Shannara Reading Order

The Shannara series has become one of the quintessential fantasy series of the last two generations. What started in 1977 has become a huge sprawling series.

What’s on the Shannara Reading Order?

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This Shannara reading order comes from the series of books written by Terry Brooks. The Shannara Chronicles is a television series, developed by MTV, based on the book series. The show starts with Elfstones of Shannara. This timeline lists all of the Shannara books and tie-in series. These include the Word/Void series. It also includes the show, even though the show does not perfectly follow the books.

The Shannara series has a lot of separate stories, often appearing in trilogies. While Terry Brooks has continued to write books in chronological order over the years, he has occasionally gone back and written prequel novels. He even created a graphic novel as part of the timeline. Now that MTV has adapted the series, more people have interest in reading the books. So enjoy this timeline which should hopefully help you catch up on the lore of the epic Shannara timeline.

Where to Start Reading Shannara?

While not the chronological beginning, you should probably start with the trilogy that began the epic series. These books are The Sword of Shannara, Elfstones of Shannara (which is where the MTV show starts), and Wishsong of Shannara. After that, it doesn’t matter if you go back to read the prequels, or if you continue with the sequels. That said, the Word/Void trilogy stands alone, and exists much earlier than the main Shannara storyline. So that’s another good place to start, especially since it begins the chronology.

entries

ChronologicalSeriesBuyTitleTypeAuthorReleased

1

The Word and the Void

Short Story

Terry Brooks

1991

2

The Word and the Void

Novel

Terry Brooks

1997

3

The Word and the Void

Novel

Terry Brooks

1998

4

The Word and the Void

Novel

Terry Brooks

1999

5

Genesis of Shannara

Novel

Terry Brooks

2006-08-01

6

Genesis of Shannara

Novel

Terry Brooks

2007-08-28

7

Genesis of Shannara

Novel

Terry Brooks

2008-08-26

8

Legends of Shannara

Novel

Terry Brooks

2010-08-01

9

Legends of Shannara

Novel

Terry Brooks

2011-08-01

10

Shannara Prequel

Novel

Terry Brooks

1996

11

Paladins of Shannara

Short Story

Terry Brooks

2012-07-01

12

Main Trilogy

Novel

Terry Brooks

1977

13

Paladins of Shannara

Short Story

Terry Brooks

2013-06-01

14

Main Trilogy

Novel

Terry Brooks

1982

15

Shannara Chronicles

TV Episode

Alfred Gough
Miles Millar

2016-01-05

16

Shannara Chronicles

TV Episode

Alfred Gough
Miles Millar

2016-01-05

17

Shannara Chronicles

TV Episode

Alfred Gough
Miles Millar

2016-01-12

18

Shannara Chronicles

TV Episode

Alfred Gough
Miles Millar

2016-01-19

19

Shannara Chronicles

TV Episode

Evan Endicott
Josh Stoddard

2016-01-26

20

Shannara Chronicles

TV Episode

Zander Lehmann

2016-02-02

21

Shannara Chronicles

TV Episode

Deanna Kizis

2016-02-09

22

Shannara Chronicles

TV Episode

April Blair

2016-02-16

23

Shannara Chronicles

TV Episode

Evan Endicott
Josh Stoddard

2016-02-23

24

Shannara Chronicles

TV Episode

April Blair
Evan Endicott
Josh Stoddard

2016-03-01

25

Shannara Chronicles

TV Episode

Alfred Gough
Miles Millar

2017-10-11

26

Shannara Chronicles

TV Episode

Evan Endicott
Josh Stoddard

2017-10-18

27

Shannara Chronicles

TV Episode

Javier Grillo-Marxuach

2017-10-25

28

Shannara Chronicles

TV Episode

Elle Triedman

2017-11-01

29

Shannara Chronicles

TV Episode

Evan Endicott
Josh Stoddard

2017-11-08

30

Shannara Chronicles

TV Episode

April Blair

2017-11-08

31

Shannara Chronicles

TV Episode

Alex Díaz
Julie Díaz

2017-11-15

32

Shannara Chronicles

TV Episode

April Blair
Elle Triedman

2017-11-15

33

Shannara Chronicles

TV Episode

Matt Lambert

2017-11-22

34

Shannara Chronicles

TV Episode

Evan Endicott
Josh Stoddard

2017-11-22

35

Paladins of Shannara

Short Story

Terry Brooks

2013-01-01

36

Main Trilogy

Novel

Terry Brooks

1985

37

Other

Short Story

Terry Brooks

2003

38

Other

Graphic Novel

Terry Brooks

2008

39

Heritage of Shannara

Novel

Terry Brooks

1990

40

Heritage of Shannara

Novel

Terry Brooks

1991

41

Heritage of Shannara

Novel

Terry Brooks

1992

42

Heritage of Shannara

Novel

Terry Brooks

1993

43

Voyage of the Jerle Shannara

Novel

Terry Brooks

2000

44

Voyage of the Jerle Shannara

Novel

Terry Brooks

2001

45

Voyage of the Jerle Shannara

Novel

Terry Brooks

2002

46

High Druid of Shannara

Novel

Terry Brooks

2003

47

High Druid of Shannara

Novel

Terry Brooks

2004

48

High Druid of Shannara

Novel

Terry Brooks

2005

49

Dark Legacy of Shannara

Novel

Terry Brooks

2012-08-01

50

Dark Legacy of Shannara

Novel

Terry Brooks

2013-03-01

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