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Kvothe
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Witcher reading order
I binged the new show over weekend and I liked it enough to want to read the source material.

Can anyone suggest an order in which to read them in?


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re: Witcher reading order
The Last Wish.
Sword of Destiny.
Blood of Elves.
Time of Contempt.
Baptism of Fire.
The Tower of Swallows.
The Lady of the Lake.
Season of storms.


Kvothe
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Well, thank you very much


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jamsmiley
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re: Witcher reading order
Also was interested in reading them. found out that 3 books are filled with a collection of stories that are basically prequels of the novels.


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The last wish and sword of destiny are both collections of short stories that setup the background for the novels.

Season of storms is a novelette that basically just tells a prequel side story that isn't related to the series overall, but is entertaining.

The other 5 are the main novel storyline.


Kvothe
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auyushu


Has read every fantasy novel out there and is a fantastic resource and contributor to book board. Just saying


Sneaky__Sally
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Has read every fantasy novel out there and is a fantastic resource and contributor to book board. Just saying


Can confirm. Also are the witcher books standalone good? Or are they best enjoyed by the fans of the games?

Does the show follow the same storyline?


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Also are the witcher books standalone good? Or are they best enjoyed by the fans of the games?

Does the show follow the same storyline?


The books are very good, you don't need to play the games to enjoy them. I personally started reading them after I played the first Witcher game when it came out (wound up having to read a fan translation of the series due to only the last wish and blood of elves being translated to English until the last few years). I personally found that reading the books made the games tremendously more enjoyable, but I'm sure that goes both ways.

The first season of the TV show basically follows the two short story books, The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny. The TV show follows the books more closely than any TV/movie adaptation I've ever seen. Which is both awesome and slightly confusing for some people with no Witcher background, as Sapkowski is very much a show and not tell type author. The short stories and the TV show bounce back and forth in time to tell the story and set up the novels, which can be confusing until context clues allow you to figure it out.

I'd highly recommend both reading the books and watching the show.


Sneaky__Sally
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Cool, just started the show - will probably binge tonight and add the books to my list for this year


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AtticusOSullivan
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I have recently read them all and was leery of the short story ones that lead the series. Turns out they were my favorite. The main novel's tend to get away from Geralt more and more as they progress. They were still good but I enjoy Geralts parts the most. The short stories for the most part include Geralt and Dandelion tramping about and are great.


auyushu
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Turns out they were my favorite.


Yeah, they are my favorites as well. Sword of Destiny is probably my favorite of the series.


Kvothe
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I went to get the first one at a local
Barnes and Noble last night and they almost laughed me out of the store. Hot ticket


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jamsmiley
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Will try to read everything. Have to finish the demon cyle first. currently on second book


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Huge Witcher 3 fan, best video game I’ve ever played. I read the 2 prequels then I can’t remember if I stopped halfway through blood of elves or halfway through a time of contempt. I remember it started getting a bit slow and I got sidetracked with reading something else. Been meaning to pick them back up. Only other small complaint is they almost make Geralt to badass, he wrecks everybody he fights. That may change the deeper in you get though


Kvothe
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quote:

auyushu


Mail me all your Witcher books

Every bookstore in my town is sold out of all of them


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Midget Death Squad
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started getting a bit slow



I am midway through the second book, Time of Contempt, and it is a very slow crawl. My take is that Sapkowksi is very good at writing these short stories, but he does not have the skills to write long form. There really is not much happening in either the first or this second one, so he writes a ton of filler to add pages.

The overall story is interesting, and his characters are fun with clever touches of humor thrown in. When he goes into the world building parts though, I find he muddies things up a good bit. He just throws new names out in dialogue without giving the reader any opportunity to come to know these people and places.

The funny thing about this second novel is that it took half of the book to finally move the story anywhere. The big issue with the first one is that is just ended without any substance to draw the book to a close.

I'm not very impressed with these at all


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I am on a Time of contempt also. I agree with your assessment with the first book but not the second


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Jcorye1
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I really enjoyed the Last Wish and Sword of Destiny. The Witcher TV show really stayed close to home on those books.


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I really enjoyed the Last Wish and Sword of Destiny.


Same here. They were fantastic and gave me hope for the series overall. Time of Contempt is moving along nicely now, but it was a chore to get to that point.

It's why I think he's a short story author struggling to write long form.


auyushu
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It's why I think he's a short story author struggling to write long form.


Nah, books 2-5 of the series are all quite good and well written. I could see how you would think that after reading Blood of elves though, it's easily the worst book of the series.

I would agree that the short story books are by far the best of the series though.


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