The Book of Dragons | Book Review

 Book: The Book of Dragons. Edited by Jonathan Strahan
Release Date: June 25th 2021
Tags: Anthology | Dragons


Here there be dragons . . .

From China to Europe, Africa to North America, dragons have long captured our imagination in myth and legend. Whether they are rampaging beasts awaiting a brave hero to slay or benevolent sages who have much to teach humanity, dragons are intrinsically connected to stories of creation, adventure, and struggle beloved for generations.

The Book of Dragons is an anthology by a wide variety of fantasy authors and poets. All stories focus on dragons in some shape or form. It is hard to write a concise review on an anthology like this. There were many stories I liked but other stories that I did not care for at all. I had hoped that I would love many more stories since dragons are my favorite creatures.

Between the short stories there are a few poems. I am not a big poem person so I won’t touch upon them as I don’t feel it is my place. However I would like to say that The Dragons by Theodora Gross was my absolute favorite. It tells a story and that worked so well for me.

Rovina Cai has done gorgeous covers as she has done for The Book of Dragons. But this time there are also illustrations of dragons with each story and poem. It gives such an extra feel to the book.

Matriculation by Elle Katharine White | 4 Stars
I was very interested in this world with Magi technicians, metal dragons,vampires in pawn shops and magical accademies. I would totally be on board with reading more in this world.

Hikayati Sri Bujang by Zen Cho | 4 stars
I always love Zen Cho’s writing and I thought the relationships were interesting.However I didn’t feel like this was a real dragon story somehow.

Yuli by Daniel Abraham | 2 stars
Dragons as a gun. Not my Kind of story

A Whisper of Blue by Ken Liu | 4 Stars
I wasn’t initially taken with the interview form but then there was depth and dragons and it turned out in an awesome story.

Where the River Turns to Concrete by Brooke Bolander | 4 Stars
Interesting idea about a dragon spirit/River God

Habitat by K.J. Parker | 4 Stars
A more classical tale of dragon hunting which is fun too.

Pox by Ellen Klages | 5 stars
This was just the cutest story!

The Nine Curves River by R.F. Kuang | 4 Stars
A heart felt story of 2 sisters

Lucky’s Dragon by Kelly Barnhill | 4 Stars
Creating dragons!

The Exile by JY Yang | 4 Stars
Interesting questions asked. Why would they deserve his loyalty when they condemned him so. And who are we to decide what is life and when to take it?

Except on Saturdays by Peter S. Beagle | 3 stars
Fine story but I had no care for the characters

La Vitesse by Kelly Robson | 5 stars
I loved this bus adventure with dragons with the fierce bus driver/mother and her daughter who is still seeking who she is.

The Long Walk by Kate Elliott | 5 stars
A world who turns widows away. Much love for the elderly (women) and dragon.

Cut Me Another Quill, Mister Fitz by Garth Nix | 4 stars
Fun dragon quest.

Hoard by Seanan McGuire | 5 stars
I need more on this family!

The Last Hunt by Aliette de Bodard | 3 stars
I found this story too confusing.

We Continue by Ann Leckie and Rachel Swirsky | 4 stars
Would love to read about the past of this story with the ship coming to this world.

Small Bird’s Plea by Todd McCaffrey | 2 stars
The underlaying story is meant to be interesting but the way it was written just made it confusing and not worth it.

Dragon Slayer by Michael Swanwick | 2 stars
Not the Grown Older Idiot who takes on a young girl who then gets her period and they later Marry ><

Camouflage by Patricia A. McKillip | 4 stars
I would love to learn more about this school and its testing

We Don’t Talk About the Dragon by Sarah Gailey | 5 stars
An interesting written story that seems to paralel with domestic abuse somehow?

Maybe Just Go Up There and Talk to It by Scott Lynch | 2 stars

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