I’ve been planning a(nother) bookish tattoo, and the plan is to use symbols to represent my favorite books because I prefer graphic tattoos to a lot of text (on my own body). One of the first symbols that came to mind was a dragon because over the years, I’ve read and loved so many dragon books. You’ll notice, however, a glaring lack of diversity in the round-up to come. If you know of great dragon books by diverse writers, PLEASE let me know in the comments. I’ll read them with a quickness.
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Seraphina is half-human, half-dragon. She fears for her life and livelihood if anyone finds out. Of course, eventually, the key people learn her secret, and she becomes a key player in the war to come: she must find others of her kind to join her in trying to maintain the shaky peace that exists between the two races. There’s adventure. There’s angst. There’s romance, but not enough to make you gag. It’s just a good read, and I would say all fans of good fantasy should read it, YA label be damned.
Verdict: Buy, and get the sequel, Shadow Scale (which I’ve just started), while you’re at it.
A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan
Told as the memoir of the fictional Lady Trent, a natural historian who gets the opportunity to study dragons—her life’s dream!—this book definitely reads a something of a historical tome. It’s good, but it didn’t always keep me as engrossed as I like to be in my fantasy fiction. There’s some interesting alternate history and cool alternate science to be had if that’s your thing (it’s mine). Still, I think there’s at least one more book in the series that I haven’t picked up yet.
The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey
I haven’t read it yet, but the cover made it an auto-buy. Well, and the fact that some other Rioters raved about it.
Verdict: Buy. Or Borrow because I have heard mixed reviews.
Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton
I saved the best for last. Walton uses Victorian tropes to tell the story of a family of dragons, who must come to terms with the very real issues of inheritance, grief, and falling in love. I want to tell you everything about this book because I love it so much, but I also want to tell you nothing about it, because I had no expectations going in, and it became one of my top ten favorite books of all time, by anyone, ever.
Verdict: Buy, and buy for your friends
Again, dear readers, if you can recommend some rad dragon stories by writers of color, THANK YOU.