The Dragon Book

Magical Tales from the Masters of Modern Fantasy

The Dragon Book is a collection of 19 stories all centered around Dragons. From Jonathan Stroud to Naomi Novik they fly us through the realms of magic and mystery with each story that is told. Every story was a joy to read right down to the last one. I would be happy to ready any stand-alone stories that are written by any of the authors in the Dragon Book. They all have such amazing talent.

A girl named Perla lived in the fishing village of Saint Mary Under the Hill. The thing about this fishing village was that they did very well for themselves and therefore had gotten themselves noticed by the Duke. He demanded twice the payment in taxes, which the villagers thought was completely unfair. They decided to do one last big fishing event before the winter, in hopes to make it through the winter, since the Duke had taken his extra payment while he was there. They went to a spot where no one liked to fish called Dragons deep but during their fishing expedition they had a problem. A Dragon attacked the boats. Perla was the only one that made it out alive, but she ended up trapped by the dragon. Will she make it out alive or will she be eaten alive like her friends and family?

Antonius was in debt, way way in debt. So his punishment per the magistrate was to go and kill a very old dragon. As luck would have it the dragon paid no attention to him and as it walked by he was able to kill it with ease. As he and his party raided the dragon’s lair they found the dragon’s egg and he prevented them from smashing it. What will happen when the egg hatches?

There are more and more wonderful Dragon stories like these two in this awesome anthology. From a gentleman being overrun with a horde of wyrmin, to a Dragon slayer trying to complete his job of slaying a dragon, and lots lots more. I hope you will have as much fun reading this book as I did.

Originally Reviewed: 2009-12-08

Book Blurb for The Dragon Book

Never before published stories by New York Times bestselling authors Jonathan Stroud, Gregory Maguire, Garth Nix, Diana Gabaldon, and others.

Whether portrayed as fire-breathing reptilian beasts at war with humanity or as noble creatures capable of speech and mystically bonded to the warriors who ride them, dragons have been found in nearly every culture's mythology. In modern times, they can be found far from their medieval settings in locales as mundane as suburbia or as barren as post-apocalyptic landscapes-and in The Dragon Book, today's greatest fantasists reignite the fire with legendary tales that will consume readers' imaginations.

With original stories by New York Times bestselling authors Jonathan Stroud, Gregory Maguire, Garth Nix, Diana Gabaldon, Tamora Pierce, Harry Turtledove, Sean Williams, and Tad Williams as well as tales by Naomi Novik, Peter Beagle, Jane Yolen, Adam Stemple, Cecelia Holland, Kage Baker, Samuel Sykes, Diana Wynne Jones, Mary Rosenblum, Tanith Lee, Andy Duncan, and Bruce Coville.

Now in Hardback 2009 and Paperback 2010.

Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2010 5.00