What Is The Order To Read The Witcher Book Series

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The Witcher is a fantasy novel series written by Andrzej Sapkowski is a collection of five novels (the witcher saga), 15 short stories that are combined in The Last wish and Sword of Destiny, and the stand-alone novel Season of Storm.

This series describes a ‘witcher’ around a monster. Geralt the Witcher revered and hated holds the line against the monsters plaguing humanity in this collection of adventures in the New York Times bestselling series that inspired the blockbuster video games. The video games have been even more successful, with more than 50 million copies sold as of May 2020.

The Witcher books have been translated into 37 languages. As of 2019, over 15 million copies are sold of the series worldwide.

The books are also adapted into a film titled The Hexer and Netflix’s series The Witcher is also based on this series of books and two comic book series are also there.

The Witcher Book Series In Order

Order Title No. of Pages Publication Date (English Edition)
1 The Last Wish 384 pages May 1, 2008, by Orbit
2 Sword of Destiny 400 pages December 1, 2015, by Orbit
3 Blood of Elves 432 pages May 8, 2018, by Orbit
4 Time of Contempt 352 pages August 27, 2013, by Orbit
5 Baptism of Fire 400 pages June 24, 2014, by Orbit
6 The Tower of the Swallow 444 pages May 19, 2016, by Gollancz
7 The Lady of the Lake 540 pages March 16, 2017, by Gollancz
8 Season of Storms 368 pages 7 Mar. 2019, by Gollancz

Short Stories:

Have you read The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny yet? Yes? Good, that will be really helpful – essential even – because those two books introduce all the key characters in this saga. Here you’ll find lots of lusty dialogue and plenty of caustic humor!

What Is The Order To Read The Witcher Book Series
What Is The Order To Read The Witcher Book Series

The Last wish

The Last Wish is a collection of separate short stories. The Polish edition of The Last Wish was originally published after Sword of Destiny. So, if you will start with Sword of Destiny you are going to be a bit lost as it is a bit confusing and if you want to go deep and want to understand The Witcher World better then The Last Wish is the one you should read first.

The Last Wish will introduce you to the beloved character of the series Geralt, the mutant witcher. Geralt is a bounty hunter who kills monsters for money.

Geralt is a Witcher, and his magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious elixir, have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Yet he is no ordinary murderer: his targets are the multifarious monsters and vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent.

But not everything monstrous-looking is evil and not everything fair is good…and in every fairy tale, there is a grain of truth.

What Is The Order To Read The Witcher Book Series
What Is The Order To Read The Witcher Book Series

Sword of Destiny

Sword of Destiny is the second volume and also a collection of short stories about the adventures of the witcher Geralt of Rivia which was published before The Last Wish but in reading order, it comes after The Last Wish.

Geralt’s close friends the bard Dandelion and the sorceress Yennefer who were introduced in The Last Wish are here in this volume.

Sword of Destiny also features young Ciri, whose fate will be bound to Geralt forever, and who appears in all of the following volumes.

The Witcher Saga:

Once you’ve read Sword of Destiny, you’ll be ready for the 5-volume saga starting with Blood of Elves. This third book is actually Volume 1 of the 5-volume saga.

What Is The Order To Read The Witcher Book Series
What Is The Order To Read The Witcher Book Series

Blood of Elves

Blood of Elves is the third book in order to read the series and the first volume of The Witcher Saga. This story is the sequel to The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny and was released until Time of Contempt. This story is told about a girl whose name is Cirilla nickname is the lion-cub of Cintra. She is the granddaughter of Queen Calanthe of Cintra.

The Witcher, Geralt of Rivia, becomes the guardian of Ciri, surviving heiress of a bloody revolution and prophesied savior of the world.

As the threat of war hangs over the land and Ciri is hunted for her extraordinary powers, it will become Geralt’s responsibility to protect them all – and the Witcher never accepts defeat.

What Is The Order To Read The Witcher Book Series
What Is The Order To Read The Witcher Book Series

Time of Contempt

There are conspiracy, betrayal, revenge, and deaths… and war is getting closer.

Another action-packed volume, Time of Contempt is the Second novel of The Witcher saga, Following Blood of Elves.

Geralt is a witcher: guardian of the innocent; protector of those in need; a defender, in dark times, against some of the most frightening creatures of myth and legend. His task, now, is to protect Ciri. A child of prophecy, she will have the power to change the world for good or for ill but only if she lives to use it.

To protects Ciri, Geralt sends her away from the home of the Witchers to train with the sorceress Yennefer. But all is not well within the Wizard’s Guild.

What Is The Order To Read The Witcher Book Series
What Is The Order To Read The Witcher Book Series

Baptism of Fire

Baptism of Fire is the third novel of The Witcher Saga, focusing on Geralt and Dandelion. A deadly coup within the Wizard’s Guild leaves the Witcher, Geralt of Rivia, gravely injured, and his ward Ciri missing in the third book.

War is raging and they need to stay clear of the combat zones, but without losing too much time, because they have to save Ciri.

What Is The Order To Read The Witcher Book Series
What Is The Order To Read The Witcher Book Series

The Tower of the Swallow

Lots of unexpected plot twists in The Tower of the Swallow, the fourth book of The Witcher Saga.  This book tells stories of several different characters that offer their own take on events.

The world has fallen into war and the child of prophecy, Ciri has vanished. Hunted by friends and foes alike, she has taken on the guise of a petty bandit and lives free for the first time in her life.

But the net around her is closing. Geralt, the Witcher, has assembled a group of allies determined to rescue her. Both sides of the war have sent brutal mercenaries to hunt her down. Her crimes have made her famous.

What Is The Order To Read The Witcher Book Series
What Is The Order To Read The Witcher Book Series

The Lady of the Lake

The Lady of the Lake is the fifth and final book of The Witcher Saga. In this book, a young maiden whose name is Condwiramurs meets The Lady Of the lake, whose name is Nimue, to study Geralt and Ciri.

Separated from Geralt and her destiny Ciri is trapped in a world ruled with no way out by the Elves. Time does not seem to exist and there are no obvious borders or portals to cross back into her home world.

But the child of prophecy will not be defeated. She will need all her training as a fighter and sorceress to return to her own time.

She knows she must escape to finally rejoin the Witcher and his companions – and also to try to conquer her worst nightmare. Leo Bonhart, the man who chased, wounded, and tortured Ciri, is still on her trail. And the world is still at war.

What Is The Order To Read The Witcher Book Series
What Is The Order To Read The Witcher Book Series

Season of Storms (Standalone Novel)

Writer of the series Sapkowski calls Season of Storms a “side-quel,” i.e. neither a prequel nor a sequel, but a story alongside the main one. Don’t read it before Baptism of Fire. If you loved the thrilling battle scenes, the characters’ disillusioned sense of humor, the many quests, and Geralt, Yennefer, Ciri, and the others’ endearing characters, you’ll find all that and more in Season of Storms!

Geralt, The witcher whose mission is to protect ordinary people from the monsters created with magic. He uses a magical sign, potions, and the pride of every witcher – two swords, steel, and silver. But what would happen if Geralt lost his weapons?

In the stand-alone novel Geralt fights, travels, and loves again, Dandelion sings and flies from trouble to trouble, sorcerers are scheming and across the whole world, clouds are gathering.

The Witcher Book Series Characters List

Here is the list of the main characters of The Witcher Book series. This list includes the list of main characters from the novels Sword of Destiny, The Last wish, Blood of Elves, Time of Contempt, Baptism of Fire, The Tower of the Swallow, The Lady of the Lake, and Season of Storms.

  • Geralt of Rivia: Geralt of Rivia, is a witcher and is the main protagonist of the Witcher series. Geralt has been described as a character embodying “the neo-liberal anti-politics” spirit of the Polish popular culture of the 1990s. He is linked to Ciri by destiny, this being the central plot of the book series.
  • Ciri of Cintra: One of the main characters of the Witcher saga is Fiona Elen Riannon, known as Ciri. Cirilla is the Lady of Time and Space and the princess of Cintra. She is the daughter of Pavetta and Duny and the granddaughter of Queen Calanthe.
  • Yennefer of Vengerberg: Sorceress Yennefer of Vengerberg (Yen or Yenna) is described as possessive. She is one of the most powerful mages on the continent and is surpassed by only a handful. She became the lover of Geralt.
  • Triss Merigold: Triss Merigold of lauda. She is like an older sister to Ciri and took care of her for some time. She was a member of the Lodge of Sorceresses. Triss is in love with Geralt.
  • Dandelion (Jaskier): Julian Alfred Pankratz, Viscount of Lettenhove, commonly known as Dandelion (Polish: Jaskier) is a poet, minstrel, bard, and Geralt’s best friend.
  • King Foltest: King Foltest is the king of Temeria, and is involved in an incestuous affair with his sister that produced a daughter, although both the mother and child die in childbirth.
  • Milva: Maria Barring (known as Milva) is a talented female archer who was one of the few non dryads who was tolerated in Brokilon. She joined Geralt’s quest to find Ciri.
  • Cahir Mawr Dyffryn aep Ceallach: Cahir Mawr Dyffryn aep Ceallach (known as Cahir) was an intelligence officer in the Nilfgaardian army who would later join Geralt’s Hansa.
  • Emiel Regis Rohellec Terzieff-Godefroy: Emiel Regis Rohellec Terzieff-Godefroy (known as Regis) was a higher vampire and a member of Geralt’s Hansa.
  • Angoulême: Angoulême was a fair hair girl who resembled Ciri. She belongs to the rich Cintran family. She join a gang called the Nightingales. She would later end up joining Geralt’s Hansa.
  • Philippa Eilhart: Philippa Eilhart was King Vizimir’s advisor and remained in Redania’s court. Philippa was a very powerful sorceress and was one of the few to have the ability to polymorph.
  • Dijkstra: Sigismund Dijkstra was the spymaster in Vizimir’s court. He considered himself to be close friends with Philippa and was in love with her.
  • Vilgefortz: Vilgefortz of Roggeveen was a member of the Chapter of the Conclave and was a very powerful sorcerer.
  • Leo Bonhart: Leo was one of the most famous bounty hunters on the continent. He was nearly seven feet tall though he was described as being ghoulish and having fish-like eyes.
  • Eredin (King of the Wild Hunt): Eredin is a figure that leads a horde of ghastly riders across the sky. In The Swallow’s Tower, he and Avallac’h lure Ciri to the tower, which led to her imprisonment in the world belonging to Aen Elle.
  • Mousesack: Mousesack is a druid from the Skellige Islands and a good friend of Geralt. He helps raise Ciri before the Slaughter of Cintra.
  • Queen Calanthe: Calanthe is the queen of Cintra and a grandmother of Ciri. She dies during the Slaughter of Cintra.
  • Yarpen Zigrin: A dwarf who aids Geralt many times from the hunting down of a golden dragon to aid him on the trail.

About the Writer:

What Is The Order To Read The Witcher Book Series
Andrzej Sapkowski, the writer of the Witcher book series

Andrzej Sapkowski was born in Poland in 1948. He is a major heroic-fantasy writer: his oeuvre has received Poland’s Janusz A. Zajdel prize five times, as well as Great Britain’s David Gemmell Award for Fantasy, in 2009.

In 2016, he received the World Fantasy Award—Life Achievement in the United States. What has made Andrzej Sapkowski’s style so successful is the unique blend of folk tales and very contemporary realism. With a good bit of violence, a rogues’ gallery of endearingly imperfect characters, and a smattering of sex, the whole is leavened with irony and dark humour.

Official Page: Andrzej Sapkowski

Frequently Asked Questions:

How many Witcher books are out?

1. The Last Wish, 2. Sword of Destiny, 3. Blood of Elves, 4. Time of Contempt, 5. Baptism of Fire, 6. The Tower of the Swallow, 7. The Lady of the Lake, 8. Season of Storms

Is The Witcher book series finished?

Yes, The final book of the series is titled The Lady of the Lake was released in 1999 and it serves as the end of the book series.

What is the correct order of the Witcher books?

1. The Last Wish, 2. Sword of Destiny, 3. Blood of Elves, 4. Time of Contempt, 5. Baptism of Fire, 6. The Tower of the Swallow, 7. The Lady of the Lake, 8. Season of Storms

Will there be more Witcher books?

After the success of the games, In multiple interviews statements Andrzej Sapkowskin said that he will continue writing on the series wich will be based on different stories based on Geralt of Rivia and other characters from the witcher universe.

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