Wilbur Smith is an Anglo-African novelist of historical adventure novels. Having been born in what is now Zambia (and was once Northern Rhodesia), he largely writes about his former home continent. He is the author of three series – the Courtney Family series, the Ballatyne Family series and the Egyptian series. Smith now lives in London, but his passion and concern for his native continent remains.

Smith’s father was not supportive of his love for reading and writing and told him to “get a real job.” However, after a career in accounting and divorce left him destitute, he decided to make a career change. Smith’s first novel was When the Lion Feeds in 1964. Since then, Smith has written over 30 novels. Below is a list of Wilbur Smith’s books in order of when they were originally published and also in their chronological order:

Publication Order of Courtney Books

When the Lion Feeds (1964)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Sound of Thunder / The Roar of Thunder (1966)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Sparrow Falls (1977)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Burning Shore (1985)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Power of the Sword (1986)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Rage (1987)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Time to Die (1989)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Golden Fox (1990)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Triumph of the Sun (1992)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Birds of Prey (1997)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Monsoon (1999)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Blue Horizon (2003)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Assegai (2009)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Golden Lion (With: Giles Kristian) (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
War Cry (With: David Churchill) (2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Tiger's Prey (With: Tom Harper) (2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Courtney's War (2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Ghost Fire (2019)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Legacy of War (2021)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Chronological Order of Courtney Books

Birds of Prey(1997)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Golden Lion (With: Giles Kristian)(2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Monsoon(1999)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Tiger's Prey (With: Tom Harper)(2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Blue Horizon(2003)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Ghost Fire(2019)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
When the Lion Feeds(1964)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Triumph of the Sun(1992)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Sound of Thunder / The Roar of Thunder(1966)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Assegai(2009)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
War Cry (With: David Churchill)(2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Power of the Sword(1986)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Burning Shore(1985)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Sparrow Falls(1977)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Rage(1987)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Courtney's War(2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Legacy of War(2021)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Golden Fox(1990)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Time to Die(1989)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Jack Courtney Books

Cloudburst (2020)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Ballantyne Books

A Falcon Flies / Flight of the Falcon (1980)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Men of Men (1981)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Angels Weep (1982)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Leopard Hunts in Darkness (1984)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Triumph of the Sun (1992)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
King of Kings (2019)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Call of the Raven (With: Corban Addison) (2020)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Chronological Order of Ballantyne Books

Call of the Raven (With: Corban Addison)(2020)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Falcon Flies / Flight of the Falcon(1980)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Men of Men(1981)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Triumph of the Sun(1992)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
King of Kings(2019)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Angels Weep(1982)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Leopard Hunts in Darkness(1984)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Courtney & Ballantynes Books

The Triumph of the Sun (1992)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
King of Kings (2019)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Chronologically, The Triumph of the Sun should be read after When The Lion Feeds and Men of Men.

Publication Order of Ancient Egypt Books

River God (1994)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Seventh Scroll (1995)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Warlock (1995)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Quest (2007)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Desert God (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Pharaoh (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The New Kingdom (With: Mark Chadbourn) (2021)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Chronological Order of Ancient Egypt Books

River God(1994)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Desert God(2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Pharaoh(2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Warlock(1995)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Quest(2007)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Seventh Scroll(1995)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The New Kingdom (With: Mark Chadbourn)(2021)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Hector Cross Books

Those in Peril (2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Vicious Circle (2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Predator (With: Tom Cain) (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Dark of the Sun / The Train from Katanga (1965)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Shout at the Devil (1968)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Gold Mine (1970)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Diamond Hunters (1971)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Sunbird (1972)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Eye of the Tiger (1974)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cry Wolf (1976)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hungry as the Sea (1978)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Wild Justice / The Delta Decision (1979)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Eagle in the Sky (1980)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Elephant Song (1991)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

On Leopard Rock (2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Note: Wild Justice was also published as The Delta Decision in the USA. Predator was co-authored by Tom Cain. The Jack Courtney series is co-authored by Christopher Wakling. Call of the Raven was written with Corban Addison.

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14 Responses to “Order of Wilbur Smith Books”

  1. Peter: 3 months ago

    I stated reading w s in the 1070s stopped when I finished working 2001 and restored about 4 years ago so not sure if have read them all ithi k so on time to die Ballantine series so latest one still nor read

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  2. Peter Reeves: 4 months ago

    I HAVE READ ALL OF HIS BOOKS EXCEPT LEGACY OF WAR AND CALL OF THE RAVEN ALWAYS A RIVETTING READ I HAVE TO TURN JUST ONE MORE PAGE BEFORE I PUT THEM DOWN PROBABLY ONE OF THE WORLDS GREATEST STORY TELLERS

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    • Mel: 2 months ago

      No “probably” about it, he is hands down the greatest writer ever!! I would be very interested to know who you may think is just as good so I can find another good line of books to read.

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      • johan calitz: 1 month ago

        Try Robert Ludlum. You won’t regret

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  3. Lina Martin: 4 months ago

    I’m never sure when a new book is released as we no longer have a book shop only rely on Variety stores getting them in I’d love some sort of prompt or flag when a new book is released

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    • Graeme: 4 months ago

      That’s something we are working on 🙂

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  4. James Kearns: 5 months ago

    I have 37 of Wilbur Smiths book and have just read them for the second time. I enjoy his books more than any other writer..
    Im looking for 9 more and I will find them..
    I have them in a box marked for my grandson and will give them to him when I think he is age appropriate..
    He turns 13 next month and loves to read….

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    • dusty: 4 months ago

      Hi James
      I get you. I read my favorite books more than once, and I have just started River God for the third time. Wilbur is one of my all time favorite authors. I’ve read all his books at least once.

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  5. Pat: 2 years ago

    I have read all books except King of Kings and the final one (memoir). Wonderful reading.

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  6. Danny Roberts: 3 years ago

    Hi, I have been trying to find a WS book for years. I read it a long time ago, and I can not find it.
    Its about a young guy who goes out in the bush, along the way he meets an old guy. They are looking for either Gold or Diamonds. They look in Rivers, Creeks.
    I am rereading WS books and this one is the only one I cannot find.
    Can you help me find it? Cheers Danny Roberts.

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  7. jerry: 7 years ago

    in chronological order is great even though I didn’t. Fab!

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  8. Sylvia: 7 years ago

    Did Wilbur Smith write a book by the name of Witwatersrand?

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    • Vixiewp: 6 years ago

      Hi Sylvia, I hope you still visit this site and find my answer. The book called Witwatersrand is the Afrikaans version of When the Lion Feeds, his first book

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  9. Not1knowsme: 7 years ago

    On Wilbur Smith’s Bibliography here:

    http://www.wilbursmithbooks.com/books

    he answers the question from fans as to what order he believes his books should be read: just wanted to mention it in case anyone was interested.

    I love this site and use it at least once a week. I share the link every chance I get, post it on Amazon and am very grateful you are here.

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