The Book of Dragons & Other Mythical Beasts

Dragons, unicorns, griffins, and sea monsters are only some of the many fantastic animals that continue to enthrall people, even though such creatures exist only in our imaginations. As such, they have animated human folklore for thousands of years, serving as metaphors for our fears, hopes, dreams, and struggles. Here is a modern collection of lore that reflects many different cultures as it focuses on a panoply of fantastic animals. From ancient Greece came the griffin, a combination eagle and lion who guarded a treasure of gold, and whose feathers gave sight to the blind. From Egypt came the mysterious Sphinx, half human and half lion, and from Persia came Karkadan, a large, ferocious, one-horned monster who could be captured and subdued only by a young maiden. Not all mythical beasts are fierce. Lung and other Chinese dragons are cheerful and benevolent, and Drakon was reputed to be a loyal guard of the Greeks’ sacred springs and treasures. This profusely illustrated book tells stories of winged birds, scaled serpents, and legendary sea creatures. It also features a unique family tree of legendary bestial correspondences that traces dragon relationships from one culture’s folklore to another. The more than 130 fantastic and vivid illustrations are all in color.

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About Dragon Mystic

I fell in love with dragons when I read Tea With the Black Dragon, and never looked back. Not the clunky winged Medieval dragons that ate cows, the graceful Asian dragons that could fly without wings. Later I discovered the elegant Welsh dragons, red and white, as described by R.J. Stewart in his books on the historical Merlin.
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3 Responses to The Book of Dragons & Other Mythical Beasts

  1. Peekablue says:

    A nice book I have a couple other books of this sort and compared with those, this book is better as far as illustrations go but does not have as much information.As far as the appearance goes, the dustjacket is gold with colorful pictures of several creatures, (very inviting). I was suprised at the size of the book, I was expecting it to be somewhat bigger. The hardback is good quality and sturdy with the same design as the dustjacket.Inside, the pictures are very colorful. While not all of the illustrations are what I would call “beautiful,” they are interesting and pleasant to look at.An interesting feature of the book is a family tree covering two full pages featuring the four branches, or families, of creatures listed in this book. There is also a map of the world showing where these creatures can be found.This is a very nice book, worth having, more for the illustrations than the info, since more detailed information can be found in other books.Similar books I’d recommend: by Carol Rose- contains slightly more detailed info and many, many more creatures/beings. This is a true encyclopedia style book. by D.J. Conway- I like this book’s style much better than the previous book’s. It has more info than Nigg’s book but not as much as Rose’s. Also, I think this one has more detail in some of it’s descriptions than the others.

  2. L. Donnelly "Liam" says:

    Not what I expected but great nonetheless… I really bought this book to do research for a film that I was writing… but it doesn’t contain the dense mythological detail that I thought it would. It is however quite informative and well illustrated. All references are well cited.

  3. Deborah K. Nossaman "darkwolfess" says:

    dragons and other mythical beasts My 6 year old daughter checked this book out from the library. After reading it, she was totally enthralled. She begged me to buy it for her. Now we read a part of it almost every night.Beautiful pictures and interesting descriptions are a winner in both my and my daughters eyes.

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