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What’s in the Forgotten Realms Chronological Reading Order?


This is the chronological reading order for the Forgotten Realms series of books and short stories. Forgotten Realms is a huge story setting. The original authors developed it for Dungeons and Dragons. Many authors contributed to this world, although Ed Greenwood and R. A. Salvatore still wrote much of it. While overlap exists between some stories, we usually place them in order based on where they end.

Now the number of books and short stories for Forgotten Realms is so massive that it’s easy to make a mistake when ordering them, so if you see anything that should be placed in another area of the timeline, please let us know. We want to create an easy-to-follow timeline for all of the Forgotten Realms media, so we welcome any help to avoid confusion. So enjoy the Forgotten Realms chronological reading order. And if you’re a fan of other tabletop literature, check out our Dragonlance reading order. Fans of the Forgotten Realms character, Drizzt Do’urden will also enjoy our Legends of Drizzt timeline.
The Forgotten Realms 2.0 Timeline

#TimeBuyTitleTypeWritersReleased
1-25000 DRBuyTraitors2006-02-07
2-6962 DRBuyThe Staff of Valmaxian2006-02-07
3-700 DRBuySword Play1996-05-21
4-700 DRBuyDangerous Games1996-10-21
5-700 DRBuyMortal Consequences1998-02-03
6-646 DRBuySoulbound2004-08-05
7-470 DRBuyTrial by Ordeal2002-04-01
8-467 DRBuyAssassin’s Shadow2002-04-01
9-461 DRBuyFirst Flight2004-08-05
10-390 DRBuyThe Lady and the Shadow1997-12-23
11-339 DRBuyToo Long in the Dark2002-04-01
12-339 DRBuyWhen Even Sky Cities Fall1997-12-23
13224 DRBuyNot the Most Successful of Feasts2005-06-01
14241 DRBuyElminster: The Making of a Mage1995-12-01
15253 DRBuyGuenhwyvar1995-12-01
16261 DRBuyElminster in Myth Drannor1998-01-12
17767 DRBuyThe Temptation of Elminster1998-12-01
18892 DRBuyOne Last Drink1993-01-26
19902 DRBuyThe Whispering Crown1997-12-23
20903 DRBuyThe Last Paladin of Ilmater2008-01-08
21925 DRBuyThe Knights of Samular2007-05-08
221095 DRBuyBlack Arrow2008-01-08
231016 DRBuyIn the Bleak Deepwinter1997-12-01
241100s DRBuyThe First Notch2011-02-01
251204 DRBuySoul Steel2010-01-05
261217 DRBuyThe Council of Blades1997-11-04
271269 DRBuyDarksword2002-04-01
281281 DRBuyIcewind Dale2000-06-29
291311 DRBuyIcewind Dale: Heart of Winter2001-02-21
301300 DRBuyLiar’s Game2002-04-01
311308 DRBuyThe Fires of Narbondel1996-04-23
321311 DRBuyIcewind Dale 22002-08-27
331323 DRBuyGorlist’s Dragon2004-08-05
341325 DRBuyEscape from Undermountain1996-02-27
351328 DRBuyHomeland1990-08-01
361328 DRBuyHomeland, 2008-07-23
371333 DRBuyToo Many Princes2008-01-08
381334 DRBuySo High A Price1994-12-27
391335 DRBuyThe Family Business1993-01-26
401339 DRBuyThe Keeper of Secrets2004-08-05
411340 DRBuyExile1990-12-01
421340 DRBuyExile, 2006-03-29
431340 DRBuyPool of Radiance1990-01-01
441341 DRBuyThe Third Level1994-12-27
451344 DRBuyNecessary Sacrifices2006-02-07
461345 DRBuyDarkwalker on Moonshae1987-06-01
471346 DRBuyBlack Wizards1992-08-01
481346 DRBuyDarkwell1989-04-22
491347 DRBuySojourn1991-05-01
501347 DRBuySojourn, 2015-12-29
511348 DRBuyRite of Blood1996-04-23
521348 DRBuySwords of Eveningstar2006-08-08
531348 DRBuySwords of Dragonfire2007-08-07
541348 DRBuyThe Sword Never Sleeps2008-11-04
551350s DRBuyThe Walls of Midnight1994-12-27
561350 DRBuyPools of Darkness1992-02-01
571353 DRBuyA Virtue by Reflection1993-01-26
581355 DRBuyElminster at the Magefair1993-01-26
591355 DRBuyDark Legacy1999-01-01
601356 DRBuyThe Lord of Lowhill1993-01-26
611356 DRBuyThe Crystal Shard1988-01-01
621356 DRBuyThe Crystal Shard, 2007-03-06
631356 DRBuyStreams of Silver1989-01-01
641356 DRBuyStreams of Silver, 2007-08-21
651356 DRBuyStowaway, 2008-09-09
661356 DRBuyShadowmask, 2009-11-10
671356 DRBuyThe Sentinels, 2010-11-09
681357 DRBuyDark Mirror1993-01-26
691357 DRBuyAzure Bonds, 1988-11-01
701357 DRBuyCrypt of the Shadowking1993-03-23
711357 DRBuyThe Halfling’s Gem1990-01-01
721357 DRBuyThe Halfling’s Gem, 2017-04-25
731357 DRBuyThe Legacy1992-09-01
741357 DRBuyStarless Night1993-08-24
751357 DRBuySpellfire1988-08-01
761357 DRBuyCrown of Fire1994-04-01
771357 DRBuyHand of Fire2002-09-01
781357 DRBuyDungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms Classics Vol. 12011-03-15
791357 DRBuyDungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms Classics Vol. 22011-10-11
801357 DRBuyDungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms Classics Vol. 32012-05-15
811357 DRBuyDungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms Classics Vol. 42012-10-23
821358 DRBuyThe Siege of Zerith Hold2008-01-08
831358 DRBuyShadowdale1989-04-01
841358 DRBuyTantras1989-06-01
851358 DRBuyThe Wyvern’s Spur, 1990-03-17
861358 DRBuySiege of Darkness1994-08-30
871358 DRBuyThe Dowery2011-02-01
881358 DRBuyShadows of Doom1995-03-01
891358 DRBuyCloak of Shadows1995-01-01
901358 DRBuyAll Shadows Fled1995-10-01
911358 DRBuyA Slow Day In Skullport1996-04-23
921358 DRBuyWaterdeep1989-08-01
931358 DRBuySong of the Saurials, 1991-03-13
941359 DRBuyMercy’s Reward2008-01-08
951359 DRBuyHorselords1990-05-01
961359 DRBuyThe Night Parade1992-06-02
971360 DRBuyKing’s Tear1993-01-26
981360 DRBuyThe Curse of Tegea1993-01-26
991360 DRBuyThe Topaz Dragon2004-08-05
1001360 DRBuyFaerie Ire2005-05-03
1011360 DRBuyDragonwall1990-08-01
1021360 DRBuyCrusade1991-01-01
1031360 DRBuyThe Parched Sea1991-07-01
1041360 DRBuyCurse of the Shadowmage1995-11-01
1051361 DRBuyThe Direct Approach1995-12-01
1061361 DRBuyCanticle1991-10-01
1071361 DRBuyIn Sylvan Shadows1992-04-01
1081361 DRBuyNight Masks1992-08-01
1091361 DRBuyElfshadow1991-10-01
1101361 DRBuyIronhelm1990-04-01
1111361 DRBuyDaughter of the Drow1995-08-29
1121361 DRBuyTangled Webs1996-04-01
1131361 DRBuyWindwalker2003-04-01
1141362 DRBuyThe Bargain1993-01-26
1151362 DRBuyPatronage1993-01-26
1161362 DRBuyGrandfather’s Toys1993-01-26
1171362 DRBuyThe Woman Who Drew Dragons2005-05-03
1181362 DRBuyThe Greater Treasure2006-02-07
1191362 DRBuyThe Fallen Fortress1993-06-01
1201362 DRBuyThe Chaos Curse1994-06-01
1211362 DRBuyRed Magic1991-12-03
1221362 DRBuyThe Ring of Winter1992-11-03
1231362 DRBuyViperhands1990-10-01
1241362 DRBuyFeathered Dragon1991-04-01
1251364 DRBuyThe Hunting Game2005-05-03
1261364 DRBuyElfsong1994-04-21
1271364 DRBuyThe Veiled Dragon1996-04-02
1281364 DRBuySilver Shadows1996-06-01
1291364 DRBuyPassage to Dawn1996-08-06
1301364 DRBuyThe Silent Blade1998-10-13
1311364 DRBuyWhisper of Waves2005-11-01
1321364 DRBuyProphet of Moonshae1992-02-25
1331364 DRBuyThe Coral Kingdom1992-09-01
1341364 DRBuyThe Druid Queen1993-03-01
1351364 DRBuyStormlight1996-10-01
1361366 DRBuySoldiers of Ice1993-11-01
1371366 DRBuyKing Pinch1995-05-23
1381366 DRBuyServant of the Shard2000-10-01
1391366 DRBuyThe Ogre’s Pact1994-09-27
1401366 DRBuyThe Giant Among Us1995-02-21
1411366 DRBuyThe Titan of Twilight1995-09-26
1421366 DRBuyThe Spine of the World1999-09-07
1431366 DRBuyObsidian Ridge2008-04-01
1441366 DRBuyNothing but Trouble2005-06-01
1451366 DRBuyThe Great Hunt2007-05-08
1461366 DRBuyPrologue/Epilogue, 1995-12-01
1471367 DRBuyThat Curious Sword2002-04-01
1481367 DRBuyThieves’ Reward1995-12-01
1491367 DRBuyThieves’ Honor1994-12-27
1501367 DRBuyThe Road Home2005-05-03
1511367 DRBuyMurder in Cormyr1996-06-01
1521367 DRBuyMurder in Halruaa1996-10-29
1531367 DRBuyMurder in Tarsis1996-06-11
1541367 DRBuyWar in Tethyr1995-10-24
1551367 DRBuyOnce Around the Realms1995-04-25
1561368 DRBuyWickless in the Nether2004-08-05
1571368 DRBuySerpestrillvyth2004-08-05
1581368 DRBuySpeaking with the Dead1998-06-09
1591368 DRBuyA Walk in the Snow1998-06-09
1601368 DRBuyThe Rose Window1998-06-09
1611368 DRBuyThe Club Rules1998-06-09
1621368 DRBuyThieves’ Justice1998-06-09
1631368 DRBuyEkhar Lorrent: Gnome Detective1998-06-09
1641368 DRBuyThe Devil and Tertius Wands1998-06-09
1651368 DRBuyH1998-06-09
1661368 DRBuyStrange Bedfellows1998-06-09
1671368 DRBuyWhence the Song of Steel1998-06-09
1681368 DRBuyAn Unusual Suspect1998-06-09
1691368 DRBuyDarkly, Through a Glass of Ale1998-06-09
1701368 DRBuyLynaelle1998-06-09
1711368 DRBuyRedemption2008-01-08
1721368 DRBuyEmpty Joys2003-11-01
1731368 DRBuyThe Grinning Ghost of Taverton Hall1998-06-09
1741368 DRBuyStolen Dreams2007-05-08
1751368 DRBuyPrince of Lies1993-07-27
1761368 DRBuyBaldur’s Gate1998-12-21
1771368 DRBuyBaldur’s Gate: Tales of the Sword Coast1999-04-30
1781368 DRBuyBaldur’s Gate1999-07-01
1791368 DRBuyBaldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn2000-09-21
1801368 DRBuyBaldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn2000-09-01
1811368 DRBuyBaldur’s Gate II: Throne of Bhaal2001-06-22
1821368 DRBuyBaldur’s Gate II: Throne of Bhaal2001-09-01
1831368 DRBuyMasquerades, 1995-07-25
1841368 DRBuyThornhold1998-08-01
1851368 DRBuyThe Lost Library of Cormanthyr1998-01-01
1861368 DRBuyFaces of Deception1998-06-01
1871368 DRBuyThe Nether Scroll2000-08-01
1881368 DRBuyFinder’s Bane, 1997-08-19
1891368 DRBuyFistandantilus Reborn1997-07-01
1901368 DRBuyTymora’s Luck, 1998-01-12
1911368 DRBuyThe Mage in the Iron Mask1996-08-13
1921368 DRBuyThe Simbul’s Gift1997-11-04
1931368 DRBuyPromise of the Witch-King2005-10-25
1941368 DRBuyRoad of the Patriarch2006-10-24
1951368 DRBuyLies of Light2006-09-01
1961368 DRBuyThe Dream Spheres1999-05-01
1971369 DRBuyHard Choices1999-11-01
1981369 DRBuyFire is Fire1999-11-01
1991369 DRBuyMessenger to Serôs1999-11-01
14.001UnknownBuyIf Ever They Happened Upon My Lair2011-02-01