Thanks to the new Netflix show, The Witcher seems to be more popular than ever right now. You can (and should) catch up on the Witcher games on PC for cheap if you’re into that sort of thing. But if you’re looking to sink even deeper into the lore by way of the source material, you’ll definitely want to check out the Witcher books.
Written by the Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, the Witcher books series stars Geralt of Rivia, a monster hunter who also happens to be a mutant who can cast spells. He roams from town to town, slaying monsters for hire, while also getting wrapped up in the affairs of the fantasy world he inhabits.
The Witcher Books
- The Last Wish
- Sword of Destiny
- Blood of Elves
- The Time of Contempt
- Baptism of Fire
- The Tower of the Swallows
- The Lady of the Lake
- Season of Storms
If you want to read the books, you can find details about the titles in our Witcher books reading order article. Or you can just check out the Amazon links above, which follow our recommended reading order.
The books are available in a variety of formats, from paperback and Kindle to audiobook and hardcover. Stock can be iffy on the physical copies, though. In any case, pick your preferred medium and buy the books one at a time or all together to dive deeper into the world of the Witcher.
A word on the reading order: While Sword of Destiny was the first book published, it actually isn’t the best book to get acquainted to the source material. Instead, the general consensus is that you should start with The Last Wish, a collection of stories that introduce readers to the world and particulars of the Witcher universe, followed by Sword of Destiny.
After that, it’s time to dive into the five novels that make up the Witcher saga. Here’s where you’ll get the full fantasy epic of Geralt, Ciri, Tess, Yennefer, and the rest.
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