Shannara (Chronological Order) Series (28 books)

There are 28 primary works and 41 total works in the Shannara (Chronological Order) Series

This list shows the chronological order of the entire Shannara series. Omnibus editions are listed at the bottom.

The sub-series in chronological order are:
Word & Void
Genesis of Shannara
Legends of Shannara
Paladins of Shannara
The Original Shannara Trilogy
Heritage of Shannara
Voyage of the Jerle Shannara
High Druid of Shannara
The Dark Legacy of Shannara
The Defenders of Shannara

For the series in publication order, go here.

Terry's suggested reading order for new readers and for revisiting readers.


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3.95 avg rating — 22,662 ratings — published 1997 — 37 editions book 1
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4.09 avg rating — 10,168 ratings — published 1999 — 37 editions book 3
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4.09 avg rating — 12,708 ratings — published 2006 — 45 editions book 4
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4.09 avg rating — 11,849 ratings — published 2007 — 43 editions book 5
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4.13 avg rating — 10,467 ratings — published 2008 — 40 editions book 6
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4.02 avg rating — 7,811 ratings — published 2010 — 32 editions book 7
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4.01 avg rating — 6,162 ratings — published 2011 — 3 editions book 8
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3.94 avg rating — 24,734 ratings — published 1996 — 50 editions book 9
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3.76 avg rating — 66,108 ratings — published 1977 — 109 editions book 10
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3.96 avg rating — 55,307 ratings — published 1982 — 95 editions book 11
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3.97 avg rating — 38,859 ratings — published 1985 — 69 editions book 12
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3.85 avg rating — 1,493 ratings — published 2003 — 7 editions book 13
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3.91 avg rating — 3,116 ratings — published 1998 — 19 editions book 13 Indomitable
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3.97 avg rating — 25,366 ratings — published 1990 — 57 editions book 15
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4.01 avg rating — 33,637 ratings — published 1993 — 45 editions book 18
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3.95 avg rating — 15,147 ratings — published 2000 — 29 editions book 19
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4.02 avg rating — 3,856 ratings — published 2013 — 19 editions book 27
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3.91 avg rating — 3,210 ratings — published 2014 — 21 editions book 28
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3.94 avg rating — 17,458 ratings — published 1979 — 19 editions book 10-12
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Other Series by Terry Brooks

Shannara (Publication Order) (1 - 10 of 30 books)
  • The Sword of Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy, #1)
  • The Elfstones of Shannara  (The Original Shannara Trilogy, #2)
  • The Wishsong of Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy, #3)
  • The Scions of Shannara (Heritage of Shannara, #1)
  • The Druid of Shannara (Heritage of Shannara, #2)
  • The Elf Queen of Shannara (Heritage of Shannara, #3)
  • The Talismans of Shannara (Heritage of Shannara, #4)
  • First King of Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy, #0)
  • Running with the Demon (Word & Void, #1)
  • A Knight of the Word (Word & Void, #2)
Shannara - Terry's Suggested Order for New Readers (1 - 10 of 33 books)
  • The Sword of Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy, #1)
  • The Elfstones of Shannara  (The Original Shannara Trilogy, #2)
  • The Wishsong of Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy, #3)
  • Indomitable (The Original Shannara Trilogy, #3.25)
  • Dark Wraith of Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy, #3.5)
  • The Scions of Shannara (Heritage of Shannara, #1)
  • The Druid of Shannara (Heritage of Shannara, #2)
  • The Elf Queen of Shannara (Heritage of Shannara, #3)
  • The Talismans of Shannara (Heritage of Shannara, #4)
  • First King of Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy, #0)
Shannara - Terry's Suggested Reading Order for Revisiting Readers (1 - 10 of 30 books)
  • Running with the Demon (Word & Void, #1)
  • A Knight of the Word (Word & Void, #2)
  • Angel Fire East (Word & Void, #3)
  • Armageddon's Children (Genesis of Shannara, #1)
  • The Elves of Cintra (Genesis of Shannara, #2)
  • The Gypsy Morph (Genesis of Shannara, #3)
  • Bearers of the Black Staff (Legends of Shannara, #1)
  • The Measure of the Magic (Legends of Shannara, #2)
  • First King of Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy, #0)
  • The Sword of Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy, #1)
The Original Shannara Trilogy (3 books)
  • The Sword of Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy, #1)
  • The Elfstones of Shannara  (The Original Shannara Trilogy, #2)
  • The Wishsong of Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy, #3)