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5E Correct order to read ALL of the Forgotten Realms novels?

Goonalan

Adventurer
It occurred to me that I know pretty much bugger all about Faerun and the Forgotten Realms, except perhaps for the snippets I have read usually outside the boxed text sections of a variety of D&D (99% 5e) modules and/or rule books.

I/We played 4e in our homebrewed world (Oerth), and most of the previous editions in Greyhawk.

So, I bought a few FR novels, and read through the first two trilogies- Moonshae followed by Icewind Dale. I enjoyed them so much so that I got on ebay and tracked down the next fifty or so books. At which point it occurred to me that their might be a correct/acceptable/preferred (whatever) order for reading all of the FR novels, including the various anthologies (Realms of Valor, Infamy etc.)

Do I read all 15 of the Harpers next? If not when do I read them.
I know I need to read the Avatar series (1-5) before doing the Shadow of the Avatar trilogy.

I think I'm going to do a lot of the series/trilogies in the order that they came out- so, next up The Finder's Stone trilogy, followed by the Maztica, and then the Empires trilogies. Then (perhaps) The Dark Elf followed by Druidhome trilogies... maybe.

So, perfect world- having all of the books to hand, what order do you suggest I read them?

Cheers goonalan
 

R_J_K75

Explorer
This lists their order in Dalereckoning.


From what I remember Evermeet was good as was Cormyr.
 

Goonalan

Adventurer
Well theres publication order

Publication Order

there's Chronological order

Chronological Order

and there's RA Salvatore's Order

RA Salvatore's order as per reddit
I used the publication order as my shopping list- working my way down them on ebay (etc.) to buy the first 50 or so. I've also seen the RA Salvatore list but I wasn't sure because it only had 10-20% of the books in it.

I like the Chronological Order, and particularly the-

The following list is only a compilation of all publishing dates. It is in no way a suggested order of reading.

I'm going to try to draw up some sort of matrix from that 'order of reading' link perhaps.

Thanks, very much appreciated.

Goonalan
 

Goonalan

Adventurer
This lists their order in Dalereckoning.


From what I remember Evermeet was good as was Cormyr.
Just read through the list, that's... amazing, daunting- and possibly a goer if I had another lifetime to spare.

Fantastic work.

Thanks.
 

Zardnaar

Adventurer
Elaine Cunningham's very good, but focused on Elves.

Harper's are mixed, but give a nice overview of the Realms.
 

R_J_K75

Explorer
Just read through the list, that's... amazing, daunting- and possibly a goer if I had another lifetime to spare.

Fantastic work.

Thanks.
I will warn you now, some books were better than others as were some books by the same author were better than others. Further some books just werent worth the effort to read as they fell to pieces at the last 10 pages and left me shaking my head. Although some were worth reading, but I stopped reading them in the early to mid 2000s so I cant attest to anything probably passed the Sembia books.

If your looking to expand your knowledge of the realms this might save you alot of time.

 

Zardnaar

Adventurer
I've got a spreadsheet, I make it 295 novels (including anthologies)... ten years, I reckon to get through them.

Cheers Goonalan
Some of the old novels are small and can be banged out in around 3 hours.

Some are a hard slog, I've probably read around 70 maybe. Mostly in the 90s.
 

Goonalan

Adventurer
Some of the old novels are small and can be banged out in around 3 hours.

Some are a hard slog, I've probably read around 70 maybe. Mostly in the 90s.
Well, in the last two weeks I've read the first six FR novels and another book (for work). I'm a good reader, I've read 40 books a year (min) for the past I don't know how long, certainly the last 20 years, possibly longer.

Way back when (probably when I was a student) I got one of those lists of fifty novels you have to read before you die, and read them all in a year... including Ulysses and Proust (to name the best, and the hardest). I've been at it ever since, and semi-retirement has been a boon.

Cheers goonalan
 

Zardnaar

Adventurer
Well, in the last two weeks I've read the first six FR novels and another book (for work). I'm a good reader, I've read 40 books a year (min) for the past I don't know how long, certainly the last 20 years, possibly longer.

Way back when (probably when I was a student) I got one of those lists of fifty novels you have to read before you die, and read them all in a year... including Ulysses and Proust (to name the best, and the hardest). I've been at it ever since, and semi-retirement has been a boon.

Cheers goonalan
I read less mostly because less time or the time is doing other stuff. I used to be able to bang out a 500 page novel in a day. If you're semi retired thats leaves more time, a lot of the novels were aimed at young adults/teenagers back in the day though so when you got things like the Iron Throne or the War of the Spider Queen Series they stood out a bit more compared to the earlier material.
 

R_J_K75

Explorer
Some of the old novels are small and can be banged out in around 3 hours.
Well, in the last two weeks I've read the first six FR novels and another book (for work).
I wish I could read that fast these days, thats impressive. I used to be able to read a boxed set or supplement book in a day or less, and an FR novel in about the same maybe a little longer. Once I needed glasses I cant read more than an hour or two. Think it has something to do with sitting in front of a computer for work for 20 years, I just find it hard to keep my concentration too. I remember reading an article a few years back that there was a study done that claimed the internet and reading from a computer screen has changed how people read and process information.
 

Shiroiken

Adventurer
I'd probably avoid ALL the realms books, because... well there's a lot of bad ones. I'd suggest reading all of Salvador's and Greenwood's, because those largely define the Realms for the most part (and they're both really good authors). It doesn't really matter which you read first, as they don't cross over each other much at all. You might want to pick up a few favorites (Evermeet and Cormyr are my suggestions), then read The Grand History of the Realms sourcebook. After that, if you really want to learn about Realms for 5E, I'd read the published order of the 4E novels and then the Sundering series, followed by whatever 5E novels they put out before ending the product line.
 

Zardnaar

Adventurer
The FR wiki and novel descriptions might be the best idea. Look for recommendations on individual novels and series.
 

R_J_K75

Explorer
I'd probably avoid ALL the realms books, because... well there's a lot of bad ones.
Agreed 100%. I wish I could remember which ones I read that were bad but its been so long. I just bought Death Masks by Ed Greenwood a few weeks back and I just couldn't get passed the first 10 pages so I returned it to Amazon. The writing style seemed convoluted and drawn out to where it made it hard to follow. I dont remember his earlier stuff I read being like that. In his defense I havent read a fantasy novel in quite some time so it may have just been me.
 

R_J_K75

Explorer
Escape from Undermountain was pretty decent. The Song and Swords books by Elaine Cunningham were very good, and I believe Evermeet tied into those books too although its not listed as part of the series.
 

Goonalan

Adventurer
Thanks for the great advice, however when I say I am going to read ALL of the FR novels, then... well, there's no grey area- I am going to read ALL of the FR novels. The only issue is the order.

I'm also going to slip in (at some point) all of the Eberron novels, and between each fantasy series/trilogy read some of the books that would otherwise stack up on my shelves.

My numbers above- I stated I read 40 books/year were very conservative. I used to be a Uni lecturer, maybe for each of the courses I taught I would have 30 students (again conservative) maybe I would teach six separate units that semester. So, 30 assignments 4k words each x 6 = 720k words, marking time three to four weeks. Then I get on with my second marking. There are two semesters in a year, so double it. And I realise, of course, that reading for marking is not the same as reading for pleasure (don't I know it) but it kinda is.... for me.

It'll take me ten years or so to do the list of 295 FR novels, again, that's a conservative estimate giving me plenty of leg room, and time each year to read a few more books that are non-FR.

If you have any more suggestions for the order to read the FR novels then pile on.

Thanks goonalan
 

Zardnaar

Adventurer
Mind me asking where you would get all the books?

It's something I would like to try to do but eBay postage is to much.
 

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