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Publication Order of Sword Art Online Books

Aincrad, Vol. 1 (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Aincrad, Vol. 2 (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fairy Dance, Vol. 3 (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fairy Dance, Vol. 4 (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Phantom Bullet, Vol. 5 (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Phantom Bullet, Vol. 6 (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mother's Rosary, Vol. 7 (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Early and Late, Vol. 8 (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Alicization Beginning (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Alicization Running (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Alicization Turning (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Alicization Rising (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Alicization Dividing (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Alicization Uniting (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Alicization Invading (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Alicization Exploding (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Alicization Awakening (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Alicization Lasting (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Moon Cradle I (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Moon Cradle II (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Unital Ring I (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kiss and Fly (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Unital Ring II (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Unital Ring III (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Unital Ring IV (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sword Art Online 25 (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sword Art Online 26 (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sword Art Online 27 (2023)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Sword Art Online Progressive Books

Progressive 1 (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Progressive 2 (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Progressive 3 (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Progressive 4 (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Progressive 5 (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Progressive 6 (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Progressive 7 (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Progressive 8 (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Sword Art Online: Girls' Ops Books

Girls' Ops, Vol. 1 (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Girls' Ops, Vol. 2 (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Girls' Ops, Vol. 3 (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Girls' Ops, Vol. 4 (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Girls' Ops, Vol. 8 (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Accel World Books

Kuroyukihime's Return (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Red Storm Princess (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Twilight Marauder (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Flight Toward a Blue Sky (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Floating Starlight Bridge (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shrine Maiden of the Sacred Fire (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Armor of Catatastrophe (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Binary Stars of Destiny (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Seven-Thousand-Year Prayer (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Elements (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Carbide Wolf (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Red Crest (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Signal Fire at the Water's Edge (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Archangel of Savage Light (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Snow White's Slumber (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Black Dual Swordsman (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pull of the Dark Nebula (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Rivalry of White and Black (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sun God of Absolute Flame (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Accel World, Vol. 23 (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of The Isolator Books

The Biter (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Igniter (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Trancer (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Stinger (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Liquidizer (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Gun Gale Online Books

Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online, Vol. 1 (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online, Vol. 2 (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online, Vol. 3 (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online, Vol. 4 (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online, Vol. 5 (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online, Vol. 6 (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online, Vol. 7 (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online, Vol. 11 (With: Keiichi Sigsawa) (2022)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Reki Kawahara is a Japanese storyteller best known for the Sword Art Online Series.


Reki Kawahara is a native of the Gunma Prefecture where he was born in 1974. One of three children, Reki, like most kids his age, loved manga. It wasn’t that much of a surprise when he gravitated towards the manga studies club in college.

When the author wasn’t reading or studying manga, he was drawing it. However, it didn’t take Reki long to realize that drawing might not be his strong suit. Reki grew frustrated with just how tedious drawing manga could be.

It wasn’t enough for him to have artistic skills. Reki Kawahara realized that there were too many elements required to bring an idea for a manga together on paper. So, rather than persevering like some of his colleagues Reki decided to quit altogether.

But Reki couldn’t shake his passion for storytelling. The author loved creating new characters and injecting them into unique concepts. So he changed tracks and decided to pursue writing.

By the early 2000s, though, Reki was still trying to find his footing in publishing. The author’s problems came down to the fact that he had no prior writing experience. He tried submitting stories for writing contests but that did little to boost his confidence or his reputation.

Even his first draft for Sword Art Online, which he finished in 2002 was turned down, though mostly because it exceeded the prescribed page limit. As with drawing manga, Reki Kawahara finally gave up on writing.

At this point, Reki should have disappeared into obscurity. But fortune struck. Despite having no drive to continue along the writing path, Reki decided to post his draft for Sword Art Online on his website under a pen name.

To Reki’s surprised, his story received largely positive reviews and the encouragement was more than enough to ignite his passion for writing, motivating him to follow up the story with a sequel.

Reki Kawahara was always obsessed with MMO Games as a child. Sword Art Online drew upon his experience in that arena, specifically the fact that he was always so terrible at them.

Reki’s stories hit the internet at a time when net games were just starting to find their stride. So it came as little surprise when his concepts garnered the interest of readers all over Japan.

Reki eventually entered the Dengeki Light Novel Award contest and won the top prize. By that point, the author was 34-years-old. Fortune continued to smile upon him when an editor by the names of Kazuma Miki saw his Sword Art Online stories on his website and then offered him the opportunity to see them novelized.

Reki Kawahara was more than happy to see his stories find life in a new landscape. It didn’t take long for his other story, ‘Accel World’, to get a novel treatment. Reki has explained that he could so thoroughly immerse himself in his stories because his characters gave him the opportunity escape his mundane world.

Having been so terrible at MMO games, it pleased Reki to write stories featuring the sort powerful high-ranking player he could never be. Reki’s online gaming experience wasn’t always pleasant, and not just because he did a lot of losing.

Because the author was always playing American MMOs, he did not have the capacity to communicate with his party and that often put him in precarious situations. One assumes that the author treasures every lonely moment he spent on his computer. After all, it paved the way for Reki to create characters that have since become favorites amongst fans of light novels, manga and even anime.

Reki Kawahara gets most of his writing done from Family Restaurant. The author finds that he can never get any writing done at home, not with all the distractions available. When Reki isn’t writing, then he’s probably cycling or playing video games or sleeping.

Reki admits that his schedule is pretty relaxed. As far as he’s concerned, there is no better job in the world than writing fantastical novels about the world of MMO video games.

The author has had the opportunity to see his stories come to life not only in manga format but as animated television series. Both Sword Art Online and Accel World have received animated adaptations, and both anime series have been largely well received.

Some of the Sword Art Online and Accel World stories have even received video game adaptations. Reki Kawahara isn’t heavily involved in any of these adaptations.

+ Sword Art Online 1: Ainkuraddo

Sword Art Online is a Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game. When it debuts in 2022, it’s the talk of the town, a system that will allow gaming enthusiasts to stretch gaming technology to its limits.

Using special gear, players can essentially enter the game of Sword Art Online and participate in the gaming experience of a lifetime. While the launch of Sword Art Online is initially met with excitement, those players that immediately plug into the game and materialize in the virtual world are shocked when they realize that they cannot leave.

They are trapped in the world of Sword Art Online and there is nothing they can do about it. Their bodies are alive in the real world but only so long as the players do not die in the game.

Soon an ultimatum is delivered. Freedom will only be achieved by those that can beat the game’s one hundred levels. A battle for survival breaks out as real and virtual dangers threaten to end lives en mass.

+Sword Art Online 2: Ainkuraddo

It is 2022. A special Virtual Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game came online and trapped gaming enthusiasts in the world of Aincrad, a virtual creation. Now they fight for survival and freedom.

Kirito is one such gaming enthusiast, a player that is forced to fight and beat the game in order to escape. Kirito watches as a new structure begins to take shape in the virtual world. While some players begin to obsess over beating the game, others crumble in fear and anxiety.

There are even those who begin to enjoy the thrill of the game. Kirito must maneuver a rising tide of overt and covert foes as he makes his way through the one hundred floors of Aincrad.

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