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 the first book in a new trilogy by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, titled Dragons of Deceit, has just released.
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 fully 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:
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
The first book in a new trilogy, Dragonlance Destinies by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman has just released!
Dragons of Deceit (Dragonlance Destinies book 1)
You could technically start reading Dragonlance here as the authors have given important information and history throughout the book, while avoiding the dreaded info dump (that they were able to do this speaks of their excellent writing abilities). In order to truly appreciate everything that happens, though, I would suggest at least reading the Chronicles and The War of Souls. But that’s just me.
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!