Terry Brooks is an American author of epic fantasy and urban fantasy. He is best known for his Shannara series. Besides his Shannara-related books, Brooks has written one other series called the Magic Kingdom of Landover. He has also written a couple of novelizations for major motion pictures – Hook and Star Wars Episode I: Phantom Menace.

Brooks had his debut novel published in 1977 – The Sword of Shannara. Ever since then, the majority of his work has been contributions to the Shannara series, including sequels and prequels. It should be noted that while not all of his novels were published in their chronological order, Brooks strongly recommends not to read his books in chronological order (at least the first time around) and that the recommended reading order is the order in which the novels were published.

Publication Order of Original Shannara Books


The Sword of Shannara(1977) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Elfstones of Shannara(1982) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Wishsong of Shannara(1985) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
First King of Shannara(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Indomitable(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Chronological Order of Original Shannara Books


First King of Shannara(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Sword of Shannara(1977) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Elfstones of Shannara(1982) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Wishsong of Shannara(1985) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Indomitable(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Heritage Of Shannara Books


The Scions of Shannara(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Druid of Shannara(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Elf Queen of Shannara(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Talismans of Shannara(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Word & Void Books


Running with the Demon(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Knight of the Word(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Angel Fire East(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Voyage Of The Jerl Shannara Books


Ilse Witch(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Antrax(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Morgawr(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of High Druid Of Shannara Books


Jarka Ruus(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Tanequil(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Straken(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Genesis Of Shannara Books


Armageddon's Children(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Elves of Cintra(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Gypsy Morph(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Legends Of Shannara Books


Bearers of the Black Staff(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Measure of the Magic(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Dark Legacy Of Shannara Books


The Wards of Faerie(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Bloodfire Quest(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Witch Wraith(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Paladins Of Shannara Short Stories


Allanon's Quest(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Weapons Master's Choice(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Black Irix(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Defenders Of Shannara Books


The High Druid's Blade(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Darkling Child(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Sorcerer's Daughter(2016) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Chronological Order of Shannara Books

The chronological order of the series is: Word & Void, Genesis, Legends, Original Shannara, Heritage, Voyage, High Druid, Dark Legacy and Defenders. However, it must be noted that this is not the recommended reading order and reading the books in chronological order will spoil the series.

Publication Order of Magic Kingdom Of Landover Books


Magic Kingdom For Sale -- Sold!(1986) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Black Unicorn(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Wizard at Large(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Tangle Box(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Witches' Brew(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Princess of Landover(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


Revelation(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hook(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Imaginary Friends(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Stories


Imaginary Friends(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Anthologies


Trolltown I(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Trolltown II(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Trolltown III(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Shannara Graphic Novels


Dark Wraith of Shannara(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books


Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Note: For a complete list of Star Wars novels, please see Star Wars.

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  • Shelly Ann LPN(ret)

    “However, it must be noted that this is not the recommended reading order and reading the books in chronological order will spoil the series.”
    I originally read the books as they came out, then I found a list putting into the chronology of the story and found that the story flowed better and it was easier to understand the characters and their lineage. Personally I would recommend that they be read in the chronology of the story, but reading them in publication order is alright as well. If this was still in the 70’s I would say read them as they came out first. If you collect them for your library, then put them into a chronological order and read them.
    Now I am looking for them in audiobook format, CD, so I can listen to them while I am travelling. Seldom listen to the radio any more, what is currently presented is just not to my tastes in music.

    Thank you for providing these lists, it helps when trying to put books in order to read them.

    Have A Beautiful and Wondrous Day.

    //es// A Proud Honorable Disabled American Veteran, 1967-1994 – Combat Medicine.

    • http://pinterest.com/sewcraftyme/ Ila Turner

      @desertfox1a:disqus

      First Thank You for your service to our country. I am former US Navy (early 80s).

      Would you please explain how you determined the order the books should be listened to in audiobook format? I’m slowly collecting them on Audible and Tantor and sometimes I’ll find them in CD on eBay and Half.com as well. I listen as I sew (I make quilts for returning veterans) and I don’t want to listen to them out of order and spoil the story. Is the list here the best way to listen as well as read?

      I fell in love with the series when I read Sword of Shannara (pub 1977) and the two books after it, then work, and other things caused me to lose track of the series. But I’ve never forgotten how much I loved them.

      Thanks for any advice you can give. I’m disabled and have chronic pain, quilting by hand and my books helps me not have to rely on medication as much.