The Wheel of Time Series Books in Order
As I have mentioned before Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time is an amazing work of writing. For those of you new to the series or needing a few books. Here is the Wheel of Time Series Books in Order with links that you may buy each book. With a brief intro to what each book is about. Each and every book on this list is an amazing read. Well worth the time and cost of the book.
I have read my copies eight times so far. I am by far not done with them. I have seen people with copies so well read they are falling apart. So sit back and enjoy. Be assured of the knowledge these books are entertaining for a lifetime. Moments in these stories with stay with you forever. I will create a cheat sheet of the characters in a later post this week. For handy reference as you navigate the complex waters in the world of Wheel of Time.
Wheel of Time Books
Quick Reference List
- New Spring
- Eye of The World
- The Great Hunt
- The Dragon Reborn
- The Shadow Rising
- The Fires of Heaven
- Lord of Chaos
- A Crown of Swords
- The Path of Daggers
- Winter’s Heart
- Crossroads of Twilight
- Knife of Dreams
- The Gathering Storm
- Towers of Midnight
- A Memory of Light
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New Spring describes events which take place twenty years before the events of The Eye of the World (Book 1). The story begins in the last days of the Aiel War, and the Battle of the Shining Walls around Tar Valon. It is set primarily in Tar Valon and the Borderlands, specifically Kandor. New Spring focuses mainly on Moiraine Damodred and Siuan Sanche, two Aes Sedai new to the sisterhood, and how a young Moiraine became Aes Sedai, met Lan Mandragoran and made him her Warder. The novel also explains how Moiraine and Siuan witnessed a prophecy of the Dragon’s rebirth and came to begin investigating the Karaethon Cycle, the Prophecies of the Dragon, decades before discovering Rand al’Thor. Click here to purchase your copy.
The Eye of the World is the first book of The Wheel of Time series. It consists of one prologue and 53 chapters, with an additional prologue authored upon re-release.
On January 2, 2002, The Eye of the World was re-released as two separate books aimed at a young adult literature market, with larger text and a handful of illustrations. These were From the Two Rivers and To the Blight. The former included an additional prologue entitled “Ravens”, focusing on Egwene al’Vere.
Told in a typical Robert Jordan fashion it follows multiple main characters with branching plots. Often creating more questions than answers. We are first introduced to several of the main characters including Rand al’Thor, Mat Cauthon, Perrin Aybara, Egwene al’Vere, Nynaeve al’Meara, Moiraine Damodred and Lan Mandragoran. Unless you have already read New Spring. In which case you are already familiar with Moiraine and Lan.
He utilizes this first book to familiarize us with the area around the Two Rivers and Andor. As well as a few other areas. Telling the tale in such a way that you feel as if you have lived in these woods your whole life. This small town feel permeates the beginning of the story allowing you to feel the wonder and awe of the larger cities as you move your way out of the secluded valley the characters are used to and into the wider world. Click here to purchase your copy.
The Great Hunt is the second book of The Wheel of Time series. It consists of a prologue and 50 chapters. In 2004 The Great Hunt was re-released as two separate books, The Hunt Begins and New Threads in the Pattern.
The story features young heroes Rand al’Thor, Mat Cauthon, and Perrin Aybara, who join Shienaren soldiers in a quest to retrieve the Horn of Valere. At the same time, Egwene al’Vere, Nynaeve al’Meara, and Elayne Trakand go to the White Tower in Tar Valon to learn Aes Sedai ways. Finally, an exotic army invades the western coast. Click here to purchase your copy.
The Dragon Reborn is the third in his series The Wheel of Time. It consists of a prologue and 56 chapters. Among The Wheel of Time books, The Dragon Reborn was unique at the time in that it only had a handful of chapters told from Rand al’Thor’s point of view. Instead, nearly all chapters are told from the perspectives of his friends and allies as they race to catch up to him and help him. This is unusual: Rand is the protagonist of the series and, as the Dragon Reborn, he is the title character of this book. However, although few chapters are told from his point of view, his presence in the plot is ubiquitous; all major characters in the book are either trying to help him or are working against him.
It foreshadows the unique way in which all of the characters are vital to the overall mission. This is not about the one man destroying the bad guy. It takes the deeds of many to accomplish the task. Without the cooperation of his friends Rand may never succeed. Click here to purchase your copy.
The Shadow Rising is the fourth book in his series The Wheel of Time. At 393,823 words, The Shadow Rising is the longest book of The Wheel of Time although it has fewer pages than Lord of Chaos. It consists of 58 chapters. It is the first book in the main sequence of The Wheel of Time not to contain a prologue.
At the beginning of the book, Rand al’Thor has just claimed the crystal sword Callandor to prove himself the Dragon Reborn. He is approached by Lanfear; and the fortress ‘Stone of Tear’ is stormed by Trollocs and Fades, sent by another Forsaken (Sammael), while a third, Semirhage, sends her followers into the Stone, to oppose Sammael’s forces. In defense, Rand uses Callandor to create a lightning storm killing all the Trollocs and Fades. Click here to purchase your copy.
The Fires of Heaven is the fifth book in his series The Wheel of Time. It is the first novel in the series to not involve an appearance by each of the three ta’veren from the Two Rivers, due to Perrin’s absence. It consists of a prologue and 56 chapters.
Chasing the Shaido Aiel, who are pillaging Cairhien, Rand al’Thor, titled Dragon Reborn and Car’a’carn, leads his Aiel to the Second Battle of Cairhien. Mat Cauthon saves some troops from a Shaido ambush; wins numerous battles, relying on the memories of past generals, transferred telepathically to himself; and personally kills the Shaido leader, Couladin, whereupon the Shaido Aiel retreat.
Believing that Queen Morgase Trakand of Andor died at the hands of the Forsaken, Rahvin, masquerading as Lord Gaebril, Rand prepares to invade Caemlyn with a small Aiel strike force. Before he can do so, Lanfear attempts to kill him; but Moiraine Damodred grabs Lanfear and both topple through a ter’angreal, which is then destroyed, and both presumed dead. Thereafter Rand attacks Caemlyn. Click here to purchase your copy.
Lord of Chaos is the sixth book of his series The Wheel of Time. It consists of a prologue, 55 chapters, and an epilogue. It is the first book of the Wheel of Time to have an epilogue.
The deposed Queen of Andor, Morgase Trakand, goes to Amadicia for aid in returning to the throne; but is taken captive by the Lord Captain Commander of the Children of the Light, Pedron Niall.
In response to amnesty on male channelers by Rand al’Thor, Mazrim Taim swears allegiance to him, and is assigned to train Asha’man at the Black Tower. Rand is diplomatically courted by both the rebel Aes Sedai in Salidar, who send an envoy to Caemlyn, and the Aes Sedai of the White Tower, who send an envoy to Cairhien. In Emond’s Field, Perrin Aybara goes to Caemlyn to join Rand.
Thinking the Salidar Aes Sedai few and cowed, Rand sends Mat Cauthon to retrieve Elayne Trakand and win the allegiance of the rebel Aes Sedai. Click here to purchase your copy.
A Crown of Swords is the seventh book of The Wheel of Time. It consists of a prologue and 41 chapters.
A Crown of Swords has three primary plotlines:
Rand al’Thor, the Dragon Reborn, prepares to attack the Forsaken Sammael in Illian while enjoying life with his friend, Min Farshaw, and attempting to quell the rebellion by nobles in Cairhien, during which Padan Fain severely injures him. After recovering, Rand, accompanied by Asha’man, defeats Sammael in Shadar Logoth, where Sammael is destroyed by Mashadar. Rand then takes the crown of Illian: formerly the Laurel Crown, but now called the ‘Crown of Swords’.
Egwene al’Vere and Siuan Sanche attempt to manipulate the Aes Sedai in Salidar against Elaida’s Aes Sedai in the White Tower. Investigating Myrelle Berengari, Egwene exploits the transfer of Lan Mandragoran’s Warder bond from Moiraine to Myrelle, to force Myrelle and Nisao to swear fealty to her.
In the city of Ebou Dar in Altara, Elayne Trakand, Nynaeve al’Meara, Aviendha, and Mat Cauthon search for a ter’angreal, the Bowl of the Winds, to break the unnatural heat brought by the Dark One’s manipulation of climate. They find it and enlist the help of the Kin and the Atha’an Miere. They also confront a Gholam. Mat is left behind and caught in the fighting as the Seanchan invade Ebou Dar. Click here to purchase your copy.
The Path of Daggers is the eighth book of his series The Wheel of Time. Upon its release, it immediately rose to the #1 position on the New York Times hardcover fiction bestseller list, making it the first Wheel of Time book to reach the #1 position on that list. It remained on the list for the next two months. This book is the shortest book in the main Wheel of Time series, consisting of a prologue and 31 chapters.
The title of the book is a reference to a Seanchan saying: “On the heights, all paths are paved with daggers.”
Elayne Trakand, Nynaeve al’Meara, Aviendha, and their coalition of channelers use the ter’angreal called the ‘Bowl of the Winds’ to reverse the unnatural heat brought by the Dark One’s manipulation of the climate.
Perrin Aybara moves into Ghealdan to stop Masema Dagar, the self-proclaimed Prophet of the Dragon; but unknowingly rescues the deposed Queen Morgase of Andor from the Prophet’s men. He then secures the oath of fealty from Alliandre, Queen of Ghealdan.
Rand al’Thor, with Asha’man and Illianers, attempts to repel the Seanchan invasion in Altara. Mat Cauthon is absent from the book, due to injuries sustained at the end of the previous book, A Crown of Swords. Click here to purchase your copy.
Winter’s Heart is the ninth book of his series Wheel of Time. Upon its release, it immediately rose to the #1 position on the New York Times hardcover fiction bestseller list, making it the second Wheel of Time book to reach the #1 position on that list. It remained on the list for the next two months. Winter’s Heart consists of a prologue and 35 chapters.
The book’s title is a reference to the increasing coldness of Rand al’Thor’s personality and to the return of winter following the reversal in the previous book, The Path of Daggers, of the unnatural heat caused by the Dark One’s manipulation of climate.
Winter’s Heart was the first Wheel of Time book for which the prologue, entitled “Snow”, was first sold as an ebook in advance of the physical release of the book. “Snow” was released by the Scribner imprint of Simon & Schuster in September 2000, two months before the publication of Winter’s Heart.
Many of the events of Winter’s Heart take place simultaneously with the events of the next book, Crossroads of Twilight. Perrin Aybara and his followers pursue the Shaido Aiel who kidnapped his wife, Faile Bashere, while Elayne Trakand attempts to suppress rebellious nobles.
Mat Cauthon is trapped in the city of Ebou Dar in Altara, under Seanchan occupation. His escape is disrupted by a Seanchan noblewoman named Tuon, the heir to the Seanchan Crystal Throne.
Rand al’Thor is appointed a Warder by Elayne Trakand, Aviendha, and Min Farshaw; and later kills most of the Asha’man traitors in Far Madding. Lan also kills Toram Riatin in a duel. Click here to purchase your copy.
Crossroads of Twilight is the tenth book of his The Wheel of Time series . Upon its release, it immediately rose to the #1 position on the New York Times best seller list for hardcover fiction, making it the third Wheel of Time book to reach the #1 position on that list. It remained on the list for the next three months. It consists of a prologue, 30 chapters, and an epilogue. Many of the events of Crossroads of Twilight take place simultaneously with the events of the previous book, Winter’s Heart.
Perrin Aybara continues trying to rescue his wife Faile Bashere, kidnapped by the Shaido Aiel, even torturing prisoners for information. In addition, Perrin is approached with the suggestion of alliance with the Seanchan to defeat the Shaido.
Mat Cauthon continues trying to escape Seanchan territory while courting Tuon, the heir to the Seanchan leadership. In the process, Mat discovers that Tuon is a sul’dam and can be taught to channel the One Power.
Elayne Trakand continues trying to solidify her hold on the Lion Throne of Andor. It is revealed that she is expecting twins; but the identity of the father is kept secret from others.
Rand al’Thor sends Davram Bashere, Logain Ablar, and Loial to negotiate a truce with the Seanchan. Click here to purchase your copy.
Knife of Dreams is the eleventh book in his series The Wheel of Time. Upon its release, it immediately rose to the #1 position on the New York Times hardcover fiction bestseller list, making it the fourth consecutive Wheel of Time book to reach the #1 position on that list. It is 784 pages long, including a glossary. It has a prologue, 37 chapters, and an epilogue.
This volume of The Wheel of Time depicts several distinct plots. Unusual Trolloc attacks, the dead walking, ripples in the fabric of the world and other events seem to indicate that the Last Battle is drawing near; several characters using different evidence confidently state that Tarmon Gai’don is close at hand. Click here to purchase your copy.
The Gathering Storm is the twelfth book in the series The Wheel of Time. It was incomplete when Jordan died on September 16, 2007, from cardiac amyloidosis. His widow Harriet McDougal and his publisher Tom Doherty chose Sanderson to continue the book.
Jordan originally intended to finish the series in a single volume titled A Memory of Light. However, when Sanderson began writing the book, it became clear that a single volume would be too large to print. The expected final book was split into three volumes: The Gathering Storm, Towers of Midnight, and A Memory of Light. The books would be published a year apart with the first volume, The Gathering Storm, published on October 27, 2009; a week earlier than originally announced. Upon its release, it immediately rose to the No. 1 position on The New York Times hardcover fiction Best Seller list, making it the fifth consecutive Wheel of Time book to achieve this feat.
The three books will together encompass what can be considered Jordan’s final vision of the series. In the foreword, Sanderson states that they can be thought of as “the three volumes of A Memory of Light or as the final three books of The Wheel of Time. Both are correct.” He also comments on the differing writing style, suggesting that it could be compared to different film directors directing the same script. It consists of a prologue, 50 chapters, and an epilogue.
The series’ storyline has been leading up to the “Last Battle” (Tarmon Gai’don)—a fight between the forces of Light and Shadow. According to prophecy in the series the primary protagonist Rand al’Thor, as the Dragon Reborn, will “fight the battle”, and must be present for the forces of Light to have a chance at winning and stopping the being known as the Dark One, the primary antagonist, from escaping his prison.
The Gathering Storm follows many plot threads but focuses on two characters, Rand al’Thor and Egwene al’ Vere. Click here to purchase your copy.
Towers of Midnight is the 13th book in The Wheel of Time series. The novel is the second part of A Memory of Light, Robert Jordan’s projected final book. Because of the amount of material to cover, it was agreed by Jordan’s wife, Tor Books and Brandon Sanderson to break the final book into three separate books. All three books are written by Sanderson with the aid of extensive notes left by the late Jordan.
It is composed of 328,000 words. The book debuted at #1 on The New York Times Best Seller list. The novel consists of a prologue, 57 chapters, and an epilogue.
The Last Battle has started. The seals on the Dark One’s prison are crumbling. The Pattern itself is unraveling, and the armies of the Shadow have begun to boil out of the Blight.
The sun has begun to set upon the Third Age.
Perrin Aybara is now hunted by specters from his past: Whitecloaks, a slayer of wolves, and the responsibilities of leadership. All the while, an unseen foe is slowly pulling a noose tight around his neck. To prevail, he must seek answers in the wolf dream and find a way, at long last, to master the wolf within him or lose himself to it forever.
Meanwhile, Matrim Cauthon prepares for the most difficult challenge of his life. The creatures beyond the stone gateways, the Aelfinn and the Eelfinn, have confused him, taunted him, and left him hanged, his memory stuffed with bits and pieces of other men’s lives. He had hoped that his last confrontation with them would be the end of it, but the Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills. The time is coming when he will again have to dance with the Snakes and the Foxes, playing a game that cannot be won. The Tower of Ghenjei awaits, and its secrets will reveal the fate of a friend long lost. Click here to purchase your copy.
A Memory of Light is the 14th and final book of the series The Wheel of Time, written by American authors Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson, and published by Tor books. Originally expected to have been published around March 2012, the book was delayed several times.
In the prologue, the armies of the Westlands assemble in preparation for Tarmon Gai’don, as do the forces of the Shadow. The Forsaken Demandred stages a raid on the city of Caemlyn, sending Trollocs to capture the cannons, developed jointly by Matrim Cauthon, Queen Elayne Trakand, and the Illuminator Aludra. Talmanes Delovinde and the Band of the Red Hand launch their own counter-attack and successfully exfiltrate the cannons out of the city, but Caemlyn is lost. The Light is bolstered by people coming from all over the world to fight, sensing the end of all things, while the Shadow welcomes a new Forsaken: Mazrim Taim, now called “M’Hael”. Click here to purchase your copy.
As you can see from the summaries of these books there is a great adventure waiting for you. All you have to do is click on a link and buy your first book. The rest will come in an avalanche of great story telling. You will be hooked from the first chapter. These books will introduce you to a new way of telling a grand tale. One that pulls the reader in from the beginning and never lets go. Even when the stories are done the tale lingers in the mind. Like an adventure you went on yourself. New to the series and have questions? Old fan returning for a bit more of the story? Please drop a comment let us know what’s on your mind.