Shannara - Terry's Suggested Order for New Readers Series

31 primary works • 33 total works
This is Terry Brooks' suggested reading order for readers who are brand new to this series. Please note: some shorter works are not included as they are not in his own list.

For the series in chronological order, go here.

For the series in publication order, go here.

Terry's suggested reading order for revisiting readers.

Book 1

The Sword of Shannara
3.76
· 72864 Ratings · 3479 Reviews ·
published 1977
· 116 editions
Living in peaceful Shady Vale, Shea Ohmsford knew…
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Book 2

The Elfstones of Shannara
3.97
· 58536 Ratings · 1435 Reviews ·
published 1982
· 104 editions
Ancient Evil threatens the Elves: The ancient tre…
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Book 3

The Wishsong of Shannara
3.98
· 42591 Ratings · 648 Reviews ·
published 1985
· 73 editions
Horror stalks the Four Lands. The Ildatch, immemo…
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Book 3.25

Indomitable
3.86
· 1706 Ratings · 82 Reviews ·
published 2003
· 7 editions
BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Terr…
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Book 3.5

Dark Wraith of Shannara
3.87
· 2438 Ratings · 110 Reviews ·
published 2008
· 2 editions
THE FIRST-EVER GRAPHIC NOVEL SET IN THE WORLD OF…
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Book 4

The Scions of Shannara
3.98
· 27298 Ratings · 329 Reviews ·
published 1990
· 27 editions
Since the death of Allanon, life in the Four Land…
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Book 5

The Druid of Shannara
4.01
· 27851 Ratings · 244 Reviews ·
published 1991
· 53 editions
The battle against the evil Shadowen continues as…
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Book 6

The Elf Queen of Shannara
4.03
· 27286 Ratings · 233 Reviews ·
published 1992
· 57 editions
"Find the Elves and return them to the world of M…
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Book 7

The Talismans of Shannara
4.01
· 35382 Ratings · 184 Reviews ·
published 1993
· 49 editions
Although some of the goals to keep Shannara safe…
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Book 8

First King of Shannara
3.95
· 26020 Ratings · 473 Reviews ·
published 1996
· 51 editions
Outcast by the Druids for his devotion to the for…
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Book 9

Running with the Demon
3.96
· 24518 Ratings · 601 Reviews ·
published 1997
· 39 editions
Twenty years ago, Terry Brooks turned fantasy fic…
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Book 10

A Knight of the Word
4.05
· 12881 Ratings · 273 Reviews ·
published 1998
· 37 editions
Eight centuries ago the first Knight of the Word…
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Book 11

Angel Fire East
4.10
· 10989 Ratings · 255 Reviews ·
published 1999
· 37 editions
Angel Fire East marks the close of Terry Brooks's…
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Book 12

Ilse Witch
3.96
· 15942 Ratings · 244 Reviews ·
published 2000
· 29 editions
When a half-drowned elf is found floating in the…
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Book 13

Antrax
3.95
· 14480 Ratings · 165 Reviews ·
published 2001
· 34 editions
Brave explorers led by the last Druid, Walker Boh…
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Book 14

Morgawr
3.96
· 14181 Ratings · 156 Reviews ·
published 2002
· 35 editions
Harrowing confrontations with the merciless Ilse…
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Book 15

Jarka Ruus
3.97
· 12510 Ratings · 176 Reviews ·
published 2003
· 36 editions
Sono passati vent'anni dal viaggio della nave vol…
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Book 16

Tanequil
3.98
· 11019 Ratings · 128 Reviews ·
published 2004
· 35 editions
Dark magic has opened a gateway to the Forbidding…
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Book 17

Straken
4.02
· 10657 Ratings · 167 Reviews ·
published 2005
· 32 editions
The High Druid of Shannara trilogy draws to a thr…
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Book 18

Armageddon's Children
4.09
· 13789 Ratings · 669 Reviews ·
published 2006
· 47 editions
Terry Brooks is one of a handful of writers whose…
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Book 19

The Elves of Cintra
4.09
· 12773 Ratings · 357 Reviews ·
published 2007
· 44 editions
With his groundbreaking New York Times bestseller…
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Book 20

The Gypsy Morph
4.14
· 11332 Ratings · 437 Reviews ·
published 2008
· 40 editions
The Gypsy Morph
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Book 21

Bearers of the Black Staff
4.03
· 8477 Ratings · 441 Reviews ·
published 2010
· 32 editions
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Book 22

The Measure of the Magic
4.02
· 6731 Ratings · 323 Reviews ·
published 2011
· 26 editions
For five hundred years, the survivors of the Grea…
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Book 23

Wards of Faerie
4.04
· 6333 Ratings · 513 Reviews ·
published 2012
· 23 editions
Tumultuous times are upon the world now known as…
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Book 24

Bloodfire Quest
4.02
· 4863 Ratings · 304 Reviews ·
published 2012
· 24 editions
For the first time in his career, Terry will be p…
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Book 25

Witch Wraith
4.03
· 4364 Ratings · 301 Reviews ·
published 2013
· 19 editions
For centuries the Four Lands enjoyed freedom from…
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Book 26

Allanon's Quest
4.03
· 2322 Ratings · 116 Reviews ·
published 2012
· 4 editions
The legendary hero Allanon takes center stage in…
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Book 27

The Weapons Master's Choice
4.04
· 1642 Ratings · 73 Reviews ·
published 2013
· 4 editions
A city besieged by a powerful warlock seeks salva…
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Book 28

The Black Irix
3.98
· 1354 Ratings · 67 Reviews ·
published 2013
· 4 editions
An old friend urges Shea Ohmsford to take a dange…
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Book 29

The High Druid's Blade
3.93
· 3821 Ratings · 379 Reviews ·
published 2014
· 21 editions
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Legend has it that Paxon…
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Book 30

The Darkling Child
3.93
· 2591 Ratings · 220 Reviews ·
published 2015
· 18 editions
After taking up his enchanted sword against the d…
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Book 31

The Sorcerer's Daughter
3.85
· 1873 Ratings · 216 Reviews ·
published 2016
· 15 editions
The inspiration for the epic MTV series, the worl…
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