Dragonlance Books- Where on Krynn Should You Start?

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The Dragonlance world is one I happily revisit every year. Rich in detail and huge in scope, the series itself boasts over one hundred novels, and there will be three more upcoming from the authors of the original trilogy, Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. This news prompted me to go on a weeklong celebration of Dragonlance on my blog.

Dragonlance Week posts you may have missed:

Dragonlance Week: A Celebration (and Giveaway)
Dragonlance Week: The Art of Dragonlance
Dragonlance Week: An Interview with Author Margaret Weis
Dragonlance Week: Character Profiles- Tanis, Laurana, and Sturm
Dragonlance Week: Character Profiles- Caramon and Raistlin
Dragonlance Week: Character Profiles- Flint, Tas, and Tika
Dragonlance Week: Character Profiles- Fizban, Pyrite, Goldmoon, and Riverwind
Dragonlance Week: Side Quest (My Favorite “Side Novels”)
Dragonlance Week: Sightings in the Wild
Dragonlance Week: What Dragonlance Means to Me

If you’ve never read the series before, you might be wondering where to start. I’ll admit, it can be pretty daunting. Here is my own reading order suggestion. Keep in mind, it is my opinion only, and I haven’t listed every single book, rather sticking to the “main storyline” with side suggestions along the way.

First things first: The Dragonlance Chronicles by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

Dragons of Autumn Twilight
Dragons of Winter Night
Dragons of Spring Dawning


These are the basis of the entire world. Without these books, you won’t understand much of what happens after. You won’t be able to appreciate the books that take place before (that were nonetheless written later on). This is where you’ll meet some of the best characters ever written. Yup, I mean ever.

Continuing on: The Dragonlance Legends by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

Time of the Twins
War of the Twins
Test of the Twins

The Legends trilogy is meant to be read right after the Chronicles, despite later books being published that take place in-between the original Chronicles. Trust me, do not sandwich those books (the Lost Chronicles) in the middle of the original Chronicles trilogy! I promise, there’s a place for them later on.

Connecting the old to the new:

The Second Generation
by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

Dragons of Summer Flame by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

Now, at this point, after being emotionally devastated, you have a few choices: you can continue on with the “main storyline”, OR you can explore the world a little bit. There’s so much to see, after all! Keep reading the post to see where I would suggest going next in the main storyline. I’ll add some book suggestions at the bottom of this post for those who want to wander around Krynn a bit.

Fleshing out the original books: The Lost Chronicles by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

Dragons of the Dwarven Depths

Dragons of the Highlord Skies

Dragons of the Hourglass Mage

These technically don’t further the storyline, as they are meant to take place in-between events covered in the earliest books. They make the original story much bigger, though, and we get to see more of my favorite characters, which is always a plus.

Time to see what happens next: Dragons of a New Age trilogy by Jean Rabe

The Dawning of a New Age

The Day of the Tempest

The Eve of the Maelstrom

To be honest, the Jean Rabe books are probably the Dragonlance books that I’ve read the fewest amount of times. However, they do connect what came before with what comes next.

The Dhamon Saga by Jean Rabe:

Downfall

Betrayal

Redemption

Carrying on: The War of Souls trilogy by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

Dragons of a Fallen Sun

Dragons of a Lost Star

Dragons of a Vanished Moon

Now, it’s on to: The Dark Disciple trilogy by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman

Amber and Ashes

Amber and Iron

Amber and Blood

Now, you’re technically more or less caught up on the main storyline. However, here’s where it gets interesting: you’ll notice that this is less than 100+ books. That means you get to pick and choose any side novels that catch your eye. I personally am a huge fan of the Meetings Sextet (which explain how our original companions met), the Preludes, and the Raistlin Chronicles. Honestly, anything written by Margaret Weis or Tracy Hickman is going to be gold. I’m also a big fan of the books written by Douglas Niles and Richard A. Knaak.

Time to gather up your maps, grab your hoopak, and head off for adventures!

12 thoughts on “Dragonlance Books- Where on Krynn Should You Start?

  1. I’ve read almost all of MW & TH authored ones except last 1-2 of The Dark Disciple.

    I haven’t read any of Rabe’s. I stopped reading most of the others. Couldn’t keep up! (way back when I would have purchased them instead of using the library.) Niles and Knaak were good.

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  2. The first Dragonlance branded novel I read was The Legend of Huma. I loved it and yet I never managed to finish any of the others. My roommates have most of them though, so I might just have to borrow from their library.

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  3. This article is really great! I’ve read some Dragonlance so it’s great to know what I’ve missed out on and where to go next! 🙂

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  4. Hallo ,Hallo!!

    Ooh boy!! I have been actively talking about Dragonlance off/on for years now on Twitter, but I never did find such a usable guide to knowing how to read the series (et al) as you’ve outlined it yourself. I have a resource for used books and I just took a gander to see if ANY of these lovelies were listed and I found the first two batches of stories you’ve suggested are in fact available. When I can afford to buy them I’ll be fetching them as I liked how you outlined why to read the books in the orders in which you’ve given. Plus, it will give me a hearty challenge as well – methinks this is definitely a project for #WyrdAndWonder 2022 as I already slated what I’m doing for 2021; however, ooh boy! Maybe I could at least read one of them this year?! Wouldn’t that be ideal!?

    Specifically I was going to get the Dragonlance Chronicles & Legends trilogies you’ve suggested and hopefully if all works out well, I could start reading Dragons of Autumn Twilight this May.

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      1. OOh I am so sorry! I didn’t see this note from you in time to enter! 😦 I thought the contest was already called when I left my note on your blog. My time online has been a bit unique lately and once I’m on, I’m quickly off, etc. I hope the winner has a lovely time exploring the Chronicles!

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