We love the Wheel of Time epic fantasy series written by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson (after Jordan’s passing in 2007). While not as well known as Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings, the series has its band of loyal followers. The series is so popular that Amazon bought the rights to make a TV series that will launch in the next year or two. In this post, we’ll provide you with the right reading order for The Wheel of Time books.
The main series consists of 14 books and a prequel. There have also been a number of graphic novels and companion books developed over the years. Below you’ll find a list of all of the Wheel of Time books in order.
Wheel of Time Book Order
Robert Jordan (real name: James Oliver Rigney Jr.) began writing the Wheel of Time series in 1990 with The Eye of the World. The series consists of 14 books and a prequel. Unfortunately, Robert Jordan passed away in 2007 and did not finish writing the series. The 12th book was supposed to be the final book of the series, but when Brandon Sanderson, a well-known sci-fi writer, took over the series, he realized there was too much content to include in one book so he split the 12th book into three books.
|Prequel: New Spring||2004|
|Book 1: The Eye of the World||1990|
|Book 2: The Great Hunt||1990|
|Book 3: The Dragon Reborn||1991|
|Book 4: The Shadow Rising||1992|
|Book 5: The Fires of Heaven||1993|
|Book 6: Lord of Chaos||1994|
|Book 7: A Crown of Swords||1996|
|Book 8: The Path of Daggers||1998|
|Book 9: Winter’s Heart||2000|
|Book 10: Crossroads of Twilight||2003|
|Book 11: Knife of Dreams||2005|
|Book 12: The Gathering Storm||2009|
|Book 13: Towers of Midnight||2010|
|Book 14: A Memory of Light||2012|
We recommend reading the prequel after book 10 since there is a lot of background information. Therefore, you can read Wheel of Time in publication order.
Well-known comic book writer Chuck Dixon, working closely with the Jordan estate, created the New York Times bestselling graphic novel adaptation of Robert Jordan’s international bestseller.
- The Eye of the World: The Graphic Novel (Volume One) – 2011
- The Eye of the World: The Graphic Novel (Volume Two) – 2012
- The Eye of the World: The Graphic Novel (Volume Three) – 2013
- The Eye of the World: The Graphic Novel (Volume Four) – 2013
- The Eye of the World: The Graphic Novel (Volume Five) – 2014
- The Eye of the World: The Graphic Novel (Volume Six) – 2015
There are several companion books that Robert Jordan and others created to help people understand the Wheel of Time universe.
The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.
The 14 book series (and prequel) follow the lives of three young men, Rand al’Thor, Matrim Cauthon, or Perrin Aybara, during the coming of the Dragon Reborn who will save humanity from the Dark One.
The Wheel of Time series has 14 fantasy-packed novels. It also has a prequel book and two companion novels. This article will be outlining the Wheel of Time Book plots in the prequel and its main subsequent works.
The Prequel: New Spring
The city of Tar Valon is introduced as the place where a legendary baby will be born. This child, or Dragon Reborn, is prophesied to the one that will change the world. All should go as planned, as long as the Shadow doesn’t kill him first.
Book 1: The Eye of the World
Five villagers must flee into an unknown world to escape a group of half man/half beasts known as Trollocs. These people of the Two Rivers nation have no idea what Shadow, and light, have in store for them.
Book 2: The Great Hunt
This novel follows a quest to retrieve the Horn of Valere. The protagonists are visited by an intriguing figure who knows the identity of the Dragon Reborn. Egwene, Nynaeve, and Elayne visit Tar Valon’s White Tower on their own mission.
Book 3: The Dragon Reborn
Rand al’Thor has been revealed to be the Dragon Reborn. His first quest takes him to the Stone of Tear fortress to find the sword Callandor and determine whether his destiny is to battle the Dark One.
Book 4: The Shadow Rising
The Dark One reaches out as the Shayol Ghul’s seals weaken. Mankind is threatened by the looming Shadow. The Reborn Dragon formulates his next move while in the Stone of Tear, but no one expects his final decision.
Book 5: The Fires of Heaven
Rand al’Thor now graces the forbidden city, Rhuidean, with his presence and conceals a secret. Elaida do Avriny a’Roihan occupies the White tower formulating other plans that could put things further in jeopardy, unbeknownst to anyone else.
Book 6: Lord of Chaos
Myrddraal swords are being made on the slopes of Shayol Ghul. The Lord of the Two Rivers, Perrin Goldeneyes, prepares to march after feeling the tug of ta’veren to ta’veren. Caemlyn’s Morgase makes a surprising ally and an embassy is prepared for Caemlyn.
Book 7: A Crown of Swords
The Wheel of Time Book plots thicken as Mat, Elayne, and Aviendha come closer to finding the bowl ter’angreal. It may be the only thing that can restore the natural weather and calm the deadly heat wave piercing the world. Rand al’Thor battles the Forsaken Sammael within the shadows of Shadar Logoth, with the Mashadar waiting hungrily nearby.
Book 8: The Path of Daggers
The Seanchan’s invasion force has taken ownership of the Ebou Dar. Nynaeve, Elayne, and Aviendha discover an enemy more threatening than Seanchan while on the way to Caemlyn. Rand vows to defeat the Seanchan once again but the Asha’man begins showing signs of going mad.
Book 9: Winter’s Heart
Rand is on the run with Min. Cadsuane tries to uncover his plans. The leader of the Black Tower, Mazrim Taim, turns out to be quite the liar, which begs the question of what he is really up to. Perrin searches for Faile and Slayer stalks Tel’aran’rhiod and the wolfdream.
Book 10: Crossroads of Twilight
Mat Cauthon flees Ebou Dar with his betrothed, the Daughter of the Moon, but realizes that their safety is in jeopardy if he keeps her and if he lets her go. The males of Asha’man may soon be the only ones left to fight the Dark One if Egwene al’Vere does not quickly extinguish the heart of Aes Sedai’s power.
Book 11: Knife of Dreams
Egwene is believed to be dead because her boat was found overturned but that may be far from true. This assumption has caused chaos amongst the Rebel Aes Sedai. The White Tower is no longer a safe place and Rand al’Thor must come to terms with the Dark One possibly being humanity’s last hope.
Book 12: The Gathering Storm
The last battle, Tarmon Gai’don, is quickly approaching. Egwene is held captive by the White Tower and is at the mercy of their tyrannical leader. The Dragon Reborn struggles to unite fractured kingdoms in preparation for the upcoming war.
Book 13: Towers of Midnight
The Third Age is coming to an end as the turmoil continues. Perrin Aybara is haunted by some challenges from the past and decides to find answers in Tel’aran’rhiod. Matrim Cauthon prepares to confront the hardest setback in his life, as the Aelfinn and the Eelfinn creatures torment his mind.
Book 14: A Memory of Light
Rand gathers all of the nations for a meeting in preparation for the war but not everyone is on board with what he has planned. The war proves difficult for everyone as they all scramble to make the best of their new agreement. The Last Battle on the Field of Merrilor is quite revealing for the parties involved and the Blight’s fate is sealed by the end of it, along with a few others’ fates as well.