SAO Light Novels: The Best Reading Order!

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“In this Sword Art Online light novel order, you’ll find the accurate and easiest way to read the novels!”

Sword Art Online is a pretty incredible story with a massive world-building, and you’re bound to get confused. It’s not that hard to read these novels because right off the bat, they’re well arranged.

So, in this article, we’ll provide you with the best sword art online light novel order so that you can read the novels without much trouble.

Sword Art Online Light Novel Order!

1. Sword Art Online

Sword Art Online Light Novel Order
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  • Sword Art Online Volumes 1-2: Aincrad
  • Sword Art Online Volumes 3-4: Fairy Dance
  • Sword Art Online Volumes 5-6: Phantom Bullet
  • Sword Art Online Volume 7: Mother’s Rosary
  • Sword Art Online Volume 8: Early and Late
  • Sword Art Online Volumes 9-18: Alicization
  • Sword Art Online Volumes 19-20: Moon Cradle
  • Sword Art Online Volume 21: Unital Ring I
  • Sword Art Online Volume 22: Kiss and Fly
  • Sword Art Online Volume 23: Unital Ring II
  • Sword Art Online Volume 24: Unital Ring III
  • Sword Art Online Volume 25: Unital Ring IV
  • Sword Art Online Volume 26: Unital Ring V

2. Sword Art Online: Progressive

Sword Art Online light novel order
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  • Sword Art Online Volume: Progressive Volume 1
  • Sword Art Online Volume: Progressive Volume 2- Concerto of Black and White
  • Sword Art Online Volume: Progressive Volume 3- Bacarolle of Frath
  • Sword Art Online Volume: Progressive Volume 4- Scherzo of Deep Night
  • Sword Art Online Volume: Progressive Volumes 5 & 6-Canon of the Golden Rule
  • Sword Art Online Volume: Progressive Volume 7 & 8- Rhapsody of the Red Blaze

3. Spin-offs:

Both Alternative Gun Gale Online and Clover’s Regret are the spin-off series of the original novel Sword Art Online, and it’s entirely optional to read them. So, we’re not giving you any detailed list of them (it’s not necessary, so why confuse you even more?)

  • Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online
  • Sword Art Online Alternative: Clover’s Regret

Even though these are spin-off series of the original novel, try to read them in the above order because you can connect with the characters well.

Conclusive Thoughts!

Well, I don’t really think you even need this SAO light novel reading order because you just need to read Sword Art Online and Sword Art Online Progressive Light Novels, and you’ll be completely fine.

As for the volumes, they’ll be arranged in the release order. I’ve read the novels in this order, and I didn’t face any complications in the storyline. So, I hope you’ll enjoy reading these light novels and if you have any queries, feel free to let us know them through the comment section below.

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