Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Dragon Shifters: What Do You Think? - March 15, 2011

Dragon shifters.

There have been a lot of books with dragons in them - Anne MacCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern series comes to mind immediately. In those stories, the dragons were not the love interests or shifters. I decided to put together a list of novels that include a dragon shifter as a main character. Here's what I've come up with so far. Let me know what I've missed. Let me know what you've read and what you like.

What do you think of dragons as shifters? Are they too big and scalely to be love interests? Is the fire breathing a problem? What's your favorite type of shifter?


The Drakon series by Shana Abé
  • The Smoke Thief (2005)
  • The Dream Thief (2006)
  • Queen of Dragons (2007)
  • The Treasure Keeper (2009)
  • The Time Weaver (2010)

Dragon Kin series by G.A. Aiken
  • Dragon Actually (2008)
  • About A Dragon (2008)
  • "Can't Get Enough" in Everlasting Bad Boys (2008) (as Shelly Laurenston)
  • What A Dragon Should Know (2009)
  • Last Dragon Standing (2010)
  • The Dragon Who Loved Me (2011)

Dragon Knights by Bianca d'Arc
Daughter of the Dragon
  • Maiden Flight
  • Border Lair
  • Ladies of the Lair (2006)
  • The Ice Dragon (2007)
  • Prince of Spies (2007)
Sons of Draconia
  • Wings of Change (2007)
  • Firedrake (2009)
  • Dragon Storm (2010)

Myth and Magic series by Keri Arthur
  • Destiny Kills (2008)
  • Mercy Burns (2011) 

Dragonfire sereis by Deborah Cooke
  • Kiss of Fire (2008)
  • Kiss of Fury (2008)
  • Kiss of Fate (2009)
  • Winter Kiss (2009)
  • Whisper Kiss (2010)
  • Darkfire Kiss (2011)
The Dragon Diaries Trilogy (YA) by Deborah Cooke
  • Flying Blind (2011)
  • Winging It (2011)

Shadow of the Vampire series by Meagan Hatfield
  • Shadow of the Vampire (2010)
  • Dragon Lover
  • Dragon Hunter

Magical British Empire series by Sarah A. Hoyt
  • Heart of Light (2008)
  • Soul of Fire (2008)
  • Heart and Soul (2008)
Shifters series by Sarah A. Hoyt
  • Draw One in the Dark (2006)
  • Gentleman Takes a Chance (2008) 

Dragon series by Allyson James
  • Dragon Heat (2007)
  • The Black Dragon (2007)
  • The Dragon Master (2008)

Aisling Grey, Guardian series by Katie MacAlister
  • You Slay Me (2004)
  • Fire Me Up (2005)
  • Light My Fire (2006)
  • Holy Smokes (2007)
Silver Dragons series by Katie MacAlister
  • Playing with Fire (2008)
  • Up in Smoke (2008)
  • Me and My Shadow (2009)
Light Dragons by Katie MacAlister
  • Love in the Time of Dragons (2010)
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Dragons (2011)

Pendragon Legacy by Susan Kearney
  • Lucan (2009)
  • Rion (2009)
  • Jordan (2010)

Single books (standalones or may be part of a series):

Wait Till You're Vampre Gets Home (Broken Heart 4) (2008)  by Michele Bardsley

Dragon Warrior (2010) by Meagan Hatfield

Dragons Prefer Blonds (Carruthers Sisters 2) (2009) by Candace Havens

Dragonswan (Dark Hunter 1.5) (2002) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Master of Dragons (Mageverse 8) (2007) by Angela Knight

Must Love Dragons (Immortally Sexy 2) (2006) by Stephanie Rowe

Heart of the Dragon (Atlantis 1) (2005) by Gena Showalter


  1. Keri Arthur's Myth and Magic series, starting with Destiny Kills, and the soon to be released Mercy Burns feature dragon shifters. Destiny Kills had not only air dragons, but sea dragons as well.

  2. Thank you, Barbara E.!! Destiny Kills (Myth and Magic 1) was on my typed list to add to the post. I'd better check my list again. I will add the series to the series portion. Thank you again! (Daylight Savings Time is not my friend.)

  3. The Last Dragon lord and the sequel Dragon & Phoenix by Joanne Bertin. There is supposed to be a third in the series but its been years since the second came out.

  4. Ooh and one more! The Unexpected Dragon by Mary Brown and The Smoke thief by Shana Abè.

  5. Hi, Shannon. Thank you. The Smoke Thief is up there under The Drakon Series by Shana Abé. I look at the others! Thank you so much. :D

  6. we also must not forget the collaboration of Andre Norton and Mercedes Lackey on the Halfblood Chronicles: The Elvenbane (1991), Elvenblood (1995), and Elvenborn (2002). It has been awhile since I have read them, but I still remember them.

  7. Lingeorge - Thank you! I think I'd better wait a couple of days to do an update with all these wondeful additions to the dragon shifter list! :)

  8. Kel, the dragon shifter hero of Master of Dragons was introduced in Angela Knight's Master of Swords. There are other dragon shifters in both books.

    Tielle St.Clare wrote a series for Ellora's Cave Called Shadow of the Dragon, that is about a family of dragon shifters (Father, two sons, and a daughter). The order is Dragon's Kiss, Dragon's Fire, Dragon's Rise, and Dragon's Prey.

    Lena Austen wrote a m/m dragon shifter in Dragon's Egg (Changeling Press), Cynthia Sax has the Dragon Lord trilogy also a Changeling.

  9. Thank you, Virginia.

    I did not know that Kel was introduced earlier. Most of my dragon reading has been about dragons who were not shifters.

    Thank you for listing the other series. I generally don't read erotic fiction and was unaware of them. :)

  10. Wow, great list. I loved Shadow of the Vampire. Megan Hatfield created some VERY sexy dragons.
    I read 3 of Abe's books & was not impressed. The age difference in 2 of em bothered me, plus I'm not a historical fan.

  11. I adore dragon shifters. Playing with how a dragon's personality would mold in human form is a blast.

    Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison, coming out this May from Berkley, has a dragon shifter hero. While the rest of the series tends jump from couple to couple, I reveal that Dragos (and Pia, of course) will get another book later on. :)

  12. Love this list, but you forgot the space dragons from The Society On Da Run. The leading men (and women) are part of the dragon empire. Good to see they are actual dragons (scales, wings, dragon body, dragon neck, and such) and not anthro dragons. Anthros really bother me. Imp Empress, The Love of an Italian Dragon, Aether the Tether (not out yet but it was announced) and Dragons and Cicadas focus solely on the Italian dragons and their empire. I recommend it if you like books with good characters and good world building.