Guide to reading the books of The Witcher: the saga of Geralt de Rivia | we are xbox

The Witcher is one of those franchises that never goes out of style, especially considering the boost it has received with the netflix series and the recent update from the latest installment of the video game saga, The Witcher 3to the new generation.

But the adventures of the sorcerer Geralt de Rivia have their origin in the literary saga, a product of the brilliant mind of its author, Andrzej Sapkowski. In this article we will tell you what is the correct reading order of his stories and novels, something that is essential to have a complete knowledge of this rich and wonderful fantasy universe.

About The Witcher Books

Andrzej Sapkowski wrote The Witcher books over two decades, spanning the years from 1993 to 2013, but never conceived them as a saga. His work, classified within the genre of fantastic literature, was improvised and alternated between short stories and novels.

But publishing success forced him to publish stories and new collections of stories that managed to connect with some parts of the story. And that is how the saga as such was born.

In what order to read The Witcher books?

Taking into account the above, we cannot consider the order of publication of The Witcher books as the most correct, but rather it is appropriate to do so following the events that are narrated

Below you will find the order considered as the ideal to understand correlatively the adventures of Geralt de Rivia, the powerful sorcerer also known as the “White Wolf”.

1. The Last Wish (1993)

First collection of stories. Six independent stories shape this book where you will meet the most important characters in the saga, the origins of the plot, and the story of its protagonist: the legendary sorcerer of the Wolf School, Geralt de Rivia.

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2. Sword of Destiny (1992)

Second collection of stories. This installment introduces some of the characters that will become main figures in The Witcher books. These are 6 independent stories, which were originally published on the pages of the Polish magazine «Fantastyka».

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3. Season of storms (2013)

prequel. Andrzej Sapkowski presented the rawest and darkest version of Geralt of Rivia, openly showing his gritty realism accompanied by black humor and an avid spirit of adventure.

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4. Blood of the Elves (1994)

First volume of the pentalogy. It is considered as the true and first novel of The Saga of Geralt de Rivia, since it presents a central plot. The author abandons short stories to tell a more elaborate story where the true mission of the sorcerer is already glimpsed.

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5. Hate Time (1995)

Second volume of the pentalogy. Direct continuation of The Blood of the Elves and valued by critics as one of the best installments of the saga. As in the previous installment, the story has a center that revolves around Geralt, the sorceress Yennefer and princess Ciri.

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6. Baptism of Fire (1996)

Third volume of the pentalogy. This installment continues the crude adventures of the “white wolf” crossing a devastated territory where it is increasingly difficult to distinguish friends from enemies. The author goes back to the origins a bit, so it can be read independently.

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7. The Tower of the Swallow (1997)

Fourth volume of the pentalogy. This is the most complicated The Witcher book to read in the entire saga, due to the complexity that the story has acquired throughout the previous installments, so it is important to have read them all beforehand.

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8. Lady of the Lake (1999)

Fifth and final volume of the pentalogy. This installment covers, with exceptional moments of great tension, the end of The Witcher’s plot to close its main story.

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9. Road of No Return (2000)

Third collection of stories. In this last work we find 9 stories that take us back to the beginnings of the Geralt de Rivia saga, as they are very reminiscent of the first two volumes. To fully understand the plot of this volume it is advisable to have read the previous books.

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Geralt of Rivia, warlock and superhuman mutant, he makes his living as a monster hunter in a land of magic and fantasy. With his two swords on his shoulder (the steel one for men and the silver one for monsters) he is in charge of eliminating beasts such as strigas, manticores, griffins, vampires, chimeras or werewolves, among others. But only when they threaten the peace.

Ironic, cynical, disbelieving and always wandering, his steps take him from town to town offering his services and discovering that often the real monsters hide under human faces.

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