Malazan Reading Order

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The Malazan books have become one of the most acclaimed and popular epic fantasy stories in recent years. Written primarily by Steven Erikson, this series is ongoing, so enjoy them as they come!

What’s in the Malazan Reading Order?


The Malazan books are primarily written by Steven Erikson, though some are written by Ian C. Esslemont as part of a separate series that intermingles with the main series. Erikson has also written a series of novellas, and recently started a trilogy that takes place thousands of years before the main series. The setting is an epic fantasy world.

Where to Start Reading Malazan?

This is one of those instances where we don’t recommend you read chronologically unless you’re already familiar with the story. It’s best to start with the first book in the main series, and proceed by release date from there.

We want you to contact us if there’s anything out of order here. We try to keep everything in chronological order, though you can sort by release year if you want. So here is the Malazan Reading Order for those interested in reading the entire saga. And if you like this timeline, be sure to check out some of our others, such as the Cosmere timeline.

#Get ItNameMediaAuthor/DirectorDateSeriesNotes
1Forge of DarknessNovelSteven Erikson2012-08-02Kharkanas Trilogy
2Fall of LightNovelSteven Erikson2016-04-26Kharkanas Trilogy
4Dancer's LamentNovelIan C. Esslemont2016-02-25Path to Ascendancy
5Deadhouse LandingNovelIan C. Esslemont2017-11-15Path to Ascendancy
6Kellanved's ReachNovelIan C. Esslemont2019-02-19Path to Ascendancy
7Midnight TidesNovelSteven Erikson2004-03-01Malazan Main Series
8Gardens of the MoonNovelSteven Erikson1999-04-01Malazan Main Series
9Night of KnivesNovelIan C. Esslemont2004-09-01Stories of the Malazan Empire
10Deadhouse GatesNovelSteven Erikson2000-09-01Malazan Main Series
11Blood FollowsNovellaSteven Erikson2002-04-30The Tales Of Bauchelain and Korbal BroachCollected in The Tales Of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, Vol 1
12The Lees of Laughter's EndNovellaSteven Erikson2007-03-01The Tales Of Bauchelain and Korbal BroachCollected in The Tales Of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, Vol 1
13The Wurms of BlearmouthNovellaSteven Erikson2012-06-01The Tales Of Bauchelain and Korbal BroachCollected in The Tales of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, Vol. 2
14Memories of IceNovelSteven Erikson2001-12-06Malazan Main Series
15House of ChainsNovelSteven Erikson2002-12-02Malazan Main Series
16The Healthy DeadNovellaSteven Erikson2004-04-01The Tales Of Bauchelain and Korbal BroachCollected in The Tales Of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, Vol 1
17The BonehuntersNovelSteven Erikson2006-03-01Malazan Main Series
18Reaper's GaleNovelSteven Erikson2007-05-07Malazan Main Series
19Crack'd Pot TrailNovellaSteven Erikson2009-12-01The Tales Of Bauchelain and Korbal BroachCollected in The Tales of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, Vol. 2
20The Fiends of NightmariaNovellaSteven Erikson2016-05-01The Tales Of Bauchelain and Korbal BroachCollected in The Tales of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, Vol. 2
21Return of the Crimson GuardNovelIan C. Esslemont2008-08-15Stories of the Malazan Empire
22Toll the HoundsNovelSteven Erikson2008-06-30Malazan Main Series
23StonewielderNovelIan C. Esslemont2010-11-25Stories of the Malazan Empire
24Goats of GloryShort StorySteven Erikson2010-06-22Malazan Main SeriesCollected in Swords & Dark Magic
25Dust of DreamsNovelSteven Erikson2009-08-18Malazan Main Series
26Orb Sceptre ThroneNovelIan C. Esslemont2012-02-20Stories of the Malazan Empire
27The Crippled GodNovelSteven Erikson2011-02-15Malazan Main Series
28Blood and BoneNovelIan C. Esslemont2012-11-22Stories of the Malazan Empire
29AssailNovelIan C. Esslemont2014-08-05Stories of the Malazan Empire