Recommended fantasy books with dragons

The dragon first appeared in literature thousands of years ago, with the Book of Job being one of the earliest recorded instances. As the 19th century drew to a close Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky in Through the Looking-Glass (1871) and Kenneth Grahame The Reluctant Dragon (1898) brought the scaled, reptilian back into favour. And then, in 1937, one JRR Tolkien wrote a children’s book called The Hobbit, which featured an especially greedy and cunning dragon called Smaug and the professor’s great friend CS Lewis featured an elderly, unnamed dragon in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Narnia Chronicles, 1952). Among the best-known books to feature dragons in the last fifty to sixty years have been Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea Saga (1964-), Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern series (1966), Michael Ende’s The Neverending Story (1979), RA Salvatore’s Forgotten Realms novels (1988–present), Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings series (1995), George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series (1996–present), JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series (1997–2007), Christopher Golden’s Strangewood (1999), Christopher Paolini The Inheritance Cycle (2002-) and Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series (2006-).

Eragon

1. Eragon by Christopher Paolini
The Inheritance Cycle: Book 1
Score: 114
Our rating: 6.6 | 48 positive reader reviews

Assassin\'s Quest

2. Assassin's Quest by Robin Hobb
The Farseer Trilogy: Book 3
Score: 105
Our rating: 9.8 | 7 positive reader reviews

The Mad Ship

3. The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb
The Liveship Traders: Book 2
Score: 102
Our rating: 9.9 | 3 positive reader reviews

Fool\'s Assassin

4. Fool's Assassin by Robin Hobb
Fitz and the Fool #1
Score: 100
Our rating: 9.8 | 2 positive reader reviews

Ship of Magic

5. Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb
The Liveship Traders: Book 1
Score: 99
Our rating: 9.5 | 4 positive reader reviews

City of Dragons

6. City of Dragons by Robin Hobb
The Rain Wild Chronicles: Book 3
Score: 98
Our rating: 9.7 | 1 positive reader reviews

Ship of Destiny

7. Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb
The Liveship Traders: Book 3
Score: 97
Our rating: 9.5 | 2 positive reader reviews

The Two Pearls of Wisdom

8. The Two Pearls of Wisdom by Alison Goodman
Eona series: Book 1
Score: 94
Our rating: 9.3 | 1 positive reader reviews

The Dragon\'s Tooth

9. The Dragon's Tooth by ND Wilson
The Ashtown Burials: Book 1
Score: 94
Our rating: 9.3 | 1 positive reader reviews

Fool\'s Fate

10. Fool's Fate by Robin Hobb
The Tawny Man: Book 3
Score: 93
Our rating: 9.3 | 0 positive reader reviews

Always Forever

11. Always Forever by Mark Chadbourn
Age of Misrule: Book 3
Score: 93
Our rating: 9.3 | 0 positive reader reviews

Fool\'s Errand

12. Fool's Errand by Robin Hobb
The Tawny Man: Book 1
Score: 92
Our rating: 9.0 | 2 positive reader reviews

Returner\'s Wealth

13. Returner's Wealth by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell
Wyrmeweald: Book 1
Score: 92
Our rating: 9.0 | 2 positive reader reviews

The Necklace of the Gods

14. The Necklace of the Gods by Alison Goodman
Eona series: Book 2
Score: 92
Our rating: 9.2 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Rage of Dragons

15. The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter
The Burning #1
Score: 92
Our rating: 9.2 | 0 positive reader reviews

Dragon Keeper

16. Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb
The Rain Wild Chronicles: Book 1
Score: 91
Our rating: 8.5 | 6 positive reader reviews

Dragon Haven

17. Dragon Haven by Robin Hobb
The Rain Wild Chronicles: Book 2
Score: 91
Our rating: 9.0 | 1 positive reader reviews

Fool\'s Quest

18. Fool's Quest by Robin Hobb
Fitz and the Fool #2
Score: 91
Our rating: 9.0 | 1 positive reader reviews

The Golden Fool

19. The Golden Fool by Robin Hobb
The Tawny Man: Book 2
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

World\'s End

20. World's End by Mark Chadbourn
Age of Misrule: Book 1
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Darkest Hour

21. Darkest Hour by Mark Chadbourn
Age of Misrule: Book 2
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Tales from the Perilous Realm

22. Tales from the Perilous Realm by JRR Tolkien
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Redheart

23. Redheart by Jackie Gamber
Leland Dragon Series: Book 1
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Sela

24. Sela by Jackie Gamber
Leland Dragon Series: Book 2
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Written

25. The Written by Ben Galley
Emaneska Series: Book 1
Score: 90
Our rating: 8.8 | 2 positive reader reviews

Bloodhoney

26. Bloodhoney by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell
Wyrmeweald: Book 2
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Dragonworld

27. Dragonworld by Pamela Wiseman and Sarah Laichas
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

28. Stealth Dragon Services by Lucinda Hare
The Dragonsdome Chronicles: Book 4
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Vallista

29. Vallista by Steven Brust
Vlad Taltos #15
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Flight of the Darkstar Dragon

30. Flight of the Darkstar Dragon by Benedict Patrick
Darkstar #1
Score: 90
Our rating: 9.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Windhaven

31. Windhaven by George RR Martin
Score: 89
Our rating: 8.9 | 0 positive reader reviews

Dragonsinger

32. Dragonsinger by Anne McCaffrey
The Dragon Rider's Saga: Book 4
Score: 89
Our rating: 8.9 | 0 positive reader reviews

Dragonlance Chronicles

33. Dragonlance Chronicles by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
Dragonlance
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.5 | 3 positive reader reviews

Blood of Dragons

34. Blood of Dragons by Robin Hobb
The Rain Wild Chronicles: Book 4
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

Dreamwalker

35. Dreamwalker by JD Oswald
The Ballad of Sir Benfro #1
Score: 88
Our rating: 8.7 | 1 positive reader reviews

The Dragon Arcana

36. The Dragon Arcana by Pierre Pevel
The Cardinal’s Blades #3
Score: 87
Our rating: 8.7 | 0 positive reader reviews

In The Labyrinth of Drakes

37. In The Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan
A Natural History of Dragons #4
Score: 87
Our rating: 8.7 | 0 positive reader reviews

Dragonsong

38. Dragonsong by Anne McCaffrey
The Dragon Rider's Saga: Book 3
Score: 86
Our rating: 8.6 | 0 positive reader reviews

Big Dragons Don\'t Cry

39. Big Dragons Don't Cry by CM Barrett
A Dragon�s Guide to Destiny #1
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

Seraphina

40. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.4 | 1 positive reader reviews

The Devil in Green

41. The Devil in Green by Mark Chadbourn

Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

Throne of Jade

42. Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik
Temeraire series: Book 2
Score: 85
Our rating: 8.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Alchemist in the Shadows

43. The Alchemist in the Shadows by Pierre Pevel
The Cardinal’s Blades #2
Score: 84
Our rating: 8.4 | 0 positive reader reviews

Victory of Eagles

44. Victory of Eagles by Naomi Novik
Temeraire series: Book 5
Score: 83
Our rating: 8.3 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Endless Ocean

45. The Endless Ocean by Toby Bennett
The Inner Sea Cycle #1
Score: 83
Our rating: 8.3 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Last Namsara

46. The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli
Iskari: Book 1
Score: 81
Our rating: 8.0 | 1 positive reader reviews

Eldest

47. Eldest by Christopher Paolini
The Inheritance Cycle: Book 2
Score: 80
Our rating: 7.6 | 4 positive reader reviews

Dragon Slippers

48. Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George
Score: 80
Our rating: 8.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Ice Dragon

49. The Ice Dragon by George RR Martin
Score: 80
Our rating: 8.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Smoke Eaters

50. Smoke Eaters by Sean Grigbsy
Score: 80
Our rating: 8.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

51. The Order of the Scales by Stephen Deas
Memory of Flames #3
Score: 79
Our rating: 7.8 | 1 positive reader reviews

The Dragon\'s Path

52. The Dragon's Path by Daniel Abraham
The Dagger and the Coin: Book 1
Score: 78
Our rating: 7.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

Dragons of Autumn Twilight

53. Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
Dragonlance
Score: 77
Our rating: 7.7 | 0 positive reader reviews

Bitterwood

54. Bitterwood by James Maxey
Dragon Age Trilogy: Book 1
Score: 77
Our rating: 7.7 | 0 positive reader reviews

Dragondrums

55. Dragondrums by Anne McCaffery
The Dragon Rider's Saga: Book 5
Score: 77
Our rating: 7.7 | 0 positive reader reviews

56. Dragonforge by James Maxey
Dragon Age Trilogy: Book 2
Score: 75
Our rating: 7.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Story of Tomkin and the Dragon

57. The Story of Tomkin and the Dragon by JA Andrews
A Keeper's Tale
Score: 75
Our rating: 7.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Cardinal’s Blades

58. The Cardinal’s Blades by Pierre Pevel
The Cardinal’s Blades #1
Score: 74
Our rating: 7.4 | 0 positive reader reviews

59. Inheritance by Christopher Paolini
The Inheritance Cycle: Book 4
Score: 74
Our rating: 6.7 | 7 positive reader reviews

The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince

60. The Wilful Princess and the Piebald Prince by Robin Hobb
Score: 70
Our rating: 7.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Fork, The Witch, and The Worm

61. The Fork, The Witch, and The Worm by Christopher Paolini
Tales from Alagaësia #1
Score: 70
Our rating: 7.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Caged Queen

62. The Caged Queen by Kristen Ciccarelli
Iskari: Book 2
Score: 70
Our rating: 7.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Nice Dragons Finish Last

63. Nice Dragons Finish Last by Rachel Aaron
Heartstrikers: Book 1
Score: 69
Our rating: 6.9 | 0 positive reader reviews

Black Powder War

64. Black Powder War by Naomi Novik
Temeraire series: Book 3
Score: 68
Our rating: 6.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

Legends of the Dragonrealm: Shade

65. Legends of the Dragonrealm: Shade by Richard A Knaak
Score: 67
Our rating: 6.7 | 0 positive reader reviews

Dragon in Chains

66. Dragon in Chains by Daniel Fox
Score: 65
Our rating: 6.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

Light Dawning

67. Light Dawning by Ty Arthur
Score: 65
Our rating: 6.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

The White Dragon

68. The White Dragon by Anne McCaffrey
The Dragon Rider's Saga: Book 6
Score: 65
Our rating: 6.5 | 0 positive reader reviews

Dragon\'s Milk

69. Dragon's Milk by Susan Fletcher
The Dragon Chronicles
Score: 63
Our rating: 6.3 | 0 positive reader reviews

Dragonflight

70. Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
The Dragon Rider's Saga: Book 1
Score: 61
Our rating: 6.1 | 0 positive reader reviews

Scales

71. Scales by Acacia Awai
Score: 60
Our rating: 6.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Council of Blades

72. The Council of Blades by Paul Kidd
Forgotten Realms: The Nobles #5
Score: 60
Our rating: 6.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

A Plague of Swords

73. A Plague of Swords by Miles Cameron
The Traitor Son Cycle #4
Score: 60
Our rating: 6.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

The Anointed

74. The Anointed by Keith Ward
Red Proxy #3
Score: 60
Our rating: 6.0 | 0 positive reader reviews

Flight of the Dragon Kyn

75. Flight of the Dragon Kyn by Susan Fletcher
The Dragon Chronicles
Score: 59
Our rating: 5.9 | 0 positive reader reviews

Dragonquest

76. Dragonquest by Anne McCaffrey
The Dragon Rider's Saga: Book 2
Score: 58
Our rating: 5.8 | 0 positive reader reviews

77. Eona by Alison Goodman
Score: 56
Our rating: 5.4 | 2 positive reader reviews

Brisingr

78. Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
The Inheritance Cycle: Book 3
Score: 49
Our rating: 3.2 | 17 positive reader reviews

Wind

79. Wind by KJ Taylor
Drachengott #1
Score: 49
Our rating: 4.9 | 0 positive reader reviews