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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.

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#SeriesBuyTitleTypeWritersReleasedmedia__type_hfilterwriter_hfilter
8Legends of ShannaraBuyBearers of the Black Staff2010-08-01novelterry-brooks
7Genesis of ShannaraBuyThe Gypsy Morph2008-08-26novelterry-brooks
6Genesis of ShannaraBuyThe Elves of Cintra2007-08-28novelterry-brooks
5Genesis of ShannaraBuyArmageddon’s Children2006-08-01novelterry-brooks
4The Word and the VoidBuyAngel Fire East1999novelterry-brooks
3The Word and the VoidBuyA Knight of the Word1998novelterry-brooks
2The Word and the VoidBuyRunning with the Demon1997novelterry-brooks
48The Fall of ShannaraFall of Shannara Book 4TBDnovelterry-brooks
47The Fall of ShannaraFall of Shannara Book 3TBDnovelterry-brooks
46The Fall of ShannaraFall of Shannara Book 2TBDnovelterry-brooks
45The Fall of ShannaraBuyThe Black Elfstone2017-06-13novelterry-brooks
44Defenders of ShannaraBuyThe Sorcerer’s Daughter2016-05-01novelterry-brooks
43Defenders of ShannaraBuyThe Darkling Child2015-06-01novelterry-brooks
42Defenders of ShannaraBuyThe High Druid’s Blade2014-07-01novelterry-brooks
41Dark Legacy of ShannaraBuyWitch Wraith2013-07-01novelterry-brooks
40Dark Legacy of ShannaraBuyBloodfire Quest2013-03-01novelterry-brooks
39Dark Legacy of ShannaraBuyWards of Faerie2012-08-01novelterry-brooks
38High Druid of ShannaraBuyStraken2005novelterry-brooks
37High Druid of ShannaraBuyTanequil2004novelterry-brooks
36High Druid of ShannaraBuyJarka Ruus2003novelterry-brooks
35Voyage of the Jerle ShannaraBuyMorgawr2002novelterry-brooks
34Voyage of the Jerle ShannaraBuyAntrax2001novelterry-brooks
33Voyage of the Jerle ShannaraBuyIlse Witch2000novelterry-brooks
32Heritage of ShannaraBuyThe Talismans of Shannara1993novelterry-brooks
31Heritage of ShannaraBuyThe Elf Queen of Shannara1992novelterry-brooks
30Heritage of ShannaraBuyThe Druid of Shannara1991novelterry-brooks
29Heritage of ShannaraBuyThe Scions of Shannara1990novelterry-brooks
28OtherBuyThe Dark Wraith of Shannara2008graphic-novelterry-brooks
27OtherBuyIndomitable2003short-storyterry-brooks
26Main TrilogyBuyThe Wishsong of Shannara1985novelterry-brooks
25Paladins of ShannaraBuyThe Weapon Master’s Choice2013-01-01short-storyterry-brooks
24Shannara ChroniclesBuyThe Shannara Chronicles 1.10: “Ellcrys”, , 2016-03-01tv-episodeapril-blair evan-endicott josh-stoddard
23Shannara ChroniclesBuyThe Shannara Chronicles 1.09: “Safehold”, 2016-02-23tv-episodeevan-endicott josh-stoddard
22Shannara ChroniclesBuyThe Shannara Chronicles 1.08: “Utopia”2016-02-16tv-episodeapril-blair
21Shannara ChroniclesBuyThe Shannara Chronicles 1.07: “Breakline”2016-02-09tv-episodedeanna-kizis
20Shannara ChroniclesBuyThe Shannara Chronicles 1.06: “Pykon”2016-02-02tv-episodezander-lehmann
19Shannara ChroniclesBuyThe Shannara Chronicles 1.05: “Reaper”, 2016-01-26tv-episodeevan-endicott josh-stoddard
18Shannara ChroniclesBuyThe Shannara Chronicles 1.04: “Changeling”, 2016-01-19tv-episodealfred-gough miles-millar
17Shannara ChroniclesBuyThe Shannara Chronicles 1.03: “Fury”, 2016-01-12tv-episodealfred-gough miles-millar
16Shannara ChroniclesBuyThe Shannara Chronicles 1.02: “Chosen, Part 2”, 2016-01-05tv-episodealfred-gough miles-millar
15Shannara ChroniclesBuyThe Shannara Chronicles 1.01: “Chosen, Part 1”, 2016-01-05tv-episodealfred-gough miles-millar
14Main TrilogyBuyThe Elfstones of Shannara1982novelterry-brooks
13Paladins of ShannaraBuyThe Black Irix2013-06-01short-storyterry-brooks
12Main TrilogyBuyThe Sword of Shannara1977novelterry-brooks
11Paladins of ShannaraBuyAllanon’s Quest2012-07-01short-storyterry-brooks
10Shannara PrequelBuyFirst King of Shannara1996novelterry-brooks
9Legends of ShannaraBuyThe Measure of the Magic2011-08-01novelterry-brooks
1The Word and the VoidBuyImaginary Friends1991short-storyterry-brooks
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