What is the order to read The Witcher books?

Last Modified Jan 9, 2023 04:47 GMT
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Begin with "The Last Wish," "Sword of Destiny," "Blood of Elves," "Time of Contempt," "Baptism of Fire," "The Tower of Swallows," "Lady of the Lake," and at last, the “Season of Storms.”


The order above is the right order to read Andrzej Sapkowski's The Witcher books, which are a collection of two short stories and six novels. The Netflix series "The Witcher” is based on them.


What is The Witcher series?


For Netflix, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich developed the fantasy drama television series The Witcher. It is based on Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski's book series of the same name. The Witcher explores the stories of Princess Ciri, Yennefer of Vengerberg, and Geralt of Rivia on a fictional continent with medieval influences known as the "Continent." Henry Cavill, Anya Chalotra, and Freya Allan are its main actors.


On December 20, 2019, Netflix released the first season, which had eight episodes. It was based on "The Last Wish" and "Sword of Destiny," two collections of short stories that come before The Witcher's main story. The second season, which had eight episodes as well and was based on the book "Blood of Elves," was made available on December 17, 2021. Beginning in the middle of 2023, the third season of the series will debut. When the fourth season premieres, Liam Hemsworth will take over as Geralt of Rivia.


Source: Official Instagram Account of The Witcher


The narrative opens with Geralt of Rivia, Crown Princess Ciri of Cintra, and sorceress Yennefer of Vengerberg at various points in history, exploring formative occasions that influence their characters throughout the first season before eventually fusing into a single timeline.


Ciri and Geralt have been destined to be together ever since he unknowingly demanded her as payment for his services by using "the Law of Surprise" before she was even born. When the two do finally meet, Geralt takes on the role of the princess' protector and must work with her to fend off her various assailants, protect Ciri and their world, and keep her Elder Blood and potent magic from being misused for evil.


Who wrote the series The Witcher?


The showrunner, producer and screenwriter Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, wrote the series “The Witcher.” The first season's story was non-linear and spread across several eras. Hissrich claimed that Christopher Nolan's 2017 film Dunkirk served as inspiration for this. She noted that while Ciri's story only spanned about two weeks, Yennefer's story spanned roughly 70 years. Additionally, according to Hissrich, Yennefer and Cirilla were given more prominence so that viewers could comprehend them better.


By revealing their backstories in addition to Geralt's, "we get down to the soul of the story. It's the story of a broken family. It's a story of three people who are on their own in the world, really orphans all living in the margins of society who are determined to not need anyone, and yet of course they do."


Source: Official Instagram Account of The Witcher


According to Hissrich, the second season's narrative will build on the first's themes and become more focused. Character interaction will also increase. "When I talk about The Witcher, I always talk about how these three characters come together — Geralt, Ciri, and Yennefer — they come together as a family. It's the most important part of the series for me," Hissrich said.


"And when you start to imagine someone's family, you also need to understand their family of origin. For Geralt, it's his brothers, it's the brotherhood of the witchers. So I'm really excited to get back in and meet Vesemir, his father figure, for the first time, and all of these men that he was raised with since he was seven years old."


Who is Andrzej Sapkowski?


Andrzej Sapkowski (born June 21, 1948) is a Polish fantasy author, essayist, translator, and economist by training. He is best known for his novel series “The Witcher,” which follows the titular "witcher," a monster-hunter named Geralt of Rivia. It began in 1994 with the publication of "Blood of Elves" and ended in 2013 with the publication of "Season of Storms," a standalone prequel novel.


The saga has been adapted for television, film, stage, comic books, and computer games, and it has been translated into 37 languages, making him the second-most-translated Polish science fiction and fantasy author after Stanislaw Lem.


Source: Screengrab from YouTube’s Official Channel of The Witcher Netflix


He was born in Lodz and worked as an economist after graduating from the University of Lodz. Following the success of his first short story, "The Witcher," published in the Fantastyka magazine in 1986, he turned to writing, first as a translator and later as an author of fantasy books.


He was known as the "Polish Tolkien" and wrote 10 novels and 8 collections of short stories, all of which have sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. Many of his works are thought to be characterized by the influence of Slavic mythology. He has won the most coveted science fiction and fantasy award in Poland, the Zajdel Award, five times.


He has also received numerous other honors and awards, such as the David Gemmell Award, the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award, and the Gloria Artis Medal for Merit to Culture.


FAQs


Q. What is the correct order for reading The Witcher books?

A. The correct would be "The Last Wish," "Sword of Destiny," "Blood of Elves," "Time of Contempt," "Baptism of Fire," "The Tower of Swallows," "Lady of the Lake," and at last, the “Season of Storms.”

Q. Who wrote The Witcher?

A. The Witcher books collection is written by Andrzej Sapkowski and the Netflix series is written by Lauren Schidmit Hissrich.

Q. What is the net worth of Andrzej Sapkowski?

A. The net worth Andezej Sapkowski is estimated to be at $19 million, as of 2023.


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