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What’s in the Cosmere Reading Order?


This Cosmere reading order focuses on a series of books by Brandon Sanderson that act as a shared universe of sorts, like the Marvel or Star Wars universes. The Cosmere consists of multiple series of books that take place on various planets, and each has a “god” that represents various aspects of creation. While all of these series link to each other, most tend to stand alone. These series include:

  • Elantris Series: The world of Sel.
  • Warbreaker Series: The world of Nalthis.
  • Mistborn Series: The world Scadrial.
  • The Stormlight Archive: The world of Roshar.
  • White Sand: The world of Taldain.
  • Other short stories and novellas set in the Cosmere universe.

Additionally, Brandon Sanderson still has a lot to write. For example, the Stormlight Archive series only has two of the ten books completed. And the Cosmere may end up being 30-40+ books total, so there’s still a lot of ground to cover. This Cosmere reading order gives you all of the books currently out or announced in the best order we know, based on what little information we have. We hope you enjoy this Cosmere reading order as you read these excellent books.

Where do I┬ástart reading Brandon Sanderson’s books?

Each of Sanderson’s series can be read on their own, even though they connect to the larger Cosmere. However, most would probably start with Elantris, since that is a single book, or the first Mistborn trilogy. We would recommend starting with the Mistborn trilogy, since those are some of Sanderson’s best work, and it’s not an intimidatingly long series.

How to Use This Cosmere Timeline

For Cosmere, 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 Cosmere Timeline 2.0

ImageSeriesBuyTitleTypeWritersReleased
White SandWhite SandBuyWhite Sand, 2016-06-28
ElantrisElantrisBuyElantris2005-04-21
The Hope of ElantrisElantrisBuyThe Hope of Elantris2006-01-01
The Emperor's SoulElantrisBuyThe Emperor’s Soul2012-11-01
The Eleventh MetalMistborn Era 1BuyThe Eleventh Metal2012-07-01
Mistborn: The Final EmpireMistborn Era 1BuyMistborn: The Final Empire2006-07-17
The Well of AscensionMistborn Era 1BuyThe Well of Ascension2007-08-21
The Hero of AgesMistborn Era 1BuyThe Hero of Ages2008-10-14
Mistborn: Secret HistoryMistborn Era 1BuyMistborn: Secret History2016-01-26
WarbreakerWarbreakerBuyWarbreaker2009-06-09
WarbreakerNightbloodTBD
Shadows for Silence in the Forests of HellOtherBuyShadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell2013-12-03
The Way of KingsStormlight ArchivesBuyThe Way of Kings2010-08-31
Words of RadianceStormlight ArchivesBuyWords of Radiance2014-03-04
EdgedancerStormlight ArchivesBuyEdgedancer2016-11-22
OathbringerStormlight ArchivesBuyOathbringer2017-11-14
The Alloy of LawMistborn Era 2BuyThe Alloy of Law2011-11-08
Allomancer Jak and the Pits of EltaniaMistborn Era 2BuyAllomancer Jak and the Pits of Eltania2012-07-01
Shadows of SelfMistborn Era 2BuyShadows of Self2015-10-06
The Bands of MourningMistborn Era 2BuyThe Bands of Mourning2016-01-26
The Lost MetalMistborn Era 2The Lost MetalTBD
Sixth of the DuskFirst of the SunBuySixth of the Dusk2014-06-30

The Cosmere Timeline 2.0