Note: This post was rewritten on 9/15/19.
Books that have dragons are epic. Books that have sapphics are amazing.
Books that have both are powerful – and not as uncommon as one might think.
On this list, books with queer women and awe-inducing dragons have been gathered for your reading pleasure. So scroll on forth and find your next favorite read.
Tale of a Dragon Princess follows a – you guessed it! – princess who has been cursed to turn into a dragon every night. As far as curses go, this one seems like an exciting one to have, but Princess Mellie is over it. So when Mellie hears of a way she can break her curse, she, along with a bodyguard, goes on a journey to find it. But along the way, the princess starts realizing that she may have feelings for her bodyguard…
Not only does the book have lesbian and bisexual rep, but it has disability rep as well. Specifically, the character has prosthetic fingers. Why you’re reading this post instead of reading this book right now, one will never know.
It’s a Beauty and the Beast retelling with an f/f romance.
If that doesn’t capture your attention immediately, then who knows what else will? That Aliette de Bodard is a Hugo-nominated author? That this book also has Vietnamese rep and Vietnamese culture weaved throughout? Or, maybe that there’s a woman who can turn into a dragon in it?
All you really need to know though is that this is required reading. Many have gushed about the romance and the characters, and many more will.
The Priory of the Orange Tree is a personal favorite. It’s one of those books that when you read the last page, you immediately flip back to the first one so you can experience it all over again. Once you start reading it, you get enveloped into the world Shannon created and it’s vibrant with personalities and stories and characters that you just can’t help but love it. The aftermath leaves you equal parts warm and hopeful, and the romance is the level of epic that will leave you spinning.
The Alchemists of Loom is the first in the Loom Saga, a series that follows Ari, a former engineer-turned-thief, who seeks to defy the Dragons who oppress the people of her kingdom. But a series of events unfold that lead Ari to teaming up with an enemy Dragon – something she never thought possible – to overthrow the one who took everything from Ari: the Dragon King.
How amazing does this sound? Taking down the Dragon King? Teaming up with an enemy? Fighting against oppression? The world isn’t ready for this level of epic.
When Maren’s girlfriend is taken by the Aurati, servants to the evil emperor that conquered Maren’s people, Maren will move heaven and earth to get her back. In this case, that means stealing a dragon from a highly-guarded fortress so she can rain fire down on the Aurati’s capital and take her girlfriend back. But Murphy’s law dictates nothing goes as planned, so Maren runs into a few…complications along the way.
The premise alone is enough to induce shivers. Maren’s sheer determination, rage and need for vengeance made her journey absolutely breath-taking and awe-inducing. For sure, this is a must-not-miss book that everyone should read.
Have you read any of the books on this list? What do you think of them? Drop a comment below!
About the Post Author
Surina is an avid reader who spent most of her childhood buried in books, and who hopes to spend more of her life doing the same. She is perpetually tired and likes to spend her (nonexistent) free time complaining to her dog. Some of her favorite books are Aru Shah and the End of Time, Timekeeper, and The Priory of the Orange Tree. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram.