. The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede

[in order]: Dealing With Dragons, Searching for Dragons, Calling on Dragons, Talking to Dragons

Fun and unique fantasy plots. Princess Cimoreen of Linderwall uses her quick wit and courage to deal, search and save the mostly kind dragons.

9. Dragonlance Chronicles by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman

[in order]: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Dragons of Winter Night, Dragons of Spring Dawning

10. The Pit Dragon Chronicles by Jane Yolen

[in order]: Dragon’s Blood, Heart’s Blood, A Sending of Dragons, Dragon’s Heart

A wonderful and captivating series written with vivid descriptions and emotion revolving around 15-year old bonder Jakkin Stewart and the dragons on planet Austar.

11. Dragon’s Bait by Vivian Vande Velde

A relatively short book compared to others, but the plot is still exciting and humorous. The cool dragon, Selendrile, that can take the form of a human is unforgettable. One of my personal most favourite of dragon books, as well as all books!

12. The Winterlands Series by Barbra Hambly

13. Dragon Chronicles by Susan Fletcher

[Dragon’s Milk, Flight of the Dragon Ryn, Sign of the Dove]

You can also check out our collection of quotes from Dragon’s Milk.

14. The Ultimate Dragon (anthology)

A compilation of stories written by some of the world’s leading authors like Tanith Lee, Ursula Le Guin and Harlan Ellison.

15. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

Featuring Smaug the Famous!

16. The Girl Who Heard Dragons by Anne McCaffrey

17. The Dragon Prince by Laurence Yep

Children’s book. Superb artwork. It’s a Chinese ‘Beauty and the Beast’ tale.

18. Dragon Steel by Laurence Yep

19. The Discovery of Dragons by Graeme Base

Full of escapades and gripping encounters with dragons around the world. The huge full-color paintings of dragons, maps, and drawings are delightful as well.

20. The Dragon Chronicles by Malcolm Sanders

A wizard’s journal on the existence of dragons. Authenticity is complete with an old weathered-looking cover and paper made to look like parchment.

21. Paint Your Dragon by Tom Holt

Very funny in a black comedy kind of way. Basically it turns the idea of George and the dragon (good versus evil) on its head. The dragon is the good guy as are the demons on a busman’s holiday from hell! Well worth a read on a dull sunday afternoon and a lot lighter than the normal dragon novels. After all, dragons are worth a smile.
– Recommended & reviewed by: Emma

22. Eragon by Christopher Paolini

23. Dragonology by Dr. Ernest Drake

Here’s a very attractive encyclopaedia!

24. The Realm of The Gods by Tamora Pierce

In the fourth book of The Immortals Quartet, the main character Daine is in the Dragonlands. This installment follows Emperor Mage (book 3), Wolf-Speaker (book 2), and Wild Magic (book 1). The second book also features a basilisk.
– Recommended & reviewed by: Barbara Jordan

25. The Dragon Nimbus trilogy by Irene Radford

26. Dragons: The Greatest Stories (Hardcover) / Martin H. Greenberg (editor)

Features a spectrum of stories from Ray Bradbury, Anne McCaffrey, Mickey Zucker Reichert, etc.

27. The Game Master’s Book of Legendary Dragons

“I’ve never played Dungeons and Dragons before so for me, this was just a book of dragons to use for inspiration which is generally what I think the authors had in mind. The dragons featured in this book are meant for Dungeon Masters in D&D to use or at least inspire their games.

For me, I use it for inspiration for more literary work. . .The artwork and lore within this book is excellent and there’s many ways one can piecemeal these dragons together into something new for either a D&D raid or something more unique.”

– Review by jnatrain

28. Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin (epic fantasy series)

You can also check out our Game of Thrones quotes.

29. The Dragon of Mith by Kate Walker

The Dragon Mith is a novel for children. This book has its villains, wicked deeds and nail-biting moments, but at heart it’s a tale in which gentleness, understanding and good manners triumph. The book was first published in Australia in 1989 and was awarded second prize (an honour listing) in the Australian Children’s Book of the Year Awards – Younger Readers.

Check out Kate’s QnA with us on writing, publishing, and what makes dragons so captivating.

By Jess

Jess Chua is an award-winning writer and sketch artist. She's been the keeper of Dragonsinn since 1999. She works in the online writing/editing field and enjoys yoga, reading, and design. Join Dragon Mail for printable welcome gifts, giveaways, and a healthy dose of dragon inspiration!