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So, have you happened to read Door Into Light yet? I’ve been very pleased with the earliest reviews, which also revealed that for some reason the book got linked to someone else’s House of Shadows (!), which is very much not good, and I’m writing to Amazon today to ask them to please link Door Into Light with the correct House of Shadows. Good God above.

Meanwhile!

Check this out: Nine Fiery Fantasy Novels for Dragon Lovers, at WikiEzvid. Very cool to see House of Shadows — the correct House of Shadows — included in this wiki post.

Nine dragons! How many have you read? Of the eight other titles mentioned, I’ve read … drum roll … precisely none. As though I didn’t have enough on my TBR pile, now I need to check out every one of these titles and enjoy the various dragons.

Of the titles listed, As the Crow Flies by Robin Lythgoe sounds especially appealing. It hits all kinds of tropes that particularly appeal to me. Here’s the description from the wiki:

Once he completes his final job, infamous thief Crow is looking forward to retiring and settling down with the woman he loves. Actually doing that, however, turns out to be anything but simple. When Crow is caught by his mark, a mad wizard masquerading as the Baron Duzayan, he is coerced into stealing a dragon’s egg with the help of a lawman who has been his longtime foe. If their mission is a success, the empire might just suffer because of it.

A thief, yay! Ooh, caught by a mad wizard; you know, I have a plot in my head a lot like this, that I never even started writing. Too bad, looks like Lythgoe beat me to it. “With the help of a lawman who has been his longtime foe” — sounds like Lythgoe was deliberately ticking off boxes for me. Four and a half stars on Amazon; 75 reviews … let me just mention that House of Shadows only has 26 reviews … anyway, As the Crow Flies is only 99c for the Kindle version. Okay, I’m giving this one a try.

Click through and check out the rest of the entries, if you have a minute.

Considering it’s a top-nine list, we should all name our favorite dragon that is not included, thus taking the number to the aesthetically appropriate ten. I’ll go first, leaving all of you to either agree with me or pick your own dragon for the tenth spot. But who could disagree with me when I pick the dragon from McKillip’s The Cygnet and the Firebird? That one is the very best and most impressive dragon in all of fantasy.

Agree / disagree? What other dragon ought to be in contention for the top spot out of all dragons, and the tenth spot on this wiki list?

A dragon pulling itself out of stone, a lot like the one in a certain cavern beneath a mountain.

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11 Comments Dragons!

  1. Elaine T

    I’ve only read one of those suggested, guess which. :-) I think I looked at a couple of them (Song in the Silence definitely looks familiar) and passed. Several I don’t recognize at all. And the descriptions don’t call to me, either.

    So.. a tenth and you’ve beaten me to McKillip’s… on the good dragon side, Tiamaris from Sagara’s Elantra series. Although all of them are interesting and it’s hard to pick just one.

    On the monster dragon side, Glaurung, general of Morgoth’s army, conqueror of Nargothrond, all round evil being.

  2. Rachel

    I just HAVE to try the Elantra series sometime. FINE, I’m picking up the boxed set of the first three books right now.

  3. Kathryn McConaughy

    I was surprised they didn’t have The Hobbit on the list… though I see that they have The Desolation of Smaug on the movie list below, so that might be why it was omitted.
    Also surprised that Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern didn’t make the list. I guess the dragons don’t have enough character in their own right? (Which I suppose explains the lack of many other dragon-training books that I immediately think of.) Okay, that makes sense.

  4. Mary Beth

    You’ve reminded me that I’ve got DOOR INTO LIGHT on my kindle waiting for free time, and as it happens I’ve got 2 plane trips coming up this weekend. Moving it to the top of my Kindle list now!

  5. Pete Mack

    Wow. So many dragons, so little time. But still… no Tolkien? No Novik? No Stephanie Burgis? No Marie Brennan? And last but not least, no Robin McKinley?

  6. Megan

    I’ve actually read the As the Crow Flies book. It was decent but the one thing that totally broke the immersion for me was his lack of reaction to being imprisoned in darkness and solitary confinement for a month. A bit of mental breakdown implied while IN the cell, but pretty much fine as soon as he got out.

    Song in the Silence was a good one, but the trilogy left off with some major unresolved plot points.

  7. Rachel

    Many good choices! It would be soooo easy to make a list of 50 great dragons, and as you all know, I think fifty is too long for a list.

    I’ve read all the ones you all have mentioned except A Book Dragon, and it occurs to me, one way to sort dragons out into shorter lists is draw a line right down the middle: good (or at least not evil) dragons on one list, evil dragons on the other list. Possibly dragons that one mostly sees in human form on a third list, because honestly, there are a surprising number of those, aren’t there?

    I’ve thought of another good one, too: Tea With the Black Dragon.

    Thanks for the input on As the Crow Flies, Megan. Not sure that will bother me as much, so if that was the main issue you had with the story, I’m probably going to be okay with it.

    Two plane flights in one weekend, Mary Beth? Ugh, lots of airport time, which for me is a lot worse than the time actually in the air. But hopefully Door Into Light will get you through some of that!

  8. Robert

    I’ve only read the first chapter of Michael Swanwick’s new book, The Iron Dragon’s Mother, but the second paragraph is this great line:

    She didn’t know that the dragons were coming for her.

  9. Kootch

    Dragon’s Ring by Dave Freer – his main character is Fionn, the black dragon, described as “a joker, a troublemaker and a dragon of no fixed abode”. Fun times!

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