I’ve been getting a fair amount of visitors to the site looking for the correct order to read the Erevis Cale stories, so I figured I’d just put up a post for Google to find.
The first thing I’m going to do is list is every damned Cale story in in-word chronological order (which isn’t publication order). That’s for the completists. Then I’m going to tell you the order I think you should read the stories to gear up for The Sundering and The Godborn. Links to all of these books are at their respective listings at the top of the page.
In-world Chronological Order of the Chronicles of Erevis Cale
Another Name for Dawn, a short story that appeared in Dragon #277. This is Cale’s “origin” story.
Resurrection, a novella in The Halls of Stormweather, book I of the Sembia series.
Shadow’s Witness, book II of the Sembia series.
All the Sinners Saints, a short story that appeared in Dragon #297.
Twilight Falling, book I of The Erevis Cale Trilogy.
Dawn of Night, book II of The Erevis Cale Trilogy.
Soulbound, a short story that appeared in Realms of Dragons.
Midnight’s Mask, book III of The Erevis Cale Trilogy.
The entire Erevis Cale Trilogy (along with the short story, All the Sinners Saints, is collected into an Omnibus, too).
Shadowbred, book I of The Twilight War.
Shadowstorm, book II of The Twilight War.
Continuum, a short story that appeared in Realms of War.
Shadowrealm, book III of The Twilight War.
The Godborn, the second book of The Sundering.
So that’s that.
Now, what would I recommend to a reader new to the Cale stories, who maybe wants to gear up and get some background before the release of The Godborn?
For that I’d say read the three books of The Erevis Cale Trilogy, then the three books of The Twilight War. If you don’t have time or inclination to read six books, then just read The Twilight War.
There. Easy peasy. :-)