The Book of Dragons Edited by Jonathan Strahan is a delightful collection of stories by some of fantasy’s finest authors. These tales lead the reader on adventures down curving rivers, up mountains, and other planets, each with unsure destinations. Lose yourself in stories that have shape-shifting dragons hiding amongst us, or children learning the delights of dragons, or people coming to terms with dragons living among them and what that means for our culture. Get swept away by the romance of the stories as well as the underlying, and sometimes misplaced, fear that accompanies these mystical creatures who have captured the human imagination for centuries. Whether you want to meet the mad scientist next door while your personal dragon slowly steals pieces of you, or you want to have an enchanted meal in San Francisco, this collection will keep you entertained.
This compilation of delight has a little bit of something for everyone, with genres ranging from the usual fantasy to science fiction, urban fantasy, LGTBQ+, poetry, even a sprinkle of creative non-fiction. Each story introduces the reader to a new type of dragon with the tired myths woven into something fresh. While it is true that some anthologies are hit and miss with their stories, sometimes giving the reader only two or three memorable stories to take with them, that is not this book. Not only are the stories well-written, engaging, unique, and creative, but the talent that leaps off the pages ensures that one is not wasting their time.
If you are a dragon lover, this book has lovely stories with many different takes on old legends and myths. If you aren’t a dragon lover but wonder what all hype is about, this is a good place to start with non-traditional stories. The Book of Dragons is not a quick read; it’s meant to be savored and reread.