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Reddit reviews on The Last Wish: Introducing The Witcher

Sentiment score: 23
Reddit mentions: 53

We found 53 Reddit mentions of The Last Wish: Introducing The Witcher. Here are the top ones.

The Last Wish Introducing The Witcher

Found 53 comments on The Last Wish: Introducing The Witcher:

u/swtadpole · 58 pointsr/gaming

No need. I come bearing all the sources for my comment!

Games have lost him book sales (bonus including his quote about how his books are what made the games popular):


Sapkowski not being on the NYT Best Seller list until the Witcher 3 came out:


Amazon page with the release date for The Last Wish being released in 2008 (You can cross reference this with the NYT Bestseller list to see that it didn't chart for years until The Witcher 3 released):


Sapkowski not liking that people buy his books because they think they might be game novelizations:


u/GreenLightLost · 21 pointsr/todayilearned

A lot of the lore in the Witcher games is adapted from real folktales. Even more so in the first book, in which several of the stories are rather twisted interpretations of fairy tales with Geralt involved.

If you enjoy dark fantasy, definitely check out The Last Wish. One of my favorite books.


u/JayZeus · 20 pointsr/gaming

The Books are really good too! :)

u/AwkwardTurtle · 10 pointsr/gaming

I'm personally really excited for the perma-death difficulty level they're adding to the game, die once and the game is over. They talk about it in the 5th developer diary.

Also, if anyone enjoyed the first game even a little, or is curious about this one, read the books they're based off of. Only two have been translated to english so far: The Last Wish, which is a collection of short stories, and Blood of Elves, which is a full length novel. They're really fantastic, and have one of the most original and interesting fantasy worlds I've ever seen/read. They'll also help you appreciate the games more.

Edit: Oh, and just for the record, the new way they're doing combat is much truer to the way Geral fights in the novels than in the first game. The games stay incredibly true to the books, but don't follow any of the book's plots, both of which I'm grateful for.

u/orzof · 7 pointsr/gaming

Google Play - 1, 2

Amazon - 1, 2, 3

The order is not the actual release order of all of the books, but jut the three that have been translated from Polish. The first one is standalone, though I've heard that the second one is one part of an arc, and I have no clue about the third.

u/Lubub55 · 6 pointsr/whowouldwin

If anyone wants to start reading The Witcher novels I made a guide over on the "Featured Character" comment section that I'll repost here:

Short stories:

  1. [The Last Wish](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_Wish_(book) - Amazon US / Amazon UK

  2. Sword of Destiny - Amazon US / Amazon UK


  3. Blood of Elves - Amazon US / Amazon UK

  4. Time of Contempt - Amazon US / Amazon UK

  5. [Baptism of Fire](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baptism_of_Fire_(novel) - Amazon US / Amazon UK

  6. The Tower of the Swallow - Amazon US / Amazon UK

  7. [The Lady of the Lake](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_of_the_Lake_(novel) - Amazon US / Amazon UK


  8. The Last Wish

  9. Sword of Destiny

  10. Blood of Elves

  11. Time of Contempt

  12. Baptism of Fire

  13. The Tower of the Swallow

  14. The Lady of the Lake

    The short stories are a must-read before the novels because they introduce many characters and plot points for the main saga. There is also a prequel story called Season of Storms which hasn't been officially translated into English yet, but there are fan translations if you can't wait. I haven't read it myself, but I hear that it is best read after the others. If you want to know more about The Witcher lore there is always The World of the Witcher^UK which will give you more backstory and details.
u/GastonBastardo · 6 pointsr/Berserk

Whole lotta reading recommendations in this thread. May as well throw my two cents in.

The First Law series by Joe Abercrombie. If you're into Guts' introspective-man-of-violence-looking-for-his-place-in-the-world-thing I'd think you find Logen Ninefingers to be an interesting character. If you're into audiobooks then I highly recommend checking out the audiobook versions. The guy reading them is practically a voice-actor.

The original trilogy:

u/FromTheId · 6 pointsr/Fantasy

The Last Wish, the collection of Witcher stories by Andrzej Sapkowski.

About a Witcher (a monster-hunter, essentially) who knows exactly what he's doing at all times, is supremely competent, and is always looking for ways to prepare. Of course, that doesn't mean it's all easy--he has tougher problems than your average.

u/acdcfanbill · 6 pointsr/itsaunixsystem

If you're interested in them, the stories are all in the process of being translated to english. There are two books of short stories, and 5 books in a saga. The 2nd to last book is coming out this month, and the final book is due next year.

Here are the two short story collections: The Last Wish, and Sword of Destiny.

The US covers are kind of crap compared to the UK covers, but it's probably cheaper/faster for people in the US.

u/Sharkxx · 5 pointsr/gameofthrones

If you want to read a bit about the series here is the "first" book with some short stories in them if you come from NA https://www.amazon.com/The-Last-Wish-Introducing-Witcher/dp/0316029181 .

u/Manwards84 · 4 pointsr/dndnext

I've been reading the Witcher Saga. Seven books in total; the English translation of the final one is out next month. They aren't the best books ever written, but they are solid fantasy stories with a lot of variety. There are elves, dwarves, halflings, gnomes, shapeshifting metallic dragons, a wilderness full of monsters, and roughly the same level of magic as the Forgotten Realms. It could easily be somebody's D&D campaign setting.

The first two books are short story collections, and after that a long story arc begins that delves more deeply into politics, with multiple character viewpoints. I'd recommend the first two (The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny). They're fun, witty, self-contained that slowly develop the main plot in the background.

u/[deleted] · 4 pointsr/Games

You should read The Last Wish, which is what the entire series is based on. It's a book of short stories about Geralt's adventures, and is fucking awesome.

I got more into the Witcher 2 by reading that than playing the Witcher 1.

u/Dai_Kaisho · 3 pointsr/PS4

Seconding this, especially if you haven't played Witcher 1 and 2.

Not that they're derived from that novel, but it gives a really great sense of a witcher's place in the world. Can be found in most bookstores, new or used, or here http://www.amazon.com/The-Last-Wish-Introducing-Witcher/dp/0316029181

u/KefkaFollower · 3 pointsr/witcher

If you looking for an answer for your teacher to defend your work you could say "witcher" is a neologism (new word) created for a fantasy work just like the word "hobbit" was once.

You could add this link:


... to show the word passed revision by professional editors.

u/brianf408 · 3 pointsr/gaming

There are! And they are actually pretty good, especially if you enjoy the games.

The Last Wish is a good place to start.

u/Dairgo · 3 pointsr/witcher

Agreed..... both can be had for $10.18 USD.... get both, and enjoy the updates, they enhance the game greatly. you will not regret your decision to get the game.... though you may regret decisions made in the games.

Also... get the books... The fan translations and the ones on kindle/amazon (The Last Wish, Blood of Elves, The Time of Contempt )

For the correct order in which to read:
Witcher Wiki

u/Misterberu · 2 pointsr/patientgamers

EDIT: I just noticed you were asking about the books and the game. Woops. The game takes place after the books, so if you read the books first, while the character you play will have amnesia, you sure as hell won't. :) That being said, reading the books makes the games all the more memorable, IMO.

The first 2 (The Last Wish and The Sword of Destiny) are a collection of short stories, but they do have recurring characters, so it makes sense to read them in sequence. The rest are novels, and should be read one after the other. Mind you, the second book (The Sword of Destiny) was never officially translated (because publishers are dicks), but I definitely recommend reading it before Blood of Elves (the 3rd book, and first novel), since it introduces characters who are essential to the series. This means that you'd have to rely on an unofficial fan translation, assuming you don't speak Polish, or French (it was translated into French).

You can go here to access the unofficial fan translations. Honestly, they really aren't that bad, and I enjoyed the Sword of Destiny quite a bit. Also, in case you're confused as to the ordering of the books, this wiki page will break everything down for you.

u/meryrose · 2 pointsr/Fantasy

"The Last Wish" and "Blood of the Elves" book have been officially translated into English so far.

Info from Wikipedia: An English translation of the Ostatnie życzenie (The Last Wish) short story collection, was published in the United Kingdom by Gollancz in 2007 and was published in the United States by Orbit in 2008. "Krew elfów" (Blood of Elves) was published by Gollancz in 2008 and in the US by Orbit in 2009, and "Czas pogardy" (Times of Contempt) will be published by Gollancz in the UK in 2013.

Here is the link to Amazon:

u/Griever114 · 2 pointsr/witcher

Yeah, bought the whole series on Amazon.

i got these versions since i dont speak other languages except for all the bad stuff in polish :P

u/KoloHickory · 2 pointsr/witcher

Also, the mass market paperback(smaller version) is $3.62 for anyone that hasn't read it. Order it! You need to read it!


u/pneumatici · 2 pointsr/witcher

Sure, a couple notes while I'm downloading BaW :)

The book order is thus:

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

There's no official english translation of the last book yet, but the one I've linked is the best fan translation I've found. It's the one I read, and I honestly would have had no idea it wasn't a "real" edition if I didn't know better. Fantastic work.

There's also A Season of Storms, which is sort of a midquel for the series. But it was written in the last two years, has no bearing on any of the game's canon, and contain some minor potential spoilers for later books since he expected his readers had finished the series at this point. I recommend you ignore it for now, and if you decide you want to read it down the road pick it up after the series.

The first two books are a short story collections. The series is in chronological order, but the actual novel arc doesn't begin until the third book. Definitely don't skip the first two though, they set up important characters and events in Geralt's life prior to the novel arc beginning.

Lastly, if you really can't be bothered to spend a bit on the amazon paperbacks here's a link to all of them in epub format. I can't vouch for the quality of the fan translations in this pack, nor do I recommend this format. Buying the books supports the author and reading a book is still easier than reading on a tablet in my opinion.

Good luck on your journey into the Witcher!

P.S. - Oh, here is the Witcher 1 recap video I mentioned. DO NOT WATCH THIS until after you finish the books. It will spoil the climax of the series and ruin your reading. You can buy the game dirt cheap if you can handle a playthrough on PC, but you really won't miss a ton of important info if you skip it. I don't want to spoil the end of the books either, but essentially the second and third game don't rely on the first one at all aside from knowing cursory details of the first game.

u/Pharnaces_II · 2 pointsr/Games

The ones that have been officially translated are all available on Amazon:

The Last Wish: Introducing The Witcher

Blood of Elves

The Times of Contempt

There are also some unofficial translations around for the other books.

u/DN_Caibre · 2 pointsr/gaming

I've got about 600 hours in all three games. 300 hours in witcher 3 alone.

Yes, you can play it without having played 1 and 2. The Witcher games from minute one are sequels to the books by Andrzej Sapkowski. So even in the first game you're introduced to characters for the first time, but they react to Geralt as if they've known him for years, so you're just kind of thrown into this already running legacy of a character.

Honestly, if you wanted the backstory before playing witcher 3. I'd read the books (or listen to them in audiobook form), it gives you A TON of context to the game and you'll constantly recognize characters and names from Geralt's early adventures in the books.

Books are:

The Last Wish

Blood of Elves

Sword of Destiny

There's this animation which covers the events of the books, The Witcher 1 and The Witcher 2, so you could watch this after reading the books to prepare yourself for witcher 3's world state.

Recap (NSFW! Boobs and decapitation)

Green man gaming is sold out of the expansion pass codes, but you can get the base game for $22 here.

Witcher 3 on GMG

If you like it, you can buy the expansion pass on steam for 25 bucks, which is two expansions, the first is about 8-12 hours of content, the second is almost an entirely new game, easily with 25-40 hours content.

I can't explain to people how much I love this world and The Witcher 3 especially. If you like fantasy settings, this is a must play, and I bet that if you get into the game, you'll want to explore the books, and potentially play through the first two games as well.

u/ST0NETEAR · 2 pointsr/The_DonaldBookclub

The Witcher Series


and the 40k universe is very much on the fantasy end of scifi/fantasy (with some definite lovecraftian horror elements), and I can't think of a single franchise universe more anti-SJW than 40k - I strongly recommend starting with The Eisenhorn Trilogy by Dan Abnett.


u/tmoss726 · 1 pointr/Games

I bought this one and it was a legit copy http://amzn.com/0316029181

u/Incessant_Mace · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Yeah you confused me haha. If you liked it than it came from my favorite book called The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski.

u/4thguy · 1 pointr/witcher

Geralt and Triss met in the last story of The Last Wish, which chronicles the first batch of the Witcher's stories.

u/araneida · 1 pointr/promos

Yes, but before you must read this:

Too bad the english edition of the second book of the saga will be published only in the fall of this year.

u/Spysix · 1 pointr/Eve

All the Witcher Novels, a webcam, and money.

Got my gf one of these coolheadsets though. Wish I had one for myself almost.

u/dutchoven21 · 1 pointr/witcher

Here's a link to the first set of short stories on Amazon. The other 4 translated books are easy to find from there.


u/Amator · 1 pointr/DnD

This one, right? I'm assuming it's worth a read just for the details of the magic system?

u/JD_1994_ · 1 pointr/witcher

[I've only read/listened (to) the English versions ](The Last Wish: Introducing The Witcher https://www.amazon.com/dp/0316029181/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_XGzrybQ2VD8CD). I really don't think you're gonna make a bad choice though. And I wouldn't be surprised if Sapkowski did say that.

u/Iamnothereorthere · 1 pointr/Gamingcirclejerk

There are! Here's The Last Wish and amazon has the others as well. Thanks to the popularity of the Witcher video games, publishers jumped on the bandwagon and now the series is translated into English

u/JakePT · 1 pointr/witcher

>She came to him towards morning. She entered very carefully, moving silently, floating through the chamber like a phantom; the only sound was that of her mantle brushing her naked skin. Yet this faint sound was enough to wake the witcher – or maybe it only tore him from the half-slumber in which he rocked monotonously, as though travelling through fathomless depths, suspended between the sea bed and its calm surface amidst gently undulating strands of seaweed.
>He did not move, did not stir. The girl flitted closer, threw off her mantle and slowly, hesitantly, rested her knee on the edge of the large bed. He observed her through lowered lashes, still not betraying his wakefulness. The girl carefully climbed onto the bedclothes, and onto him, wrapping her thighs around him. Leaning forward on straining arms, she brushed his face with hair which smelt of chamomile. Determined, and as if impatient, she leant over and touched his eyelids, cheeks, lips with the tips of her breasts. He smiled, very slowly, delicately, grasping her by the shoulders, and she straightened, escaping his fingers. She was radiant, luminous in the misty brilliance of dawn. He moved, but with pressure from both hands, she forbade him to change position and, with a light but decisive movement of her hips, demanded a response.
> He responded. She no longer backed away from his hands; she threw her head back, shook her hair. Her skin was cool and surprisingly smooth. Her eyes, glimpsed when her face came close to his, were huge and dark as the eyes of a water nymph. Rocked, he sank into a sea of chamomile as it grew agitated and seethed.

Ugh.. forget it. This will take forever. The rest is here: https://www.amazon.com/Last-Wish-Introducing-Witcher/dp/0316029181 and then there's more.

u/MyownLunasea · 1 pointr/Fantasy

The Green Rider series .I am on book 3 of this series and I have found them to be most entertaining. Her writing improves with each book and the story is solid all the way around. Not high fantasy but some wonderful use of magic without being over the top. I also think the woman who reads them is quite good without being overly distracting. .https://www.amazon.com/Green-Rider/dp/B0079UAGO4/ref=tmm_aud_title_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1478219558&sr=8-1

The Witcher Series. Yes even if you are not a gamer this fantasy series is fantastic. The story flows well with the start of short stories and contiues into novels with elegant grace. The characters are memorable and evocative.

I have pretty varied taste and can gladly recommend a few others from children's series to some just fun trashy romance novels to some period work as well so feel free to shoot me a message. Oh and happy happy listening =)

u/TriesToMakeFriends · 1 pointr/witcher

I've bought the first 3 (all from Amazon) so far and they're all in English!

Link to first one

u/ForgottenKnightt · 1 pointr/GiftofGames

This might be good for the Weird/creepy stuff :P

This For the nerdy stuff.

Both pretty good books in my opinion.

I'd love FTL if I get choosen :D

Steam ID

u/varchord · 1 pointr/witcher

If you want to know about witchers and world in general then read this and this first

If you want to know more about events and characters present in games (Ciri, Zoltan, journey mentions in B&W) read Witcher saga from Blood of the Eles onward as said here

u/BilisknerPL · 1 pointr/Games

It's really weird it is translated so slowly, cause in Poland it's like the most famous saga and personally i think that what Andrzej Sapkowski created is genius. Interesting fun fact: The Witcher (game series) take off where the books have ended and are officially approved by the author.
Anyway, you're in luck!

Ok, so i'll try to give You some help, whether You like it or not. Sapkowski first started to publish The Witcher stories in a magazine between 1986-1990. Then they've been assembled in books. So, to this day there have been 7 stories compilations released (In Poland), but what we're interested in are the following: The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny in that order (these 2 are the introduction to The Witcher world)


  • The Last Wish (1993) was released in English in 2007. Here it is on amazon
  • Sword of Destiny - The book has been translated into Czech, Russian, Lithuanian, German, Spanish, Bulgarian and French. It has not been translated into English and there are no plans to do so to date. The publisher of the English edition of the Witcher books decided to skip The Sword of Destiny and publish Blood of Elves.
    But no worries, you already know what is going on and You're ready to jump in The Witcher Saga! (ok, you'll lose some of the flow, since there's a bunch of characters introduced here that later appear in The Blood of Elves.)


  • The Blood of Elves(1994) - Here it is on amazon
  • Times of Contempt/The Time of Contempt(1995) - it was supposed to be June 27th, but on amazon it says August 27th - Here it is on amazon
  • Baptism of Fire(1996)
  • The Swallow's Tower(1997)
  • Lady of the Lake(1999)

    Well, with Witcher 3 coming soon and with the hype around it i guess they will continue the releases. I highly recommend it to everyone! Also it gives a better perspective on the game series, its characters, plots, etc.

    There's also one Witcher story (The Spellmaker) in this: The Polish Book of Monsters
u/Schildhuhn · 1 pointr/whatareyouplaying


This is a collection of shortstorys about the witcher, I have read it in german and really liked it, there was also another of these shortstory collections but I don't think those are in English yet. I really loved the athmospere. I am now reading "the blood of elves" which is the first real book (it has one big story instead of shortstorys) but I am not finished yet so I can't recommend it because I don't know the ending.

u/Generator22 · 1 pointr/argentina

Kel importa los libros, así que la calidad es la misma que en el exterior. El tema tal vez pase porque compraste ediciones mass-market paperback, que son los tapa blanda "económicos" (a diferencia de los trade paperback, que son ediciones en tapa blanda generalmente un poco más grandes y tienen mejor calidad de papel, pero salen más caros).

Fijate acá por ejemplo que para el mismo libro tenés la edición tapa blanda mass market a 7 dólares y la versión tapa blanda normal a $11.

u/Nschneid003 · 1 pointr/PS4


[Here's the first one](The Last Wish: Introducing The Witcher https://www.amazon.com/dp/0316029181/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_IIXBybF7GQVE3)

u/Piro42 · 0 pointsr/witcher

The number of ad personam remarks in this reply makes me doubt you finished your teenage times, at least when it comes to mental maturity.

I will show you the same thing as to the person below, it's a representative number of The Last Wish books sold in an international shop over Amazon.

https://i.imgur.com/o81yqF4.png https://www.novelrank.com/asin/0316029181

Guess what? After the release of games, the sales increased from fivefold to tenfold, when compared to the peak sales from earlier years. When you compare it to the number of sales in 2014, your argument becomes laughtable.