looking for a book about dragons that could disguise themselves as humans. I read this around 2012-2014. It was a YA thing iirc, the story started with an orphan (?) who was adopted by a guy trying to find+kill dragons. There was a dragon hiding in Venice, I think.

  • This is a nice description of the start of the book and the general concept but can you remember anything else? What happened afterwards? Any plot elements? How did the dragons disguise themselves? If you’ve got anything else to add you can edit your question.
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    Jun 20, 2020 at 16:17
  • The Invisible Library (or one of its sequels) by Genevieve Cogman, perhaps?
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    Jun 20, 2020 at 16:17
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Perhaps The Saint of Dragons by Jason Hightman?

Front cover of The Sainf of Dragons

In Hightman's atmospheric tale, dragons exist in the modern world but have mastered camouflage ("They look like men now, mostly," explains the Dragonslayer). As the novel opens, 13-year-old misfit Simon St. George waits with his classmates for a streetcar on Halloween eve and beetles begin "swarming" over their feet. The author then shifts gears to a group of knights in full "Crusader" regalia who raid a turreted estate outside Chicago, Ill., where "beetles swarmed" at the roots of the trees, connecting the scenes. All but the knights' leader, Aldric, are killed in the Dragon attack. The beast dies, but not before divulging that he knows about Aldric's son. Simon is then plucked from his boarding school by Aldric, the father he has never met. The father-son relationship never really develops; rather their experiences create a kind of shared bond. The two seek out the beast Aldric believes is the last of its kind, the White Dragon. Here the author injects some humor: the White Dragon lives in an apartment overlooking New York's Central Park and masquerades as a patron of the arts. There they also meet a magician and travel with her to Venice, where they learn of a network of beasts planning an apocalyptic disaster called "Fire Eternal." In their globe-trotting to France, Russia and China, the duo meets one dragon that may have some heart. The gray area of this dragon's motives adds complexity, if some ambiguity, to a fast-moving adventure story.

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