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    Greetings miramagicians

    Whoops! I found this used as a bookmark in my copy of 'Seraphina' . . .

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    And on the back these words:

    'It's not long until the holidays now! We're searching for reading tips - which book with or about dragons should be in everyone's trunk? We'll publish your recommendations in our blog.'


    Do you have any recommendations? Please post them below or on the facebook page so everyone can discover new dragons and new adventures!
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    The 'Flinx and the commonwealth' series of books by Alan Dean Foster is excellent for adventurers. An orphan boy named Flinx sets off on a wild adventure with his companion, a minidrag named Pip. There are many books in the series.

    Chronological order of the stories:

    For Love of Mother-Not (1983)
    The Tar-Aiym Krang (1972)
    Orphan Star (1977)
    The End of the Matter (1977)
    Flinx in Flux (1988)
    Mid-Flinx (1995)
    Reunion (2001)
    Flinx's Folly (2003)
    Sliding Scales (2004)
    Running from the Deity (2005)
    Bloodhype (1973)
    Trouble Magnet (2006)
    Patrimony (2007)
    Flinx Transcendent (2009)

    I only read the first five to be published as the others weren't available back then. Those five I would estimate as young teens. I had no idea more had been added so I will have lots to read this summer.
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    Some books about dragons or at least mentioning them I know of:

    - Eragon (4 volumes) by Christopher Paolini

    - The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

    - Harry Potter (I just forgot which of them mentioned dragons) by J. K. Rowling

    - Fantastic Beasts and where to find them by J. K. Rowling

    - La sombra del pájaro lira/Die verlassene Geschichte by Andrés Ibáñez (this one only mentions one dragon and unfortunately not very often... - It sadly is not available in English, just in Spanish (I hope I identified that right), German, French and Dutch)

    - The Pit Dragon Trilogy by Jane Yolen (my son read them a while ago...)
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    I absolutely love the 'Dragons of Pern' series by Anne McCaffrey. You MUST read these books. My favourite is The White Dragon closely followed by Dragonsong but, they are all excellent. I haven't finished reading the series yet but the ones I have read are in the young teens category.

    Publication order:


    • Dragonflight
    • Dragonquest
    • Dragonsong
    • Dragonsinger
    • The White Dragon
    • DragonDrums
    • Moreta: Dragonlady of Pern
    • Nerilka’s Story
    • Dragonsdawn
    • The Renegades of Pern
    • All The Weyrs of Pern
    • The Chronicles of Pern: First Fall
    • The Dolphins of Pern
    • Dragonseye
    • The Masterharper of Pern
    • The Skies of Pern
    • Dragon’s Kin
    • Dragonsblood
    • Dragon’s Fire
    • Dragon Harper
    • Dragonheart
    • Dragongirl
    • Dragon’s Time
    • Sky Dragons
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    Cressida Cowell has written a fantastic series of childrens books which are very different from the film that came from them. Even if you have seen the film, you should read these books. There is so much that differs from the film that it is almost a different story entirely.

    Main series

    1. How to Train Your Dragon (2003)
    2. How to Be A Pirate (2004)
    3. How to Speak Dragonese (2005)
    4. How to Cheat A Dragon's Curse (2006)
    5. How to Twist A Dragon's Tale (2007)
    6. A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons (2008)
    7. How to Ride A Dragon's Storm (2009)
    8. How to Break A Dragon's Heart (2010)
    9. How to Steal A Dragon's Sword (2011)
    10. How to Seize A Dragon's Jewel (2012)
    11. How to Betray A Dragon's Hero (2013)
    12. How to Fight a Dragon's Fury (2015)



    Related books

    1. How To Train Your Viking, by Toothless the Dragon (2006)
    2. The Day of the Dreader (2012)
    3. The Incomplete Book of Dragons: A Guide to Dragon Species (2014, UK) / The Complete Book of Dragons: A Guide to Dragon Species (2014, US)


    Related picture book

    1. Hiccup – The Seasick Viking (2000) / Hiccup: The Viking Who Was Seasick (2001)


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    I'd recommend Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly, one of those books that you don't want to put down! Carries you deeper into the fantasy world the more you read.

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    Elvenbane by Mercedes Lackey and Andre Norton (fantasy, suitable for late teens, adults)
    Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher by Bruce Coville (juvenile fiction, a great quick read at any age)

    I also second the suggestion of McCaffrey's Pern
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    Thank you for this - I used to love Alan Dean Foster's Star Trek books in the 70s. I still have all of them in storage. I'll have to look up Flinx and Pip.

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    Somewhat older books.

    From the Dragonlance setting,
    Dragons of Autumn Twilight
    Dragons of Winter Night
    Dragons of Spring Dawning
    Dragons of Summer Flame

    Or for a more unusual read
    In the Shadowrun setting
    Never Deal With aDragon
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    I can recommend many books, but will limit it to these:

    Mercedes Lackey has done a trilogy involving dragons and they are great: fantasy at it's best. Joust, Alta and Sanctuary are the three titles.

    Elizabeth Kerner has an unusual dragon-based trilogy: she has created a whole draconic society where memories and identity are stored in crystals embedded in the forehead - if these are removed the dragon becomes stunted and 'lost'. Song in the Silence;
    The Lesser Kindred and Redeeming the Lost.

    Tea with a Black Dragon is one of my favourites by R A MacAvoy. Slightly dated, but a lovely read.

    Seraphina and ShadowScale by Rachel Hartman is a delight.
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