A sea dragon, a Roman dragon, ones that can fly, some that can't, fire-breathers, revolutionaries, good dragons, bad dragons, big and small, dragons that change history and the many different humans that come into contact with them, are just a hint of what's in the nineteen stories on offer here.
Written by some of the finest names in fantasy - and a few rising stars and newcomers - there's much to enjoy here. Particularly Naomi Novik's tale about a young Roman wastrel and the dragon he inadvertently raises, or Kage Baker's about the problems and rewards of removing wyrmin. Peter S. Beagle tells of the perils of a half-written tale - for characters and authors alike - while Tad Williams tells a bedtime story from the dragon's perspective. Fans of Tamora Pierce's `Immortals' series will enjoy something from Kitten the dragon, and Andy Duncan offers up an alternative 1930s Virginian mountains where magic and love roam in unusual ways.
Crossing genres from sci-fi to traditional fantasy, contemporary to alternative history, this anthology has something for every dragon fan, and a few surprises besides. Fantasy at its inventive best.