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.

      • Shelly Ann LPN(ret)

        Ila; sorry that I have not replied to you on this subject. A short regression hore for a few seconds. I served starting with the USNSCC 1965, leaving them as a Midshipman in 1970, joined the US Navy in 1970, leaving them in 1978 as an HM2c(FMF)/USN, (old style). I joined the ORARNG as a Spec 4 Basic Field Medic in late 1979 after getting settled in and started college. Transfered to USAR as a Spec-4 in a Combat Support Hospital, late became the NCOIC of the Pharmacy Section in a M.A.S.H. unit. In 1991 I was activated to active duty Army and send to Suadi Arabia for Op Desert Shield/Storm I had by then been converted to a hard stripe Sergeant and was told that I would get my E-6 rocker after or during the deployment. Was supposed to go to an active duty Army M.A.S.H. unit, but I traveled with a Wisconsin National Guard Evac Hospital and they would not release me to the unit I was ordered to. After the 1st Gulf War, I stuck the reserves out until I became frustrated with not getting promoted and called it quits in 1994.

        As for the order of the 30(?) some books in the Shannara series, here are some shots at the orders of the books starting with.

        The sub-series in chronological order are:
        Word & Void
        Genesis of Shannara
        Legends of Shannara
        Paladins of Shannara
        The Original Shannara Trilogy
        Heritage of Shannara
        Voyage of the Jerle Shannara
        High Druid of Shannara
        The Dark Legacy of Shannara
        The Defenders of Shannara

        This is found at Goodreads at https://www.goodreads.com/series/43574-shannara, Goodreads has a listing of the books in order as written, then there is this site which is the best one for putting series in story chronology; http://www.orderofbooks.com/.
        Select the all authors listing that will appear down the right side of the screen, the select #41 which will take you to that portion of the list were Terry Brooks is found. You read my original posting on the order of books a while back, I have completed the series now and do recommend reading them in the chronology of the story as it gives a better flow to the story and helps you under stand the characters and their orgins better as well.
        I understand the deal about chronic pain. I came home from the ME rather sick after being exposed to everything that we were exposed to overthere. From NBC Agents to Environmental Contaminants, unfortunately, after almost 20 years I am now having to fight the VA for my pain medications, because of this most recent drug scare concerning narcotics. I was placed on methadon back in 1998 everyday with fairly decent results. I am currently on oxycodone as my if you need it meds. The issue is, pardon my language, I hav e been pissing in the bottle for recreational drug use for over 10 years, I have come up clean everytime. Because I now refuse to pee in the bottle anymore they are withholding my pain medications. You are familiar with the pain scale of 0 – 10 with 10 the most extreme. While on my medications I lived everyday with a pain level of 4-6/10, I have been out of my meds now for 13 days, with only few oxycodone to last me until this issue is settled.
        Sorry about that about my pain issues, verifing the addresses for those listing sites, I discovered that I have three new books to get caught up on. Enjoy the books and those listing sites will list other series as well, I am rather fixed on reading books in order.
        Thank you for your service, I am sorry for you pain issues, but I understand chronic pain issues.
        Have A Beautiful and Wondrous Day, Be Safe In Your Travels and Adventures
        //es// Shelly Ann LPN (ret)
        A Proud Honorable Disabled American Veteran 1965-1994 – Combat Medicine and Pharmacy