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What’s the recommend reading order of the Ender Wiggin books?

I'm not new to the Enderverse, having read Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide and Children of the Mind.

Now I've began re-reading them, starting with Ender's Game and currently reading Ender's Shadow. I am aware of the regular recommended reading order question, but this time I would like to focus on Bean, as I understood there are other books that continue his story and I find him more interesting than Ender.

So I was wondering is there a recommended reading order, or any kind of reading order, for the Enderverse books if one would like to follow Bean's story and not Ender's? I suspect there aren't any other books particularly about him, like Ender's Shadow was, but he should appear in the other Shadow series novels, if I understood correctly.


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I think this is pretty much a duplicate, but maybe the graphic on that other question wasn't clear enough.

All the stories with "Shadow" in the title are about Bean (but see *Note), and their publication order is the same as chronological order, so that's the obvious sequence to read them in:

  • Ender's Shadow (1999)
  • Shadow of the Hegemon (2001)
  • Shadow Puppets (2002)
  • Shadow of the Giant (2005)
  • Shadows in Flight (2012)
  • Shadows Alive (TBA)

*Note (spoiler for Shadows in Flight) :

Bean dies in Shadows in Flight, so chances are he won't be in Shadows Alive...

  • Actually, the graphic wasn't clear at all regarding the Bean part. I assumed the Shadow stories are about characters like Bean, Peter Wiggins and perhaps other kids from the Battle School. True, I didn't read very much about the Shadow books to avoid spoilers, but I lived under the impression they were mainly about Peter. Anyway, thank you for the answer
    – BBog
    Commented Oct 23, 2012 at 9:18
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    You aren't wrong: Peter and the kids from Battle school are also major characters in the "Shadow" books. Commented Oct 23, 2012 at 9:27
  • I understand, even better, I'm looking forward to reading the other books. Thanks for the clarfication
    – BBog
    Commented Oct 23, 2012 at 9:32

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