The Cosmere Reading Order
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A shared universe of epic fantasy series, created by Brandon Sanderson. One of the more ambitious literary projects of the modern age.

What’s in the Cosmere Reading Order?

This Cosmere reading order focuses on a series of books by Brandon Sanderson that act as a shared universe of sorts, like the Marvel or Star Wars universes. The Cosmere consists of multiple series of books that take place on various planets, and each has a “god” that represents various aspects of creation. While all of these series link to each other, most tend to stand alone. These series include:

  • Elantris Series: The world of Sel.
  • Warbreaker Series: The world of Nalthis.
  • Mistborn Series: The world Scadrial.
  • The Stormlight Archive: The world of Roshar.
  • White Sand: The world of Taldain.
  • Other short stories and novellas set in the Cosmere universe.

Additionally, Brandon Sanderson still has a lot to write. For example, the Stormlight Archive series only has two of the ten books completed. And the Cosmere may end up being 30-40+ books total, so there’s still a lot of ground to cover. This Cosmere reading order gives you all of the books currently out or announced in the best order we know, based on what little information we have. We hope you enjoy this Cosmere reading order as you read these excellent books.

Where do I┬ástart reading Brandon Sanderson’s books?

Each of Sanderson’s series can be read on their own, even though they connect to the larger Cosmere. However, most would probably start with Elantris, since that is a single book, or the first Mistborn trilogy. We would recommend starting with the Mistborn trilogy, since those are some of Sanderson’s best work, and it’s not an intimidatingly long series.

1BuyWhite SandGraphic NovelBrandon Sanderson, Rik HoskinWhite Sand2016-06-28Adapted from an old manuscript that Brandon Sanderson wrote in his earlier years.
2BuyWhite Sand, Vol. 2Graphic NovelBrandon Sanderson, Rik HoskinWhite Sand2018-02-21
3BuyWhite Sand, Vol. 3Graphic NovelBrandon Sanderson, Rik HoskinWhite Sand2019-09-18
4BuyElantrisNovelBrandon SandersonElantris2005-04-21Sanderson's debut novel.
5BuyThe Hope of ElantrisShort StoryBrandon SandersonElantris2006-01-01
6BuyThe Emperor's SoulShort StoryBrandon SandersonElantris2012-11-01
7BuyThe Eleventh MetalShort StoryBrandon SandersonMistborn Era 12012-07-01
8BuyMistborn: The Final EmpireNovelBrandon SandersonMistborn Era 12006-07-17
9BuyThe Well of AscensionNovelBrandon SandersonMistborn Era 12007-08-21
10BuyThe Hero of AgesNovelBrandon SandersonMistborn Era 12008-10-14
11BuyMistborn: Secret HistoryShort StoryBrandon SandersonMistborn Era 12016-01-26
12BuyWarbreakerNovelBrandon SandersonWarbreaker2009-06-09
13BuyShadows for Silence in the Forests of HellShort StoryBrandon Sanderson2013-12-03
14BuyThe Way of KingsNovelBrandon SandersonStormlight Archives2010-08-31
15BuyWords of RadianceNovelBrandon SandersonStormlight Archives2014-03-04
16BuyEdgedancerShort StoryBrandon SandersonStormlight Archives2016-11-22
17BuyOathbringerNovelBrandon SandersonStormlight Archives2017-11-14
18BuyThe Alloy of LawNovelBrandon SandersonMistborn Era 22011-11-08
19BuyAllomancer Jak and the Pits of EltaniaShort StoryBrandon SandersonMistborn Era 22012-07-01
20BuyShadows of SelfNovelBrandon SandersonMistborn Era 22015-10-06
21BuyThe Bands of MourningNovelBrandon SandersonMistborn Era 22016-01-26
22BuySixth of the DuskShort StoryBrandon SandersonFirst of the Sun2014-06-30
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  1. William

    Do you have any timelines featuring Alcatraz?