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Recommended Reading Order
I get asked a lot by my readers what is the recommended reading order for my books. I recommend reading Dragon Mage whenever – it is not related to any of my other series.
I highly recommend reading The Rhenwars Saga before The Chaos Cycle, because they occur in the same world, but Chaos comes seventeen years after Rhenwars. It is possible to read The Chaos Cycle first, and a lot of people do. You won’t feel like you missed something that came before, because all the background you need is explained in the book. However, events in The Chaos Cycle do ***SPOIL*** The Rhenwars Saga!!!
As far as Rhenwars goes, see the chart below:
What Kind of Reader Are You?
– You love big, character-driven epic fantasy that hits all the tropes: Dragon Mage
– You love grimdark fantasy that defies all the tropes: Rhenwars Saga and Chaos Cycle
Rhenwars Books Reading Order:
IF YOU LIKE YOUR FOUNDATIONS FIRST AND DON’T CARE IF THE SAME CHARACTERS ARE IN THE REST OF THE SERIES:
Darkstorm → Darkmage → Darklands → Darkrise → Darkfall → Chains of Blood → Chains of Legacy
PROS: You get the background first. You know exactly how things ended up the way they are and you have a lot more lore under your belt for when you begin your venture into the main series.
CONS: Because Darkstorm occurs 1,000 years in the past, most of the characters in it are either never seen again or you don’t run into them again for another book or two. The main character of the saga is not in this book. Don’t be upset if a character you get very attached to isn’t in the next book! Also, there is a change in a character that might sideswipe you if you start with Darkstorm, but makes perfect sense if you start with Darkmage.
IF BONDING WITH A CHARACTER IS MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU AND YOU HATE LOSING CHARACTERS YOU CAME TO LIKE:
Darkmage → Darklands → Darkrise → Darkfall → Darkstorm → Chains of Blood → Chains of Legacy
PROS: You get to bond with the main character first, which might actually make or break the series for you. Some people who read the prequel first don’t like stumbling across a new main charater in Darkmage.
CONS: Honestly, there aren’t a lot of cons. You don’t have the detailed background knowledge you get from the prequel, but that’s okay, because everything you need to know is disclosed in this book.
AUTHOR’S RECOMMENDED ORDER
IF YOU WANT TO READ THE BOOKS IN THE ORDER THEY WERE WRITTEN:
Darkmage → Darkstorm → Darklands → Darkrise → Darkfall → Chains of Blood → Chains of Legacy
PROS: This is the way my brain thinks, and as far as plot goes, probably makes the most sense. However…
CONS: You are left with a HUGE cliffhanger after Darkmage that will not be resolved until you get to Darklands. You will probably hate me.
- Dragon Mage Progress 80% 80%
- Chaos Cycle #3 10% 10%
Estimated Release Date: Fall 2020
Chaos Cycle #3
Estimated Release Date: Spring 2021