Earthsea Cycle Reading Order

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Ursula K. Le Guin is largely considered one of the greatest fantasy writers of all time, and her Earthsea Cycle is a prime example. It has become one of the most beloved fantasy stories of all time, and a huge influence on the genre.

What’s on the Earthsea Cycle Reading Order?

This is the unofficial Earthsea Cycle reading order and timeline for the series of books by Ursula K. Le Guin, one of the more popular fantasy worlds out there. Right now, it consists of five novels and a handful of short stories.

There were some other adaptations of the series, and even a Studio Ghibli film that was based on the series. However, none of these adaptations stayed true to the continuity of the series, and weren’t well endorsed by Le Guin herself. So for those reasons, they are not included on this timeline.

And that said, here is the appropriate reading order for the Earthsea Cycle. We hope you enjoy!

Where to Start Reading the Earthsea Cycle?

Even though there are a number of short stories that take place before the books, we recommend you skip those if you’re new to the story. Start with A Wizard of Earthsea.

#Get ItNameMediaAuthor/DirectorDateSeriesNotes
1The Word of UnbindingShort StoryUrsula K. Le Guin1964-01-01Earthsea CycleCollected in The Wind's Twelve Quarters
2The FinderShort StoryUrsula K. Le Guin2001-05-01Earthsea CycleCollected in Tales from Earthsea
3Darkrose and DiamondShort StoryUrsula K. Le Guin1999-10-01Earthsea CycleCollected in Tales from Earthsea
4The Rule of NamesShort StoryUrsula K. Le Guin1964-04-01Earthsea CycleCollected in The Wind's Twelve Quarters
5The Bones of the EarthShort StoryUrsula K. Le Guin2001-05-01Earthsea CycleCollected in Tales from Earthsea
6A Wizard of EarthseaNovelUrsula K. Le Guin1968-11-01Earthsea Cycle
7The Tombs of AtuanNovelUrsula K. Le Guin1970-12-01Earthsea Cycle
8On the High MarshShort StoryUrsula K. Le Guin2001-05-01Earthsea CycleCollected in Tales from Earthsea
9The Farthest ShoreNovelUrsula K. Le Guin1972-09-01Earthsea Cycle
10TehanuNovelUrsula K. Le Guin1990-03-01Earthsea Cycle
11DragonflyShort StoryUrsula K. Le Guin1998-10-01Earthsea CycleCollected in Tales from Earthsea
12The Daughter of OdrenShort StoryUrsula K. Le Guin2018-10-30Earthsea Cycle
13The Other WindNovelUrsula K. Le Guin2001-09-01Earthsea Cycle
14FirelightShort StoryUrsula K. Le Guin2018-10-30Earthsea Cycle