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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

25

Realms of the Dead

Short Story

Lisa Smedman

2010-01-05

26

The Nobles

Novel

Paul Kidd

1997-11-04

27

Realms of Shadow

Short Story

Troy Denning

2002-04-01

28

Icewind Dale Series

Game

2000-06-29

29

Icewind Dale Series

Game

2001-02-21

30

Realms of Shadow

Short Story

Jessica Beaven

2002-04-01

31

Realms of the Underdark

Short Story

Mark Anthony

1996-04-23

32

Icewind Dale Series

Game

2002-08-27

33

Realms of the Dragons

Short Story

Elaine Cunningham

2004-08-05

34

The Nobles

Novel

Mark Anthony

1996-02-27

35

The Dark Elf Trilogy

Novel

R. A. Salvatore

1990-08-01

36

The Dark Elf Trilogy

Graphic Novel

Andrew Daab
R. A. Salvatore

2008-07-23

37

Realms of War

Short Story

Ed Greenwood

2008-01-08

38

Realms of Infamy

Short Story

Ed Greenwood

1994-12-27

39

Realms of Valor

Short Story

James Lowder

1993-01-26

40

Realms of the Dragons

Short Story

Ed Greenwood

2004-08-05

41

The Dark Elf Trilogy

Novel

R. A. Salvatore

1990-12-01

42

The Dark Elf Trilogy

Graphic Novel

Andrew Daab
R. A. Salvatore

2006-03-29

43

The Heroes of Phlan

Novel

James M. Ward

1990-01-01

44

Realms of Infamy

Short Story

R. A. Salvatore

1994-12-27

45

Realms of the Elves

Short Story

Lisa Smedman

2006-02-07

46

Moonshae Trilogy

Novel

Douglas Niles

1987-06-01

47

Moonshae Trilogy

Novel

Douglas Niles

1992-08-01

48

Moonshae Trilogy

Novel

Douglas Niles

1989-04-22

49

The Dark Elf Trilogy

Novel

R. A. Salvatore

1991-05-01

6 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”

  5. Servant of the Shard is placed chronologically before Spine of the World but the events of Spine of the World are at least 1 year before the events of Servant of the Shard because of the sections where it talks about Morrick the Rogue, he talks about when he and Wulfgar were wrongly accused of attempting to murder Captain Duetermont and says that it was a year prior. There is a year time jump apparently from when The Silent Blade ends to when Servant of the Shard begins

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