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  • Bibliography:
    141 Books
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    March 2014
  • Latest Book:
    July 2024
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Book List in Order: 141 titles



  • In the year 2022, gamers rejoice as Sword Art Online - a VRMMORPG (Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) like no other - debuts, allowing players to take full advantage of the ultimate in gaming technology: NerveGear, a ...



  • In the year 2022, gamers rejoice as Sword Art Online - a VRMMORPG (Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game) like no other - debuts, allowing players to take full advantage of the ultimate in gaming technology: NerveGear, a syst...



  • Prepare For a Full Dive! Even in the future, all the advances and innovation in the world can't change the dynamics of the school playground. And for Haruyuki Arita, a fat kid in junior high, that means he's destined to always be at the bottom of th...



  • Kazuto Kirigaya (aka Kirito) has beaten Sword Art Online, a VRMMORPG that transformed into a literal game of death, and returned to the real world. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Asuna Yuuki (aka Asuna the Flash), the girl with whom Kirit...



  • No matter how much the times change, bullied kids aren't going anywhere. And fat junior high school student Haruyuki is one of them. But one day, Haruyuki encounters Kuroyukihime, the most beautiful and elegant girl at school, who gives him a mysteri...



  • Linked up and logged into the deadly VMMORPG "Sword Art Online" in both the real and virtual worlds, Kirito is stuck in a hell of one man's making, and like everyone else, unable to escape until the game is beaten. But while some players are crippled...



  • Since meeting Kuroyukihime, Haruyuki has managed to grow up a bit. But suddenly this mature Haruyuki is confronted by Tomoko, an elementary school girl he's never met before--who calls him "big brother"?! When Kuroyukihime sees the two of them flirti...



  • Kirito jumps into a new VRMMORPG called ALfheim Online (ALO) in search of Asuna, who still hasn't regained consciousness. On his quest to find the World Tree and reach Asuna, he meets a sylph girl named Leafa. A veteran player experienced with the sw...



  • To negate the threat of Cyan Pile, the mysterious enemy attacking Kuroyukihime, Haruyuki--now the Burst Linker Silver Crow--stands up to fight as her knight. But Kuroyukihime's suspicions about the true identity of her foe are placed squarely on a ce...






  • Kirito has escaped Sword Art Online, the forbidden VRMMORPG of death, and returned to reality. He heads off to find his game partner and lover, Asuna Yuuki. But Asuna never made it back from the nightmare. Lost and desperate, Kirito's only clue to he...



  • Yuuki Asuna was a top student who spent her days studying at cram school and preparing for her high school entrance exams--but that was before she borrowed her brother's virtual reality game system and wound up trapped in Sword Art Online with ten th...



  • "That's game over, Arita--I mean, Silver Crow." His life completely transformed since meeting Kuroyukihime, the most beautiful girl in school, Haruyuki has grown up into a magnificent knight, fat and bullied though he might be. As the season t...



  • "That's game over, Arita--I mean, Silver Crow."His life completely transformed since meeting Kuroyukihime, the most beautiful girl in school, Haruyuki has grown up into a magnificent knight, fat and bullied though he might be. As the season turns to...



  • Read the novel that ignited the phenomenon! Kirito plunges into a suspicious new VRMMORPG called ALfheim Online to rescue Asuna, who never returned from Sword Art Online. ALO offers many features to entertain players in the wake of SAO: ultra-high-en...



  • "There's no way to beat this game. The only difference is when and where you die..."One month has passed since Akihiko Kayaba's deadly game began, and the body count continues to rise. Two thousand players are already dead. Kirito and Asuna are two v...



  • Having defeated General Eugene of the salamanders and aided the alliance between sylphs and cait siths by protecting their leaders, Kirito and Leafa reach Alne, the town at the foot of the World Tree, at long last. But before they can tackle the tree...



  • The party is shaken when their leader, Diavel, is struck down by the boss of the very first floor. Asuna and her teammates are confronted for the first time with the cruel reality of their situation: Sword Art Online is no mere game--death here is fi...



  • The virtual world of ALfheim Online might not be literally deadly, but there's still plenty of tough adventuring to be had. The trio of Liz, Silica, and Leafa set out on a quest for a magical ring but immediately run into monsters tougher than they e...



  • Sci-fi action, angst, and super-powered teenagers abound in this new series from Reki Kawahara, the acclaimed author of Sword Art Online and Accel World!Ever since a terrible childhood tragedy, Minoru Utsugi has wished for one thing: solitude. Years ...






  • Sci-fi action, angst, and super-powered teenagers abound in this new series from Reki Kawahara, the acclaimed author of Sword Art Online and Accel World! Ever since a terrible childhood tragedy, Minoru Utsugi has wished for one thing: solitude. Ye...



  • Prepare for a full dive! Seiji Nomi is a mysterious new student whose skillful use of Brain Burst abilities in the real world has boosted him to astonishing heights of achievement (not to mention astonishing heights of jerkitude). When Haruyuki's w...



  • Finally, the Red Storm Princess arc reaches its dramatic climax as Haruyuki is faced with the treacherous illusions of Yellow Radio as well as the overwhelming power of the Chrome Disaster armor! Will Silver Crow, Scarlet Rain, and Cyan Pile be able ...



  • "There's no way to beat this game. The only difference is when and where you die..."Having cleared the first and second floors of Aincrad at great cost, Kirito, Asuna, and the rest of the players ascend to the third floor. Tenuous new allies await th...



  • Kirito reenters the world of VRMMOs, this time logging in to Gun Gale Online in order to investigate the Death Gun, an in-game item rumored to be responsible for real-world deaths. He immediately runs into trouble when, after transferring his old ava...



  • "Here we go, Asuna! Hang on tight! Tilnel, launch!" Having said their good-byes to the mysterious elven knight Kizmel, Kirito and Asuna set their sights on the fourth floor of Aincrad. But once they open the door, they find the way forward blocked...



  • In the year 2026, a young man by the name of Kazuto Kirigaya beat Sword Art Online, a VRMMORPG that had become a death trap for its players. He would go on to participate in experimental tests of an entirely new full-dive machine. Meanwhile in 2047, ...



  • Prepare for a full dive! Seiji Nomi's scheming from his position atop the school social hierarchy has ceased. Sky Raker has returned to the Accelerated World, and upon joining Nega Nebulus, she and Kuroyukihime have become a force to be reckoned wi...



  • After reaching the second floor of Aincrad, Asuna decided to have a player controlled blacksmith upgrade her beloved sword, a rare Wind Fleuret--but when the unimaginable happened and the sword was shattered in the attempt, Kirito suspected foul play...



  • When Kuroyukihime returns from her school trip, she finds that Nega Nebulus has had quite the harrowing adventure in her absence, having been taken very much to task by a new threat--Dusk Taker! It seems, though, that the Black Legion has emerged str...






  • The girls of SAO are back! Liz, Silica, and Leafa, with their new friend Lux--having ruined their clothes in their previous adventure--go to see Ashley, a survivor of Sword Art Online and a legendary master tailor. The price for Ashley's skills is a ...



  • A year after Kazuto and Asuna escaped from Aincrad, the deadly setting of Sword Art Online, they're still coping with the aftermath as they try to recover from the harrowing experience. Meanwhile, there's a new VRMMO game sweeping the world's gamers-...



  • An alien parasite living inside of Minoru Utsugi gives him the power of Isolation--an unbreakable shield that surrounds his body. With this power, he's managed to defeat an evil Ruby Eye. Having done so, he's invited by the Accelerator--a girl named ...



  • An alien parasite living inside of Minoru Utsugi gives him the power of Isolation--an unbreakable shield that surrounds his body. With this power, he's managed to defeat an evil Ruby Eye. Having done so, he's invited by the Accelerator--a girl named ...



  • The silver wings responsible for the rise of Nega Nebulus, the legion led by Kuroyukihime, are weakening! During the battle with the mysterious Acceleration Research Society, Haruyuki sustained corrosion damage from the revived Chrome Disaster, and h...



  • Kirito and Sinon's battle with Death Gun is over, but mere weeks later, something strange is afoot in the next-generation VRMMO ALfheim Online. A new duelist with a custom sword skill is defeating all comers--including Kirito! But when Asuna goes to ...



  • Kirito and Sinon's battle with Death Gun is over, but mere weeks later, something strange is afoot in the next-generation VRMMO ALfheim Online. A new duelist with a custom sword skill is defeating all comers--including Kirito! But when Asuna goes to ...



  • It's been just two months since they were trapped in the game of death that is Sword Art Online, and Kirito and Asuna continue their struggle at the vanguard of progress through the game. The fifth floor of Aincrad is a mazelike ruin, and the two dar...



  • Kirito has entered the new VRMMO Gun Gale Online in order to investigate the Death Gun incidents, only to discover his avatar is not exactly how he remembers it! He barely knows up from down in this new world, and he needs an ally. He may have found ...



  • Asuna joins forces with the Sleeping Knights guild in their quest to defeat a major boss, but inwardly, she struggles with her ongoing attachment to the VRMMO game. When the time for battle arrives, will she be ready? And when Yuuki's secret is revea...






  • The saga of Sword Art Online continues with three side stories set during the Aincrad and Alfheim eras. The game of death took its toll on every player in a different way--when one turns up dead on the fifty-seventh floor, the game's afoot, and it's ...



  • In order to cleanse Silver Crow (aka Haruyuki), Kuroyukihime and the rest of Nega Nebulus launch an operation to rescue Ardor Maiden. In the midst of this dangerous mission, Silver Crow manages to make contact with Ardor Maiden, but in doing so, he i...



  • Having successfully helped destroy two of the evil Ruby Eyes, Minoru, the Isolator, is recruited by the Syndicate, a secret organization dedicated to their eradication. He teams up with Suu Komura, the Refractor, a young girl said to be the Syndicate...



  • Having successfully helped destroy two of the evil Ruby Eyes, Minoru, the Isolator, is recruited by the Syndicate, a secret organization dedicated to their eradication. He teams up with Suu Komura, the Refractor, a young girl said to be the Syndicate...



  • It's been just two months since they were trapped in the game of death that is Sword Art Online, and Kirito and Asuna continue their struggle at the vanguard of progress through the game. The fifth floor of Aincrad is a mazelike ruin, and the two dar...



  • Kirito might not be around, but that doesn't mean the girls aren't still ready for adventure. The fetching lasses of Sword Art Online--Leafa, Silica, Liz, and Lux--are back for a third volume, and they're determined to make the most of their virtual ...



  • Haruyuki's desperate battle with his friend Takumu has taken him to the brink, and he finally activates the Destiny, a purified version of the notorious Armor of Catastrophe. It's light versus dark as their fierce fight continues, and the stakes coul...



  • Kirito awakens in a vast, fantastical forest filled with towering trees. In his search for clues to the truth of his surroundings, he encounters a young boy who seems to know him. He ought to be a simple NPC, but the depth of his emotions seem no dif...



  • After meeting Sky Raker and learning about the Incarnate System, Haruyuki manages to defeat the merciless Dusk Taker, Seiji Noumi in real life. After ending Seiji's time in Brain Burst, Haru and friends look toward their next challenge: the Hermes Co...



  • "I will never forgive you. I will kill you. I will continue to kill you until all your Burst Points are gone and you vanish from the accelerated world." Having turned into Chrome Disaster once more, Haruyuki slaughters with the force of a vengeful...






  • Kirito has wound up in another mysterious fantasy world again. In this VRMMO-ish place, the first person he meets is the young boy Eugeo. Kirito can hardly believe Eugeo's an NPC when seeing his rich emotions and thoughts and ends up heading to the c...



  • It's time for the "real" SAO--the third floor! Kirito and Asuna are hardly out the door when they stumble upon the start of the Elf War quest. When they decide to side with the elite dark elf Kizmel, they're set on a path that will push them harder t...



  • 2046--Haruyuki, member of the reborn Nega Nebulus, is a new Burst Linker. Through hard work, he finally reaches level two--only to find himself with just eight burst points left!! With one wrong move, Haruyuki could lose access to Brain Burst forever...



  • READ THE NOVEL THAT IGNITED THE PHENOMENON! In an effort to discover the truth behind Death Gun, Kirito has entered the Bullet of Bullets tournament in Gun Gale Online. Both he and Sinon the sniper girl have made it to the finals, and the reality of ...



  • The saga of Sword Art Online continues with three side stories set during the Aincrad and Alfheim eras. The game of death took its toll on every player in a different way--when one turns up dead on the fifty-seventh floor, the game's afoot, and it's ...



  • The Acceleration Research Society, a mysterious organization maneuvering in secret, makes their headquarters at the top of Tokyo Midtown Tower, where the Archangel Metatron is enshrined. This completely invincible Legend-class Enemy guards the Societ...



  • Yuuki's sudden disappearance has left Asuna bereft. It had seemed like everyone was having such a good time-what did she do wrong...? She turns to Kirito in her search for answers, but she may end up wishing she'd never pulled on that thread. The mos...



  • With the prelims over, it's time to head into the main event-the Bullet of Bullets tournament! But this fun free-for-all has turned into an IRL death match when a member of SAO's Laughing Coffin raises the stakes. Can Sinon and Kirito figure out who ...



  • Lux's dark past with SAO 's Laughing Coffin guild has been revealed-along with the bad blood she shares with Gwen, leader of the Batty Bats. When the girls are sent on a quest to eliminate Gwen, will Lux be able to follow through and betray her forme...



  • The Acceleration Research Society, a mysterious organization maneuvering in secret, makes their headquarters at the top of Tokyo Midtown Tower, where the Archangel Metatron is enshrined. This completely invincible Legend-class Enemy guards the Societ...



  • It's been two years since Kirito entered another mysterious fantasy world and met the boy named Eugeo. At the Northern Centoria Master Swordsmanship Academy, the two of them have advanced to become upper rank trainee swordsmen. Now they spend their d...



  • The goddess Urd is in danger, and only Kirito and his friends can save her! The evil frost giants have invaded her homeland of Jotunheim, bringing death and destruction in their wake. The linchpin of it all is the frost giant king's sword-the legenda...



  • The war between elves rages on, with Kirito and Asuna caught in the middle! The forest elves seek the dark elves' Secret Key, but to what end? Though Kirito tries to stay detached, Asuna can't help being swept along for the ride. Kizmel is supposed t...



  • Prepare for a full dive! Umesato Junior High's culture festival is just around the corner, and Haruyuki is busy helping his classmates prepare for their exhibit. While everything may appear calm in the real world, however, the Accelerated World is s...



  • After infiltrating the Ruby Eye hideout, Minoru Utsugi falls into a deadly trap but narrowly escapes thanks to the Refractor's desperate sacrifice. Though her gambit saved them both from the Liquidizer's scheme, Suu paid for it dearly, leaving her in...



  • Following a mighty clash, Kirito and Eugeo find themselves separated for the last leg of their journey to the top of Central Cathedral. Kirito, forced into an unlikely alliance with Alice the Integrity Knight, continues his climb from the outside, wh...



  • Though the infiltration team narrowly escaped Liquidizer's cunning trap, no one knows if Suu Komura will recover from her appalling injuries. Minoru begins to question whether all this suffering is worth it. Unfortunately, there's no time for him to ...



  • Prepare for a full dive! Sparks have been flying on the Umesato campus ever since Kuroyukihime discovered that Haruyuki invited not one but multiple girls to the exciting school festival. However, when Rin collapses in the real world after Magenta S...



  • Karen is living her best life, getting to play as her cute chibi avatar Llenn in the VR game Gun Gale Online. She becomes fast friends with mysterious woman Pitohui, who invites her to an in-game event called the Squad Jam. But Karen won't be teamed ...



  • After getting separated, Kirito and Eugeo have continued their struggle to reach the 100th floor of Central Cathedral--Eugeo in hopes of restoring Alice to her true self, and Kirito for the sake of the Underworld. But on the 99th floor, Kirito must f...



  • In the wake of the culture festival, a new challenge awaits Haruyuki in the fifteenth volume of the light novel series from acclaimed author Reki Kawahara!...



  • Though the official announcement of the second Squad Jam has come out, Karen Kohiruimaki barely shows any interest at all, despite being the champion of the first ferocious battle royale. Or at least, that was true right up to the moment she receives...



  • After successfully untangling themselves from a dangerous encounter with the Black Poncho Man and clearing the fifth floor of Aincrad, Kirito and Asuna head to the next challenge, an area filled with...puzzles? What's more, because of the precarious...



  • A few months after escaping from Sword Art Online, Kirito is ready to dive into a brand-new VRMMO--Sword Art: Origin. This game promises to have all of the base features from Aincrad without any of the bad. When Kirito meets a mysterious girl in need...



  • After receiving the archangel Metron's blessing, Haruyuki sets off with Takumu, Chiyuri, and Blood Leopard still determined to fulfill his vow to save Nico from imprisonment. When they charge into the Acceleration Research Society's main base, they o...



  • Rust Jigsaw is a strange entrant to the Hermes Cord Race, but when he openly attempts to sabotage the event using the Incarnate System, how will Silver Crow and the rest of Nega Nebulous respond?!...



  • In an effort to discover the truth behind Death Gun, Kirito has entered the Bullet of Bullets tournament in Gun Gale Online, and both he and Sinon the sniper girl have made it to the finals, and the reality of what they discover is stranger than anyt...



  • The mysterious player Morte has manipulated the human guilds into fighting BOTH side of the Elf War! While Kirito challenges him to a duel, Asuna has an important task of her own: steal the battle plans from the Forest Elves so she can end this quest...



  • A Brand-New Battlefield Awaits!The second Squad Jam plays out with Pitohui's actual, real-world death on the line. The only way to prevent the most horrific outcome is for Llenn to kill Pitohui herself...Determined to engage in the battle, she teams ...



  • After a harmless dungeon-crawling adventure with Premiere escalates into a high-level battle called the "Ground Quest," Kirito discovers remnants of the floating castle of Aincrad-a world that should have been destroyed long ago. Determined to find m...



  • Prepare for a full dive!After their battle with the Acceleration Research Society, Kuroyukihime and the other members of Nega Nebulus have finally resolved to face the White Legion, Oscillatory Universe! To have a fighting chance against White Cosmos...



  • Liz, Silica, and Leafa's adventures in ALfheim Online continue!...



  • Gabriel Miller-assuming the identity of Emperor Vecta, the god of darkness-prepares to invade the human lands with his army of fifty thousand. Defending these lands are the remaining Integrity Knights, led by Commander Bercouli, and an army one-tenth...



  • After the battle against the raid boss and receiving an attack from the dark elves, a familiar figure appears before Kirito after: the dark elf swordsman from Sword Art Online, Kizmel! Kirito is also in an event area that should be devoted to rescuin...



  • Prepare for a full dive!For the sake of opposing the White Legion, Oscillatory Universe, a meeting between the Black and Green Legions has been called. But any longtime player of Brain Burst knows that no meeting is complete without a fight! With neg...



  • After a surprise attack leaves the pink chibi Llenn and her trusty partner, M, scrambling, the pair flee to the wasteland. Once fully healed, the two devise a strategy to eliminate their trigger-happy pursuers and seize the Squad Jam victory. With on...



  • "...CAST ASIDE YOUR DISTRACTIONS AND MAINTAIN THE TRANQUILITY OF YOUR HEART."At long last, Kirito and Asuna have reunited with Kizmel the dark elf, and everything is as it should be...Well, almost everything. As the three continue the Elf War campaig...



  • A brand-new battlefield awaits!Old frenemies become staunch allies as the strongest team in the history of Gun Gale is born! This time, LPFM, named for Llenn, Pitohui, Fukaziroh, and M, will enter the third Squad Jam and overcome fierce competition a...



  • After the raid is interrupted, Kizmel tells Kirito and Asuna about the Six Sacred Stones and the two goddesses living within the game. Acting on Seven's advice, Kirito visits the game's console for more clues only to discover the shocking truth behin...



  • Prepare for a full dive!For as long as anyone can remember, Kuroyukihime's one true goal has always been the same: clear Brain Burst and uncover the truth of the Accelerated World. Hoping to help her realize this goal before her graduation, Haruyuki ...



  • Got a rare weapon!When a secret recipe deal with the Elves and Shoemaker guild goes awry, Lisbeth and the girls find themselves haunted by the ghost of Rossa. What could be the connection between Lisbeth's quest and Lux's old friend?!...



  • LUCK BE A LADY TONIGHT!​The seventh floor of Aincrad -- a massive casino where over half the game’s beta testers dropped out before launch. Kirito was among the many who lost everything in its Battle Arena back then. When an informant named Argo ...



  • Read the novel that ignited the phenomenon!The final stress test bleeds into its second day. Driven to desperation by the Integrity Knights' coordinated assault, the Dark Army reveals the ace up their sleeve! Critter, who has been observing the battl...



  • Prepare for a full dive! The crimes of the Acceleration Research Society are numerous and unforgivable. The White Legion, Oscillatory Universe-suspected to be connected to the Society-will answer for their atrocities. After intense negotiation, Ne...



  • A brand-new battlefield awaits! As the third Squad Jam begins to wind down, the special rule takes effect. One player from each group is chosen to become a part of the new Team Betrayers and fight against their friends! LPFM-one of the favorites t...



  • Despite being identical, Premiere and Tia are actually polar opposites and-even worse-enemies. After learning of the sisters' unprecedented potential for world destruction, Kirito and the gang are forced to put their quest on hold in fear of losi...



  • The second day of the final stress test rages on. Lisbeth, Silica, and Asuna push through the pain as they hold out against the Dark Army. But their efforts fall short as Kirito is captured by PoH, the former leader of Laughing Coffin! With PoH's...



  • One month after the third Squad Jam, Karen Kohiruimaki is starting to consider her options outside of GGO...but fate won't let that happen! Out of the blue, past prizewinning SJ teams receive invitations to playtest a GGO game mode with an all-ne...



  • Secret meetings, a strange disease, and one crazy rescue mission shake things up in this long-awaited volume from Reki Kawahara, the celebrated author of Sword Art Online and Accel World!...



  • Prepare for a full dive!The frigid face-off with Oscillatory Universe heats up when a mysterious adversary launches a surprise attack against Nega Nebulus! Silver Crow retreats to the Highest Level with Metatron to try to get ahold of the situation b...



  • Read the novel that ignited the phenomenon!After three hundred years of conflict, a new era begins for the Underworld. The Lost Child of Vecta, who seemed to appear out of nowhere, has defeated the Dark God and given the world its first taste of peac...



  • READ THE NOVEL THAT IGNITED THE PHENOMENON!It's back to the drawing board as the kidnapper just barely slips from Kirito's grasp. The new plan calls for a visit to the scene of the crime so that Asuna can use her scrying art to peek into the past, th...



  • Despite everyone’s best attempts, the Great Separation and resurrection of Aincrad have begun to dismantle the world of SAO. Now Kirito and his friends must head straight into the heart of the floating castle and stop Premiere’s other half, Tia, ...



  • Prepare for a full dive!Despite their grueling battle and narrow victory over Oscillatory Universe, Nega Nebulus was unable to get any hard evidence of the connection between the White Legion and the Acceleration Research Society...or so they thought...



  • Kirito, having explored the latest beta test, has a pretty good idea of what to expect from the newest SAO launch. With Asuna along, the pair hope to experience the official playthrough together, but there’s something about the release that’s a l...



  • Prepare for a full dive!At long last, Haruyuki and the others have exposed the White Legion as the villains they are! Sadly, the celebration is short-lived. In a harrowing turn of events, Kuroyukihime and the other kings fall victim to a deadly trap ...



  • A BRAND-NEW BATTLEFIELD AWAITS!During any difficult encounter, whether in a game or in real life, it's always good to have an exit strategy. In Karen Kohiruimaki's experience, when she gets questions like "What's your type?" she's able to respond wit...



  • "This might be a game, but it's not something you play." - Akihiko Kayaba, Sword Art Online programmerWith no memory of how he got there, Kirito wakes up in a mysterious virtual world, and it's up to him to find a way back home. But with no way to lo...



  • READ THE NOVEL THAT IGNITED THE PHENOMENON!A year has passed since Kirito and Asuna’s return from the Underworld. With them is Alice, who has been given a physical body. But their peace is quickly broken when the three are suddenly thrust into an u...



  • Having procured a boat, Kirito and Asuna are one step closer to unraveling the mysterious new quest on the fourth floor. However, a sudden encounter with a faction of fallen elves proves to be a hurdle they weren’t expecting or prepared for...Toget...



  • A BRAND-NEW BATTLEFIELD AWAITS!The fourth Squad Jam heats up, with the marriage between Karen and businessman Fire Nishiyamada hanging in the balance! Despite this, Llenn cares only about settling her long rivalry with team SHINC. She’s unprepared,...



  • “This might be a game, but it’s not something you play.” -- Akihiko Kayaba, Sword Art Online programmerWithout any memory of his first stint in the Underworld, Kirito has no idea what to expect now that he’s back inside. In his absence, how...



  • PREPARE FOR A FULL DIVE!​Physical attacks and special abilities mean next to nothing against the overwhelming might of the Sun God Inti. However, its defeat is the key to reaching Snow White, which means the hopes of the six Legions once again rest...



  •  READ THE NOVEL THAT IGNITED THE PHENOMENON!​Everyone knows that any good MMO has an abundance of side quests to supplement the main story line. With that in mind, join Kirito and friends for a peek behind the scenes across four never-before-s...



  • READ THE NOVEL THAT IGNITED THE PHENOMENON!​As Kirito, Asuna, and Alice brave the wilds of the mysterious VRMMO Unital Ring, Sinon’s introduction to the world is equally harrowing. After numerous setbacks, she finds herself without friends or equ...



  • A BRAND-NEW BATTLEFIELD AWAITS!​The fourth Squad Jam reaches its conclusion! Llenn and her team’s long-awaited battle with SHINC is interrupted by Fire’s alliance. Faced with a common enemy, Boss agrees to a temporary truce, and the group’s f...



  • To steal the recipe for the Fairy Mallet and complete their quest, Silica and company infiltrate the Elves and Shoemaker guild. But Granze, the guild’s leader, is not so easily outwitted -- using the Gjallarhorn, a legendary instrument that summons...



  • “This might be a game, but it’s not something you play.” -- Akihiko Kayaba, Sword Art Online programmerAfter Kirito and Eugeo’s brush with death in their fight against the goblins, it’s back to the Gigas Cedar, the massive tree that Eugeo...



  • PREPARE FOR A FULL DIVE!​Following a narrow triumph against the Sun God Inti, Haruyuki and company are immediately faced with a new adversary: The Deity of Demise, Tezcatlipoca, whose appearance heralds the ends of the Accelerated World as they kno...



  • A BRAND-NEW BATTLEFIELD AWAITS!​Just a week after the ferocious Squad Jam 4, Llenn and LPFM face a devastating new challenge -- with SHINC at their side! In a drastic departure from GGO’s usual player versus player tournaments, the latest event, ...



  • The Squad Jam is heating up, and Llenn’s in big trouble! She’s pinned down, outgunned, and outnumbered, but only one team stands in her way. With nothing left to lose, she takes the fight to them and charges in, shifting to close-quarters combat!...



  • “This might be a game, but it’s not something you play.” - Akihiko Kayaba, Sword Art Online programmer After Ronie and Tiese try to save their friend from the clutches of nobles Humbert and Raios, the two find themselves at the corrupt knights...



  • READ THE NOVEL THAT IGNITED THE PHENOMENON!   In the world of Unital Ring, the foreboding presence that has been targeting the party finally makes itself known! Elsewhere, a reunion with Seijirou Kikuoka leads Kirito, Asuna, and Alice back to th...



  • A RACE AGAINST THE CLOCK! The secret feud between the Nachtoy and the Korloy families, who control the Volupta Grand Casino on the seventh floor, takes an unprecedented turn when Kirito and Asuna intervene. But when Kirito attempts to expose the Korl...



  • After speaking with Cardinal, Kirito faces many unpleasant truths, and all ofthem lead to Quinella, the Administrator of the Underworld. Her unfathomable power makes her virtually untouchable, but if Kirito wants to have a chance at stopping her, he...



  • READ THE NOVEL THAT IGNITED THE PHENOMENON! Kirito’s chance encounter with Eolyne, a man who bears a heart-rending resemblance to Eugeo, shakes him to his core. But now is no time to be sentimental. The fires of interworld war are being lit one by ...



  • Trapped in a one-on-one fight with an opponent using Kirito’s SAO combat data, Lux is getting to experience firsthand what it’s like to go up against the Black Swordsman himself! Unfortunately, her confidence soon wanes as his power continues to ...



  • A BRAND-NEW BATTLEFIELD AWAITS! After clearing the Five Ordeals, LPFM and SHINC scarcely have a moment to rest before the Fifth Squad Jam is announced. This time, there’s a new rule that’s sure to disorient the participants: Players can swap gear...



  • Determined to put a stop to Death Gun’s killing spree, Kirito and Sinon are competing in the Bullet of Bullets tournament. With only six players remaining, the stakes are higher than ever, and Sinon knows the only way to put her traumatic past behi...



  • On the eightieth floor of the Central Cathedral, Kirito, Asuna, and Alice reunite with the petrified visage of Selka...and discover two more statuesque figures in need of assistance! Before Kirito can figure out a cure, though, he’s pulled away to ...



  • A BRAND-NEWBATTLEFIELD AWAITS! There may be a hundred-million-credit bounty on Llenn’s head, but she’s not going to let that stop her from gunning for the champion’s throne. However, she won’t have the help of SHINC this time thanks to a new...



  • Nearly two months have passed since Kirito and Asuna found themselves trapped in the world of Aincrad. Kirito’s experience with the beta version of the game has put him far ahead of the curve, but it has also attracted the attention of some dangero...



  • PREPARE FOR A FULL DIVE! The Deity of Demise, Tezcatlipoca, has visited pandemonium upon the Accelerated World and driven Haruyuki to withdraw from Nega Nebulus! Parting ways with Kuroyukihime proves difficult, and harder still is surrendering himse...



  • After two hundred long years apart, Kirito has finally been reunited with Ronie and Tiese, as well as Alice’s younger sister, Selka! But Kirito’s face is not the one they’re most shocked to see... Commander Eolyne Herlentz of the Integrity Pilo...



  • Kirito and Asuna have learned a dangerous secret -- the fifth-floor boss will drop a powerful item that might overturn the fragile relationship between the two strongest guilds! On top of that, the intrepid pair stumble across a Romeo-and-Juliet-styl...



  • A BRAND-NEW BATTLEFIELD AWAITS! The fifth Squad Jam has had one surprise twist after another, and it’s finally reaching a climax. Other teams have proven they’re more interested in Llenn’s hundred-million-credit bounty than winning the competit...



  • The battle against the fifth-floor golem boss begins with a bang! Titanic limbs snatch and stomp at the small party of elites Kirito and Asuna hastily brought together, threatening to eviscerate the players long before they get their hands on the fla...



  • The SAO Progressive series continues, following Asuna and Kirito to the sixth floor of Aincrad, where puzzles and brainteasers galore await them! Will our sword-swinging pair burn out on a mental challenge, or will the frightening gang of player-kill...



  • Die in the game, and you die in real life. The only way out is clearing the massive floating castle Aincrad. The pinnacle of heroic sagas kicks off here!  ...



  • Yuuma Ashihara is playing Actual Magic, a virtual reality MMORPG, when it suddenly begins to fuse with the real world. While he tries to make sense of what’s happening, he runs into Sumi, one of his classmates. Before, she was one of the cutest gir...



  • Delve deeper into Kirito’s and Asuna’s pasts in this collection of three short stories adapted to manga for the first time! From their newlywed life in SAO to Asuna's time in ALO, revisit events from throughout the series as they originally appea...



  • Asuna and Kirito narrowly thwarted Morte and his PK gang’s assassination attempt! To solve the mystery of the dangerous poison pick he used in the attack, they head for the dark elf stronghold standing tall amidst the wasteland, Castle Galey. And a...


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Reki Kawahara has published 141 books.

The next book by Reki Kawahara, Sword Art Online Progressive Canon of the Golden Rule, Vol. 2 (manga), will be published in July 2024.

The first book by Reki Kawahara, Sword Art Online: Aincrad, Vol. 1 (manga), was published in March 2014.

No. Reki Kawahara does not write books in series.