The Forgotten Realms: Where to Start Reading
The Forgotten Realms is the most popular setting for Dungeons and Dragons, with nearly 300 novels and associated role-playing materials. Most of the books are designed to be stand-alone or in a smaller series. But where do you begin?
The Dark Elf Trilogy by R.A. Salvatore
Drizzt, the drow with the soul of a ranger created by R.A. Salvatore, was originally intended to be a sidekick and mentor to Wulfgar, but it didn’t take long for him to become the protagonist.
Songs and Swords by Elaine Cunningham
Elaine Cunningham has always been The Realms’ secret weapon; she may not have achieved the same level of fame as Salvatore, but her books have consistently been among the best. Songs and Swords follows Arilyn Moonblade, a half-elf who, despite her low birth, is capable of wielding the powerful elven Moonblade.
The Harpers by Troy Denning, Elaine Cunningham, Jean Rabe, and more
The Harpers, a secret organization dedicated to freedom, are the subject of the longest series in the Forgotten Realms. The Ring of Winter followed one Artus Cimber as he investigated the dinosaur-infested land of Chult, while Crown of Fire followed a woman named Shandril who possessed a strange kind of magic.
The Avatar Series by Scott Ciencin, Troy Denning, and James Lowder
The original trilogy had some great moments but also some haphazard plotting; however, the two follow-up sequels, Prince of Lies and The Trial of Cyric the Mad, were outstanding; it was a type of story I’d never read before that only works in this setting.
The Cleric Quintet by R.A. Salvatore
Cadderly Bonaduce foils the plots of Castle Trinity and grows from a curious, well-intentioned skeptic to the most devout priest in Salvatore’s Cleric Quintet, which includes a fantastic romance between Cadderley and the monk Danica, as well as some solid comedy.
The Moonshae Trilogy by Douglas Niles
The Moonshae series is the most similar to the epic fantasy series of the time period, with well-meaning nobles fighting valiantly against encroaching evil and Druidic nature magic serving as a last desperate hope. There was also a Druidhome sequel series set a generation later.
Once Around the Realms by Brian Thomsen
Volo is a world-traveling explorer who is cursed to go around the Realms with an annoying thespian companion. Many of the RPG books involving Volo include Volo, world-traveling explorer, who is cursed to go around the Realms with an annoying thespian companion.
The Lost Library of Cormanthyr by Mel Odom
Globe-trotting, perusing ancient texts, and a nonstop plot make this book fly by; it’s basically Indiana Jones in a magical world, and it’s as entertaining as that sounds.
Realms of Infamy edited by James Lowder
The Salvatore story explains how Artemis Entreri became such a high-ranking assassin, while the Cunningham depicts Elaith Craulnober, the elven crime lord, accepting his fate, and the Cunningham depicts the many villains who make up the setting’s fabric from their point of view.
Elminster: The Making of A Mage by Ed Greenwood
Elminster, the Chosen of Mystra, goddess of magic, and one of the most important Harpers, is the only character who comes close to Drizzt in terms of fame. The Making of A Mage depicts his early life and explores how he became an Archmage.
Which Forgotten Realms books should I read?
Continue reading to learn about the best starting points for The Forgotten Realms.
- The Dark Elf Trilogy by R.A.
- Elaine Cunningham’s Songs and Swords.
- The Harpers by Troy Denning, Elaine Cunningham, Jean Rabe, and others.
- The Avatar Series by Scott Ciencin, Troy Denning, and James Lowder.
Are the Forgotten Realms books any good?
The Forgotten Realms is a lore and history-rich setting, and I’ve enjoyed the novels, particularly those by Elaine Cunningham, who is an expert on elf and non-Lolthite drow lore.
How many Forgotten Realms books are there?
A list of all Forgotten Realms novels, novellas, and anthologies, sorted by publication date, with 292 titles listed as of March 2020.
Are Forgotten Realms books still being written?
Since 2018, R.A. Salvatore has published three novels based on the Dungeons and Dragons brand: Timeless, Boundless, and Relentless. 2017 was the first year since 1983 that no DandD fiction was published at all, and there are currently no DandD novels scheduled for 2021 or beyond.
What was the first Forgotten Realms novel?
The Crystal Shard (1988), R. A. Salvatore’s first Forgotten Realms novel, was originally set in the Moonshae Islands before being moved to a new location and introduced the drow character Drizzt Do’Urden.
Why are there no more Forgotten Realms books?
Due to Hasbro’s demands, WotC had to discontinue the Forgotten Realms fiction line, as well as all DandD fiction.
Where should I start in Dungeons and Dragons books?
Start Reading the 7 Best DandD Novels Right Now
- The Dark Elf Trilogy by R.A. Salvatore u2013 Amazon.
- The Icewind Dale Trilogy by R.A. Salvatore u2013 Amazon.
- The Cleric Quintet by R.A.
- The Dreaming Dark Trilogy by Keith Baker u2013 Amazon.
- The Moonshae Trilogy by Douglas Niles u2013 Amazon.
What happened to cadderly?
Unfortunately, it was destroyed in a fight with the vampire Kierkan Rufo, who had invented a device known as a Light Tube, a cylindrical item within which was a continuous light cast by the Sunite priestess Histra, with an adjustable aperture at the end allowing Cadderly to focus or broaden the light as needed.
What is in Icewind Dale?
Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden is the next Dungeons and Dragons storyline, and it will take adventurers and Dungeon Masters to the frozen north, to one of the most notable locations in the Forgotten Realms campaign setting. It will be released on September 15th.
What is the current year in Forgotten Realms?
The current Forgotten Realms year is 1495 DR, according to the live timeline campaign, while Princes of the Apocalypse is 1491 DR and was released in 2015.
Does Drizzt ever meet elminster?
Elminster has been recognized by Drizzt three times: twice in journal entries in Road of the Patriarch, P2; and The Ghost King, P2; and once in a conversation with Regis about the vorpal rabbits in The Pirate King, P1:C8.
Is eberron in the Forgotten Realms?
Eberron, like the Forgotten Realms, isn’t actually new; both are old favorites from previous editions of Dungeons and Dragons. Eberron was first introduced in DandD’s 3.5 edition, back in 2004, as a place set in a completely different cosmology than any of the other existing settings.
Is jarlaxle dead?
Jarlaxle has not died in Gauntlgrym during the events of The Last Threshold, and he ends up indirectly assisting Drizzt Do’Urden and Dahlia Sin’felle once more.
How do I read Forgotten Realms books?
R A Salvatore’s recommended reading order for The Forgotten Realms books
- THE ICEWIND DALE TRILOGY.
- THE STONE OF TYMORA.
- THE CLERIC QUINTET (featuring Cadderly and Pikel! )
- LEGACY OF THE DROW.
- PATHS OF DARKNESS.
- THE SELLSWORDS (featuring Artemis Entreri and Jarlaxle)
- THE HUNTER’S BLADES.
- THE HUNTER’S BLADES
Is Curse of Strahd in Forgotten Realms?
Curse of Strahd is a Forgotten Realms adventure module published by Wizards of the Coast in 2016 for the 5th edition of Dungeons and Dragons.