R.A. Salvatore is my favorite author of all time, and Drizzt Do’Urden is my favorite book character ever. In fact, Salvatore’s The Thousand Orcs was the first fantasy book that I ever read. I love to tell people about my favorite series, but with 40+ novels, it’s understandably hard to tell where to start. So with that in mind, I’ve put all the Drizzt books in order just for you.
R.A. Salvatore and The Legend of Drizzt have sold more than 35 million books worldwide. An amazing accomplishment for a single series.
The Legend of Drizzt Reading Order
Most of the books are pretty obvious in their order. If you do any bit of research, you’ll see that the newest version of the books are actually labeled Legend of Drizzt Book 1 all the way to book 38, Glacier’s Edge, which was published on August 9, 2022.
But that doesn’t take into account that some readers prefer to read by order of publication rather than in Chronological order, so we’ll talk about both.
If you want to skip the discussion, you can go straight for all 30+ Drizzt books in order at the end of this post.
The Dark Elf Trilogy
The first order of business is discussing when to read The Dark Elf Trilogy?
In chronological order, these books come first. Homeland, Exile, and Sojourn tell the story of Drizzt Do’Urden’s upbringing. The series starts with Drizzt Do’Urden as a newborn babe all the way until he becomes the expert swordsman that he is in the rest of the 30+ books.
So it makes sense to start with these right? Yes, if you want to read in chronological order.
But The Crystal Shard, Book 4 in the Legend of Drizzt series, was actually the first book written. And the subsequent books in the series, Streams of Silver and the Halfling’s Gem, were all written before Homeland, Book 1 in the Legend of Drizzt Series.
So if you’d prefer, instead, to read the books in order of publication, start with The Crystal Shard, read the whole trilogy, and then go back to The Dark Elf Trilogy before continuing on with the rest of the series.
The Cleric Quintet
Oddly enough (or maybe not?), The Cleric Quintet was not included in the Legend of Drizzt series order when Wizards of the Coast (or Penguin, or whoever owns these books now) re-covered all of Salvatore’s books and relisted the series.
Strictly speaking, The Cleric Quintet aren’t Drizzt books, and that’s probably why. However, Cadderly makes a cameo in the Drizzt series, so, to me, these books are essential reading for the Drizzt series.
But when to read them?
Publication order dictates that you read them immediately after finishing both The Dark Elf Trilogy and the Icewind Dale Trilogy but before you start The Legacy (Book 7 in its self-titled series The Legacy of the Drow Quartet).
That will help you understand Drizzt Do’Urden & Cadderly better when the characters crossover.
However, you could reasonably hold this series off until Passage to Dawn (Book 10) which is when Cadderly makes his appearance into Drizzt Do’Urden’s timeline.
But I strongly recommend you read it at least before The Thousand Orcs (Book 17) as a few of the supporting characters in the Cleric Quintet make their appearance into the Drizzt timeline.
Want my advice?
Read them in publication order, even if it causes you to break from the world of Drizzt Do’Urden for a little while.
The Stone of Tymora
I recently (2022) added the Stone of Tymora series to the article at a request from readers. The Stone of Tymora, like the Cleric Quintet, is not strictly a series in the Legend of Drizzt, but it does feature a cameo by him, at least in the first book.
It’s been eons since I read this series, so it’s impossible to recall the extent with which Drizzt is involved.
The Stone of Tymora features a deckhand from the Sea Sprite, Maimun, whom Drizzt meets in The Halfling’s Gem as the companions chase Artemis Entreri in order to free Regis.
The actual timeline of the series is a bit mixed, but the majority of the events “described” take place during this time frame.
What about The Sundering books? Where do they fit into the Legend of Drizzt timeline?
But you might notice that the order below only lists a single book for The Sundering series. That’s because R.A. Salvatore only wrote the first book.
The remaining 5 books in the series were written by the other authors of the Forgotten Realms.
It is my understanding that it is not necessary to read all 6 books. Instead, each book highlights the events of The Sundering from a different character’s point of view.
Meaning if you’re only interested in Drizzt Do’Urden, the only book in the series you need to read is The Companions.
If, however, you want the full lore of the world, then by all means read them all.
Drizzt Books in Chronological Order
The following is a list of the Legend of Drizzt books in chronological order. I’ve interjected the Cleric Quintet where I feel it goes, but according to the publisher, this is not required reading.
Sundering Book 1
35. The Companions
What is the Dao of Drizzt?
You might have noticed a new book just popped up on my list.
It’s called The Dao of Drizzt. What is this?
You know those italics segments in every book, at the beginning of every section?
Those are the thoughts of Drizzt. A journal entry if you will.
The Dao of Drizzt collects all of those entries and combines them into one volume for the first time ever.
The Dao of Drizzt is set to release on September 20, 2022.
Drizzt Books in Order of Publication
Instead, if you’re a purist like me, you may want to read the Legend of Drizzt books in order by their publication date.
We’ll still include the Cleric Quintet because I think you should read them.
- The Crystal Shard (1988)
- Streams of Silver (1989)
- The Halfling’s Gem (1990)
- Homeland (1990)
- Exile (1990)
- Sojourn (1991)
- Canticle (1991)
- In Sylvan Shadows (1992)
- Night Masks (1992)
- The Legacy (1992)
- Starless Night (1993)
- The Fallen Fortress (1993)
- Siege of Darkness (1994)
- The Chaos Curse (1994)
- Passage to Dawn (1996)
- The Silent Blade (1998)
- The Spine of the World (1999)
- The Servant of the Shard (2000)
- Sea of Swords (2001)
- The Thousand Orcs (2002)
- The Lone Drow (2003)
- The Two Swords (2004)
- Promise of the Witch King (2005)
- Road of the Patriarch (2006)
- The Orc King (2007)
- The Pirate King (2008)
- The Stowaway (2008) w/ Geno Salvatore
- The Ghost King (2009)
- The Shadowmask (2009) w/ Geno Salvatore
- Gauntlgrym (2010)
- The Sentinels (2010) w/ Geno Salvatore
- Neverwinter (2011)
- Charon’s Claw (2012)
- The Last Threshhold (2013)
- The Companions (2013)
- Night of the Hunter (2014)
- Rise of the King (2014)
- Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf (2015)
- Archmage (2015)
- Maestro (2016)
- Hero (2016)
- Timeless (2018)
- Boundless (2019)
- Relentless (2020)
- Starlight Enclave (2021)
- Glacier’s Edge (2022)
If you love the Drizzt books by R.A. Salvatore, you might also like my book, Soul Render, as Salvatore was a huge influence on me.
If you prefer a visual representation of the Legend of Drizzt, you can find that below.
Looking for more books in order? Check out Throne of Glass In Order.