**ARC Provided in exchange for an honest review**
Title: Dracopedia Field Guide: Dragons of the World from Amphipteridae Through Wyvernae
Author: William O’Connor
Read: April 2019
Rating: 4 Caffeinated Stars
Identify dragons in the wild with the Dracopedia Field Guide!
Have you ever stumbled upon a dragon egg and thought to yourself, “I wonder which type of scaly beast will burst forth from this delicate and dappled shell?” Well, wonder no more. This fantasy field guide is required reading–and required packing–for both budding and expert dragon enthusiasts. Don’t leave home without it.
This comprehensive and elucidating manual identifies the dragons of the world from Amphipteridae through Wyvernae. Each genus of dragon is meticulously chronicled–from winged Coatyls and Sea Orcs to itty, bitty Feydragons to fire-breathing Great Dragons–then broken down into additional subsets to help you discover what sets these magnificent creatures apart. Uncover the biology, history, behavior and habitat of each stunning and primeval beast through written and illustrated descriptions.
Each dragon specimen entry includes the following important information for fast and easy identification:
Visual descriptors, including color, distinguishing marks, wings, horns, beaks, etc.
Dracopedia The gold standard for dragon enthusiasts everywhere!
Because this book is an art book, I’m not going to have any quote graphics in this review. I am also not going to include any of William O’Connor’s artwork (besides the cover of the book) though you can find it all here. As many of you may already know, William O’Connor passed away while this book was still in production. Not all artwork is William O’Connor’s nor are all of the descriptions his.
I’ve seen William O’Connor’s artwork everywhere, but I never found the time to sit down and pick up one of his art books. When I saw this book offered up on NetGalley, I knew I needed to read it. I’ve always been obsessed with Dragons, Faeries, and other creatures, so this was a book I knew I needed to pick up.
The highlight of this really is the art (as it should be). Every page was filled with gorgeous illustrations that will make any dragon enthusiast squee in delight. Each type of dragon was illustrated to perfection, and descriptions were well done.
My one complaint about it was that it felt like I was reading a textbook. I think that this book would be great as a coffee table book that you thumb through & enjoy the artwork instead of reading it cover to cover.
All in all, this is the ultimate book for dragon enthusiasts. It’s beautifully put together and would be a great addition to anyone’s coffee table or bookshelf.
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