Shannara is an epic fantasy series of novels by American author Terry Brooks. The series deals with the blending of magic and primitive technology. It is set in a fictional world called Four Lands, which appears to be Earth following the destruction of civilization during the Great Wars.

Terry Brooks began the Shannara series in 1977 when he began the Original Shannara Trilogy with The Sword of Shannara. While the Shannara series was not published in chronological order, Terry Brooks himself recommends that you read the books in their publication order. Below is a list of Terry Brooks’ Shannara books in order of when they were originally released as well as in chronological order:

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

Chronological Order of Shannara Books

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

Publication Order of Shannara Graphic Novels


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

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