A series of six Fullmetal Alchemist Japanese light novels, written by Makoto Inoue, have been published by Square Enix. The novels are licensed for an English-language release by Viz Media in North America, with translations by Alexander O. Smith. Although Arakawa did not write the novels, she did illustrations for them, including covers and frontispieces. The novels are spin-offs of the manga series and follow the Elric brothers on their continued quest for the Philosopher's Stone. The first novel, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Land of Sand, was animated as the episodes eleven and twelve of the 2003 anime series. The fourth novel also contains an extra story about the military called "Roy's Holiday". Novelizations of three of the PlayStation 2 games, Fullmetal Alchemist and the Broken Angel, Curse of the Crimson Elixir, and The Girl Who Succeeds God—have also been written. The first was authored by Makoto Inoue and the rest by Jun Eishima.
- Fullmetal Alchemist: The Land of Sand
- Fullmetal Alchemist: The Abducted Alchemist
- Fullmetal Alchemist: The Valley of White Petals
- Fullmetal Alchemist: Under the Faraway Sky
- Fullmetal Alchemist: The Ties That Bind
- Fullmetal Alchemist: A New Beginning