Creature Feature – My Favorite Dragons

 

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Who doesn’t love dragons? I plan to do a whole set of posts centered around some of my favorite creatures out there, but I figured I would start with the hard hitters first. These are some of my favorites from both books and video games!

Smaug

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Isn’t he just the cutest?! I adore Tolkien’s first dragon to pieces. He is so angry and arrogant, and without a doubt incredibly deadly but there is just something so cute about it all. “My armor is like tenfold shields, my teeth are swords, my claws spears, the shock of my tail a thunderbolt, my wings a hurricane, and my breath death!”

Ancalagon the Black

The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien

 

I have no images for Ancalagon unfortunately as he is a creature that is found in one of the historical Middle Earth books, and all that is readily available is fan-art and I didn’t feel comfortable using it here without direct permission. However, I really recommend checking out Ruben de Vela’s piece, because it’ honestly captures the magnificence and sheer size of Ancalagon. Ancalagon is the largest and greatest of all of Tolkien’s dragons. When I say large I mean, he is so massive that he destroyed the peaks of mountains in his fall.

Temeraire 

His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik

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Cover Art by Todd Lockwood

If you are in the market for large cat-like dragons then this is the series for you. All of the dragons are absolutely precious and though they are deadly in war, they are honestly pure joy. Temeraire is the best of them all. He’s super affectionate and curious, and even a little self-conscious in his nature as he has whiskers and head frills. I would absolutely love to have a dragon if it was as adorable, kind, and enthusiastic as Temeraire.

Viserion, Drogon, and Rhaegal 

The Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin

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The trio of dragons from Game of Thrones stole my heart in a slightly different way. It’s not that they aren’t cute, all dragons are cute, but I love them because they are basically Dany’s children. I love the bond they have with her while maintaining that wildness that makes them so deadly. In truth, I actually hate Drogon. He is the most aggressive and protective, and of the three he is the one that is Most Likely To Screw Something Up. However, it’d just be weird not to have the three together here and only mention his “brothers” Viserion and Rhaegal (my personal fav).

Alduin & Paarthanax

Skyrim

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These are the two named dragons of Skyrim, and they are both pretty cool in their own right. Alduin is the first dragon you see in the game, he sweeps in and utterly wrecks a town and you spend the entire game prepping for your showdown with him Paarthanax provides some insight and help along the way. These two are shown to have an interesting dynamic when you speak with Paarthanax, and we see that he cares for the dragon that he considers a brother but understands that for the races of Skyrim to survive Alduin much die.

All the Dragons!

Dragon Age

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I can’t have a dragon list without the game with Dragon in the name! Unlike Skyrim when you face a dragon in Dragon Age, you spend more time panicking than being a badass. They are tough enemies with a wide range of tricks and visual styles. They look incredibly cool and are some of my favorite things to fight (also some of my most hated).

 

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Review: Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

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Long Way Down

 

Source: Borrowed
Publisher: Atheneum
Series: –
Edition: Hardcover, 306 Pages
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Purchase: Amazon / Audible / Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4/5 Stars

An ode to Put the Damn Guns Down, this is New York Times bestseller Jason Reynolds’s fiercely stunning novel that takes place in sixty potent seconds—the time it takes a kid to decide whether or not he’s going to murder the guy who killed his brother.

A cannon. A strap.
A piece. A biscuit.
A burner. A heater.
A chopper. A gat.
A hammer
A tool
for RULE

Long Way Down is a poignant verse novel that is both raw and powerful in its emotion. I will say this is review will be somewhat small because the text itself is rather short and because much of this novel relays on the reveal.

The story takes place during a long elevator ride where the rider, Will, is on his way to seek revenge for the murder of his brother. Each section represents a floor past, and with each section more is revealed about Will and more about those in his neighborhood/life. The verse is fluid and laid in a way that the words hold power and tension, and really pushes that emotion even farther. By the end of the novel I had a knot in my throat and even now, weeks after I read it, the story has stuck with me. There is so much to examine in such a small book, things like the cycle of violence and the impact it has no just on individuals by entire communities.

I read the text version because that just so happened to be what I had on hand, but I did listen to portions of the audiobook and I must say it is excellent as well! It is read by the author and I think this story really shines as a spoken word text, and wholeheartedly recommend that audio.

Go forth, and grab a copy of this if you can! It’s powerful and important story great not just for the teens it’s written for, but for adults and people of all backgrounds.

4 stars

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