What order should I read the various books set in Mercedes Lackey's Elves on the Road universe? Specifically, should I read them in

  • publication order, or
  • first one series, then another series, etc.

If the latter, which series should I start with?

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    I've been thinking about re-reading these books again and would love to know the best order to do it in. From memory when I read them the first time, the timeline seemed a bit arbitrary and there was a lot of assumed knowledge so I probably read them out of order. – Travelling Steve Dec 20 '12 at 5:20

Mercedes Lackey's different series are fairly self-contained and there is little overlap in characters and events. I would recommend reading each series in published order, but not worrying too much about which order to read the series. Just start with whatever series that seems most interesting.

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The Official Mercedes Lackey website offers the following bibliography, arranged by in-universe chronology and taking into account both authorship and sub-series.

Note that they broadly (but not exclusively) follow publishing date.

Bedlam Bard

  • Knight of Ghosts and Shadows (1990) with Ellen Guon
  • Summoned to Tourney (1992) with Ellen Guon
  • Bedlam's Bard (1991 - omnibus) with Ellen Guon
  • Bedlam Boyz (1993) by Ellen Guon
  • Beyond World's End (2001) with Rosemary Edghill
  • Spirits White as Lightning (2001) with Rosemary Edghill
  • A Host of Furious Fancies (2012) with Rosemary Edghill
  • Mad Maudlin (2003) with Rosemary Edghill
  • Music to My Sorrow (2005) with Rosemary Edghill
  • Bedlam's Edge (2005) with Rosemary Edghill

Diana Tregarde

  • Burning Water (1989)
  • Children of the Night (1990)
  • Jinx High (1991)

The SERRAted Edge

  • The Chrome Borne (1999 - omnibus) with Larry Dixon
  • The Otherworld (1999 - omnibus) with Mark Shepherd and Holly Lisle
  • Born To Run (1992) with Larry Dixon
  • Wheels of Fire (1992) with Mark Shepherd
  • When the Bough Breaks (1993) with Holly Lisle
  • Chrome Circle (1994) with Larry Dixon
  • Elvendude (1994) by Mark Shepherd
  • Spiritride (1997) by Mark Shepherd
  • Lazerwarz (1999) by Mark Shepherd

The SERRAted Edge: Doubled Edge

  • This Scepter'd Isle (2004) with Roberta Gellis
  • Ill Met by Moonlight (2005) with Roberta Gellis
  • By Slanderous Tongues (2007) with Roberta Gellis
  • And Less Than Kind (2008) with Roberta Gellis
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