Shannara Reading Order

Wondering which Shannara book to read first?

Use this table to sort the books, short stories and novellas into publication order, chronological/story line order or Terry Brooks’ suggested Shannara reading order for new readers:

  • Publication: Click this column to sort by publication order1Even though I have included them on this site, the Word and Void series are not actually considered to be related to the Shannara universe by the author.
  • Story Line: Click this column to sort by the story line’s chronological order2Even though I have included them on this site, the Word and Void series are not actually considered to be related to the Shannara universe by the author. (Default sorting order)
  • Terry’s Suggestion: Click this column to sort by the author’s suggested Shannara reading order for new readers (Source: Reading Orders)

Thanks George for letting me know the table wasn’t working! xxx


wdt_IDTitleSeriesPublicationStory LineTerry's Suggestion
1Imaginary FriendsShort Story61
2WarriorNovella372
3Running with the DemonThe Word and the Void103
4A Knight of the WordThe Word and the Void114
5Angel Fire EastThe Word and the Void125
6Armageddon's ChildrenGenesis of Shannara20617
7The Elves of CintraGenesis of Shannara21718
8The Gypsy MorphGenesis of Shannara23819
9Bearers of the Black StaffLegends of Shannara24920
10The Measure of the MagicLegends of Shannara251021