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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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ChronologicalSeriesBuyTitleTypeAuthorReleased

1

Realms of the Elves

Short Story

Richard Lee Byers

2006-02-07

2

Realms of the Elves

Short Story

Philip Athans

2006-02-07

3

Netheril Trilogy

Novel

Clayton Emery

1996-05-21

4

Netheril Trilogy

Novel

Clayton Emery

1996-10-21

5

Netheril Trilogy

Novel

Clayton Emery

1998-02-03

6

Realms of the Dragons

Short Story

Paul S. Kemp

2004-08-05

7

Realms of Shadow

Short Story

Lisa Smedman

2002-04-01

8

Realms of Shadow

Short Story

Jess Lebow

2002-04-01

9

Realms of the Dragons

Short Story

Edward Bolme

2004-08-05

10

Realms of the Arcane

Short Story

Philip Athans

1997-12-23

11

Realms of Shadow

Short Story

Paul S. Kemp

2002-04-01

12

Realms of the Arcane

Short Story

J. Robert King

1997-12-23

13

The Best of the Realms II

Short Story

Ed Greenwood

2005-06-01

14

The Elminster Series

Novel

Ed Greenwood

1995-12-01

14.001

The Legend of Drizzt Anthology

Short Story

R. A. Salvatore

2011-02-01

15

Realms of Magic

Short Story

R. A. Salvatore

1995-12-01

16

The Elminster Series

Novel

Ed Greenwood

1998-01-12

17

The Elminster Series

Novel

Ed Greenwood

1998-12-01

18

Realms of Valor

Short Story

Christie Golden

1993-01-26

19

Realms of the Arcane

Short Story

Ed Greenwood

1997-12-23

20

Realms of War

Short Story

Susan J. Morris

2008-01-08

21

The Best of the Realms III

Short Story

Elaine Cunningham

2007-05-08

22

Realms of War

Short Story

Bruce R. Cordell

2008-01-08

23

Short Story

Lynn Abbey

1997-12-01

24

The Legend of Drizzt Anthology

Short Story

R. A. Salvatore

2011-02-01

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5 thoughts on “Forgotten Realms Chronological Reading Order

  1. Fistandantilus Reborn should not be in this list, it would belong in the Dragon lance Lost Legends Vol 2. I think finders bane confuses stuff, as its listed as a Harpers book 15 but also linked with Lost Gods as well.

  2. The Series marked as Plague of Spells is actually the name of the first book and should instead be the series Abolethic Sovereignty

  3. Brimstone Angels and Brimstone Angels should not be listed under Legends of Neverwinter. That is a series for Drizzit, Its a bit murky when you look thru the WC data, but I think it would either be listed as “brimstone Angels” a series or Just “Neverwinter Nights”

  4. the Captive Flame, Whisper of Venom, The Spectral Blaze, The Masked Witches and Prohets of the Dead should all fall under the series name “Brotherhood of Griffon”

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