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Best Shadowrun Books to Read

There are countless Shadowrun courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

1. Shadowrun Legends: Never Deal with a Dragon: Secrets of Power, Volume 1 (2018)

Best Shadowrun Books to ReadThe year is 2050. The power of magic and the creatures it brings have returned to the earth, and many of the ancient races have re-emerged. Elves, Orks, Mages, and lethal Dragons find a home in a world where mana, technology, and human flesh have melded into deadly urban predators. And the multinational mega-corporations that run the world hoard the only thing of real value—information.For Sam Verner, living in the womb of the Renraku conglomerate was easy, until his sister disappeared and the façade of the corporate reality began to disintegrate. Now he…
Author(s): Robert N. Charrette

2. Shadowrun Forbidden Arcana (2017)

Best Shadowrun Books to ReadMagic is wild. Magic is undisciplined. You can try to impose order and understanding on it, but that’s just surface. Underneath is chaos, an erratic heart beating to a staggering rhythm. You don’t control it, any more than a surfer controls twenty-meter-tall wave; you don’t direct the wave, you ride it, capture a piece of its power, and hope to survive. If you do it right, though, you catch a portion of unimaginable power-power those who control the Sixth World don’t want you to have. All the more reason to push past their boundaries and grab it. Forbidden Arcana offers dozens of…
Author(s): Catalyst Game Labs

3. Shadowrun: The Johnson Run (2019)

Best Shadowrun Books to ReadKeandra’s been around for a long time, outliving most Shadowrunners twice over. With a legacy of runs under her belt, she has the solid reputation and wisdom that comes with surviving the shadows longer than most. Looking for a way to cash in on her street cred, Keandra comes up with a novel idea: Why not set herself up as a Johnson? With her rep, she could take on the high-paying jobs act as the in-between, and collect payment with no risk? With her rep, she could take on high paying jobs and farm them out to other capable teams, minus a small cut as a finder’s fee. Everyone wins,…
Author(s): Kai O’connal

4. Shadowrun: Fire & Frost (2014)

Best Shadowrun Books to Read“The coldest shadows. Arcano-archaeologist Elijah knows that digging into the past can be its own reward–or peril. When he’s hired to find an ancient map purported to lead to a mysterious location at the bottom of the world, his professional curiosity is more than roused. But his quest to simply get his hands on the map is more dangerous than he expected–even for a shadowrunner. He and his own team of runners–including everything from a goblin rigger to a troll street samurai–follow a murky trail that takes them from the ruins of Chicago to the jungles of Amazonia. Along the way, they discover that…
Author(s): Kai O’Connal

5. Shadowrun: Sprawl Stories: Volume One (2019)

Best Shadowrun Books to ReadThe Sixth World is a dangerous place, and nowhere is that more obvious than in Seattle, the so-called Emerald City. Surrounding its neon-drenched heart is kilometer after kilometer of Sprawl, where millions of people scratch out a living among hazardous, slowly decaying neighborhoods and even more dangerous neighbors.Sprawl Stories contains four Shadowrun novellas that explore Seattle through the eyes of the people who live there every day. A burned-out mage detective tackles a missing person case that threatens to spiral beyond his control. A reporter goes on the ride-along of her life with a high-octane…
Author(s): John Helfers, Russell Zimmerman, et al.

6. Shadowrun Street Grimoire SC (2016)

Best Shadowrun Books to ReadSpells, Rituals, Alchemical Preparations, Adept Powers, Metamagics – All Of Those Elements And More Can Be Used To Help An Awakened Shadowrunner Move Off The Streets And Get A Taste Of The High Life. Street Grimoire Has More Options For Shadowrun Players, Along With Information On Magical Traditions, Magic Societies, And The Dangers And Benefits Of Living As A Spellcaster In A World Where “Geek The Mage First” Is A Common Adage. With Deeper Rules, Deadlier Threats, And Dozens Of Ways To Have Fun, Street Grimoire Is An Essential Book For Anyone Playing Shadowrun, Fifth Edition….
Author(s): Jason Andrew

7. Mr. Johnson’s Little Black Book (Shadowrun) (2004)

Best Shadowrun Books to ReadI’ve got a job for you. Call me Mr. Johnson. I m like a fixer for the corps. I know everybody who s anybody from suit-and-tie boardroom predators to the lowliest street-level scavengers. I know the best sprawl sites for scoring new talent, exchanging goods without interruption or hiding out from the assassins on your tail. I like to ensure that the people I hire can execute a well-planned black ops job and keep their faces from being splashed all over the screamsheets. My files on you say that you re right for what I have in mind. Interested? Mr. Johnson s Little Black…
Author(s): FanPro

8. Terminus Experiment Shadowrun (2003)

Best Shadowrun Books to ReadIn the year 2060, violence rules the streets of Seattle and a conspiracy is hatched to spread a plague of vampirism. When Rachel Meyer’s boyfriend Warren Storey is abducted by these conspirators, she hires shadowrunners to find Warren and bring him back. But the runners uncover a plot by Dr. Oslo Wake to transform all metahumans into walking dead. For Dr. Wake is developing a new strain of the virus that causes vampirism. The strain is far from perfected. Now, Warren has become a test subject in a medical procedure to create these unstoppable creatures. It’s up to Rachel and her vampire hunter friends…
Author(s): Jonathan E. Bond, Jak Koke

9. Run Hard, Die Fast (Shadowrun, FAS5741)) (2003)

Best Shadowrun Books to ReadTop shadowrunner and street samurai Argent meets with a potential client only to be caught in the middle of a deadly corporation crossfire that leaves corpses scattered across the streets. It turns out the meeting was arranged by Argent’s former lover, who is trapped in the Pueblo Corporate Council lands. On the run, and hunted by assault teams, she knows that Argent’s samurai code of honor will drive him to protect her. But in order to save her, he must confront the secrets of his past, and assemble a rag-tag team of mercenaries to elude the three corporations that have decided everyone involved would be better off…
Author(s): Fanpro

10. Shadowrun Denver 1 Serrated Edge (2016)

Best Shadowrun Books to ReadThe Sixth World is many things, including a stunning series of case studies on the mechanisms of hate. There are some true experts out there, people who know that just walking up to someone or something you don’t like and throwing a solid punch is satisfying, but nowhere near as satisfying as causing destruction that runs deep and lasts forever. The Aurora Warrens of Denver hold a dark secret, as some people trusted to help its residents are instead giving full rein to their darkest impulses. Shadowruuners typically are not heroes riding in to save the day, but in this case the work they’re being offered gives them a chance to…
Author(s): Catalyst

11. Shadowrun Dark Terrors (2018)

Best Shadowrun Books to ReadPiercing the Night You heard the scream. It’s important to remember that. Sometimes, when it’s late, and you hear something that sounds like a scream echoing through dark alleys, you try to convince yourself that it was something else. An animal. An illusion. Anything but what it sounded like. But it was a scream. You heard it, and you’ll hear it again, because in the Sixth World, the supply of terror is growing. Bug spirits work to devour corporations from within. Shedim claim dead bodies and mobilize to their own dark ends. And the hidden corners of the metaplanes and the Matrix contain creatures that are best not imagined,…
Author(s): Catalyst Game Labs

12. Shadowrun Gear Cards 1 (2014)

Best Shadowrun Books to ReadIf You?E A Shadowrunner, You Know That Danger Is Always Waiting Around The Next Corner. You Better Be Ready For It. The Right Gun, The Right Vehicle, Or The Right Piece Of Equipment Can Be The Difference Between Life And Death. So Make Sure You Have What You Need And Can Use It Fast.Shadowrun Gear Cards, Series 1Provide Quick Reference To 54 Different Pieces Of Gear, Making It Easy To Use Them In A Game. Containing Game Stats And Illustrations Of Guns, Vehicles, Drones, And More, These Cards Are A Handy Reference To Keep The Game Moving And Make Sure Characters Have What They…
Author(s): Catalyst Game Labs

Best Shadowrun Books to Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some shadowrun books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Shadowrun: Rigger 5.0 - Core Rigger Handbook

Author(s): Catalyst Game Labs
Publisher: Catalyst Game Labs, Year: 2015, Size: 19 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1419311

Shadowrun 5th Edition Core Rulebook

Author(s):
Publisher: Catalyst Game labs, Year: 2013, Size: 103 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1017260

New Seattle Sourcebook

Author(s): Fanpro
Publisher: Fanpro, Year: 2005, Size: 49 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 399186

Shadowrun: State of the Art 2063

Author(s): Fanpro
Publisher: , Year: 2005, Size: 41 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 439609

Shadowrun: Sprawl Survival Guide

Author(s): Fanpro
Publisher: , Year: 2004, Size: 36 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 426550

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are absolutely best-sellers according to The New York Times, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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