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Andrzej Sapkowski Books In Order

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Publication Order of The Witcher Books

Blood of Elves (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Time of Contempt (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Baptism of Fire (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Tower of Swallows (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lady of the Lake (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Season of Storms (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lady of the Lake (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Chronologically, it is advised to read The Last Wish then Sword of Destiny and finally Season of Storms prior to Blood of Elves then read in publication order.

Publication Order of Witcher Collections Books

Sword of Destiny (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Wish (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Hussite Trilogy Books

The Tower of Fools (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Warriors of God (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Light Perpetual (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

The Malady and Other Stories (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon

A Polish fantasy writer who has been creating novels for quite some time now, the author Andrzej Sapkowski is well known and equally well regarded for his insurmountable contributions to the genre over the years. A former economist he soon turned his had to fantasy novels, which quickly became popular, gaining him a cult following throughout Eastern Europe and soon spreading internationally as well, in large part due to his now famous series ‘The Witcher’. Largely known for inspiring the hit video-game of the same name, this was to be his best known series to date, as the game itself gained him an even bigger following than ever before, taking his work to a whole new audience.

Early and Personal Life

Born in Lodz in Poland on the 21st of June in 1948, he was brought up in the area, an upbringing that gave him the insight and experience required for creating his unique and perceptive voice. Always interested in both reading and writing, he would seek to hone and refine his voice over the years, as he articulated his own style and tone of writing. Over the years he would turn to study economics, another lucrative career of his, but it was always fantasy that was his primary interest first and foremost, something he would turn back to in the years to follow.

Previously working in sales and marketing, Andrzej Sapkowski was adept in selling, something which he claims came in useful when promoting his work ‘The Witcher’ in 1986, as he got his initial training and education in economics before working for a foreign trade company where he was a senior sales representative. Using Slavic mythology as well, he credits a variety of different influences in the creation of his work which has established his name and presence on the literary scene with. It was this understanding of myths and legends he then transposed into his fiction, which soon saw his many themes and arcs begin to slowly take shape.

Working as a translator for science-fiction he gained not only an appreciation of the genres, but he also started to explore his own style even further as well. Taking part in a contest organized by a Polish science-fiction and fantasy magazine titled Fantastyka, he wrote his first short story which was to be called ‘The Witcher’, sowing the seeds of what was to become a highly lucrative franchise. Winning third place in the contest, he had the story published in the magazine and it was quickly a hit with both general readers and the critics as well, leading up to him achieving the success he has today.

A television series and a film was created from his series of the ‘The Witcher’ giving it a life on the big and small screen, as it saw the story in various different incarnations. Most notably though a trilogy of role-playing video-games was made from the series, a set of games which was to bring the story onto an international stage, as the games became bestsellers worldwide. Continuing to write and maintain an active involvement in his work through conventions and events to this day, Andrzej Sapkowski will be releasing titles for some time yet it seems.

Writing Career

Winning third place in a short story writing competition in 1986, a contest which Andrzej Sapkowski apparently entered upon a whim by his own volition, he was soon well on his way to becoming a highly regarded and successful fantasy author. With characters compared to those in a Raymond Chandler novel, he is well known for reinvigorating the genre as a whole, giving it his unique and distinctive perspective. Reaching a worldwide audience through his television series, films and, most notably, his video-games, he has gained mass-market appeal on an unprecedented scale.

Translated into a whole host of different languages, these novels have not only become vastly popular in Eastern Europe where the mythology is derived from, but all across the world as well. Receiving a variety of awards from abroad as well as home, this particular franchise has become a massive success for Sapkowski, as he’s also created the Hussite Trilogy and various other novels as well. With his writing career growing from strength-to-strength, it appears he has plenty more novels waiting to be released on the horizon.

Lux Perpetua

Initially published in 2006 on the 13th of June, this was originally brought out through the SuperNOWA publishing label, as it made up the third part in the Hussite Trilogy. Continuing with many of the historical themes that came before, it is well versed in its subject matter, as it pertains to both a sense of mythology as well as history too. Giving the readers more of what they have now come to expect from Sapkowski as an author, it maintains the momentum of the previous novels, along with the style and the overall tone.

Taking place from 1429 until it reaches the Battle of Lipany along with the fall of Taborites, it charts the Hussite Wars, whilst also injecting some fantasy elements of its own. Occuring in Bohemia, Poland and Silesia, it takes its name from the Latin requiem of mass, a factor which is reflected within its themes throughout. Not only is it well researched, but it also has many of the signature elements that Sapkowski has now become famous for as a writer. Wrapping up the story as a whole, it reaches a conclusion for the trilogy as a whole.

Season of Storms

First published in 2013 in January, this was to be the eighth book in the now long-running Witcher series of popular novels, which have lasted for a number of years now. Continuing the saga, it dives straight back into the narrative, giving the readers more of what they want, whilst providing a satisfying continuation of the events. Andrzej Sapkowski is once again in his element as he doesn’t miss a beat keeping the action flowing thick and fast throughout with his now trademark style.

Taking place within the short stories of the Witcher series, it acts as a midquel for the Blood of Elves novel, happening inbetween the stories. With audio versions available as well, it is still waiting to be published in English, but there are comic adaptations of it in the form of ‘Fox Children’ which is currently out now.

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