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Terry pratchett Discworld reading order

If you are seeking Terry Pratchet’s reading order it’s because you want to be part of the fun and yet intriging world of Discworld. A satire of the fantasy genre that turned out to be a best selling series, here you will find all the Discworld books in order by Terry Pratchett and way more.

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Way more? yes, because we will provide you alternative reading orders for Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books in case you want to focus on a particular character (such as Rincewind for example). And also, we have some great Discworld book set recommendations for you as well!

Terry Pratchett reading order for the Discworld books

Each Discworld novel is self contained, however, I suggest you read the Discworld books in publication order. Pratchett’s writing evolves book after book, this way you will be aware of such evolution.

Here you have Terry Pratchet’s reading order. If you want to get any of the Discworld books you only have to click on cover of the novel you want to purchase or know more, the link will take you to Amazon: (opens in a new tab):

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4. Mort 

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Lords Ladies 

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Soul Music 

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Maskerade 

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Thud! 

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Now that you know the best reading order for Terry Pratchet’s Discworld books, check out these book sets!

After taking a look at our Discworld reading order you might have noticed that getting a book set might not be a bad idea in order to collect all the books in the Discworld series for a better price.

Each of the following Discworld book sets collect 10 books of the series, so by getting both of them you will get a total of 20 differnt books by Terry Pratchett.

A list with Terry Pratchet’s reading order for the Discworld book series

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Publisher:

  • Harper Collins

Reading order:

  • The Colour of Magic (Discworld book 1)
  • The Light Fantastic (Discworld book 2)
  • Equal Rites (Discworld book 3)
  • Mort (Discworld book 4)
  • Sourcery (Discworld book 5)
  • Wyrd Sisters (Discworld book 6)
  • Pyramids (Discworld book 7)
  • Guards! Guards! (Discworld book 8)
  • Faust Eric (Discworld book 9)
  • Moving Pictures (Discworld book 10)
  • Reaper Man (Discworld book 11)
  • Witches Abroad (Discworld book 12)
  • Small Gods (Discworld book 13)
  • Lords Ladies (Discworld book 14)
  • Troll Bridge (Short story) (Discworld book 15)
  • Men at Arms (Discworld book 16)
  • Theatre of Cruelty (Short story) (Discworld book 17)
  • Soul Music (Discworld book 18)
  • Interesting Times (Discworld book 19)
  • Maskerade (Discworld book 20)
  • Feet of Clay (Discworld book 21)
  • Hogfather (Discworld book 22)
  • Jingo (Discworld book 23)
  • The Last Continent (Discworld book 24)
  • Carpe Jugulum (Discworld book 25)
  • The Sea Little Fishes (Short story) (Discworld book 26)
  • The Fifth Elephant (Discworld book 27)
  • The Truth (Discworld book 28)
  • Thief of Time (Discworld book 29)
  • The Last Hero (Discworld book 30)
  • The Amazing Maurice And His Educated Rodents (Discworld book 31)
  • Night Watch (Discworld book 32)
  • Death and What Comes Next (Short story) (Discworld book 33)
  • The Wee Free Men (Discworld book 34)
  • Monstrous Regiment (Discworld book 35)
  • A Hat Full of Sky (Discworld book 36)
  • Going Postal (Discworld book 37)
  • Once More* With Footnotes (Discworld book 38)
  • Thud! (Discworld book 39)
  • Where’s my cow (Discworld book 40)
  • Wintersmith (Discworld book 41)
  • Making Money (Discworld book 42)
  • Unseen Academicals (Discworld book 43)
  • I Shall Wear Midnight (Discworld book 44)
  • Snuff (Discworld book 45)
  • Raising Steam (Discworld book 46)
  • The Shepherd’s Crown (Discworld book 47)

This was Discworld’s publication order. Terry Pratchett Discworld  is plit into several mini-series (based on the main characters); Additionally, the Discworld books is a lovely collection for readers of any age bracket. This series is a parody of the Fantasy cliches and stereotypes, full of real-world analogies and references.

You will see that there are less book covers than novels in the list from Discworld’s reading order, this is because all short stories are collected in Once More* With Footnotes.

If you want to start reading Discworld now that you have Terry Pratchett’s books in order then here you can buy the Discworld novels.

Discworld’s Terry Pratchett alterantive reading order

Now that you have Terry Pratchett’s reading order let me tell you one secret: it doens’t matter in what order you read Discworld. As said, each novel tells its own story. But of course, since some Discworld novels follow the same character (as is the case for Rincewind, Death or The Watch) you might want to read those mini series in order, and here you have them in publication order:

Terry pratchett Discworld reading order: Rincewind books in publication order:

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  • The Colour of Magic.
  • The Light Fantastic.
  • Sourcery.
  • Faust Eric.
  • Interesting Times.
  • The Last Continent.
  • The Last Hero.
  • Unseen Academicals.

Terry pratchett Discworld reading order: Death novels in publication order:

What order to read Discworld’s Death:

  • Mort.
  • Reaper Man.
  • Soul Music.
  • Hogfather.
  • Thief of Time.
  • Death and What Comes Next.

Discworld reading order for: City Watch novels in publication order:

  • Guards! Guards!
  • Men at Arms.
  • Feet of Clay.
  • Jingo.
  • The Fifth Elephant.
  • Night Watch.
  • Thud! 
  • Snuff

Discworld reading order for: Witches novels in publication order:

  • Equal Rites.
  • Wyrd Sisters.
  • Witches Abroad.
  • Lords  Ladies.
  • Maskerade.
  • Carpe Jugulum.

Tiffany Achings novels in publication order:

  • The Wee Free Men.
  • A Hat Full of Sky.
  • Wintersmith.
  • I Shall Wear Midnight.
  • The Shepherd’s Crown. 

What are the Strengths of Discworld books?

Each time you come across the coinage “Discworld,” do not forget that it refers to an outstanding fantasy series in the world of literature. Discworld books are a must-read for every fantasy lover. Are you looking for a fun saga to read? Terry Pratchett Discworld is what you were looking for. If you have been following my blog, then you have heard before, since I mentioned this saga in my article about Racism in literature.

The truth is; no book rivals Discworld’s magic, warmth, humor, command of words, silliness, emotion, character and occasional despairs. It is thrilling and aptly written. Every fan of the Discworld series has the same opinion.

Readers looking for a stand-alone-book can be happy any of the stories can be enjoyed independently.

There is a purpose for Death’s appearance in every book: he’s the best one in the universe and the most magnificent saga of the Discworld Series. The first novel focused on him showing him at his freshest and funniest. Death as a predominant saga unfolds from the beginning through all the books.

What is Discworld about? 

The author of this series worked relentlessly hard and created an irresistible magical flat Discworld on a turtle’s back floating laterally in space. The natives of this “turtledom” are hardworking patriots committed to building their world into a better and happy sphere.

The first book tells the story of Rincewind, an unskilled magician, he is not a hero but a coward instead. Despite his reluctance, he will get involved in several dangerous expeditions.

Which Discworld novel should you read first?

If you don’t want to read Discworld in publicationr order then the most recommended novels to start enjoying Terry Pratchett’s series are Mort and Guards! Guards!

But still, I would you recommend you to start Discworld by reading the first book that was published: The Color of Magic.

Who wrote this series?

The Discworld books were written by no other else than Sir Terence David John Pratchett? Terry Pratchett was an excellent English writer of comical fantasy novels. One of his greatest works is the Discworld series which comprise of over 40 books. Pratchett published his first novel, The Carpet People, in 1971 at the age of thirteen.

Adaptations: Terry Pratchett movies

Terry Pratchett’s books would be difficult to be adapted into a movie format, this is why there are no Terry Pratchett films. However,  for those who were praying for any Terry Pratchett movies. there is a miniseries composed of two episodes narrating the story of The Color of Magic and The Light Fantastic.

Therefore, this miniseries narrates the story of Rincewind (David Jason) when he meets the naive tourist Twoflower (Sean Astin). The series cast of this Discworld’s miniseries is actually worth the mention:

  • David Jason- Rincewind
  • Sean Astin – Twoflower
  • Tim Curry – Trymon
  • Jeremy Irons – Patrician
  • Brian Cox – Narrator
  • Christopher Lee – Death

Even the same Pretty Pratchett did a cameo playing one of the astrozoologists.

Also, an upcoming tv series will take place in the world of Discworld: The Watch.

Alternatively to Terry Pratchett films, 18 novels of the series have a stage adaptation, so if you are fond of theatre you might want to check if you can watch one of these productions!

Any Discworld Game?

Also, fancy to play a Discworld game? Discworld series has more than one videogame adaptation, most notorious are Discworld and Discworld II for Play Station and Play Station 2 respectively. Furthermore, if you like board games, you can enjoy some of this series in such format, it is the case for Thud! Guards! Guards! Clacks and Ankh-Morpork.

You should read Discworld if you liked

If you like Steven Erikson’s Malazan Books of the Fallen, Lois McMaster Bujold’s Five Gods novels, or Kate Griffin’s Matthew Swift and the related Magical Anonymous series, then you will love Terry Pratchett’s books.

Hope this Discworld reading guide thrilled you to read the Terry Pratchett Discworld series, will you play a Discworld game? maybe watch some of the Terry Pratchett movies? don’t forget to leave a comment!

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1 Comment on "Terry pratchett Discworld reading order"

  • 5 stars
    Ohhh looooots of books! I knew this series to be long but this! I will start with the Color of magic 🙂

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