I am looking for a fantasy novel series where the male lead is a young boy who fights alongside a bipedal non-flying dragon in the army.

The army has military units that are formed by these dragons who are all partnered with a boy. These units are like the shock units of the army not unlike tanks of modern days.

The series takes place over a period of time as the boy grows up beside his dragon.

The dragons have the power of speech and uses weapons, shields and wear armor similar to men.

  • Any other information you know, like when you read it and/or when it was written?
    – Null
    Jun 3, 2015 at 18:02

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Possibly "Bazil Broketail" (1992) by Christopher Rowley, which is the first in the series. The dragons were bipedal (I believe the wings were specifically amputated) and used enormous swords. The title character fought alongside a boy named Relkin and the series follows him as he matures.

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  • Thank you. Not the querent, but it was bugging me not being able to remember this one.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Jun 3, 2015 at 20:24
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    I kind of want to read this just to figure out why the dragons wouldn't be resentful for losing their wings. Jun 3, 2015 at 21:49
  • @DoubleDouble: The answer is mistaken. The wyverns' wings weren't amputated; they were vestigal and useless. One of the dragons in the army is a wild dragon who used to be able to fly until his wings were mutilated in combat, but the rest of them never had even the potential to fly. Jun 3, 2015 at 23:05
  • Thanks. Been trying to find the series for sometime. I read the first few books when I was younger, the series was old even back then. The series stand out to me from the way they portray dragons, not quite the norm.
    – Siao Goh
    Jun 4, 2015 at 3:01
  • I guess my memory was a bit rusty after nearly a quarter century re: the wings.
    – Viergacht
    Jun 4, 2015 at 17:18

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