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What’s on the Shannara Reading Order?


This Shannara reading order comes from the series of books written by Terry Brooks. The Shannara Chronicles is a television series, developed by MTV, based on the book series. The show starts with Elfstones of Shannara. This timeline lists all of the Shannara books and tie-in series. These include the Word/Void series. It also includes the show, even though the show does not perfectly follow the books.

The Shannara series has a lot of separate stories, often appearing in trilogies. While Terry Brooks has continued to write books in chronological order over the years, he has occasionally gone back and written prequel novels. He even created a graphic novel as part of the timeline. Now that MTV has adapted the series, more people have interest in reading the books. So enjoy this timeline which should hopefully help you catch up on the lore of the epic Shannara timeline.

Where to Start Reading Shannara?

While not the chronological beginning, you should probably start with the trilogy that began the epic series. These books are The Sword of Shannara, Elfstones of Shannara (which is where the MTV show starts), and Wishsong of Shannara. After that, it doesn’t matter if you go back to read the prequels, or if you continue with the sequels. That said, the Word/Void trilogy stands alone, and exists much earlier than the main Shannara storyline. So that’s another good place to start, especially since it begins the chronology.

How to Use This Shannara Timeline

For Shannara, you have the following features:

  1. A button that will show pictures for each item. See below.
  2. Titles that link to an expanded page for each item.
  3. Sorting by Title, Series, Media Type, Writer, and Release Date
  4. Filtering by Media Type or Writer.

Feel free to click on individual items to see more information! We hope you enjoy.

The Shannara Timeline 2.0

#SeriesBuyTitleTypeWritersReleased
8Legends of ShannaraBuyBearers of the Black Staff2010-08-01
7Genesis of ShannaraBuyThe Gypsy Morph2008-08-26
6Genesis of ShannaraBuyThe Elves of Cintra2007-08-28
5Genesis of ShannaraBuyArmageddon’s Children2006-08-01
4The Word and the VoidBuyAngel Fire East1999
3The Word and the VoidBuyA Knight of the Word1998
2The Word and the VoidBuyRunning with the Demon1997
48The Fall of ShannaraFall of Shannara Book 4TBD
47The Fall of ShannaraFall of Shannara Book 3TBD
46The Fall of ShannaraFall of Shannara Book 2TBD
45The Fall of ShannaraBuyThe Black Elfstone2017-06-13
44Defenders of ShannaraBuyThe Sorcerer’s Daughter2016-05-01
43Defenders of ShannaraBuyThe Darkling Child2015-06-01
42Defenders of ShannaraBuyThe High Druid’s Blade2014-07-01
41Dark Legacy of ShannaraBuyWitch Wraith2013-07-01
40Dark Legacy of ShannaraBuyBloodfire Quest2013-03-01
39Dark Legacy of ShannaraBuyWards of Faerie2012-08-01
38High Druid of ShannaraBuyStraken2005
37High Druid of ShannaraBuyTanequil2004
36High Druid of ShannaraBuyJarka Ruus2003
35Voyage of the Jerle ShannaraBuyMorgawr2002
34Voyage of the Jerle ShannaraBuyAntrax2001
33Voyage of the Jerle ShannaraBuyIlse Witch2000
32Heritage of ShannaraBuyThe Talismans of Shannara1993
31Heritage of ShannaraBuyThe Elf Queen of Shannara1992
30Heritage of ShannaraBuyThe Druid of Shannara1991
29Heritage of ShannaraBuyThe Scions of Shannara1990
28OtherBuyThe Dark Wraith of Shannara2008
27OtherBuyIndomitable2003
26Main TrilogyBuyThe Wishsong of Shannara1985
25Paladins of ShannaraBuyThe Weapon Master’s Choice2013-01-01
24Shannara ChroniclesBuyThe Shannara Chronicles 1.10: “Ellcrys”, , 2016-03-01
23Shannara ChroniclesBuyThe Shannara Chronicles 1.09: “Safehold”, 2016-02-23
22Shannara ChroniclesBuyThe Shannara Chronicles 1.08: “Utopia”2016-02-16
21Shannara ChroniclesBuyThe Shannara Chronicles 1.07: “Breakline”2016-02-09
20Shannara ChroniclesBuyThe Shannara Chronicles 1.06: “Pykon”2016-02-02
19Shannara ChroniclesBuyThe Shannara Chronicles 1.05: “Reaper”, 2016-01-26
18Shannara ChroniclesBuyThe Shannara Chronicles 1.04: “Changeling”, 2016-01-19
17Shannara ChroniclesBuyThe Shannara Chronicles 1.03: “Fury”, 2016-01-12
16Shannara ChroniclesBuyThe Shannara Chronicles 1.02: “Chosen, Part 2”, 2016-01-05
15Shannara ChroniclesBuyThe Shannara Chronicles 1.01: “Chosen, Part 1”, 2016-01-05
14Main TrilogyBuyThe Elfstones of Shannara1982
13Paladins of ShannaraBuyThe Black Irix2013-06-01
12Main TrilogyBuyThe Sword of Shannara1977
11Paladins of ShannaraBuyAllanon’s Quest2012-07-01
10Shannara PrequelBuyFirst King of Shannara1996
9Legends of ShannaraBuyThe Measure of the Magic2011-08-01
1The Word and the VoidBuyImaginary Friends1991
The Shannara Timeline 2.0