Looking for some fabulous YA fantasy books about dragons to add to your summer reading list? I’ve got you covered! Almost all of these 17 books are part of a series, so you’ll have plenty to read while lounging on the beach!
Dragons are crazy hot right now (pun totally intended). From slayers to helpers to “OMG, my boyfriend is secretly a dragon shifter!,” you’ll find them popping up all over YA fantasy. For this list, I tried to pick you out a good range of tales as well as a mix of indie and big name authors. Ready to check them out? Click on “preview” for sample chapters from each of the featured books.
Related: 25 Must-Read YA Fantasy Books to Read This Summer
Top 10 YA Fantasy Dragon Book Picks
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1- Eragon Series by Christopher Paolini
You can’t really have a list of YA Fantasy books about dragons without mentioning Eragon! It’s an oldie but a goodie. The Inheritance Cycle series has three other books in it, so if you love Eragon, you can keep going. They’re beefy books, too, averaging around 500+ pages.
2- Dragon Marked (Supernatural Prison Book 1) by Jaymin Eve
This one has a bit of everything! The main character, Jessa, is actually a wolf shifter, but she’s also dragon marked. Not only does that put her in grave danger, it also means she’s destined to resurrect the dragon king (totally NOT a good thing). Since this dragon king was such a big bad, of course that means a ton of people are out to kill Jessa. This is book one of three.
3- Half-Blood Dragon: Book One of the Dragon Born Trilogy by K.N. Lee
Hello, gorgeous cover! Seriously, take a moment to appreciate it. Okay, this one is full of magical, mystical beasts: from mermaids to pirates to, of course, dragons. Rowan is a plain old human in a world of dragon shifters, but that’s okay, her dad has a plan to help them get ahead. Of course, that never goes as well as expected, and Rowan ends up framed for murder and sentenced to die. Don’t worry, a stranger swoops in to save her. Hmmm, I’m betting he won’t be a stranger for long!
4- Magic Undying (Dragon’s Gift: The Seeker Book 1) by Linsey Hall
Poor Del, she just wants a simple life killing demons and hunting down mystical goodies for her magic shop. Waking up in Hell definitely throws a wrench into that plan! Escaping is the easy part! Staying out? Not so easy when you have illegal dragon magic coursing through your veins! When you get to the end of this one, you have four more to read before you’re stuck waiting for the next one!
5-Descended of Dragons Series by Jen Crane
According to Amazon, fans of the Throne of Glass, Red Queen, and Mortal Instruments series will love this high adventure tale filled with shifters and dragons set in an enchanted grad school. I’m sold! Even better, you can grab all three books in one convenient “box set.”
6- The Dragon Kings Box Set by Kimberly Loth
Another fab box set for you, this one is packed full of five books in the Dragon Kings series! Even better? It’s free on Kindle Unlimited. Seventeen-year-old Aspen an adrenaline junky. Her whole life, she’s been fascinated by the dragons who roam near her home in Yellowstone Park. No one has ever gotten close enough to touch one, though…until now?
7- Firelight by Sophie Jordan
Another stunning book cover, Firelight is the first of at least 3 books starring Jacinda, a descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.
8- Scorched by Mari Mancusi
If you love your fantasy mixed with a bit of sci-fi, you’ll love Scorched! Trinity Foxx never believes her grandfather’s crazy stories, so she doesn’t really believe that his latest treasure for their West Texas museum is actually a real dragon’s egg. That is, not until dragon hunter Connor Jacks arrives from the future to tell her that the world is about to be wiped clean by a dragon war!
9- Stalked by Flames: Book 1 (Dragon’s Breath Series) by Susan Illene
What happens when a massive earthquake unleashes fire-breathing dragons on the world? Recent college grad Bailey is about to find out! Turns out, she’s totally immune to the dragons’ flames. That makes her an unwitting hero in the war between humans and dragons!
10- Dragons Lost (Requiem for Dragons Book 1) by Daniel Arenson
This one is a mix of dystopian and fantasy. Requiem is a lost world where dragons ruled. A world no one has seen in generations, and won’t ever be seen again if the fanatical cult that rules Commonwealth has anything to do with it. Still, there are some who remember, who still have dragon magic in their veins. They remember…and they want to bring back that world.
More Great YA Dragon Fantasy Books to Read
- Eon: Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman
- Talon by Julie Kagawa
- Raising Dragons (Dragons in Our Midst, #1) by Bryan Davis
- Dragonhaven by Robin McKinley
- Baptism of Fire (Draconi Series, #1) by Stephanie Constante
- The Coming of Dragons (The Darkest Age, #1) by A.J. Lake
- The Fire Within (The Last Dragon Chronicles, #1) by Chris d’Lacey
There you go! Plenty of YA fantasy books about dragons to keep you reading way beyond the summer! If you can’t decide where to start, I’d say pick up Eragon. It’s one of those books that everyone should read at least once in their lifetime.
Do you have any other favorite YA fantasy books about dragons that I missed? Share below!
19 thoughts on “17 YA Fantasy Books about Dragons You Need to Read This Summer”
These books look so interesting. My son used to love dinosaurs when he was little. I think he would love these fantasies which seem like a lot of fun.
All of these covers came out so nice, actually. You can tell a lot of thought went into them. I hope the suggestions for good reads hit their mark. ’tis the season to relax and enjoy a good book!
Some of these look really good. I’ve only read Eragon but may need to try some of these titles.
These look like great books for young adults who love dragons. I remember my daughter reading Eragon back in the day!
Ah, these will be awesome choices for summer reading. I know the Eragon series is a popular one!
My 10 year old son is all about Dragons and fantasy books like this. Dragon’s Lost looks like it might be a good one for him!
I think my 13 year old would like these books. Thanks for the recommendations!
My teens would love these books. My younger teen loves everything dragon and unicorn, so these are perfect
After vampires, dragons are back in the trend and I love it! It’s awesome that there are so many choices as well. Eragon is something that I’ve heard so much about, I’m sure it’s a hit with the teens!
So many great choices! My daughter loves books like these. She can read through one in just a few days!
These are great suggestions! My son loves dragon stories like these!
I am not a huge sci-fi or fantasy lover, but I don’t mind them as easy beach reads from time to time. I am going to have to check out a few of these. I didn’t realize dragons were so big right now.
I have a teen who might appreciate this list. It’s so nice to see recommendations! I’d love to share this with my daughter!
These sound like some great books, especially for those who like reading about dragons. I’ll have to check these out for my preteens and teens. Thanks for sharing.
I love science fiction that involves dragons! These all look like amazing options. I don’t care if I’m old! haha!
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