Wyrd and Wonder: Dragon’s Pass

For Wyrd and Wonder my first post started at Mount TBR. Up next is my journey to Dragon’s Pass. I decided to keep my journey in the mountains for a little while because it’s nice and quiet. Dragons can be quiet when they want to and I intend to keep the peace. There will be no quests on my part save to share with you books I enjoyed that have dragons.

Wyrd and Wonder 2024 map.

Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros

Fourth Wing by Rebecca YarrosI mean, how could I not include this? While it’s not my favorite fantasy romance of all time, I still had a good time reading it. I’m definitely behind on this series (so no IRON FLAME spoilers, please!). But this is a book where the dragons have some personality. There aren’t points of view from them per se, but the reader gets to see what they think about things through their bonded dragon riders.

You can read my review here.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit by J.R.R. TolkienI admit my attention span for reading Tolkien is subpar. However, I did my first re-read of this book well over a year ago at this point. I found a full-cast audiobook on Spotify that was so enjoyable to listen to. I absolutely loved the parts where the cast playing the dwarves sings. Unfortunately, I think Spotify removed it when the Andy Serkis narration came out, then reuploaded it, and now it’s gone again (?). But you can listen to it for free on the Internet Archive. Anyway, Smaug the dragon is in THE HOBBIT, so naturally I have to include it.

Shield Maiden by Sharon Emmerichs

Shield Maiden by Sharon EmmerichsSHIELD MAIDEN is a relatively new release (October 2023) and is a reimagining of BEOWULF. Only it’s from the point of view of Fryda, Beowulf’s niece. It features Fryda, who is disabled, coming into her power and an old dragon slowly reawakening; their powers seem somehow linked. I thought it was a very atmospheric read that immerses the reader into early medieval Sweden. There is some romance, but it felt more like a background event given everything else going on.

You can read my review here.

That Time I Got Drunk and Saved a Demon by Kimberly Lemming

That Time I Got Drunk and Saved a Demon by Kimberly LemmingI know it says “demon” in the title, but trust me that there is a dragon. And, as the title suggests, this is definitely a light, fun read and not something to take too seriously. Read this one for the ridiculous vibes. There is some plot, so readers who prefer that will appreciate a pairing of plot, spice, and silly banter. The official tagline says it well: “Spice trader Cinnamon’s quiet life is turned upside down when she ends up on a quest with a fiery demon, in this irreverently quirky rom-com fantasy that is sweet, steamy, and funny as hell.

You can read my review here.

Perilous Times by Thomas D. Lee

Perilous Times by Thomas D. LeeGiven that this is an Arthurian retelling, dragons are almost a prerequisite. They aren’t featured heavily in this novel, but they eventually show up. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t read it! On the contrary, even if you’re a dragon lover! This Arthurian retelling is phenomenal. Set in the near future where climate change and greed have ruined the world, an ancient spell resurrects some knights of the round table to save the world. Although marketed as satire, it’s a great commentary on so many things.

You can read my review here.

Sacrifice by Vicky Walklate

Book cover of Sacrifice by Vicky WalklateIf you want to read something with dragon shifters and sacrifice, then this book is for you. I read this for BBNYA when I was a judge for the 2022 season. It’s fast-paced and a good entry-level book into the shifter genre. It is a fantasy romance that errs on the enemies-to-lovers side. Even though it’s a shorter, faster read, the main character Libby is well characterized. The official taglines are: “Dragon gods rule the realm, demons lurk in the shadows, and a sorcerer hides a dangerous secret. A war is brewing in Jothesia, and the gods have no idea.”

You can read my review here.

And that’s it for me for the Wyrd and Wonder Dragon’s Pass prompt! Turns out I don’t read nearly as many things with dragons in it as I would like! That’s ok…it’s something to grow on.

The black dragon artwork is by Ehtisham Sajid. Ariana at The Book Nook created the Wyrd and Wonder map.

17 thoughts on “Wyrd and Wonder: Dragon’s Pass

  1. I need to do some of these prompts, especially since we have this amazing map to play with! I love your dragon selections.

  2. I’ve read and enjoyed The Hobbit, but it was a long time ago, literally decades. I’m intrigued by your descriptions of Shield Maiden and That Time I Got Drunk and Saved a Demon; I will try to pick them up.

    1. Yea, THE HOBBIT is the only Tolkien book I’ve ever finished. I’ve started THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING several times and finally made it past the halfway point. It seems that audiobook is the best way for me to enjoy them!

  3. Shield Maiden and That Time I Got Drunk sound so nice!! Thanks for introducing them to me. I find that i love the idea of dragons, but often the execution is lacking sadly.

    1. You’re welcome! In both of these books the dragon isn’t the main character, though they are of course present otherwise they obviously wouldn’t be on this list. If you pick either of these up, I hope you like them!

  4. THE HOBBIT is one of my all-time favourite books, so I suppose that also makes it one of my favourite dragon books 😀 Lately I’ve been working my way through the Temeraire series – have you ever tried it? (I was resistant for a long time because of the particular historical setting but now I’m totally invested, haha.)

    1. No, I’ve never heard of the Temeraire series! I just looked it up and it looks interesting…maybe if I didn’t already have a stack of books sky high to read haha!

  5. I want to read That Time I Got Drunk and Saved a Demon just because of that title. I’ll probably read Fourth Wing at some point because it seems everyone is reading it, but I didn’t want to spend much on it because I think I might not like it… So I’ve been waiting a for deal.

    1. SAVED A DEMON is definitely fun and light-hearted and doesn’t take itself seriously at all. It’s great when you want a break from more serious books or heavier fantasy. 🙂 FOURTH WING is good, but I definitely enjoyed ACOTAR more. But I know someone who read FW first and she really loved it but is having a harder time getting into ACOTAR. Personally I think the characterization in ACOTAR is way better as are the surprises.

  6. I love this list and really enjoyed all the ones that I’ve read. I haven’t read That Time I got drunk but it definitely sounds like it’s a fun read so I might hunt it out.

    1. That Time I Got Drunk are fun reads! I have one left to read. They’re good for when you want a change of pace & something that’s not too heavy. 🙂

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