The Witcher Books Series: EVERYTHING You Need To Know
With the help of the delectable Henry Cavil and the popular Netflix Series, The Witcher Books Series has recently grown immensely in popularity. Here is our roundup of all things Witcher where we have everything from books reading order to the games and tv show… EVERYTHING you need to know!
(Hint: Just below you’ll find the new Witcher season 2 trailer!)
The Witcher Books series consists of 6 fantasy novels and 15 short stories written by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. The series is set in an unnamed continent and revolves around the protagonist, renowned monster-slayer-for-hire Geralt of Rivia, a powerful sorceress Yennefer of Venderburg and Ciri, a girl who is described as Geralt’s destiny. After obtaining something of a cult following in Central and Eastern European countries the series has been successfully adapted into a trilogy of Video Games by CD Projekt Red (with the third title in the series Witcher: Wild Hunt selling over 50 million copies). The most recent addition to the franchise is the Netflix TV show which released in 2019 with a second series expected in 2021.
The Witcher Books Series: Reading Order
The Last Wish – Introducing the Witcher
Introducing Geralt the Witcher – revered and hated – who holds the line against the monsters plaguing humanity in the bestselling series that inspired the Witcher video games and a major Netflix show.
Geralt of Rivia is a Witcher, a man whose magic powers and lifelong training have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin.
Yet he is no ordinary killer: he hunts the vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent.
But not everything monstrous-looking is evil; not everything fair is good . . . and in every fairy tale there is a grain of truth.
Geralt the Witcher – revered and hated – holds the line against the monsters plaguing humanity.
Geralt of Rivia is a Witcher, a man whose magic powers and lifelong training have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Yet he is no ordinary killer: he hunts the vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent. But not everything monstrous-looking is evil; not everything fair is good . . . and in every fairy tale there is a grain of truth.
The Witcher, Geralt of Rivia, holds the fate of the world in his hands.
For more than a hundred years, humans, dwarves, gnomes and elves lived together in relative peace. But times have changed, the uneasy peace is over and now the races are fighting once again – killing their own kind and each other.
Into this tumultuous time is born a child of prophecy, Ciri, surviving heiress of a bloody revolution, whose strange abilities can change the world – for good, or for evil…
As the threat of war hangs over the land, Geralt the Witcher must protect Ciri from those who are hunting the child for her destructive power.
But this time, Geralt may have met his match.
The adventures of Geralt the Witcher continue in this second novel.
The kings and armies are manoeuvring for position, each fearing invasion from across the river, each fearing their neighbours more. Intrigue, dissent and rebellion fester on all sides.
After decades of oppression, the elves and other races are fighting each other and attacking the humans – and with growing numbers preparing for battle, the threat of all-out war looms ever greater.
Against this backdrop of fear, Geralt and Yennefer must protect Ciri, the orphaned heir who is sought by all sides. For the child of prophecy has the power to change the world – if she lives to use it.
Geralt of Rivia is on a mission to save his ward, Ciri, and with her the world in the third book in the Witcher Books Series.
The Wizards Guild has been shattered by a coup and, in the uproar, Geralt was seriously injured. The Witcher is supposed to be a guardian of the innocent, a protector of those in need, a defender against powerful and dangerous monsters that prey on men in dark times.
But now that dark times have fallen upon the world, Geralt is helpless until he has recovered from his injuries.
While war rages across all of the lands, the future of magic is under threat and those sorcerers who survive are determined to protect it. It’s an impossible situation in which to find one girl – Ciri, the heiress to the throne of Cintra, has vanished – until a rumour places her in the Niflgaard court, preparing to marry the Emperor.
Injured or not, Geralt has a rescue mission on his hands.
Geralt the Witcher races to find his missing ward, Ciri.
The world has fallen into war. Ciri, the child of prophecy, 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.
There is only one place left to run. The tower of the swallow is waiting…
The fifth novel in the New York Times bestselling Witcher books series.
After walking through a portal in the Tower of the Swallow, thus narrowly escaping death, the Witcher girl, Ciri, finds herself in a completely different world… a world of the Elves. She is trapped with no way out. Time does not seem to exist and there are no obvious borders or portals to cross back into her home world.
But this is Ciri, the child of prophecy, and she will not be defeated. She knows she must escape to finally rejoin the Witcher, Geralt, 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.
Before he was Ciri’s guardian, Geralt of Rivia was a legendary swordsman.
Geralt. The witcher whose mission is to protect ordinary people from the monsters created with magic. A mutant who has the task of killing unnatural beings. 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?
Andrzej Sapkowski returns to his phenomenal world of the Witcher in a stand-alone novel where 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 season of storms is coming…
The Witcher Books Series: Graphic Novels
The Witcher Book series has also been successfully adapted into a series of comic books and are now available in graphic novels collections. With another episode due out on July 21st catch up with the series so far with the below titles!
Travelling near the edge of the Brokilon forest, monster hunter Geralt meets a widowed fisherman. The fisherman’s dead and murderous wife resides in a eerie mansion known as the House of Glass. Which seems to have endless rooms, nothing to fill them with, and horror around every corner.
Geralt’s journey leads him aboard a ship of fools, renegades, and criminals. But some passengers are more dangerous than others. One hides a heinous secret that could lead crew and passengers to a bitter and hideous fate at the hand of a vengeful fox mother!
Explore the dark and gritty world of the hit video game series, as Geralt and Ciri become embroiled in a brutal story of revenge. In this ruthless world, the past always comes back to haunt you, and nothing is as it seems.
Geralt is summoned by an old acquaintance to help solve a mystery involving his daughter. Upon arriving to investigate the situation, however, Geralt is surprised to find Dandelion, and the duo unexpectedly find themselves transported to regions beyond. After arriving in a dangerous and enigmatic location by mistake, they are forced to hide their identities while faced with an impossible task. Geralt works side by side with a local woman to defeat the dark forces plaguing the land. But he soon discovers that the situation at hand, only leads to more trouble for the witcher and results in all signs pointing towards him as the prime suspect.
The Video Games
The Witcher was adapted into a series of fantasy action role-playing games developed by CD Projekt Red. The main series began in 2007 with the release of The Witcher, and concluded with 2015’s The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, which is the most successful game in the series selling over 50 million copies. As well as the main three games in the series, there are two expansion packs and three spin-off games. The main titles in the series are as follows:
The Witcher blurs the line between good and evil in a world where moral ambiguity reigns. It is a harsh world where nothing is black or white, right or wrong, often forcing one to choose between the lesser of two evils to advance. You become the hero in a narrative, defined by your actions, which brings together story telling and action. Assume the role of a white-haired witcher named Geralt, a renowned monster-slayer-for-hire and master swordsman with superhuman strength and reflexes. While trying to regain his lost memory, Geralt unwillingly becomes involved in a power struggle that could change the world. Available on PC only.
The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
Assassins Of Kings continues the adventures of the Medieval monster hunter for hire, Geralt of Rivia, and his search for the truth of his forgotten past and the treachery surrounding him. Available on PC and Xbox 360.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The most successful title in The Witcher Games Series. This sweeping open world has you again playing as Geralt of Rivia and becoming a monster slayer for hire embarking on an epic journey to track down the child of prophecy, a living weapon capable of untold destruction.
Available on: PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. Click here to view on Amazon >>
The Witcher On Netflix
In 2019 Netflix released the long anticipated TV adaption to the Witcher Books Series, available to stream on it’s platform. The first season consists of eight episodes and is based on The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny, which are collections of short stories that precede the main Witcher saga. It stars Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, Freya Allan as Ciri and Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg. The show initially follows Geralt of Rivia, Crown Princess Ciri, and the sorceress Yennefer of Vengerberg at different points of time, exploring formative events that shaped their characters, before eventually merging into a single timeline detailing the invaders from Nilfgaard. On it’s debut The Witcher was the third most in demand streaming original (only behind Stranger things and The Mandolorian). The success of the TV show also increased sales in the games series by a large margin.
Response to the series:
The Author himself Andrzej Sapkowski has seemed pleased with the Netflix adaption of his books. “I was more than happy with Henry Cavill’s appearance as The Witcher. He’s a real professional. Just as Viggo Mortensen gave his face to Aragorn (in The Lord of the Rings), so Henry gave his to Geralt — and it shall be forever so.”
The series was met with mostly positive reviews from critics. “If you’re looking for an original dark fantasy with some horror elements, some bare skin and plenty of blood and gore (and monsters) look no further.” Erik Kain of Forbes
A second eight-episode season is set to be released in late 2021. Filming has just been wound up and we are hotly anticipating it’s release!
Watch the trailer for season 2 below:
And if that’s not enough Geralt of Rivia for you then there is a whole load of Witcher merchandise out there. You can also bag yourself your own Witcher in the form of this cute pop vinyl! Check it out on Amazon here >>
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