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The Original Series

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The Original Series is the retroactive name given to the original four Halo novels. It consists of Halo: The Fall of Reach (2001, Eric Nylund), Halo: The Flood (2003, William C. Dietz), Halo: First Strike (2003, Eric Nylund), and Halo: Ghosts of Onyx (2006, Eric Nylund).

The series covers the origins of SPARTAN-II program and SPARTAN-III program, with a particular focus on John-117 and Blue Team. These novels set up the events of the original trilogy of Halo games, Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo 2, and Halo 3.


Title Cover Author Audio book narrators Publication Summary
Halo: The Fall of Reach HTFOR Cover 2010 edition.jpg Eric Nylund Todd McLaren 2001 Details the SPARTAN-II program, the Covenant attack on Reach, and how the UNSC Pillar of Autumn escaped to Halo.
Halo: The Flood Front cover of Halo: The Flood. William C. Dietz Todd McLaren 2003 The novelization of Halo: Combat Evolved. Also features a number of additional subplots which expand on the events on Installation 04.
Halo: First Strike Firststrike2.jpg Eric Nylund Todd McLaren 2003 Fills in the gap between Halo: Combat Evolved and Halo 2, explaining the Master Chief's return to Earth and the survival of a number of characters from Reach and Halo.
Halo: Ghosts of Onyx Onyx cover.jpg Eric Nylund Jonathan Davis 2006 Follows Kurt-051, the training of the Spartan-IIIs on Onyx, and the three-sided battle for the planet in 2552.


As the original novels, these novel form the groundwork for the majority of Halo lore released after 2006.