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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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20 thoughts on “Dracopedia Field Guide”
I love fantasy beings and creatures so the Dragon aspect appeals to me. What would put me off is that this is the text book style, and that while I would enjoy the art, I would prefer a story style, somewhat fun addition to the images.
I agree! My main issue was the text book style. The artwork was beautiful but there is truly no story to it. I would have a story along with the artwork.
This book looks so cool! I suppose the textbook-style is a part of its charm. I’ll have to think of someone to gift this to 🙂
It would be the perfect gift for anyone who loves Dragons! I’m tempted to buy it for my niece. I think she would love the “real” feel to it!
I need to be educated on this topic 😉 what I know about dragons could fill a thimble
This would be the perfect book for you. It covers almost every type of dragon. HAHA!
Great review – this is the sort of geeky thing I would definitely buy
It was really cool! I’m thinking of buying the hardcover because of how beautiful the artwork was!
This sounds like a really great book. Looks beautiful too.
It’s so beautiful!
This looks like an interesting find.
It’s a great coffee table book!
I do love dragons and this art work looks beautiful.
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The artwork is so detailed, it’s amazing!
Looks very interesting.
It was a very interesting read!
Great review. Glad you enjoyed it.
Thanks! The artwork was definitely gorgeous!