Malazan Reading Order

The Malazan books have become one of the most acclaimed and popular epic fantasy stories in recent years. Written primarily by Steven Erikson, this series is ongoing, so enjoy them as they come!

What’s in the Malazan Reading Order?

The Malazan books are primarily written by Steven Erikson, though some are written by Ian C. Esslemont as part of a separate series that intermingles with the main series. Erikson has also written a series of novellas, and recently started a trilogy that takes place thousands of years before the main series. The setting is an epic fantasy world.

Where to Start Reading Malazan?

This is one of those instances where we don’t recommend you read chronologically unless you’re already familiar with the story. It’s best to start with the first book in the main series, and proceed by release date from there.

We want you to contact us if there’s anything out of order here. We try to keep everything in chronological order, though you can sort by release year if you want. So here is the Malazan Reading Order for those interested in reading the entire saga. And if you like this timeline, be sure to check out some of our others, such as the Cosmere timeline.

1BuyForge of DarknessNovelSteven EriksonKharkanas Trilogy2012-08-02
2BuyFall of LightNovelSteven EriksonKharkanas Trilogy2016-04-26
4BuyDancer's LamentNovelIan C. EsslemontPath to Ascendancy2016-02-25
5BuyDeadhouse LandingNovelIan C. EsslemontPath to Ascendancy2017-11-15
6BuyKellanved's ReachNovelIan C. EsslemontPath to Ascendancy2019-02-19
7BuyMidnight TidesNovelSteven EriksonMalazan Main Series2004-03-01
8BuyGardens of the MoonNovelSteven EriksonMalazan Main Series1999-04-01
9BuyNight of KnivesNovelIan C. EsslemontStories of the Malazan Empire2004-09-01
10BuyDeadhouse GatesNovelSteven EriksonMalazan Main Series2000-09-01
11BuyBlood FollowsNovellaSteven EriksonThe Tales Of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach2002-04-30Collected in The Tales Of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, Vol 1
12BuyThe Lees of Laughter's EndNovellaSteven EriksonThe Tales Of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach2007-03-01Collected in The Tales Of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, Vol 1
13BuyThe Wurms of BlearmouthNovellaSteven EriksonThe Tales Of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach2012-06-01Collected in The Tales of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, Vol. 2
14BuyMemories of IceNovelSteven EriksonMalazan Main Series2001-12-06
15BuyHouse of ChainsNovelSteven EriksonMalazan Main Series2002-12-02
16BuyThe Healthy DeadNovellaSteven EriksonThe Tales Of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach2004-04-01Collected in The Tales Of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, Vol 1
17BuyThe BonehuntersNovelSteven EriksonMalazan Main Series2006-03-01
18BuyReaper's GaleNovelSteven EriksonMalazan Main Series2007-05-07
19BuyCrack'd Pot TrailNovellaSteven EriksonThe Tales Of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach2009-12-01Collected in The Tales of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, Vol. 2
20BuyThe Fiends of NightmariaNovellaSteven EriksonThe Tales Of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach2016-05-01Collected in The Tales of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, Vol. 2
21BuyReturn of the Crimson GuardNovelIan C. EsslemontStories of the Malazan Empire2008-08-15
22BuyToll the HoundsNovelSteven EriksonMalazan Main Series2008-06-30
23BuyStonewielderNovelIan C. EsslemontStories of the Malazan Empire2010-11-25
24BuyGoats of GloryShort StorySteven EriksonMalazan Main Series2010-06-22Collected in Swords & Dark Magic
25BuyDust of DreamsNovelSteven EriksonMalazan Main Series2009-08-18
26BuyOrb Sceptre ThroneNovelIan C. EsslemontStories of the Malazan Empire2012-02-20
27BuyThe Crippled GodNovelSteven EriksonMalazan Main Series2011-02-15
28BuyBlood and BoneNovelIan C. EsslemontStories of the Malazan Empire2012-11-22
29BuyAssailNovelIan C. EsslemontStories of the Malazan Empire2014-08-05
  1. Bob Coogan

    This is a very well thought out and detailed storyline in chronological reading order…

    1.Forge of Darkness
    2.Fall of Light
    3.Walk in Shadow*
    4.Dancer’s Lament
    5.Deadhouse Landing
    6.Kellanved’s Reach
    7.Night of Knives
    8.Blood Follows
    9.The Lees of Laughter’s End
    10.The Wurms of Blearmouth
    11.Gardens of the Moon
    12.Deadhouse Gates
    13.Memories of Ice
    14.The Healthy Dead
    15.Crack’d Pot Trail
    16.The Fiends of Nightmaria
    17.Midnight Tides
    18.House of Chains
    19.The Bonehunters
    20.Return of the Crimson Guard
    21.Reaper’s Gale
    23.Toll the Hounds
    24.Goats of Glory
    26.Blood and Bone
    28.Dust of Dreams
    29.The Crippled God
    30.The God is Not Willing*

    * Book has not written as of yet

    30-32 {Witness Trilogy }…
    This trilogy Takes place 4-5 years after the end of the 10 book series…

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