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The Wheel of Time Series in Order of Publication (Hardcovers)

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If you want to know which book comes when you can use this post for a summary of The Wheel of Time series in order of publication. It includes the cover art and preface quotes from each book. I know they’ll be the pride of your bookshelf if you collect them all.

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A Brief Word About The Wheel of Time

Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series is famed and respected because of its relatable characters, hard magic system, worldbuilding, and descriptive prose.

Some critics balk at the last commendation as Robert Jordan loved describing fashion, furniture, and features of the world in exhaustive detail. I am not one of those critics.

The smoothing of skirts and the tugging of braids show us personalities and moods; the flowers that grow and the curves of the land are building the world; and our reading experience is heightened by wherever the wind rises, or the snow falls. By doing all this, the author shows us the status, personality, and emotions of characters without short statements of fact landing it bluntly.

Robert Jordan was a pen name for James Oliver Rigney Jr., who asked himself the question: “What would it be like if someone tapped you on the shoulder and told you that you’re the savior of humankind?”

The Wheel of Time series answers that expansively, exploring themes of good and evil, destiny, and existential balance. I highly recommend the series to all fans of fantasy fiction.

If you’re not sure about getting started, perhaps read my The Eye of the World review. I strongly suggest you start The Wheel of Time series with this book and save the New Spring prequel for a later read.

The Wheel of Time Series in Order of Publication

I’ve peppered this post with quotes from the preface of each book. These are generally book extracts, translations, or sayings and are all born from Robert Jordan’s imagination. I hope you enjoy their inclusion.

Please don’t be confused or put off by the sometimes archaic use of language in these quotes though. The books are not written in this style.

New Spring doesn’t have a foreword as the main series does, so I’ve used Gitara’s Foretelling from chapter 2 of that book instead. From a spoiler perspective, it’s all fairly light apart from this.

If you prefer to read book blurbs over these quotes, then I’ve taken that approach in my similar list for The Wheel of Time paperbacks. Or stick around, as these are the books that make up The Wheel of Time series in order of publication:

Book 1: The Eye of the World (1990)

The Eye of the World hardcover, January 1990 edition from Tor Books. The cover has Moiraine, Lan, and Rand on horseback.

“…Let the arm of the Lord of the Dawn shelter us from the Dark, and the great sword of justice defend us. Let the Dragon ride again on the winds of time.”

(from Charal Drianaan te Calamon, The Cycle of the Dragon. Author unknown, the Fourth Age)

Books on a blue background. Blue and white text reads “The Wheel of Time Book 1: The Eye of the World Book Review.”
Books on a blue background. Blue and white typography reads “The Wheel of Time Book 1: The Eye of the World Hardcover.”

Book 2: The Great Hunt (1990)

The Great Hunt hardcover, November 1990 edition from Tor Books. The cover has Rand holding the Horn of Valere, with Loial and Selene watching him.

“…Yet one shall be born to face the Shadow, born once more as he was born before and shall be born again, time without end. The Dragon shall be Reborn, and there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth at his rebirth.”

(from The Karaethon Cycle: The Prophecies of the Dragon, as translated by Ellaine Marise’idin Alshinn, Chief Librarian at the Court of Arafel, in the Year of Grace 231 of the New Era, the Third Age)

Old books on a brown background. Brown and white typography reads “The Wheel of Time Book 2: The Great Hunt Hardcover.”

Book 3: The Dragon Reborn (1991)

The Dragon Reborn hardcover, September 1991 edition from Tor Books. The cover has Rand, Mat, and Perrin in the Stone of Tear.

“…His coming shall be like the sharp edge of the plow, turning our lives in furrows from out of the places where we lie in our silence. The breaker of bonds; the forger of chains. The maker of futures; the unshaper of destiny.”

(from Commentaries on the Prophecies of the Dragon, by Jurith Dorine, Right Hand to the Queen of Almoren, 742 AB, the Third Age)

Books on a green background. Green and white typography reads “The Wheel of Time Book 3: The Dragon Reborn Hardcover.”

Book 4: The Shadow Rising (1992)

The Shadow Rising hardcover, September 1992 edition from Tor Books. The cover has Rand, Mat, and Egwene in the Aiel Waste.

“…he shall stretch forth his hands to catch the Shadow, and the world shall scream in the pain of salvation. All Glory be to the Creator, and to the Light, and to he who shall be born again. May the Light save us from him.”

(from Commentaries on the Karaethon Cycle, Sereine dar Shamelle Motara, Counsel-Sister to Comaelle, High Queen of Jaramide, circa 325 AB, the Third Age)

Books on a gray background. Gray and white typography reads “The Wheel of Time Book 4: The Shadow Rising Hardcover.”

Book 5: The Fires of Heaven (1993)

The Fires of Heaven hardcover, October 1993 edition from Tor Books. The cover has Rand, Mat, and Aviendha in Rhuidean.

“…Storms rumble beyond the horizon, and the fires of heaven purge the earth. There is no salvation without destruction, no hope this side of death.”

(fragment from The Prophecies of the Dragon, believed translated by N’Delia Basolaine, First Maid and Swordfast to Raidhen of Hol Cuchone, circa 400 AB)

Books on a red background. Red and white typography reads “The Wheel of Time Book 5: The Fires of Heaven Hardcover.”

Book 6: Lord of Chaos (1994)

Lord of Chaos hardcover, October 1994 edition from Tor Books. The cover has Rand al'Thor in a billowy white shirt and a Draghkar overhead.

“The lions sing, and the hills take flight. The moon by day, and the sun by night. Blind woman, deaf man, jackdaw fool. Let the Lord of Chaos rule”

(chant from a children’s game heard in Great Aravalon, the Fourth Age)

Books on a white background. White typography reads “The Wheel of Time Book 6: Lord of Chaos Hardcover.”

Book 7: A Crown of Swords (1996)

A Crown of Swords hardcover, May 1996 edition from Tor Books. The cover has Rand al'Thor in Shadar Logoth.

“…He calls upon the mountains to kneel, and the seas to give way, and the very skies to bow. Pray that the heart of stone remembers tears, and the soul of fires, love.”

(from a much-disputed translation of The Prophecies of the Dragon, by the poet Kyera Termendal, of Shiota, believed to have been published between FY 700 and FY 800)

Books on a yellow background. Yellow and white typography reads “The Wheel of Time Book 7: A Crown of Swords Hardcover.”

Book 8: The Path of Daggers (1998)

The Path of Daggers hardcover, October 1998 edition from Tor Books. The cover has Rand al'Thor on horseback, leading men in battle.

“On the heights, all paths are paved with daggers.”

(old Seanchan saying)

Books on a brown background. Brown and white typography reads “The Wheel of Time Book 8: The Path of Daggers Hardcover.”

Book 9: Winter’s Heart (2000)

Winter's Heart hardcover, November 2000 edition from Tor Books. The cover has Perrin Aybara walking through snow, his party following on horseback.

“The seals that hold back night shall weaken, and in the heart of winter shall winter’s heart be born amid the wailing of lamentations and the gnashing of teeth, for winter’s heart shall ride a black horse, and the name of it is Death.”

(from The Karaethon Cycle: The Prophecies of the Dragon)

A row of books on a white background. White typography reads “The Wheel of Time Book 9: Winter’s Heart Hardcover.”

Book 10: Crossroads of Twilight (2003)

Crossroads of Twilight hardcover, January 2003 edition from Tor Books. The cover has Mat Cauthon and his group on horseback, weapons raised.

“And it shall come to pass, in the days when the Dark Hunt rides, when the right hand falters and the left hand strays, that mankind shall come to the Crossroads of Twilight and all that is, all that was, and all that will be shall balance on the point of a sword, while the winds of the Shadow grow.”

(from The Prophecies of the Dragon, translation believed done by Jain Charin, known as Jain Farstrider, shortly before his disappearance)

A row of books on a green background. Green and white typography reads “The Wheel of Time Book 10: Crossroads of Twilight Hardcover.”

Prequel: New Spring (2004)

New Spring hardcover, January 2004 edition from Tor Books. The cover has Moiraine and Borderlanders on horseback.

“He is born again! I feel him! The Dragon takes his first breath on the slope of Dragonmount! He is coming! He is coming! Light help us! Light help the world! He lies in the snow and cries like the thunder! He burns like the sun!”

(Gitara Moroso. New Spring, Chapter 2 – A Wish Fulfilled)

Books on a yellow background. Yellow and white typography reads “The Wheel of Time Prequel: New Spring Hardcover.”

Book 11: Knife of Dreams (2005)

Knife of Dreams hardcover, October 2005 edition from Tor Books. The cover has Perrin Aybara looking over maps in his tent.

“The sweetness of victory and the bitterness of defeat are alike a knife of dreams.”

(from Fog and Steel by Madoc Comadrin)

Books on a red background. Red and white typography reads “The Wheel of Time Book 11: Knife of Dreams Hardcover.”

Book 12: The Gathering Storm (2009)

The Gathering Storm hardcover, October 2009 edition from Tor Books. The cover has Rand and Aviendha outside a manor house.

“…These have been our days. They rain upon us beneath a dead sky, crushing us with their fury, until as one we beg: ‘Let it begin!’”

(Journal of the Unknown Scholar, entry for The Feast of Freia, 1000 NE)

Books on a stormy gray background. Gray and white typography reads “The Wheel of Time Book 12: The Gathering Storm Hardcover.”

Book 13: Towers of Midnight (2010)

Towers of Midnight hardcover, November 2010 edition from Tor Books. The cover has Mat, Thom, and Noal at the Tower of Ghenjei.

“…And I knew that unless I spoke true, humanity would be left alone to face the Shadow. In that moment, my nervousness fled. I felt only a stillness, a calm sense of purpose. I opened my mouth, and I began to speak.”

(from The Dragon Reborn, by Loial, son of Arent son of Halan, of Stedding Shangtai)

Books on a blue background. Blue and white typography reads “The Wheel of Time Book 13: Towers of Midnight Hardcover.”

Book 14: A Memory of Light (2013)

A Memory of Light hardcover, January 2013 edition from Tor Books. The cover has Rand holding Callandor at Shayol Ghul.

“…The moon was as blood, and the sun was as ashes. The seas boiled, and the living envied the dead. All was shattered, and all but memory lost, and one memory above all others, of him who brought the Shadow and the Breaking of the World. And him they named Dragon.”

(from Aleth nin Taerin alta Camora, The Breaking of the World. Author unknown, the Fourth Age)

Books on a black background. Gray and white typography reads “The Wheel of Time Book 14: A Memory of Light Hardcover.”

Until next time, may the Light shine on you, my friends!

Russell

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