Some book seriess are really long and it gets difficult to know which is the proper order to read them. Sometimes there are prequels, other times the publishing dates makes are not in chronological order… all this makes us confused, wondering what is the best order to read certain saga. As a result, we may even give up trying to start reading new series. It’s time to stop that, if you want to know the proper reading order just check here!
This category is pretty simple and straight forward. If you want to know the best order to read a certain saga just stay tuned.
If you want to know how to read The Magic of Xanth series, here you will find the answer. This fantasy series was intended to be a trilogy, instead, Xanth is one of the longest fantasy series of all time.
This story, by author Piers Anthony, narrates the story of different magicians. In the world of Xanth, every human is born with a magical ability, called talent. The first two novels in this series have Bink as the main character, a human that apparently was born without any magical ability. However, in the subsequent novels, the main characters will vary being some of them: Ivy, Dor or Jordan the Barbarian.
In what order should I read The Magic of Xanth?
In case you want to know the proper reading order for this series, I recommend you reading them in published order. The Magic of Xanth is a really long saga, with 41 novels already published and four more to be published.
This is the best order to read this saga by Piers Anthony,
All who have read Dune will agree that the first volume is one of the best science fiction novels of all time. If you decided to start reading the Dune series I can only congratulate you. Because you will not regret. In this post, you will be able to check the proper reading order Frank Herbert’s appraised work. In case you want to have a better intro of this universe, check Introducing Dune.
For those wondering what Dune is, do not worry, help is on the way. My article “Introducing Dune series” will tell you everything you need to know before the upcoming movie gets released. What? You didn’t know Dune is having a movie adaptation? check Dune upcoming movie then for more info!
What is the proper reading order for Dune?
As it happens with other long series, there is a bit of controversy regarding the proper order to read this series. Some say it is best to read them in chronological order, meanwhile others think it is better to read them in published order… if you ask me, in this case, I think you should start reading this saga by the one book that made Dune series to be known as one of the best science fiction novels ever, that is, starting by the first book published: Dune.
So, in my opinion, you should read first the original series. This is the story of Paul Atreides and the planet Arrakis, where the priceless spice named mélange, sometimes just called “the spice,” is grown. Even though it is usually said that Dune is a series of six novels, for me at least, it is more like a three-book original saga and a three-book sequel. I say this because centuries pass between the third book, Children of Dune, and the fourth, God Emperor of Dune,so I think think they should not be considered at the same level.
Here you have the Dune original saga books in order:
Dune. 412 pages.
Dune Messiah. 256 pages.
Children of Dune. 416 pages.
This would be like the basic pack, the must-read I would say. If you read these three books you will know how the story of Paul Atreides concludes. Of course, Dune keeps being alive after him.
The extended reading
If you are willing for more Dune, and trust me you will, you have way more to read. Following to Children of Dune you have what I call the three-book sequel.
God Emperor of Dune.
Heretics of Dune.
Unfortunately, the latest book, Chapter House: Dune, ends with a cliffhanger and since the author died the next year after this book was published,1985, he left a lot of the plotlines unsettled.
However, this matter was somehow resolved by the two next novels written by Brian Herbert, Frank Herbert’s older son, and Kevin J. Anderson (spin-off novel writer for Star Wars or Starcraft among others and also known for his work The Saga of Seven Suns). Please notice that, from now on, all the novels mentioned are not written by Frank Herbert but by his son and Kevin J. Anderson.
Hunters of Dune.
Sandworms of Dune.
Still want more? At this point, the reading order gets more and more complicated, two prequel series, and sequel of one of those prequels…none of these will be Frank Herbert’s work as previously explained,
The first prequel is set just before the first published book, that is, before the Arrakis conflict. These books are narrated from the point of view of three noble houses, which give the name to each manuscript:
Second prequel (Legends of Dune) and its sequel (Great Schools of Dune)
While the first prequel happens just before the first Dune novel, this prequel narrates a story occurring thousands of years before.
The Butlerian Jihad.
The Machine Crusade.
The Battle of Corrin.
This second prequel trilogy has a sequel trilogy also:
Sisterhood of Dune.
Mentats of Dune.
Navigators of Dune.
That would be all, there are also short stories but we will leave it there from now. If you are willing for more Dune just leave a comment and I will provide you more info about the short stories!
In which order should I read Dune books?
So, here is a summary for my suggested Dune read order. First of all, I recommend you read the original work by Frank Herbert, at least the first three books. After you have finished with all his original work you can read the sequels and lately Legends of Dune and its sequel. As a result, If you read all of these books you will become a Dune god and people will kneel to your divine presence.
Either if you are here because of the Mortal Engines movie adaptation or because of my book suggestions for kids, or maybe none of those, and it’s just because you wanted to know more about Peter Jackson’s new movie, as they call it. No matter why you want to read Philip Reeve books. If you want to know how to read Mortal Engines series, here you will find the answer.
This story is set in a post-apocalyptic universe and it’s part of the fantasy and adventure genre. This book’s audience was originally for young teenagers, even so, you will enjoy this story no matter your age.
In what order should I read Mortal Engines?
In case you are considering the proper order for this series, I recommend you reading them in published order. Mortal Engines consists of two sagas, the original series is a quartet while Fever Crumb is a trilogy. Fever Crumb is actually a prequel, but despite that, I advise you to read it after the original tetralogy since the prequel has a different tone.
Here you go, this is the best order to read this series:
You probably heard of The First Law, superb books. Amazing catchphrases, really action thriving, and a great story. If you want to know how to read The First Law series just keep reading.
The First Law is a medieval fantasy series written by Joe Abercrombie. At first, this series consisted only of a trilogy and therefore it was pretty easy to know the proper reading order but the British author wrote also three stand-alone novels set in the same world. If that was not enough, there is an upcoming trilogy whose first book, A Little Hatred, will be published in September 2019.
In what order should I read The First Law?
If you are wondering the proper order for this series, in this case, I recommend you reading them in published order since it is at the same time the chronological order.
Quick note: there are also short stories which I didn’t include in this reading order. In case you want to read them, I suggest you do it after reading Red Country. Considering the short stories, that is the best way to read The First Law books in order.
Here you go, this is the best order to read this series:
You want to read The Legend of Drizzt and you don’t know what is the best order? do not despair. Here is your How to read The Legend of Drizzt to solve your problems.
The Legend of Drizzt is a fantastic series by the American author R.A Salvatore. This series tells the story of Drizzt Do’Urden, a drow (or dark elf) who decides not to follow the evil way of his people and leaving the Underdark (the place below the surface were drows and other dark creatures dwell). Drizzt books are based in the Forgotten Realms setting in the dimension of Abeir-Toril,
If you like adventure, friendship, and courage you will love these books!
In what order should I read The Legend of Drizzt?
The best order to read them is, in my opinion, in chronological order. Some might prefer to do it in publishing date order, in that case just read The Icewind Dale Trilogy before the Dark Elf Trilogy.
For those who want to read The Legend of Drizzt, you must know that these are incredibly long series (33 books!). Here you have Drizzt books in order: