Don’t you wish dragons were real? I do. I mean, there’d be nothing cooler than flying everywhere on my winged fire-breather… instead of taking a plane. Unfortunately, they don’t really exist. Luckily, you and I can find comfort in some of the best book series about dragons to help spur our fantastical imaginations.
In my series list, I decided to exclude two obvious choices: Game of Thrones and The Hobbit. Because everyone’s already heard of them. Instead, I’ll focus on lesser-known titles that are still definitely worth your reading time.
You’ll be happy to know that all these books feature dragons in prominent roles, whether they’re evil creatures, friendly companions, etc. I’ve also included a few books with dragons as main characters, told from their protagonist view.
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1. The Temeraire series
A book series about dragons… set to the beat of the Napoleonic wars. Count me in!
Author Naomi Nivik thrives on writing emotionally-charged aerial battle scenes that’ll have you on the edge of your seat. In addition, she takes great strides in fleshing out each important character throughout the entire book series.
The first book, His Majesty’s Dragon, isn’t bogged down by meandering prose as well. Instead, what you get is an instantly accessible blend of drama, military strategies, heartbreak, and even comedy. This is all written in classic English, but without the convoluted ramble.
The Temeraire series is a must-read, and definitely one of the best book series about dragons ever released.
2. The Chronicles of Dragon series
Trapped in human form, Nath Dragon sets out on an epic fantasy adventure to hunt down evil dragon poachers. He’s accompanied by a dwarf named Brenwar as they face off against a treacherous world filled with orcs, ogres, trolls, and other evil-doers who threaten to enslave Nath’s dragon kin.
This dragon series is suited for young teenagers. However, don’t be put off by this even if you’re an adult. While a little slow-moving at the start, you’ll soon find yourself spellbound by this enthralling fantasy page-turner filled with drama, suspense, and plot-twists.
3. The Age of Fire series
There’s lots of fantasy dragon books out there. But fewer which actually tell an engaging story told from a dragon’s point of view as a main character. Thankfully, you have The Age of Fire series to fill this niche.
Up in a cave among high mountains, a brood of four baby dragons are born. However, it isn’t long before greedy slave-trader dwarfs break in. Only the young gray dragon, Auron, manages to escape. He then sets off on a journey to find others of his kind. However, danger awaits at every turn as he encounters evil foes who threaten his very existence.
Author E. E. Knight has a knack developing rich, multifaceted characters as he crafts a world that builds on familiar fantasy tropes without the cliches.
4. Dawn of Dragons (Requiem series)
Daniel Arenson is an experienced author of dragon lore. The beginning trilogy of the Requiem series tells the story of Weredragons – shunned people who can turn into dragons. These ‘monsters’ (as the world sees them) soon form their own kingdom of Requiem, raging war with foes with a thirst to vanquish them.
Like The Age of Fire, the entire Requiem series unfolds largely from the perspective of dragons, offering a refreshing take on the genre.
Readers have praised Arenson for his complex dragon characters, as he explores themes of love, loss, tragedy, and triumph. Those drawn to Dawn of Dragons can also delve into other Requiem follow-ups, including Song of Dragons and Dragonlore.
On the whole, Requiem is an obvious choice when it comes to the best book series about dragons.
5. Of Cinder & Bone series
Think Jurassic Park with dragons and you’ll be pretty much attuned to Of Cinder & Bone.
The book series is set in a world where dragons once existed, but have since been hunted into extinction. That is, until two scientists discover a way to bring them back, thanks to genetic lab work. Only problem is: someone has stolen the first newborn dragon, for reasons to be revealed.
Admittedly, the first book does start off a little slow, and falls a little short in its scientific explanations. However, stay with it and you’ll soon be rewarded with an exciting narrative brimming with imagination and plot twists. Hey, even the Yakuza makes an appearance!
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6. The Dragon’s Blade series
The Dragon’s Blade is a book series that tells a tale of redemption. Darnuir, Prince of Dragons, is filled with pride, thinking himself invincible to the scorn of others. However, he is soon dealt a mortal blow, banished to a rebirth that sees him downsized to a vulnerable fledgling.
Two decades pass, and the world is thrown into chaos as a demonic army swarms the land. It’s thus up to Darnuir to navigate through the fragile politics between humans, fairies, and of course, dragons. But time is quickly running out to forge a fighting alliance.
If you love R.A. Salvatore and Robert Crane, you’ll enjoy The Dragon’s Blade for its multi-layered plot and detailed characters. Author Michael Miller also refrains from overly dense descriptions, yet provides you with enough world details to weave a plot enriched with themes of war, romance, and beautiful drama.
7. Heartstone series
This series marries narrative elements of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice with a fantastic world of warriors, dragons, and other mythical creatures. The plot begins with Aliza Bentaine, who has lost her sister to a horde of invading gryphons. However, it isn’t long before the folk of Merybourne band their resources together to hire Riders to seek revenge against the enemy.
What begins as a simple plot of vengeance soon expands into an epic book series packed with romance, war, and magic. Yes, there are a few moments where the narrative feels a bit constrained by its source material. Nonetheless, Elle Katharine White’s wizardry with creative character & plot developments boldly steers the series into refreshing territory, (dragon) riding on its own strengths.
By popular demand!
The Dragonriders of Pern is arguably one of the most popular dragon series available.
This incredible adventure begins with Lessa, an outcast survivor whose parents were brutally murdered, leaving her birthright stolen. She longs for revenge against those who have destroyed her family.
However, a great upheaval rises when an ancient evil threatens to destroy the world of Pern. It’s up to Lessa — and her trusted dragon companion — to save the day as they face off against overwhelming odds.
While slow at the start, much of The Dragonriders of Pern series is packed with vibrant characters and strong plot-points that have held up well to the test of time. In addition, you’ll acquaint yourself with some of the best actualized dragonlore ever penned to paper. There’s good reason why these books remain a firm favorite among dragon fans decades on.
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