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The best Star Wars books

With the arrival of The Rise of Skywalker Star Wars film franchise seems to come to its end, difficult to believe isn’t it? True, the last Star Wars films were not of the liking of all the fans so what if I told you there is another way to enjoy Star Wars? and no, I am not talking about The Mandalorian and the super cute Baby Yoda, (which is a great series) the way I meant was…reading! The Star Wars books are a great way to enjoy this universe full of jedis, bounty hunters and robots. But are Star Wars books canon? which are worth reading? let’s answer all these questions!

Notice that, in this case, the movies came before the books. That is, Star Wars is not based on a book series, instead, since the movies were so successful and it was such a rich world the story was expanded through Star Wars novels. For this reason, there were no Star Wars books before the movies.

What are the best Star Wars books?

There are lots of Star Wars books and there are some that are more worth reading than others. Since some of you will only want to read those books that are considered canon in the Star Wars universe I will make two lists, one with the best canon Star Wars books and another list with the non canon.

The best Star Wars books (canon)

These Star Wars books are canon and are considered the best novels. If you only want to focus on the best Star Wars series then these are a must read.

By the way, you can buy the book by clicking on the book cover, the link will take you to Amazon.

Here you have a list of the best Star War canon books in no particular order:

Battlefront: Twilight Company

An action adventure that follows a squad of soldiers who take part in the last galactic war between the light and the dark side. If you are a fan of the Battlefront videogames developed by Electronic Arts then you will love this title.

Lost Stars

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This novel written by Claudia Gray narrates the romance story of two original characters, Thane Kyrell and Ciena Ree, during the Galactic Civil War. He is a Rebel pilot, while she is an Imperial officer, will the love win or will the duty?

A novel that proves that a Star Wars novel does not have to center on Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia or Han Solo to be awesome.

Dark Disciple

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Dark Disciple centers on ASajj Ventress, former Sith apprentice that now works as a bounty hunter. She, together with the Jedi Knight Quinlan Vos, will have to fulfill an impossible mission: defeating the Sith Lord Count Dooku.

Aftermath trilogy

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Aftermath

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Life Debt:

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Empire’s End

The Aftermath Trilogy

This trilogy gets better book after book. Aftermath takes place after the sixth episode of the series, Return of the Jedi.

This story is set after the Battle of Endor, in which the Empire is defeated. Meanwhile, the Rebel Army, or the New Republic, hunt down the enemy’s scattered forces. In the remote planet Akiva a massive army is unfolding.

Thrawn series

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Thrawn

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Alliances

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Treason

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Chaos Rising

Thrawn series

Thrawn series follows the story of Imperial Grand Admiral Thrawn. The plot centers on the campaigns of Thrawn, starting with The Destruction of the Elomin task force. In this series, lots of the most known Star Wars characters are mentioned, as are Luke Skywalker or Leia Organa Solo, since they are being chased by the Dark Jedi Joruus C’baoth to make them their apprentices.

Also, the Thrawn series introduces some of the most notable Expanded universe Characters such as Gilad Pellaeon, Mara Jade, Talon Karrde or Garm Bell.

If you want to read the Thrawn series in chronological order, it is the same as publication order.

Bloodline

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Bloodline

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Bloodline is set six years before Episode VII, The Force Awakens. The story centers on Princess Leia as she is a member of the Galactic Senate. In this story, she will have to face different threads to the Republic which will finally result in forming the Resistance shown in Episode VII.

Catalyst

A story written by James Luceno. Catalyst is the prequel to the film Rogue One.

Lords of the Sith

This story focuses on Jedi Knight Anakin skywalker or, better said, on Sith Lord Dark Vader.

The best non canon Star Wars books (Star Wars legends list)

If you want to know which Star Wars stories are not canon it is pretty simple: if its release date was before April 2014 then it will non canon, 100%. They are also easily known for their name before they were called Star Wars expanded universe and now it is called Star War Legends

Despite the fact that some Star Wars books are no longer canonical that doesn’t mean they are not great, in fact, some fans refer to these “decanonyzed” stories as Old Star Wars canon, since they were in fact canon not so long ago. So here goes a list of the best non canonical Star Wars novels:

Darth Bane trilogy

If you are looking for Star Wars books about Sith? then the Darth Bane trilogy is what you are looking for.

X wing series

A series of composed of ten novels narrating the story of the most elite fighting force, the X-Wing fighters, as they fight against the Empire. If you want space battles, here you have what you need. As always, the book covers are shown in publication order.

Shatterpoint: a Clone wars novel

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Shatterpoint

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Shatterpoint is set in the midst of the Clone Wars and narrates a story about the Jedi Master Mace Windu.

Darth Plagueis

This novel narrates the story of Darth Plagueis, you don’t know who he is? maybe Palpatine’s words will refresh your mind:

Did you ever hear the Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise? It’s a Sith legend. Darth Plagueis was a Dark Lord of the Sith, so powerful and so wise that he could use the Force to influence the midi-chlorians to create life. He had such a knowledge of the dark side that he could even keep the ones he cared about from dying.”—Supreme Chancellor Palpatine,

Which Star Wars books are canon?

Lots of fans get confused regarding which Star Wars books are canon. Such confusion is more than understandable seeing that some stories that initially were considered canon ended up being declared non-canon.

Such is the case of the original Star Wars expanded universe, which in 2014 not only was rebranded as Star Wars Legends but was also declared noncanon to the franchise. As a result, several Star War novels are not canon now, some call these old canon.

In this section I will focus on Star Wars canon books and also, given that some of these stories are addressed to kids, I will make two different lists:

Canon Star Wars books for adults

These Star Wars books are canon and they are targeted to adults.

Here you have a Star Wars book list in publication order:

As you see some are stand alone books while others are part of a series, I have included the series name also so it is easy for you to know in which order chronological order you should read such series.

Canon Star Wars books for children

The following Star Wars books are canon and they are addressed to children. You will realize that the book covers are childish and cartoonized, since these Star Wars novels have a young target audience.

The following list is in publication order:

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Rise of the Rebels

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Ezra’s Gamble

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Edge of the Galaxy

Servants of the Empire

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Rebel in the Ranks

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Imperial Justice

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The Secret Academy

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The Snare by Cavan Scott

Adventures in Wild Space

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The Nest

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 The Heist (The Steal in the UK)

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The Darkness

Adventures in Wild Space

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The Escape

 Adventures in Wild Space (prequel)

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The Cold

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Join the Resistance

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The Rescue

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Daring Adventures

Forces of Destiny

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Escape from Vodran

Join the Resistance series

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 The Leia Chronicles

Forces of Destiny

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The Rey Chronicles

Forces of Destiny

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Attack on Starkiller Base

Join the Resistance

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A Luke & Leia Adventure

Flight of the Falcon 

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Lando’s Luck

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Pirate’s Price

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Spark of the Resistance

Journey to Star Wars

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Resistance Reborn

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If you want to know the timeline of these Star Wars books addressed to kids most of them are set before the Battle of Yavin, which takes place at the end of the original 1977 Star Wars movies.

There are some of these series that take place after the Battle of Yavin, which are the following:

  • Journey to Star Wars.
  • Join the Resistance.
  • Forces of Destiny.

What Star Wars books should I start with?

If you don’t know what Star Wars book read first I suggest you begin with Thrawn series or Lost Stars. They are canon and they are among the best star wars novels, so it is a safe place to start.

I am sorry this list does not include Star Wars graphic novels or comic books which are awesome and you will definitely enjoy them if you like this sci-fi saga.

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Best stand alone books

Best Standalone Books in Fantasy

The Fantasy genre is known for its long series, sagas that have several volumes in order to tell a story. Long stories are great, but fantasy readers also are able to enjoy shorter stories. In this article, we will have a list of the best standalone books in fantasy.

List of Best Standalone Books in Fantasy

Here you have seven of the best standalone books in fantasy. If you want to buy one of those you only have to click on their book cover (Wottaread is an Amazon Affiliate so we would get a commission for the sale):

Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay

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Tigana

This story has magic, politics, war… everything to be a great story. A tale of a land ruled by a despotic king and cursed by black sorcery that wants to be free.

Battlemage by Peter Flannery

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Battle Mage

In Battle Mage, humankind is besieged by cruel Black Dragons. Falco Dante is not a warrior, he will attend the Academy of War but his insecurities control him. Will he finally unlock the power trapped inside him or will fear win this time?

The Swordbearer by Glenn Cook

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The Swordbearer

A story about an ill boy that has the dream of becoming a hero some day. After scaping home he will find a magic sword, the one that will make his dream come true.

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

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Elantris

What before was a powerful capital where magnificent and powerful beings lived eventually transformed into a crumbling place where powerless creatures dwelled. Elantris had lost its power, and so did the Elantrians. In the new capital of the kingdom, Kae, the prince will be stricken by the same curse as the Elantrians and therefore he will be exiled to their very same city.

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon 

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The Priory of the Orange Tree

If you like novels with different points of view then The Priory of the Orange Tree is what you are looking for. In this story, we will meet Ead, a court lady who is secretly loyal to a society of mages and who will protect queen Sabran. Tané is a woman who dedicated her life to become a dragonrider but who will make a choice that will change her life forever.

Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

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Warbreaker

A story of two sisters that are princesses in a world where those who die return as gods.

The Sword of Kaigen by M.L. Wang

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The Sword of Kaigen

The Sword of Kaigen is a Japanese-inspired military fantasy in all its glory. Great duels, elemental magic and breathless moments.

If you prefer long series, you can check this list of the longest series in fantasy.

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The best starcraft books

Gamers who love this epic videogame series will surely want to know more about the lore and the stories of the characters appearing in this saga. Here you have a list of the best starcraft books. Also, you will find a list of the Starcraft books in order so keep reading.

If you are a super fan of the series you will be probably waiting for Starcraft 3, but while this happens let’s know a bit more about the events that took place in SC1 and SC2!

Do you intend to buy starcraft novels? Then read this article first so you know which starcraft books are the best.

The best Starcraft 1 books

If you want to buy Starcraft 1 books, here is a list of the most popular series set in the events of the first videogame in the franchise:

The Starcraft Archive: An Anthology

Remember that if you want to buy this book (or any other on the list) just click on the book cover and you will be directed to Amazon to buy it:

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The Starcraft Archive: An Anthology

This book countains the four original tales of Starcraft: Uprising, Liberty’s Crusade, Shadow of the Xel’Naga and Speed of Darkness.

One of the most insteresting stories in this series is Uprising, the plot centers on the well known character Sarah Kerrigan (Queen of Blades or the Zerg Queen) when she was still a human, telling us more about her origins and how she ended up being the leader of the Swarm. 

Queen of Blades by Aaron Rosenberg

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Queen of Blades

If you want to know more about Sarah Kerrigan you definitely have to read this novel after Uprising. 

Queen of Blades takes place during the second episode of Starcraft, that is, six weeks after Sarah Kerrigan is captured by the zerg. As you might expect, aside from the Queen of Blades, other important characters make their appearance in this story such as the Dark Templar leader Zeratul and the High templar protoss Tassadar.

There is a planned sequel for this novel, with the name of StarCraft: Heir of Adun, narrating the story of  Tassadar and Aiur history after the Invasion of Aiur. However, so far there is no release date for it.

The Dark Templar Saga by Christie Golden

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Firstborn

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Shadow Hunters

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Twilight

The Dark Templar Saga is a trilogy of books and serves as a prequel to the vents of Starcraft 2. This saga centers on the events in protoss history.

Starcraft Ghost: Nova and Spectres

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Ghost: Nova

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Ghost: Spectres

This series is based on StarCraft: Ghost a tactical action game for video game consoles. The story centers of Nova, an elite stealth operative and it takes place during StarCraft Episode I (Starcraft 1). Nova has become a popular character due to her appearance in Heroes of the Storm, the MOBA game developed by Blizzard.

Starcraft Ghost: Academy

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Ghost Academy Volume 1

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Ghost Academy Volume 2

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Ghost Academy Volume 3

A graphic novel series that serves as a sequel to  StarCraft: Ghost: Nova. This series narrates the struggle of teenagers training in order to become Ghost soldiers.

The best Starcraft 2 books

If you want to buy Starcraft 2 books, here are the best novels that take place during the events of the sequel:

StarCraft: Evolution by Timothy Zahn

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Starcraft Evolution book

This story takes place after the mission Nova Covert Ops included in Starcraft 2. It deals with the relationship between the three major powers of the Koprulu sector after the conflict.

Heavens Devils by William C. Dietz

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Heavens Devils

This novel centers on the terran marine Tychus Findlay and the terran marshal Jim Raynor. Heavens Devils will tell us how the friendship between these two characters began as they battle on the front lines of a fierce interplanetary war.

Devils Due by Christie Golden

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The Devil’s Due

This story also features the relationship between Jim Raynor and Tychus Findlay as it is the direct sequel to Heavens Devils.

Flashpoint (also known as Secret Missions) by Christie Golden

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Flashpoint by by Christie Golden

This book bridges the events that take place in StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty and its expansion Heart of the Swarm. The major characters in this novel are Sarah Kerrigan (who no longer is the queen of the Swarm) and Jim Raynor.

War Stories

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War Stories

A collection of short stories of different people (both Terran and Protoss). The way the story is written it lt looks like a compilation of journals, emails, chats, and tweets from the research staff of a top-secret government facility dedicated to shedding light on the mysteries in the  Koprulu sector.

Starcraft Artbooks

If you want to buy Starcraft Artbooks, here goes Wings of Liberty collectors art book, a 176-page book featuring artwork from Starcraft 2:

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Wings of Liberty Collector’s Artbook

Starcraft books in order

If you want to read the Starcraft books in order, the best way to read them is the order based on the timeline. Of course, aside from the ones that are sequels to other books, you can always read this series in publication order (most of these series focus on different events so they can be read separately also)

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Instructions

  • Heavens Devils
  • Devils Due
  • The Starcraft Archive
  • StarCraft: Ghosts: Nova
  • The Dark Templar Trilogy
  • StarCraft: Ghosts: Spectres
  • Flashpoint

The books that are not included in this reading order can be read wherever you want. 

Hope you enjoyed this list of best Starcraft books. Remember we did a similar list for Warcraft novels! Are you waiting for Starcraft 3? comment if so!

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The best Warcraft novels

Hello Wottareaders! World of Warcraft Classic will be released soon, what better way to wait for Wow vanilla than reading some Warcraft stories? The lore of this rpg is fascinating, a story introduced previously in the three real-time strategy games and subsequently immensely expanded thanks to World of Warcraft and Hearthstone. Which are The best Warcraft novels? it’s time to find out.

If you want to know more about this Blizzard’s universe the Warcraft novels are a great way to enjoy the journey of all those Wow characters you love such as Arthas, Thrall or Illidan Stormrage.

Want to start reading Warcraft and don’t know where to begin? Say no more, let`s go:

How many Wow books are there?

There is a total of 23 Warcraft books. 7 are Warcraft series while the other 16 are World of Warcraft series. Even so, the names of this series are a bit misleading since Wow series includes books whose events take place way before the events of World of Warcraft. This is the case of  Beyond the Dark Portal which takes place during the Second War, or The Burning Crusade, which occurs a hundred years before Wow begins.

Do I have to play Blizzard videogames in order to enjoy the books?

Not exactly.  Of course, the more you know about the Wow universe the better since you will be able to make the interconnection better with the events occurred in the videogames. Sadly, not all those events are explained in the novels, that is the case of the Third War for example, which in order to know what happens you might have to play Warcraft 3 since such events are not covered deep enough in any of these novels.

Aside from that, most of these stories can be read despite not having a wide knowledge of the Warcraft lore since the story itself is self-contained in the books.

Are Wow books good?

Being honest, some of these books are far from being the best-written books ever. Even so, the story is usually good and they are worth reading.

These books are written by different authors, as it happens with the Warhammer novels.

Which Warcraft books are worth reading

As said before, not all the Wow novels are that good. If you only want to read the best Warcraft books then I suggest at least reading these since they are considered the best Warcraft novels:
 

  • Rise of the Horde
  • Lord of the Clans
  • War Crimes
  • Arthas: Rise of the Lich King
  • Tides of Darkness
  • Illidan
  • The Shattering

The ones previously mentioned are the must read Wow books, don’t get this wrong, other novels in the series are good, but not as good as these.

Where can I read Warcraft books online

Unfortunately, there are no online platforms that allow you to read these novels online, however, in this article, you will find where to buy all the Wow novels that compose this series.

How to read Warcraft books

If you want to give this series a chance and you are wondering what is the proper order to read all the Warcraft novels, the best way to read them is by chronological order, however you must know that these books tell stories of different characters, therefore, the  action takes place in different location and years. As a result, it is not easy to read all the Warcraft books in order.

Even so, the best way to read these books would be in chronological order.

In what order should I read Warcraft books?

Instructions

  • WarCraft Chronicle Volume 1
  • Rise of the Horde by Christie Golden
  • The Last Guardian by Jeff Grubb
  • Tides of Darkness by Aaron Rosenburg
  •  Beyond the Dark Portal by Christie Golden & Aaron Rosenburg
  • The Well of Eternity by Richard A. Knaak (War of the Ancients 1)
  • The Demon Soul by Richard A. Knaak (War of the Ancients 2)
  • The Sundering by Richard A. Knaak (War of the Ancients 3)
  • Lord of the Clans by Christie Golden
  • Of Blood and Honor by Chris Metzen

In any case, if you want to read these books in publication order you can check it in this WOW novel guide.

Where to buy Warcraft books

If you want to buy any book you can purchase them by clicking on their book cover (These areAffiliate Links since Wottaread is an Amazon Associate):

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World of Warcraft: Chronicle Volume 1

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Rise of the Horde

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The Last Guardian

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Tides of Darkness

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Beyond the Dark Portal

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Day of the Dragon

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The Well of Eternity

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The Demon Soul

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The Sundering

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 Lord of the Clans

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Books with dragons

The best books with dragons

Dragons are probably one of the most popular fantastic creatures. Physically they are usually described pretty similarly: huge wings, gleaming eyes, serpent-like huge creatures breathing fire. In literature, These have been portrayed in many different ways;  they can behave as if they were gigantic scaly flamethrowing dogs with no intellect while other times they are shown as intelligent majestic beings that are able to talk with wisdom, even cast spells and transform into human forms. In this article you will find the best book with dragons playing different roles in the story.

Sometimes these mythological animals are used as a metaphor. In some cases, it is for human vices, such as greed and self-interest. This is the kind of dragon shown in many novels, maybe one of the most famous in this role being Smaug, the main antagonist in The Hobbit. Also, they are used as an analogy of majesty and overwhelming power, a higher level of knowledge that we, mere humans, are not able to comprehend.

If you love these amazing fictional creatures, the book Dragons of Fantasy by Anne C. Pretty is a character study of these beasts, providing a study of how these creatures have appeared in myths, legends, and fiction sagas. Also, she focuses on dragons of certain known sagas, like the ones created by J.R.R Tolkien, Terry Pratchett or J.K Rowling among others.

Dragons as villains

Fantasy settings have shown us dragons in different roles, being a villain is probably one of their most natural ones. In this depiction, these mythological creatures are usually greedy, evil and lonely creatures which commonly are the final test before the main character ends his journey. Dragons, being powerful and fearsome creatures, fit perfectly in this role.

When dragons play this role they are shown as a mixture of big flying fire breathing monsters which are also smart, cunning and can even use magic spells.

Here you have some novels with Dragons as villains:

Novels with dragons as companions

These creatures also work as animal companions, powerful and destructive ones no doubt. One of the most basic examples of this kind of interaction would be the film How to train your dragon. Daenerys Targaryen is also a great example as she, being the mother of dragons, had three powerful monsters (Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion) who obeyed her orders.

When these titanic creatures act as companions they are shown as less intelligent creatures which are unable to talk and behave like beasts.

Here you have some the best novels with dragons companions:

Books with dragons as main characters

These huge lizards are really interesting creatures that have great intellect and usually can transform into humans; as a result, they can be great main characters. In the following recommendations, you will have these in the main plot and also in some, the story is told from their point of view. There are lots of novels where the main character is a dragon.  If that was not enough, some of these have great book covers by the way:

Romance stories

You want some romance involving dragons? Well, not many novels cover this aspect to be honest. Ey writers, an almost unexplored niche here!. Here you have some fantasy books with dragons suggestions:

Here you have a nice selection of books with these mythological creatures. Hope you liked it.

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