The Book of Dragons: An Anthology

Harper Voyager. Jul. 2020. 576p. ed. by Jonathan Strahan. Tr $35. ISBN 9780062877161. illus. by Rovina Cai.
Gr 8 Up–Strahan has collected tales and legends of dragons from modern fantasy writers in this mythical and enchanting read. Dragons have always fascinated readers and through these compelling stories, adventure awaits. Scott Lynch, Peter S. Beagle, Kate Elliot, and R.F. Kuang are just some of the many authors included. Readers will explore different continents and the various ways writers see and imagine dragons and dragon lore. Along with the large group of authors, Cai adds magical black-and-white drawings. The entries are accompanied by brief bios of the contributors and the other books they have written, which allows readers to sample the writings and cultivate interest in their other works. The poetry portions are deftly woven among the prose entries.
VERDICT An anthology that can stand alone as a great read, and will lead new genre fans to more in-depth works of fantasy.

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