Recommended Dragonlance Reading Order

There are over 160 novels based on the Dragonlance world. I’ve collated various guides and made my own adjustments to present a recommended reading order. The focus is the Heroes of the Lance as they are the gateway into the world of Krynn, a reading order by character has also been created.

Start Here - War of the Lance

I’ve included the Lost Chronicles which were written much later but fill in story gaps between the original novels.

Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight

Dragons of Autumn Twilight

Dragons from the distant past gather to engulf the world of Krynn in war.

Dragonlance: Dragons of the Dwarvern Depths

Dragons of the Dwarven Depths

Picking up where the first book of the classic Dragonlance Chronicles left off, this tale follows the Companions of the Lance on their adventures following the rescue of the refugees of Pax Tharkas.

Dragonlance: Dragons of Winter Night

Dragons of Winter Night

When dragons invade the land, a small band of heroes, including a knight, barbarian, dwarf, and half-elf, begin the search for the magical Dragon Orb and Dragonlance.

Dragonlance: Dragons of the Highlord Skies

Dragons of the Highlord Skies

Seeking a dragon orb rescued from the Tower of High Sorcery in Planathus by an elven wizard before its fall to the forces of the Kingpriest, the Dragon Highlord Ariakas assigns the task of retrieving it to Kitiara Uth-Matar.

Dragonlance: Dragons of Spring Dawning

Dragons of Spring Dawning

Finally armed with dragonlances, a group of heroes, composed of a knight, barbarian, dwarf, and half-elf, face a deadly showdown with the evil dragons and Takhisis, the Queen of Darkness

Dragonlance: Dragons of the Hourglass Mage

Dragons of the Hourglass Mage

Raistlin Majere, a Black Robe wizard, must battle his sister, Kitiara, and her terrifying ally, the death knight Lord Soth, in order to thwart Takhisis, the Dark Queen.

Legends

Shortly after the War of the Lance, this series continues the journey of Raistlin and Caramon.

Dragonlance: Time of the Twins

Time of the Twins

In the uneasy peace following the War of the Lance, Caramon and Tasslehoff the Kender set out to reform Caramon’s twin brother Raistlin, the most powerful warrior of evil in the land of Krynn.

Dragonlance: War of the Twins

War of the Twins

Raistlin, the enigmatic but evil magic-user, gathers his powers to destroy the Queen of Darkness, but his twin brother, Caramon, together with Tasslehoff the Kender, braves overwhelming odds in a distant time dimension to stop him.

Dragonlance: Test of the Twins

Test of the Twins

Caramon must travel back and forth in time in order to save the world from his twin brother, Raistlin, who has become the Master of the Tower of High Sorcery.

The Raistlin Chronicles

The original chronicles & legends series is primarily the story of Raistlin. I’ve included these prequels early for completeness.

Dragonlance: Soulforge

Soulforge

The story of Raistlin and Caramon’s youth, of their mother and father and wayward half-sister Kitiara. Life-long friendships are forged in peacetime - Solace with the would-be knight Sturm, Flint Fireforge, half-elf Tanis, and kender Tasslehoff.

Dragonlance: Brothers in Arms

Brothers in Arms

In the fiery siege of the city of Hope’s End the young mage Raistlin must leave behind his ideals to save himself and his brother. Yet as Raistlin and Caramon train as mercenaries, far away another soul is forged in the heat of battle. Another path is chosen, and a future dragon highlord begins her rise to power. She is Kitiara Uth Matar, the twins’ half sister.

Tales I

Short stories surrounding the heroes of the lance and their children.

Dragonlance: The Magic of Krynn

The Magic of Krynn

Containing nine superlative short stories and the novella “The Magic of Krynn” by “New York Times” bestselling authors Weis and Hickman, this collection boasts all of the strange creatures and races of Krynn, with appearances by the original Companions of the Lance.

Dragonlance: Kender, Gully Dwarves and Gnomes

Kender, Gully Dwarves and Gnomes

It includes stories by some of the best-loved authors writing in the Dragonlance world, including a novella by New York Times best-selling authors and Dragonlance setting co-creators Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman.

Dragonlance: Love and War

Love and War

The legend of Raistlin’s daughter! For the first time, Caramon, the surviving twin of the enigmatic and powerful mage, tells one of the strangest and best-loved tales in all of Krynn. Plus, immerse yourself in nine additional exciting short stories-tales of chivalry and affection, heroic quests and foul villainy, magic in battle and transcendent defeat-featuring all the beloved companions and fantastic creatures of the best-selling Dragonlance Saga.

Tales II

More short stories that delve into past events that impacted the world Krynn.

Dragonlance: The Reign of Istar

The Reign of Istar

This collection of tales is edited by the creators of the Dragonlance mythology. The Reign of Istar contains a number of short stories by popular Dragonlance authors as well as a novella by Weis and Hickman.

Dragonlance: The Cataclysm

The Cataclysm

The Kingpriest’s arrogance brings the wrath of the gods upon Krynn. The result is the Cataclysm — chaos and anarchy, despair and villainy … and inspiring heroism.

Dragonlance: The War of the Lance

The War of the Lance

The world of Krynn is caught in the grips of a terrible war between the minions of Takhisis, Queen of Darkness, and the followers of Paladine and the gods of good. Dragons, both foul and fair, clash in the skies, and a small band of friends who will one day be known as the Heroes of the Lance, strive for freedom and honor.

Preludes

Stories about the companions set before the War of the Lance.

Dragonlance: Darkness & Light

Darkness & Light

The Companions have gone their separate ways, each vowing to return with news of the growing darkness in Ansalon. Sturm Brightblade, a warrior whose honor is his life, and Kitiara, a passionate woman of uncertain loyalties, travel north in search of Sturm’s long-lost father.

Dragonlance: Kendermore

Kendermore

Before the War of the Lance, carefree kender Tasslehoff Burrfoot is enjoying the company of his friends at the Inn of the Last Home when a bounty hunter arrives and charges him with desertion for violating the kender laws of prearranged marriage. But Tasslehoff’s intended has pulled a disappearing act of her own. The race is on to see who gets dragged to the altar first in a tale of adventure replete with magic, monsters, and mayhem.

Dragonlance: Brothers Majere

Brothers Majere

Darkness and unrest are growing. People disappear in the night, and there are rumors of foul forces at work. To this land caught in the grips of a nameless terror come Raistlin and Caramon Majere, two brothers—one a wizard, one a warrior—who are trying to eke out a living on the backroads of Ansalon. Desperate for money, they agree to take on a job in the backwater village of Mereklar. But they soon discover they may be in over their heads. A beautiful noblewoman, a savage beast, the Queen of Darkness, and a spellbound kender will decide the fates of the brothers Majere.

Dragonlance: Riverwind the Plainsman

Riverwind the Plainsman

Fourth in a series of recovers of the classic Preludes series. First launched over a decade ago, the Preludes series has continued to prove popular with Dragonlance fans. This re-release of Riverwind the Plainsman showcases a new look that is also reflected in the other recovers of this series.

Dragonlance: Flint the King

Flint the King

First launched over a decade ago, the Preludes series has continued to prove popular with Dragonlance fans. This digital release of Flint the King showcases a new look that is also reflected in the other recovers of this series. The title features cover art from lead Dragonlance saga artist Matt Stawicki.

Dragonlance: Tanis, the Shadow Years

Tanis, the Shadow Years

First launched over a decade ago, the Preludes series has continued to prove popular with Dragonlance fans. This re-release of Tanis, The Shadow Years showcases a new look that is also reflected in the other recovers of this series.

Meetings Sextet

Stories of how the heroes of the lance first meet.

Dragonlance: Kindred Spirits

Kindred Spirits

When Flint Fireforge, dwarf and metalsmith, receives a wondrous summons from the Speaker of the Sun, he journeys to the fabled elven city of Qualinost. There he meets Tanis, a thoughtful youth born of a tragic union between elf and man. Tanis and Flint, each a misfit in his own way, find themselves unlikely friends. But a pompous elf lord is mysteriously slain, and another elf soon meets the same fate. Tanis stands accused, and if his innocence cannot be proven, the half-elf will be banished forever.

Dragonlance: Wanderlust

Wanderlust

One spring day Tasslehoff Burrfoot comes to Solace, accidentally pockets a copper bracelet, and (forcibly) makes the acquaintance of Tanis Half-Elven and Flint Fireforge. A simple tale. Except that the fate of the entire race of Dargonesti sea elves hangs in the balance. How does this piece of kender-coveted jewelry lead the companions and a sea elf princess to ally with the phaethons, creatures with wings of flame?

Dragonlance: Dark Heart

Dark Heart

At long last, the story of the beautiful dark-hearted Kitiara Uth Matar. This compelling novel tells the story of the birth of her twin brothers, the warrior Caramon and the frail mage Raistlin, and Kit’s admirable role in their upbringing. But her youthful mercenary deeds and increasing fascination with evil throw her into the company of a roguish stranger and band of adventurers whose fates are intermingled with her own. Haunted by the memory of her Solamnic father, she hunts him ceaselessly.

Dragonlance: The Oath and the Measure

The Oath and the Measure

Although Raistlin and Caramon urge him not to go, Sturm Brightblade attends an annual Solamnic ceremony that is interrupted by … A stranger, taunting challenge. Clues from the past. Death. Once he accepts a mysterious gauntlet, young Sturm must make a dangerous journey with some curious friends, rescue a fair if querulous maid, defeat a traitor knight, and learn the secret fate of his long-lost father. He must also learn the meaning of honor.

Dragonlance: Steel and Stone

Steel and Stone

The tempestuous affair of Kitiara Uth Matar and Tanis Half-Elven begins with the sword. Life isn’t simple for the hotheaded pair. They must contend with a carnivorous, two-headed troll; a deposed leader who believes Kitiara is the cause of the ruler’s troubles; a vindictive mage who seeks peculiar vengeance; and Kit’s hulking former lover. They also meet a beautiful magic-user hiding a painful secret, and a giant owl with a sardonic sense of humor.

Dragonlance: The Companions

The Companions

Caramon, Sturm, and Tasslehoff, on an innocent ship’s errand, are blown thousands of miles off course by a magic windstorm and transported to the eastern Bloodsea. Caramon and Sturm are left for dead while Tasslehoff mysteriously turns against his friends… Back in Solace, Raistlin convinces Flint Fireforge and Tanis Half-Elven that they must make a perilous journey to Mithas, the kingdom of the minotaurs. Their task: not only to rescue their friends, but also to defeat the elusive Nightmaster.

Conclusion

I’ve tried to cover the novels that primarily concern the heroes of the lance, their origins and further adventures. Many other books in the Dragonlance universe cover everything from the cataclysm, Solamnic Knights and legendary heroes of the past (Huma).

You can find a complete list on wikipedia.

Dragonlance: Heroes of the Lance

About the author

For the past two decades, Scott McCulloch has worked with a variety of web technologies. He is currently focused on full-stack development. On his day to day job, he is working as a systems specialist at the NSW State Emergency Service.