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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.

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The Forgotten Realms 2.0 Timeline

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

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