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
· 82271 Ratings · 3990 Reviews · published 1977 · 122 editions
Living in peaceful Shady Vale, Shea Ohmsford knew …
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Book 2

The Elfstones of Shannara
3.97
· 63906 Ratings · 1640 Reviews · published 1982 · 53 editions
Ancient Evil threatens the Elves: The ancient tree…
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Book 3

The Wishsong of Shannara
3.97
· 47409 Ratings · 744 Reviews · published 1985 · 79 editions
Horror stalks the Four Lands. The Ildatch, immemor…
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Book 3.25

Indomitable
3.84
· 2078 Ratings · 104 Reviews · published 2003 · 7 editions
Also available in Legends II

BONUS: This edition co…
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Book 3.5

Dark Wraith of Shannara
3.87
· 2709 Ratings · 131 Reviews · published 2008 · 13 editions
THE FIRST-EVER GRAPHIC NOVEL SET IN THE WORLD OF S…
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Book 4

The Scions of Shannara
3.99
· 30062 Ratings · 387 Reviews · published 1990 · 68 editions
Since the death of Allanon, life in the Four Lands…
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Book 5

The Druid of Shannara
4.02
· 30242 Ratings · 288 Reviews · published 1991 · 56 editions
The battle against the evil Shadowen continues as …
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Book 6

The Elf Queen of Shannara
4.04
· 29277 Ratings · 280 Reviews · published 1992 · 20 editions
"Find the Elves and return them to the world of Me…
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Book 7

The Talismans of Shannara
4.03
· 37445 Ratings · 218 Reviews · published 1993 · 55 editions
Although some of the goals to keep Shannara safe h…
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Book 8

First King of Shannara
3.96
· 27758 Ratings · 566 Reviews · published 1996 · 53 editions
Outcast by the Druids for his devotion to the forb…
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Book 9

Running with the Demon
3.97
· 26814 Ratings · 677 Reviews · published 1997 · 13 editions
Twenty years ago, Terry Brooks turned fantasy fict…
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Book 10

A Knight of the Word
4.05
· 14087 Ratings · 314 Reviews · published 1998 · 13 editions
Eight centuries ago the first Knight of the Word w…
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Book 11

Angel Fire East
4.10
· 12091 Ratings · 300 Reviews · published 1999 · 12 editions
Angel Fire East marks the close of Terry Brooks's …
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Book 12

Ilse Witch
3.97
· 17111 Ratings · 264 Reviews · published 2000 · 10 editions
When a half-drowned elf is found floating in the s…
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Book 13

Antrax
3.96
· 15620 Ratings · 179 Reviews · published 2001 · 39 editions
Brave explorers led by the last Druid, Walker Boh,…
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Book 14

Morgawr
3.97
· 15315 Ratings · 175 Reviews · published 2002 · 10 editions
Harrowing confrontations with the merciless Ilse W…
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Book 15

Jarka Ruus
3.97
· 13392 Ratings · 190 Reviews · published 2003 · 36 editions
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Expect no end of wonde…
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Book 16

Tanequil
3.98
· 11892 Ratings · 146 Reviews · published 2004 · 38 editions
Events that began in "Jarka Ruus," Book One of Hig…
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Book 17

Straken
4.04
· 11522 Ratings · 181 Reviews · published 2005 · 33 editions
The High Druid of Shannara trilogy draws to a thri…
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Book 18

Armageddon's Children
4.11
· 15172 Ratings · 739 Reviews · published 2006 · 13 editions
Terry Brooks is one of a handful of writers whose …
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Book 19

The Elves of Cintra
4.11
· 14015 Ratings · 399 Reviews · published 2007 · 9 editions
With his groundbreaking New York Times bestseller …
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Book 20

The Gypsy Morph
4.15
· 12488 Ratings · 478 Reviews · published 2008 · 8 editions
The Gypsy Morph
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Book 21

Bearers of the Black Staff
4.04
· 9444 Ratings · 477 Reviews · published 2010 · 5 editions
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Book 22

The Measure of the Magic
4.04
· 7684 Ratings · 367 Reviews · published 2011 · 3 editions
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
 
For five hundred years…
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Book 23

Wards of Faerie
4.04
· 7237 Ratings · 542 Reviews · published 2012 · 6 editions
Tumultuous times are upon the world now known as t…
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Book 24

Bloodfire Quest
4.04
· 5705 Ratings · 320 Reviews · published 2012 · 26 editions
For the first time in his career, Terry will be pu…
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Book 25

Witch Wraith
4.05
· 5200 Ratings · 329 Reviews · published 2013 · 5 editions
For centuries the Four Lands enjoyed freedom from …
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Book 26

Allanon's Quest
4.06
· 2828 Ratings · 124 Reviews · published 2012 · 4 editions
The legendary hero Allanon takes center stage in t…
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Book 27

The Weapons Master's Choice
4.07
· 2081 Ratings · 79 Reviews · published 2013 · 4 editions
A city besieged by a powerful warlock seeks salvat…
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Book 28

The Black Irix
3.99
· 1738 Ratings · 77 Reviews · published 2013 · 4 editions
An old friend urges Shea Ohmsford to take a danger…
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Book 29

The High Druid's Blade
3.92
· 4788 Ratings · 419 Reviews · published 2014 · 4 editions
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Legend has it that Paxon …
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Book 30

The Darkling Child
3.93
· 3433 Ratings · 256 Reviews · published 2015 · 4 editions
After taking up his enchanted sword against the da…
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Book 31

The Sorcerer's Daughter
3.86
· 2658 Ratings · 263 Reviews · published 2016 · 17 editions
The inspiration for the epic MTV series, the world…
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