The Wyrd and Wonder prompt for today is flying animals. I chose my favorites, Dragons!

Here are my current two favorite sentient dragons in books.

1, Kai in the Invisible Library series by Genevieve Cogman

In this world, dragons can take human form, but they’re always very beautiful and striking. They’re creatures of order. In this series, there are many, many alternate worlds. Dragons claim some worlds, so they are more orderly. Other worlds are claimed by the Fae, and they’re far more chaotic. The dragons and the Fae battle over the worlds. The Invisible Library tries to maintain some balance.

The main character, and the main POV character, is Librarian Irene Winters, who is part spy and part thief. When we first meet Kai, he’s a junior Librarian, and Irene’s supervisor refuses to tell Irene why she’s been saddled with him. But Irene soon realizes that Kai is a dragon. He’s arrogant but very courteous. He’s also the first dragon who works for the Library and wants to keep it a secret.

2, Temeraire in the Temeraire series by Naomi Novik

In this series, dragons are sentient, but they can’t change form. They vary in size and color. The largest carry a regular crew about thirty soldiers but can easily carry more people. Some can breathe fire or acid. In England, most dragons serve in the military. Even though they can speak and even compose poetry, the English consider them animals who shouldn’t be paid for their service. In England, when a dragon hatches, he or she bonds with a human handler, his or her captain.

Temeraire himself is a very curious, and he enjoys learning mathematics as much as poetry. He’s quite practical, but when he sees how dragons are treated in other countries, he tries to better the position of the English dragons, too. He’s very protective of his human companion, his captain Will Lawrence.

They have a wonderful companionship. They both learn and grow during the series.

The series is set during Napoleonic wars. Many countries have dragons, but they tend to treat their dragons according to their own cultural traditions, although in many countries some dragons are drafted to the military. I found the differences fascinating and really enjoyed the books which explored other countries.