All 30+ Legend of Drizzt Books in Order | 2 Ways to Read R.A. Salvatore

Drizzt books in order

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 30+ novels, it’s understandly hard to tell where to start. So with that in mind, I’ve put all the Drizzt books in order just for you.

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 is due for publication 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, Drizzt books in order

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 Claric Quintet, Drizzt books in order

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 Companions RA Salvatore

The Sundering

What about The Sundering books? Where do they fit into the Legend of Drizzt timeline?

The Companions takes place immediately after The Last Threshold so there’s little doubt to its location in the string of events.

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.

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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.

The Dark Elf Trilogy
1. Homeland
2. Exile
3. Sojourn

The Icewind Dale Trilogy
4. The Crystal Shard
5. Streams of Silver
6. The Halfling’s Gem

The Cleric Quintet
7. Canticle
8. In Sylvan Shadows
9. Night Masks
10. The Fallen Fortress
11. The Chaos Curse

The Legacy of the Drow Quartet
12. The Legacy
13. Starless Night
14. Siege of Darkness
15. Passage to Dawn

Paths of Darkness Trilogy
16. The Silent Blade
17. The Spine of the World
18. Sea of Swords

The Sellswords Trilogy
19. The Servant of the Shard
20. Promise of the Witch King
21. Road of the Patriarch

The Hunter’s Blades Trilogy
22. The Thousand Orcs
23. The Lone Drow
24. The Two Swords

Transitions Trilogy
25. The Orc King
26. The Pirate King
27. The Ghost King

Neverwinter Saga Quartet
28. Gauntlgrym
29. Neverwinter
30. Charon’s Claw
31. The Last Threshhold

Sundering Book 1
32. The Companions

Companions Codex Trilogy
33. Night of the Hunter
34. Rise of the King
35. Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf

Homecoming Trilogy
36. Archmage
37. Maestro
38. Hero

Generations Trilogy
39. Timeless
40. Boundless
41. Relentless

The Way of the Drow
42. Starlight Enclave
43. Glacier’s Edge (Expected: August 9, 2022)

Supplemental Book: The Dao of Drizzt (Expected: September 20, 2022)

The Dao of Drizzt R.A. Salvatore

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.

  1. The Crystal Shard (1988)
  2. Streams of Silver (1989)
  3. The Halfling’s Gem (1990)
  4. Homeland (1990)
  5. Exile (1990)
  6. Sojourn (1991)
  7. Canticle (1991)
  8. In Sylvan Shadows (1992)
  9. Night Masks (1992)
  10. The Legacy (1992)
  11. Starless Night (1993)
  12. The Fallen Fortress (1993)
  13. Siege of Darkness (1994)
  14. The Chaos Curse (1994)
  15. Passage to Dawn (1996)
  16. The Silent Blade (1998)
  17. The Spine of the World (1999)
  18. The Servant of the Shard (2000)
  19. Sea of Swords (2001)
  20. The Thousand Orcs (2002)
  21. The Lone Drow (2003)
  22. The Two Swords (2004)
  23. Promise of the Witch King (2005)
  24. Road of the Patriarch (2006)
  25. The Orc King (2007)
  26. The Pirate King (2008)
  27. The Ghost King (2009)
  28. Gauntlgrym (2010)
  29. Neverwinter (2011)
  30. Charon’s Claw (2012)
  31. The Last Threshhold (2013)
  32. The Companions (2013)
  33. Night of the Hunter (2014)
  34. Rise of the King (2014)
  35. Vengeance of the Iron Dwarf (2015)
  36. Archmage (2015)
  37. Maestro (2016)
  38. Hero (2016)
  39. Timeless (2018)
  40. Boundless (2019)
  41. Relentless (2020)
  42. Starlight Enclave (2021)
  43. Glacier’s Edge (Expected: August 9, 2022)

Supplemental Book: The Dao of Drizzt (Expected: September 20, 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.

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34 thoughts on “All 30+ Legend of Drizzt Books in Order | 2 Ways to Read R.A. Salvatore

    1. I read somewhere at some point that it falls between The Orc King and The Pirate King, but that it can really be read whenever since it’s a separate story.

      I, personally, haven’t read it.

      I’m told it only has passing references to Drizzt, so doesn’t affect the Drizzt timeline at all in terms of information.

      1. That’s absolutely correct. & I would recommend the series. It’s quite engaging. I find it not an easy feat, as it is an EVIL party. Seriously, they’re the worst.

  1. After reading the cleric quartet(which I loved) at your suggestion, I was disappointed to find no mention of Drizzt at all. Did I miss something?

    1. It has been a really really long time since I’ve read this. Like around 20 years. So it’s possible (and now very probable after your comments) that I misremembered Drizzt’s brief mention/appearance. I’ll edit the article! Glad you enjoyed it.

    2. It’s more the other way around. Cadderly shows up briefly and Dannica too, but Ivan and Pickel Bouldershoulder run around with Thibbledwarf Pwent quite a bit in some of the later books after Mithral Hall gets retaken if I recall correctly.

  2. I’m currently reading Passage to Dawn and I noticed this is actually when Cadderly makes his first appearance in Drizzt’s timeline and not in Servant of the Shard.

  3. Cadderly is first introduced to Drizzt and Catti in Passage to Dawn when the Sea Sprite was teleported to the lake by Harkells Fog of Fate. Cadderly is who summoned Errtu and then Wind Walked D and C to Luskan.

  4. Yeah, The Cleric Quintet doesn’t really fall into the Drizzt stuff, but the characters in it appear later and make a decent impact (particularly concerning the Chrenshinibon). Otherwise, I loved the Cleric Quintet (and it remains to be my favorite series to this date).

  5. A few other books in the series is missing. There is an Anthology book of short stories, which can be read not long after Sea of Swords. Also, R. A. wrote a 3 book series with Geno Salvatore titled The Stone of Tymora. It runs side-by-side with the Halfing’s Gem. It’s not necessary to read, but the main character does make an appearance in the Pirate King book. As for the War of the Spider Queen, I would recommend reading it prior to the book Gauntlegrym. It does explain the shift in power for the dark elves, and it deals with 2 dark elf cities – Menzoberranzan and Chad Nesad. Also, the correct placement of the Cleric Quintet is immediately after Seige of Darkness.

    As a fan and a player of D&D, if you want to read a great fictional fantasy series, then this is it. I have read every single book, including my additions to the list, and I am hooked. Let’s just say that it is hard for me to read much of anything this genre. Except for anything else not Drizzt which is written by Salvatore.

    1. This list only includes the main novels considered as “The Legend of Drizzt”. Not short stories, extra books, or other series. As far as where the Cleric Quintet falls, Canticle was published before the Legacy. While the two series were published interwined with each other, for sake of clarity, and since this is a list of books in MOSTLY publication order, that’s where I’ve placed them. You may choose to read them whenever you like.

      I absolutely agree that Drizzt is awesome, and appreciate the extra info that you’ve provided for those looking to read beyond the Legend of Drizzt storyline. Thank you!

      1. No, there are some familiar characters present, but the War of the Spider Queen is not a Drizzt book nor were any of the 6 books written by Salvatore, though he oversaw the whole project.

        The idea for the series actually came from Salvatore’s editor, Philip Athans, who coincidentally was my editor for my first two books, Soul Siphon and Soul Render.

        Phil is a great guy and we’ve chatted about his various projects and work with Bob Salvatore on occasion.

    2. Agreed! Salvatore is a “best in class” author, for sure. Have you tried reading any Greyhawk or Dragonlance? Those were my go-to back in the day before I discovered Drizzt. A lot of fun!

      1. I have not! Dragonlance has always been on my radar, but I’ve never gotten around to it. And I’ve never heard of Greyhawk. Is it also D&D style?

        1. My goodness! Set aside some time and dive into Dragonlance Chronicles, then Legends. I think you’ll really dig it. Greyhawk was created by Gary Gygax, through and through. Gord the Rogue is the main character and set the stage for AD&D’s World of Greyhawk. I’m an old skool GenX kid and grew up playing all of it. Wonderful stuff, man!!

  6. I love RA Salvatore’s writing style it is so well written. Everyone knows and has commented on how great he writes in detail the fighting style of each character. Has anyone noticed as each series progressed his plots and stories gets more complex and intricate? I am on book 33 night of the hunter, and scared I will run out of his books. Is soul siphon series a book with multiple storylines and plots that intertwines?

    1. Not at this time. I have three books published, but they all follow a single plot thread. There are multiple POVs within each story, but it’s one main overall story. In full transparency, it’s also not complete yet. I do hope to get the next book published in 2022. Things are looking up for me getting back on track with my writing now that things are beginning to settle both in my life and in the world.

      But I do hope you give my books a chance. Phil Athans, R.A. Salvatore’s editor for his earlier books when Salvatore was with Wizards of the Coast, worked with me on Soul Siphon and Soul Render, and provided valuable direction before I began writing Soul Shade.

  7. *****Spoiler alert*****

    I just finished “Homeland” and it ends with Drizzt leaving Menzoberranzan, however “Exile” starts after the 5 companions have met and been split apart due to differing circumstances. I’m confused on how this can be chronological order

    1. Are you sure you’re reading the right book? Because Exile still takes place in the Underdark. Drizzt doesn’t emerge from the Underdark until the end of Exile, then in Sojourn, Drizzt tries to communicate with the surface folk and befriends Mooshie, his first friend on the surface. The heroes from the bulk of the series do not make an appearance until the very end of Sojourn.

      It’s been awhile since I’ve read the books so it’s entirely possible that Drizzt is retelling the story to his companions and so they might appear briefly in reflections. I don’t remember the exact format of storytelling for these books.

      1. I just grabbed my copy of Exile (kindle) and skimmed through the first few chapters. Drizzt is definitely in the Underdark. And Chapter 1 is about Matron Malice and the Do’Urden household in Menzoberranzan.

  8. I just finished reading Streams of Silver and unless I missed it, when do we learn the names of Drizzt’s swords? I know their names are Icingdeath and Twinkle but since the character’s place such emphasis on their weapons names I was wondering why Drizzt hadn’t revealed the names yet.

    1. It’s been a really long time since I’ve read the series. But if I recall, he acquires the swords in the books. He doesn’t start with them. Sure, he has swords, but they aren’t those two initially. So if they don’t have names, he probably hasn’t gotten them yet.

  9. The first time I ever heard of Drizzt Do’Urdan was almost 20 years ago when I saw his swords in The Noble Collection catalog. The picture of Drizzt set beside the swords was the cover of The Lone Drow. I remember thinking he looked so angry and dangerous but the names of the swords, Icingdeath and Twinkle, made me giggle and took the danger out of the character, at least for me. Two weeks ago I needed something to read and the dark elf popped into my head. Why not? Now I’m hooked. I’m googling Drizzt and have found that there are many interpretations of what Icingdeath and Twinkle*snicker* look like. Any idea what the correct interpretation might be? Also, I tried to follow the map in the front of The Crystal Shard and found it to be inaccurate to what was being described in the story which made it very difficult to picture the travels of the characters. Is there an accurate map online to help a reader follow along?

  10. Man I have a lot of stuff to read. I read throught the ORC KING. I love this series and these characters. Looking forward to getting back into this series. Thanks for listing the order so now I know where to pick up the series.

  11. You have a great site, Mr. Branson, and I’ve appreciated how you’ve kept the list up to date. I’ve been reading about Drizzt since The Crystal Shard was published in 1988 (autographed paperback, no less) and haven’t stopped since. I noticed someone had asked about War of the Spider Queen series and where to place it in the midst of it all. *Spoiler alert for readers* Some minor references are made in the later books when Salvatore is focusing on Jarlaxle and mentions outcomes from events in the Underdark (I assumed while reading that he was referring to the Spider Queen series). And since Matron Mother Yvonnel has literally been axed by Bruenor by the time the series begins, I agree and would read the books after The Orc King. 🙂
    I can’t wait for Glacier’s Edge. Starlight Enclave had me in suspense, for sure, and Dao is on preorder!

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