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I wanna start reading all the novels but would like to do so going by the actual history/years events are taking place.

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You won't miss anything by reading stuff out of chronological order

The Warhammer timeline spans about 6,000 years and there are hundreds of novels/novellas written by a dozen or more authors. The storylines weave in and out of each other as well. Most actually have no reference to a date so they just take place at some arbitrary point in time, usually around the time Karl Franz is Emperor.

Absolutely nothing was published in chronological order, so reading books by release date won't really help.

Your best bet is to look over the timeline of world events and search for books which correspond to them. The main events aren't all covered in the books, they would be focused on in the actual Warhammer army books.

Timeline of the Warhammer fantasy world

Timeline of The End Times

Black Library Warhammer Fantasy section

Roughly:

  1. you'd want to start with the Elves: Teclis, Tyrion and Malekith
  2. then Nagash
  3. followed by Sigmar
  4. and Neferata.

These storylines will take you from the ancient past up to roughly around the present day and you'll have a decent understanding of the big players.

Then there are buckets of stories which take place around the same time, few have dates and many overlap.

Then you can start The End Times where

the whole world explodes and the bad guys win.

Then you're into the Age of Sigmar and everything is a stupid confusing mess and I recommend you avoid it.

Everyone you've read about in the fantasy books is dead (or might not be, no one knows and BL won't say).

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  • It does indeed. But you really won't miss anything by reading them out of order. Sigmars stories were written totally independent of any Elf shenanigans. It's only the later stories around the time of Karl Franz that overlap with humans and elves working together.
    – Daft
    Nov 16, 2015 at 17:45
  • I read it goes the sundering then tyrion and teclis novels because the are relatively young for elves. Nov 16, 2015 at 17:45
  • Also where does the black plague, vorag bloody tooth, war of vengeance, age of legend, and The doom of dragonback fit in? Nov 16, 2015 at 17:50
  • The timeline link in my answer covers all that.
    – Daft
    Nov 16, 2015 at 18:11
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This is what I've come up with:

Date(s) Title
-4500 to -4420 Aenarion (short story)
Blood of Aenarion (novel, Prologue Only)
-2723 The Sundering trilogy
-2750 The Great Maw by Laurie Goulding
-2005 The Great Betrayal
Master of Dragons
-1997 The Curse of the Phoenix Crown (The War of Vengeance)
-1968 Mike Lee’sThe Rise of Nagash trilogy
Blood of Nagash
-1520 Neferata (Time of Legends) Josh Reynolds
Masters of Death
-1499 Masters of Stone and Steel
-1498 The Doom of Dragonback
-1125 Orion Trilogy
-1094 Guardians of the Forest
-30 Legend of Sigmar trilogy
-30 – 50 Nagash: The Undying King
Neferata: Mortarch of Blood
Hamilcar
Blacktalon
211 Sigvald
1111 Skaven Wars Black Plague Trilogy
1396 Valkia the Bloody
1797 Vlad von Carstein Trilogy
1850 Skaven Pestilens by Josh Reynolds
2010 Vampire Wars
2173 Blood of Aenarion (novel portion after the prologue)
Sword of Caledor & Bane of Malekith
• Defenders of Ulthuan
• Sons of Ellyrion
2301 Sylvaneth
2457 Van Horstmann
2470 The Ambassador Chronicles
2482 The Last Little Bit by Robert Earl
2500 Golfgag's Revenge by Justin D. Hill
The Battle of Whitestone by Justin D. Hill
2502 The Empire Chris Wraight
2515 Thanquol and Boneripper trilogy
2519-2528 End of Times (includes the following)
Empire Army series
Skarsnik
Headtaker
Thorgrim
Warhammer: Sigmar's Blood
Archaon Everchosen & Lord of Chaos
The Return of Negash
The Fall of Altdorf
The Curse of Khaine
Deathblade: A Tale of Malus Darkblade
The Rise of the Horned Rat
The Lord of the End Times
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From this forum, a recommended list would be (note that this likely to be opinion-based):

  1. Sigmar
  2. Nagash
  3. Malekith
  4. Gotrek & Felix
  5. Thanquol
  6. Luthor Huss
  7. Sword of Vengeance/Sword of Justice Omnibus
  8. Witch Hunter Omnibus
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