From Tiamat, a sea dragon from ancient Mesopotamian myths, to the Jabberwock of Lewis Carroll’s nonsense poem, here are 85 beasties—shown in stunning illustrations—of folklore and fiction.
How do you slay a dragon? What are the origins of the Loch Ness Monster story? How many heads did Cerberus have? In addition to 45 dragons from Asian, Babylonian, Mediterranean, and Nordic mythology, as well as examples from more recent fantasy literature, like Smaug in Tolkien’s The Hobbit, this collection looks at 40 legendary beasts: European werewolves, Chinese giants, Scandinavian serpents, Aztec bats, Inuit wolves, and more. Illustrated with outstanding, full-color art, each spread explores a creature’s background, complete with locator maps and information boxes. – Goodreads
Thanks to NetGalley for a providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
This is one of the coolest fantasy books I’ve ever seen and an absolute must have for any fan of dragons and mythical creatures. This is the only digital ARC I’ve gotten where I went pre-ordered the hardcover in the middle of reading it. The art is stunning and manages to give a fresh idea to many well known classic creatures. On top of that, the collection of creatures here is staggering. Adding famous and lesser known beasts from modern literature and movies to the classic myths and legends really helps set this collection apart from other bestiary type books. The “did you know” section was also a nice touch, and even the most well read fantasy fan is likely to discover something new. I truly think this is a book that will delight readers of any age.
However, I give this book with a warning: be careful in the Dragons in Literature section. If you haven’t read the books the dragons are from, their pages are full of spoilers.. I’m very thankful that I caught that one dragon was from a series I plan to start reading soon and was able to skip that page.