Raymond E. Feist Books: What Reading Order Is Best?

I think the best order for reading Raymond E. Feist’s books is in series order.

The alternative is in publishing order (the list is at the bottom), but that can be a bit confusing because the timelines do overlap a bit.

Raymond E. Feist Books In Series Order

  1. The Riftwar Saga: [Amazon]
    • Magician (1982) [Amazon]
      • Later republished in the United States as Magician: Apprentice (1986) [Amazon]
      • and Magician: Master (1986) [Amazon]
    • Sliverthorn (1985) [Amazon]
    • A Darkness at Sethanon (1986) [Amazon]
  2. The Empire Trilogy: [Amazon]
    • Daughter of the Empire (1987) [Amazon] with Janny Wurts
    • Servant of the Empire (1990) [Amazon] with Janny Wurts
    • Mistress of the Empire (1992) [Amazon] with Janny Wurts
  3. Krondor’s Sons: [Amazon]
  4. The Serpentwar Saga: [Amazon]
    • Shadow of a Dark Queen (1994) [Amazon]
    • Rise of a Merchant Prince )1995) [Amazon]
    • Rage of a Demon King (1997) [Amazon]
    • Shards of a Broken Crown (1998) [Amazon]
  5. The Riftwar Legacy: [Amazon]
    • Krondor: The Betrayal (1998) [Amazon]
    • Krondor: The Assassins (1999) [Amazon]
    • Krondor: Tear of the Goods (2000) [Amazon]
    • Jimmy and the Crawler (2013) [Amazon]
      • A novella replacing the planned novels Krondor: The Crawler and Krondor: The Dark Mage
  6. Legends of the Riftwar: [Amazon]
    • Honoured Enemy (2001) [Amazon] with William R. Forstchen
    • Murder in LaMut (2002) [Amazon] with Joel Rosenberg
    • Jimmy the Hand (2003) [Amazon] with S. M. Stirling
  7. Conclave of Shadows: [Amazon]
  8. The Darkwar Saga: [Amazon]
  9. The Demonwar Saga: [Amazon]
  10. The Chaoswar Saga: [Amazon]

All Raymond E. Feist Books By Publishing Date

Here’s the list of all Raymond E. Feist’s books ordered by publishing date. I don’t recommend this reading order myself for new fans, even though there are only a few series overlaps.

  1. Magician: Apprentice (1986) [Amazon]The Riftwar Saga #1
  2. Magician: Master (1986) [Amazon] The Riftwar Saga #2
  3. Sliverthorn (1985) [Amazon] The Riftwar Saga #3
  4. A Darkness at Sethanon (1986) [Amazon] The Riftwar Saga #4
  5. Daughter of the Empire (1987) [Amazon] with Janny Wurts The Empire Trilogy #1
  6. ervant of the Empire (1990) [Amazon] with Janny Wurts The Empire Trilogy #2
  7. Mistress of the Empire (1992) [Amazon] with Janny Wurts The Empire Trilogy #3
  8. Prince of the Blood (1989) [Amazon] Krondor’s Sons #1
  9. The King’s Buccaneer (1992) [Amazon] Krondor’s Sons #2
  10. Shadow of a Dark Queen (1994) [Amazon] The Serpentwar Saga #1
  11. Rise of a Merchant Prince (1995) [Amazon] The Serpentwar Saga #2
  12. Rage of a Demon King (1997) [Amazon] The Serpentwar Saga #3
  13. Shards of a Broken Crown (1998) [Amazon] The Serpentwar Saga #4
  14. Krondor: The Betrayal (1998) [Amazon] The Riftwar Legacy #1
  15. Krondor: The Assassins (1999) [Amazon]  The Riftwar Legacy #2
  16. Krondor: Tear of the Goods (2000) [Amazon]  The Riftwar Legacy #3
  17. Jimmy and the Crawler (2013) [Amazon]  The Riftwar Legacy #4
  18. Honoured Enemy (2001) [Amazon] with William R. Forstchen Legends of the Riftwar #1
  19. Murder in LaMut (2002) [Amazon] with Joel Rosenberg Legends of the Riftwar #2
  20. Jimmy the Hand (2003) [Amazon] with S. M. Stirling Legends of the Riftwar #3
  21. alon of the Silver Hawk (2002) [Amazon] Conclave of Shadows #1
  22. King of Foxes (2003) [Amazon] Conclave of Shadows #2
  23. Exile’s Return (2004) [Amazon] Conclave of Shadows #3
  24. light of the Nighthawks (2005) [Amazon] The Darkwar Saga #1
  25. Into a Dark Realm (2006) [Amazon] The Darkwar Saga #2
  26. Wrath of a Mad God (2008) [Amazon] The Darkwar Saga #3
  27. Rides a Dread Legion (2009) [Amazon] The Demonwar Saga #1
  28. At the Gates of Darkness (2010) [Amazon] The Demonwar Saga #2
  29. A Kingdom Besieged (2011) [Amazon] The Chaoswar Saga #1
  30. A Crown Imperiled (2012) [Amazon] The Chaoswar Saga #2
  31. Magician’s End (2013) [Amazon] The Chaoswar Saga #3

Your Thoughts?

Have you read all the Raymond E. Feist books?

What order did you read them?

Have you only recently got addicted to the Raymond’s books?

What’s your plan for the reading order?

Let us know in the comments section below.

John Grisham Books: What Reading Order Is Best?

John Grisham’s writing is very stable.

If you read his first book The Firm (1991) and then Rogue Lawyer (2015), the only thing you’ll notice is the technology that the characters used has changed (from phones and faxes to mobiles/email/internet).

You will barely notice a shift in writing style.

He’s been a gripping writer all the way through.

You may be aware that he writes in 2 styles: Legal stories and non-legal stories.

I like his legal stories more. Even though A Painted House (2001) is fantastic, some of his others were not quite as interesting (sorry John if you are reading this!).

Therefore, if you are a new addict of John Grisham’s novels I propose this order:

  1. His legal stories first (in publishing order)
  2. Then his Jake Brigance and Theodore Boone series
  3. And then, just for fun, have a go at his non-legal stories after that

John Grisham Stand-Alone Novels (In the legal Genre)

These novels can be read in any order really, but I prefer the analytical option of completing them in order of publishing date.

  1. The Firm (1991) [Amazon]
  2. The Pelican Brief (1992) [Amazon]
  3. The Client (1993) [Amazon]
  4. The Chamber (1994) [Amazon]
  5. The Rainmaker (1995) [Amazon]
  6. The Runaway Jury (1996) [Amazon]
  7. The Partner (1997) [Amazon]
  8. The Street Lawyer (1998) [Amazon]
  9. The Testament (1999) [Amazon]
  10. The Brethren (2000) [Amazon]
  11. The Summons (2002) [Amazon]
  12. The King of Torts (2003) [Amazon]
  13. The Last Juror (2004) [Amazon]
  14. The Broker (2005) [Amazon]
  15. The Innocent Man (2006) [Amazon]
  16. The Appeal (2008) [Amazon]
  17. The Associate (2009) [Amazon]
  18. Ford County (2009) [Amazon]
  19. The Confession (2010) [Amazon]
  20. The Litigators (2011) [Amazon]
  21. The Racketeer (2012) [Amazon]
  22. Gray Mountain (2014) [Amazon]
  23. Rogue Lawyer (2015) [Amazon]
  24. The Whistler (2016) [Amazon]

John Grisham Series

It’s nice to read these books in their intended order, I recommend starting with the Jake Brigance series and then moving onto the Theodore Boone series.

  1. Jake Brigance
    • A Time To Kill (1989) [Amazon]
    • Sycamore Row (2013) [Amazon]
  2. Theodore Boone
    • Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer (2010) [Amazon]
    • Theodore Boone: The Abduction (2011) [Amazon]
    • Theodore Boone: The Accused (2012) [Amazon]
    • Theodore Boone: The Activist (2013) [Amazon]
    • Theodore Boone: The Fugitive (2015) [Amazon]

John Grisham Novels (Outside Of The Legal Genre)

  1. A Painted House (2001) [Amazon]
  2. Skipping Christmas (2001) [Amazon]
  3. Bleachers (2003) [Amazon]
  4. Playing for Pizza (2007) [Amazon]
  5. Calico Joe (2012) [Amazon]
  6. The Tumor: A Non-Legal Thriller (2016) [Amazon] – Free ebook!
  7. Camino Island (2017) [Amazon]

Your Thoughts?

Are you a huge fan? Have you just begun reading the books? Which order is best?

Have your say in the comments below.

 

Lee Child Books: What Reading Order Is Best?

Looking for a list of Jack Reacher books in order?

Good news. You’re in the right place.

You have 3 choices when choosing the reading order for Lee Child’s series of Jack Reacher books:

  1. By Publishing Date
  2. In Chronological Order
  3. No Order At All: Complete Chaos

Want To Read Lee Child’s Books In Order Of Publishing Date?

I recommend reading Jack Reacher books in this order myself.

  1. Killing Floor (1997) [Amazon]
  2. Die Trying (1998) [Amazon]
  3. Tripwire (1999) [Amazon]
  4. Running Blind (2000) [Amazon]
    • UK Title “The Visitor”
  5. Echo Burning (2001) [Amazon]
  6. Without Fail (2002) [Amazon]
  7. Persuader (2003) [Amazon]
  8. The Enemy (2004) [Amazon]
    • Prequel set eight years before Killing Floor
  9. One Shot (2005) [Amazon]
  10. The Hard Way (2006) [Amazon]
  11. Bad Luck and Trouble (2007) [Amazon]
  12. Nothing to Lose (2008) [Amazon]
  13. Gone Tomorrow (2009) [Amazon]
  14. 61 Hours (Spring 2010) [Amazon]
  15. Worth Dying For (Fall 2010) [Amazon]
  16. The Affair (2011) [Amazon]
    • This is another prequel set just before Killing Floor
  17. A Wanted Man (2012) [Amazon]
  18. Never Go Back (2013) [Amazon]
  19. Personal (2014) [Amazon]
  20. Make Me (2015) [Amazon]
  21. Night School (2016) [Amazon]
    • Prequel set when Reacher is 35
  22. No Middle Name (2017 [Amazon]
    • Collection of 12 short stories
  23. The Midnight Line (2017) [Amazon]
  24. Past Tense (2018) [Amazon]
    • November 2018

Want To Read Lee Child’s Novels In Chronological Order?

  1. The Enemy (2004) [Amazon]
    • Prequel set eight years before Killing Floor
  2. Night School (2016) [Amazon]
    • Prequel set when Reacher is 35
  3. The Affair (2011) [Amazon]
    • This is another prequel set just before Killing Floor
  4. Killing Floor (1997) [Amazon]
  5. Die Trying (1998) [Amazon]
  6. Tripwire (1999) [Amazon]
  7. Running Blind (2000) [Amazon]
    • UK Title “The Visitor”
  8. Echo Burning (2001) [Amazon]
  9. Without Fail (2002) [Amazon]
  10. Persuader (2003) [Amazon]
  11. One Shot (2005) [Amazon]
  12. The Hard Way (2006) [Amazon]
  13. Bad Luck and Trouble (2007) [Amazon]
  14. Nothing to Lose (2008) [Amazon]
  15. Gone Tomorrow (2009) [Amazon]
  16. 61 Hours (Spring 2010) [Amazon]
  17. Worth Dying For (Fall 2010) [Amazon]
  18. A Wanted Man (2012) [Amazon]
  19. Never Go Back (2013) [Amazon]
  20. Personal (2014) [Amazon]
  21. Make Me (2015) [Amazon]
  22. No Middle Name (2017 [Amazon]
    • Collection of 12 short stories
  23. The Midnight Line (2017) [Amazon]
  24. Past Tense (2018) [Amazon]
    • November 2018

Don’t Care About The Reading Order For Lee Child’s Novels?

That’s ok!

It makes it a bit tricky for keeping track of which ones you’ve read, but Lee Child wrote them in such a way that each stories exists on it’s own.

There are only a handful of references to previous stories and some books have no references at all. So if your reading style is chaos, then go for it. As for me I like publishing order or chronological order.

What about you? Have you read all Lee Child’s books? In what order did you read them?

Have you only recently got addicted to the Lee Child’s novels? What’s your plan for reading order?

Have your say in the comments below.

Ken Follett Books: What Reading Order Is Best?

Ken Follett writes 2 types of books:

  1. Standalone Novels
  2. Short Series / Trilogies

You have 3 options when reading Ken Follet’s books:

  1. Stand-alone novels first and then the series/trilogies later
  2. By publishing date
  3. Complete chaos

Option #1: Stand-alone Novels Seperate From Series/Trilogies

As you can see by the dates below, Ken Follet has been writing for 30 years. The writing style of authors that have been writing for so long gently evolves over time. But for Ken Follett, his books are as sharp now as his very first.

You can read his standalone novels in any order because they don’t share any characters or timelines.

I suggest you start with Eye of the Needle (1978) [Amazon] and then read forward in time from there. You could leave his series/trilogies until later.

Standalone Novels In Order of Publishing Date

  1. Amok: King of Legend (1976) (as Bernard L. Ross) [Amazon]
  2. The Modigliani Scandal (1976) (as Zachary Stone) [Amazon]
  3. The Mystery Hideout (1976) (as Martin Martinsen) [Amazon]
  4. The Power Twins (1976) (as Martin Martinsen) [Amazon]
  5. Paper Money (1977) (as Zachary Stone) [Amazon]
  6. Capricorn One (1978) (as Bernard L. Ross) [Amazon]
    • based on screenplay by Peter Hyams
  7. Eye of the Needle (1978) [Amazon]
    • (a.k.a. Storm Island) (Edgar Award, 1979, Best Novel)
  8. Triple (1979) [Amazon]
  9. The Key to Rebecca (1980) [Amazon]
  10. The Man from St. Petersburg (1982) [Amazon]
  11. On Wings of Eagles (1983) [Amazon]
  12. Lie Down with Lions (1985) [Amazon]
  13. Night Over Water (1991) [Amazon]
  14. A Dangerous Fortune (1993) [Amazon]
  15. A Place Called Freedom (1995) [Amazon]
  16. The Third Twin (1996) [Amazon]
  17. The Hammer of Eden (1998) [Amazon]
  18. Code to Zero (2000) [Amazon]
  19. Jackdaws (2001) [Amazon]
  20. Hornet Flight (2002) [Amazon]
  21. Whiteout (2004) [Amazon]

Ken Follet’s Series / Trilogies

I propose you read the Kingsbridge series first (freakin amazing!), then The Century trilogy after that. I’ve read ALL of Ken Follet’s books except for his Piers Roper series so I can’t comment on those 2 books.

Piers Roper Series

  1. The Shakeout (1975) [Amazon]
  2. The Bear Raid (1976) [Amazon]

Kingsbridge Series

  1. The Pillars of the Earth (1989) [Amazon]
  2. World Without End (2007) [Amazon]
  3. A Column of Fire (2017) [Amazon]

The Century Trilogy

  1. Fall of Giants (2010) [Amazon]
  2. Winter of the World (2012) [Amazon]
  3. Edge of Eternity (2014) [Amazon]

Option #2: Want To Read All Ken Follett’s 28 Novels by Publishing Date?

This is a pretty good way to read his novels.

You’ll notice that he started with one 2-book series, wrote stand-alone books for more than 20 years (one per year on average), and now he’s been in “Trilogy mode” for almost 10 years which started with writing a sequel for Pillars of the Earth and then launching into his epic The Century trilogy.

I also find it interesting how he experimented with different pen-names in the first 2 years of his career.

  1. The Shakeout (1975) [Amazon] [Book #1 of Piers Roper Series]
  2. The Bear Raid (1976) [Amazon]  [Book #2 of Piers Roper Series]
  3. Amok: King of Legend (1976) (as Bernard L. Ross) [Amazon]
  4. The Modigliani Scandal (1976) (as Zachary Stone) [Amazon]
  5. The Mystery Hideout (1976) (as Martin Martinsen) [Amazon]
  6. The Power Twins (1976) (as Martin Martinsen) [Amazon]
  7. Paper Money (1977) (as Zachary Stone) [Amazon]
  8. Under the Streets of Nice: The Bank Heist of the Century (1978) [Amazon]
    • Ken Follet’s only non-fiction book
  9. Capricorn One (1978) (as Bernard L. Ross) [Amazon]
    • based on screenplay by Peter Hyams
  10. Eye of the Needle (1978) [Amazon]
    • (a.k.a. Storm Island) (Edgar Award, 1979, Best Novel)
  11. Triple (1979) [Amazon]
  12. The Key to Rebecca (1980) [Amazon]
  13. The Man from St. Petersburg (1982) [Amazon]
  14. On Wings of Eagles (1983) [Amazon]
  15. Lie Down with Lions (1985) [Amazon]
  16. The Pillars of the Earth (1989) [Amazon]  [Book #1 of Kingsbridge Series]
  17. Night Over Water (1991) [Amazon]
  18. A Dangerous Fortune (1993) [Amazon]
  19. A Place Called Freedom (1995) [Amazon]
  20. The Third Twin (1996) [Amazon]
  21. The Hammer of Eden (1998) [Amazon]
  22. Code to Zero (2000) [Amazon]
  23. Jackdaws (2001) [Amazon]
  24. Hornet Flight (2002) [Amazon]
  25. Whiteout (2004) [Amazon]
  26. World Without End (2007) [Amazon]  [Book #2 of Kingsbridge Series]
  27. Fall of Giants (2010) [Amazon] [Book #1 of The Century Trilogy]
  28. Winter of the World (2012) [Amazon] [Book #2 of The Century Trilogy]
  29. Edge of Eternity (2014) [Amazon] [Book #3 of The Century Trilogy]
  30. A Column of Fire (2017) [Amazon] [Book #3 of Kingsbridge Series]

Option #3: Complete Chaos

Is there any harm in just jumping in at random?

Not really. You’d want to read the series in order of course, but otherwise, there is no harm reading the others at random.

In fact, if you are a Ken Follett newbie I suggest you start with my 2 favourites: Eye of the Needle [Amazon] and then read Pillars of the Earth [Amazon] next (which is followed by a sequel written 18 years later).

Then you’ll be hooked 🙂

From there, read the book summaries of the others to see which one appeals to you next.

Your Thoughts?

Are you a huge Ken Follet fan like me? Have you just begun reading his books? Which order is best?

Have your say in the comments below.

 

Jodi Picoult Books: What Reading Order Is Best?

You have  3 choices when choosing the reading order for Jodi Picoult books:

  1. By Publishing Date
  2. The Most Recent Half
  3. No Order At All: Complete Chaos

Want To Read Jodi Picoult Books In Order Of Publishing Date?

I recommend this order myself.

  1. Songs of the Humpback Whale (1992) [Amazon]
  2. Harvesting the Heart (1993) [Amazon]
  3. Picture Perfect (1995) [Amazon]
  4. Mercy (1996) [Amazon]
  5. The Pact (1998) [Amazon]
  6. Keeping Faith (1999) [Amazon]
  7. Plain Truth (2000) [Amazon]
  8. Salem Falls (2001) [Amazon]
  9. Perfect Match (2002) [Amazon]
  10. Second Glance (2003) [Amazon]
  11. My Sister’s Keeper (2004) [Amazon]
  12. Vanishing Acts (2005) [Amazon]
  13. The Tenth Circle (2006) [Amazon]
  14. Nineteen Minutes (2007) [Amazon]
  15. Wonder Woman: Love and Murder (2007) graphic novel [Amazon]
  16. Change of Heart (2008) [Amazon]
  17. Handle with Care (2009) [Amazon]
  18. House Rules (2010) [Amazon]
  19. Sing You Home (2011) [Amazon]
  20. Lone Wolf (2012) [Amazon]
  21. The Storyteller (2013) [Amazon]
  22. Leaving Time (2014) [Amazon]

Are You A Very Recent Addict to Jodi Picoult Books And Want To Know What To Read Next?

I suggest you jump right right into My Sisters Keeper (2004) [Amazon] and read forward from there (I mean, progress to her newest novels and leave her older ones behind).

The reason is, that’s about the time Jodi Picoult starting getting a serious following, and, as with all authors, she really found her writing style groove after her first 10 novels.

If you get through that dozen, perhaps you could go right back to where it began with Songs of the Humpback Whale (1992) [Amazon], and read forward from there again.

Chaos: Don’t Care About The Reading Order For Jodi Picoult Novels?

That’s ok!

It makes it a bit tricky for keeping track of which ones you’ve read, but Jodi Picoult wrote them in such a way that each story exists on it’s own.

There are only a handful of references to previous characters and some books have no references at all. So if your reading style is chaos, then go for it.

As for me, I like publishing order starting from the middle of the list and reading forward.

What about you? Have you read all the Jodi Picoult books? In what order did you read them?

Have you only recently got addicted to the Jodi Picoult novels? What’s your plan for reading order?