Discworld Reading Order

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The late Sir Terry Pratchett is the undisputed king of humerous fantasy, and his Discworld universe is by far the most expansive of his writings. It’s a great way to experience his writing.

What’s in the Discworld Reading Order?

While there are many recommended ways to read the Discworld series, written by the late Terry Pratchett, I prefer the chronological approach. There are mostly standalone novels in the Discworld series, but some of them do tie together.

What follows is the Discworld series in chronological order as best as I can place it. There are some short stories that may or may not be in the correct place.

As always, we ask you to let us know if there’s anything out of place or missing. You can do this on our contact page. In the mean time, we hope you enjoy this Discworld reading order. If you do, don’t forget to check out some of our others, such as our Dresden Files timeline.

1BuyThe Colour of MagicNovelTerry PratchettRincewind1983-11-24
2BuyThe Light FantasticNovelTerry PratchettRincewind1986-01-01
3BuySourceryNovelTerry PratchettRincewind1988-05-26
4BuyEricNovelTerry PratchettRincewind1990-01-01
5BuyInteresting TimesNovelTerry PratchettRincewind1994-01-01
6BuyTroll BridgeShort StoryTerry PratchettRincewind1992-10-01Printed in After the King: Stories in honour of J. R. R. Tolkien
7BuyThe Last ContinentNovelTerry PratchettRincewind1998-01-01
8BuyThe Last HeroComicTerry PratchettRincewind2001-01-01
9BuyUnseen AcademicalsNovelTerry PratchettRincewind2009-10-01
10BuyA Collegiate Casting-out of Devilish DevicesShort StoryTerry PratchettRincewind2005-05-13Included in A Blink of the Screen
11BuyEqual RitesNovelTerry PratchettWitches2005-09-13
12BuyWyrd SistersNovelTerry PratchettWitches1988-11-10
13BuyWitches AbroadNovelTerry PratchettWitches1991-01-01
14BuyLords and LadiesNovelTerry PratchettWitches1992-01-01
15BuyMaskeradeNovelTerry PratchettWitches1995-01-01
16BuyCarpe JugulumNovelTerry PratchettWitches1998-01-01
17BuyThe Sea and Little FishiesShort StoryTerry PratchettWitches1998-01-01Collected in Legends anthology.
18BuyThe Wee Free MenYA NovelTerry PratchettWitches2003-01-01
19BuyThe Amazing Maurice and his Educated RodentsYA NovelTerry PratchettWitches2001-11-01
20BuyA Hat Full of SkyYA NovelTerry PratchettWitches2004-01-01
21BuyWintersmithYA NovelTerry PratchettWitches2006-09-21
22BuyI Shall Wear MidnightYA NovelTerry PratchettWitches2010-09-02
23BuyThe Shepherd's CrownYA NovelTerry PratchettWitches2015-08-27
24BuyPyramidsNovelTerry PratchettAncient Civilizations1989-01-01
25BuySmall GodsNovelTerry PratchettAncient Civilizations1992-01-01
26Death and What Comes NextShort StoryTerry PratchettAncient Civilizations2002-01-01
27BuyMortNovelTerry PratchettDeath1987-11-12
28BuyReaper ManNovelTerry PratchettDeath1991-01-01
29BuySoul MusicNovelTerry PratchettDeath1994-01-01
30BuyHogfatherNovelTerry PratchettDeath1996-01-01
31BuyThief of TimeNovelTerry PratchettDeath2001-01-01
32BuyGuards! Guards!NovelTerry PratchettWatch1989-01-01
33BuyMen at ArmsNovelTerry PratchettWatch1993-01-01
34BuyTheatre of CrueltyShort StoryTerry PratchettWatch1993-01-01Collected in The Wizards of Odd
35BuyFeet of ClayNovelTerry PratchettWatch1996-01-01
36BuyJingoNovelTerry PratchettWatch1997-01-01
37BuyThe Fifth ElephantNovelTerry PratchettWatch1999-01-01
38BuyNight WatchNovelTerry PratchettWatch2002-01-01
39BuyThud!NovelTerry PratchettWatch2005-09-13
40BuySnuffNovelTerry PratchettWatch2011-10-11
41BuyWhere's my Cow?Junior NovelTerry PratchettWatch2005-09-27
42BuyThe World of PooJunior NovelTerry PratchettWatch2012-06-07
43BuyMoving PicturesNovelTerry PratchettIndustrial Revolution1990-01-01
44BuyThe TruthNovelTerry PratchettIndustrial Revolution2000-01-01
45BuyMonstrous RegimentNovelTerry PratchettIndustrial Revolution2003-01-01
46BuyGoing PostalNovelTerry PratchettIndustrial Revolution2004-09-25
47BuyMaking MoneyNovelTerry PratchettIndustrial Revolution2007-09-20
48BuyRaising SteamNovelTerry PratchettIndustrial Revolution2013-11-07

One Response

  1. How is this a chronological order when it’s just lumping the books together by theme?

    Just one example: Ridcully first becomes Archchanellor of the Unseen University in Moving Pictures (book 43 above) and yet somehow is in charge 38 books earlier in Interesting Times.

    Your best bet for the Discworld novels is to read them in publication order because, for the most part, that is also the chronological order.

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