Brandon Sanderson
Brandon Sanderson is an American author of fantasy and sci-fi novels. The native Nebraskan is best known for his Mistborn series in addition to finishing The Wheel of Time series following the passing of the original author, Robert Jordan. He also writes the Alcatraz series and The Stormlight Archive (planned for 10 books). Sanderson once edited the Leading Edge magazine while he was studying for his Master’s degree at Brigham Young University. He now teaches creative writing at the same school. Brandon now resides in Utah with his wife and children.

Brandon Sanderson became a published author in April 2005 with the novel Elantris. He followed this up the following year with The Final Empire, launching his Mistborn series. Below is a list of Brandon Sanderson’s books in order of when they were originally released:

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Publication Order of Alcatraz Books

Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener's Bones (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Alcatraz Versus the Knights of Crystallia (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Alcatraz Versus the Shattered Lens (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Dark Talent (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Bastille vs. the Evil Librarians (With: Janci Patterson) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Secret Projects Books

Tress of the Emerald Sea (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Frugal Wizard's Handbook for Surviving Medieval England (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Yumi and the Nightmare Painter (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Sunlit Man (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Cosmere Short Stories/Novellas

Sixth of the Dusk (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Cosmere Collections

Arcanum Unbounded (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Dark One Books

Forgotten (With: Dan Wells) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Elantris Books

Elantris (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Hope Of Elantris (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Emperor's Soul (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Mistborn Books

Mistborn: The Final Empire (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Well of Ascension (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Hero of Ages (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Alloy of Law (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Shadows of Self (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Bands of Mourning (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Secret History (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Lost Metal (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Infinity Blade Books

Publication Order of Legion Books

Publication Order of Legion Collections

The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Oathbringer Serialization Books

Oathbringer Part One (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Oathbringer Part Two (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Reckoners Books

Publication Order of Skyward Books

Publication Order of Skyward Short Stories/Novellas

Sunreach (With: Janci Patterson) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
ReDawn (With: Janci Patterson) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Defending Elysium (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Evershore (With: Janci Patterson) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Skyward Flight Books

(with Janci Patterson)

Skyward Flight: The Collection: Sunreach / ReDawn / Evershore (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of The Stormlight Archive Books

Publication Order of Texas Reckoners Books

Publication Order of The Wheel of Time Books

(with Robert Jordan)

The Eye of the World (By: Robert Jordan) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Great Hunt (By: Robert Jordan) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Dragon Reborn (By: Robert Jordan) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Shadow Rising (By: Robert Jordan) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Fires of Heaven (By: Robert Jordan) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Lord of Chaos (By: Robert Jordan) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Crown of Swords (By: Robert Jordan) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Path of Daggers (By: Robert Jordan) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Winter's Heart (By: Robert Jordan) (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Crossroads of Twilight (By: Robert Jordan) (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
New Spring (By: Robert Jordan) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Knife of Dreams (By: Robert Jordan) (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Gathering Storm (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Towers of Midnight (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
A Memory of Light (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Wheel of Time (Complete Series) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
New Spring is a prequel to the Wheel of Time series.

Publication Order of Wheel Of Time Short Stories/Novellas

What the Storm Means (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Distinctions (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
By Grace and Banners Fallen (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of White Sand Graphic Novels

White Sand Volume 1 (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
White Sand Volume 2 (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
White Sand Volume 3 (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of's Dark One Graphic Novels

Dark One Volume 1 (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

White Sand (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Warbreaker (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Rithmatist (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Snapshot (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Original (With: Mary Robinette Kowal) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Firstborn & Defending Elysium (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Legion and The Emperor's Soul (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell; Perfect State (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Brandon Sanderson's Fantasy Firsts (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Picture Books

The Most Boring Book Ever (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Magic: The Gathering Books

(with Robert Vardeman, Kate Elliott, Mark Sumner, Clayton Emery, Jess Lebow, Susan J.Morris, Sonia Orin Lyris, William R. Forstchen, Hanovi Braddock, Teri McLaren, Robert B. Wintermute, Brook Steingass, Doug Beyer, Jenna Helland)

Arena (By: William R. Forstchen) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Whispering Woods (By: Clayton Emery) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Shattered Chains (By: Clayton Emery) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Final Sacrifice (By: Clayton Emery) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Cursed Land (By: Teri McLaren) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Prodigal Sorcerer (By: Mark Sumner) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Ashes of the Sun (By: Hanovi Braddock) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Song of Time (By: Teri McLaren) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
And Peace Shall Sleep (By: Sonia Orin Lyris) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dark Legacy (By: Robert Vardeman) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Darksteel Eye (By: Jess Lebow) (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Shadowmoor (By: Susan J.Morris) (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Alara Unbroken (By: Doug Beyer) (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Zendikar: In the Teeth of Akoum (By: Brook Steingass) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Scars of Mirrodin: The Quest for Karn (By: Robert B. Wintermute) (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Theros: A Godsend Novel (By: Jenna Helland) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Journey Into Nyx: Godsend, Part II (By: Jenna Helland) (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Children of the Nameless (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Throne of Eldraine (By: Kate Elliott) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Publication Order of Anthologies

Writing Fantasy Heroes(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dangerous Women(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 35, April 2013(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Tor.com: Selected Original Fiction, 2008-2012(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror, 2014 Edition(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Shadows Beneath(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2015 Edition(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Grimdark Magazine Issue #4(2015)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Dragon Writers(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Unfettered II: New Tales By Masters of Fantasy(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Galactic Empires(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon.com
Unfettered III: New Tales By Masters of Fantasy(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon.com

Note: The Wheel of Time books are co-authored by Robert Jordan. The White Sand graphic novels are written by Rik Hoskin, based on the work of Brandon Sanderson. Shadows Beneath also has stories by Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler and Dan Wells.

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Brandon Sanderson Synopsis: Elantris was the beautiful capital of Arelon, populated by benevolent beings who used magic to benefit one and all. Each one of these beings was once a regular person who was then touched by the transforming power called the Shaod. Then, a decade ago, the power failed and the Elantrians became powerless creatures and the city went dark and began to crumble. Arelon’s new capital is Kae, which lies in the shadow of Elantris. Princess Saene arrives to marry Crown Prince Raoden, hoping to find love. Instead she finds the Prince dead and she is considered his widow. Now, she must use her newfound status in order to push back Hrathen, who wants to convert Arelon and claim it for his emperor and god.

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4 Responses to “Order of Brandon Sanderson Books”

  1. elizabethroxannepalacios: 7 years ago

    i agree! This was so difficult, I had given up! I’m grateful now to see the order, but which would a reader who is very specific on reading these books in order prefer to read them? As, it is a gift, do I go by the publication date order? or the chronological order is preferable to a reader? Please, offer a suggestion anyone. Thank you!

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  2. Michael Palmer: 7 years ago

    This is driving me nuts. I’ve gone through like 10 pages worth of google search results just trying to find a simple list of Brandon Sanderson books in the order they were published. How can it be this complicated?

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  3. David Grewe: 8 years ago

    The Perfect State is not listed.

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    • Brandon: 8 years ago

      It is now. Thanks!

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