The Witcher season 2 is out within the wild and the prequel, Blood Origins, ought to be coming quickly. A couple of books have been lined to this point, so it is time to stay up for what we are able to count on within the subsequent season. We’ll almost definitely be listening to much more from Phillipa Eilhart and Djikstra as they try to wrangle extra management in Redania, and Francesca and the Elves have already began their retaliation upon the north which will not finish nicely for anybody.
Usually talking, the present modifications some particulars however takes the broad strokes of its plots immediately from the Witcher tales written by Polish creator Andrzej Sapkowski, which have been additionally the premise for the CD Projekt Pink The Witcher video games. If you wish to learn the story that The Witcher season 2‘s first episode relies on, for example, you may discover it in The Last Wish, the Witcher e-book we advocate you begin with.
It is not probably the most sophisticated fantasy collection ever, however the launch date is not the correct order to learn them in—that’s, they have not been launched in chronological order. The Witcher began within the ’80s as a collection of quick tales written by Sapkowski for a fantasy journal. Within the ’90s, the tales have been revealed in two collections, which have been adopted by 5 novels, all revealed all through the identical decade. The books have been launched in English in 2007, with Danusia Stok translating the primary two and David French taking on duties from the third e-book.
The Witcher books comply with the story of the titular Witcher, Geralt of Rivia. A Witcher is a mutated human—most definitely a person—who possess supernatural talents and has educated from childhood to battle monsters that emerged throughout the Conjunction of the Spheres. Many tales have been instructed within the Witcher universe, however the central arc follows Geralt as he protects Ciri, a princess whose nation has been conquered and his little one shock. If you’d like sword-wielding motion, romance, household ties and grotesque monsters, you are in the fitting place.
The Witcher books studying order
Let’s get right down to enterprise: what order must you learn the books in? As beforehand talked about, you may wish to ignore the discharge dates and as an alternative learn them in true chronological order in order for you the story to make sense. So, here is your record:
- The Last Wish
- Sword of Destiny
- Blood of Elves
- Time of Contempt
- Baptism of Fire
- The Tower of the Swallow
- The Lady of the Lake
- Season of Storms (non-compulsory; defined under)
You may wish to begin with The Last Wish. Whereas it was revealed second, it is the beginning of the collection, introducing Geralt and establishing the Continent as a backdrop.
The Final Want introduces all the pieces you may see within the video games. Sapkowski units the scene starting with the significance of Geralt’s silver sword with which he kills the monsters. He additionally depicts the often-corrupt governments that reside all through the world, and we meet an ensemble of vibrant characters many people have come to know and love. These embody Dandelion (aka Jaskier), a poet pal of Geralt who’s listening to these tales we’re experiencing, and Yennefer, a sorceress with whom Geralt begins a turbulent relationship.
The story, A Grain of Reality, which options on this assortment kicks off the second season of the Netflix present, telling the story of Nivellen. The remainder of the tales in The Final Want make up a lot of the present’s first season, although it additionally attracts from the e-book it’s best to learn second: Sword of Destiny. It is in Sword of Future that we get to know Ciri, and every story takes place immediately earlier than the primary novels.
A current launch, Season of Storms, takes place inside the tales of The Final Want. Whereas its occasions aren’t integral to the primary arc, it is a lore-heavy entry that is value studying.
Under are the perfect costs for these books individually, however they do get offered collectively on Amazon—the primary six books all together on Amazon US and the first seven bundled together on Amazon UK.
Different Witcher books
Away from the novels, it is also value studying The World of the Witcher, which is a compendium of knowledge created immediately by CD Projekt Pink. It is a fantastically illustrated addition to the collection that comprises all the pieces you may wish to learn about monsters, weapons, folks and locations. Be warned, although, it does characteristic spoilers for the video games and the books. Learn it, and you can also name your self Geralt of Trivia.
There’s a designated Witcher 3: Wild Hunt artwork e-book however it’s fairly uncommon because it was launched solely with collector’s editions. One to look out for although; I do know I at all times do. And there is but extra paintings out there now following the discharge of the Gwent sport, because it too now has its personal artwork e-book: The Art of the Witcher: Gwent Gallery Collection. And to complete the artwork facet of issues off, there is a Witcher Adult Coloring Book that may hold you occupied lengthy into the evening, giving your favorite characters distinctive outfits and portray your personal Witcher photos.
The Witcher graphic novels
Other than the quick tales and novels, graphic novels from Darkish Horse Comics have been launched. Whereas not written by Sapkowski, the comics do a fantastic job of including extras to already launched tales, plus they appear nice because the artwork evokes the nasty themes of the books and video games. Volume 1, Volume 2 and Volume 3 all embody a number of tales every, whereas a collated Library Edition packs all the pieces in a single.
Why ought to I learn them if I’ve performed the video games?
Since you are clearly determined for extra Witcher content material, that is why! One pleasure I took from rereading the collection was studying them with the voices of the video games’ characters in thoughts. I might hear Doug Cockle’s dulcet tone each time Geralt spoke, which provides a better depth to the tales.
They’re great books to learn with complicated political narratives, loads of backstabbing, magic and love. They are not only for fantasy nerds, both; they’re accessible to lovers of all genres who simply need a good collection to learn. As soon as you’ve got learn all of them, you’ll be able to lastly participate within the “What’s higher: the books, Netflix collection or video games?” discourse. Come together with your notes ready.
Studying the books will provide you with a greater sense of the world, flesh out extra of the solid and create a stronger bond between your self and the conditions within the lore. Characters are drawn with extra depth, and though a lot of the plot might be recognized to you if you happen to performed the video games, the books fill in small gaps right here and there.
How devoted are The Witcher video games to the books?
Very, although solely a lot of the books was immediately dropped at the video games. CD Projekt Pink went to nice lengths to carry Sapkowski’s witty, wry and powerful Geralt of Rivia to gamers of the video games. As a result of branching narratives of the video games, the plot relies on the books, quite than a direct retelling of each story. All the things you’ve seen within the video games, nonetheless, from runes to weapons and monsters are featured within the collection of novels.
There’s an attention-grabbing divide between how Sapkowski sees his world and the way it was translated to video games, however readers will discover solely small variations right here and there. Coming to the books from the video games brings a sure spark of life to the battles and fights.
It is value noting although that the video games, particularly ones of such high quality, are designed to carry pleasure and hazard. This may make some sections of the e-book—primarily the political discussions—quite boring as compared. The video games, as a result of they ship the story in bite-sized chunks between the killing and looking, provide probably the most interactive strategy to expertise a part of Geralt’s story.
How devoted to the books is the Netflix Witcher collection?
Much more than the video games, by design. Formally, the Witcher present relies immediately on the books, not the video games. That stated, the present takes some liberties, particularity with timing. To extra naturally introduce viewers to Geralt and the world round him, Season 1’s story is a mixture of The Final Want’s quick tales and the start of Ciri’s arc in Sword of Future.
The primary season was complicated for some people, so Netflix put collectively a gorgeous timeline map to maintain all of it straight (spoiler warning for the books, clearly). The second season is far more linear and simple to grasp, with a number of diversifications to tales right here and there.
The place can I get all these books?
For the reason that profile of The Witcher collection and books has been elevated to sensible, world-famous heights, the books, on the entire, can be found from all the most important retailers, together with Amazon. The one one that could be a bit tough to get, as talked about above, is the collector’s version The Witcher 3 artwork e-book but it surely often seems on eBay sometimes. Nevertheless, on your ease and luxury, see the perfect costs at present occurring all of the books under.