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Offline Overlord

More Witcher.... More Witcher!!!
« on: January 27, 2015, 08:04:37 PM »
We are delighted to hear from our friends over at Gollancz towers that they've acquired three more books in ’s THE WITCHER series.

For those unfamiliar, the stories centre around a character - The Witcher, Geralt - who is a kind of mutant assassin that's been trained since childhood to hunt down and destroy monsters. What we enjoy most about these books is the mass-subversion of tropes. A princess may end being an evil, twisted monster whereas a troll might end up being a close ally. In such a world Geralt must constantly look beyond first appearances and, as a result, has built a unique code of ethics that makes for a rather unique reading experience.

Over the years fans of the series have waited patiently whilst contract negotiations/disputes and translations took place. I say patiently - Gollancz report that 'when is the next Witcher book coming!?!?' is one of the most regular to appear on their timeline. If it has been a while, I'll remind you where we're up to: we've had The Last Wish (a Short Story Collection wayyyyyyyy back in 2008), Blood of Elves, Time of Contempt and Baptism of Fire so far. Yep, just four books in eight years... but fear not, for they will now be coming rather sharpish!

The first book, THE SWORD OF DESTINY, will be published in May 2015 alongside the new computer game THE WITCHER 3: THE WILD HUNT, which won the Award for Most Anticipated Game during The Game Awards 2014. Our friend Evazorek - a forum regular who is also a quest designer for the game - stopped by this week to give us an early look at what he and his team are getting up to (playing video games really, really thoroughly by the looks!). To see for yourselves, check out these videos of the actual gameplay:

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If this game ends up being as good as it looks, we are sure its strong sales performances will continue. Prepare to be blown away, because sales for the previous two games in the franchise have totalled over 8 million copies. Shadows of Mordor, to date [early 2015] has sold around 1,000,000 copies, so has some catching up to do!

In terms of what the books will be about. SWORD OF DESTINY is a collection of linked short stories which fills in some of the gaps in the Witcher’s legend. We believe it will be much like the very excellent first book, The Witcher, released here in the UK those eight long years ago. The other two books Gollancz has signed – THE SWALLOW’S TOWER and LADY OF THE LAKE – will be released in 2016 and 2017 and will conclude the main story of Geralt the Witcher.

All three books will be translated by David French, whose translation of the previous two volumes in the series was widely acclaimed... one even picked up a Gemmell Award!
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Offline Yora

Re: More Witcher.... More Witcher!!!
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2015, 08:57:21 PM »
The first book, THE SWORD OF DESTINY, will be published in May 2015
To quote the old Starcraft 2 reveal teaser: "Hell, about time."

Only took them 23 years to get an official English translation done.  I could also have picked up the German translation that has been around for 17 years, but I like to keep my fantasy library in mostly English. ;)
I just read The Last Wish a few weeks ago and absolutely loved it. Even wrote a review about it, if anyone likes to know more why I did.

Blood of the Elves is the next book on my To-Read List.
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Re: More Witcher.... More Witcher!!!
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2015, 09:30:14 PM »
Yora --

If I were to read the existing English translations, do they start at the beginning?  In what order should I read?
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Offline Yora

Re: More Witcher.... More Witcher!!!
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2015, 10:01:09 PM »
The two oldest books are The Sword of Destiny (which comes out this May) and The Last Wish, which are both collections of several stories. Though The Last Wish was released later, it contains the introductory story of the character, which makes it an excelent pick to start.

The other five books are a continous novel series. Blood of the Elves, Times of Contempt, and Baptism of Fire have been released in English the last few years, and The Swallow's Tower and Lady of the Lake have just been announced for 2016 and 2017.

There is also a new freestanding novel "Storm Season", of which I only know of a Czech translation that came out two months ago.
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Offline Overlord

Re: More Witcher.... More Witcher!!!
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2015, 08:54:07 AM »
100% agree with starting with 'The Witcher'.

I'd say then move on to the novel books ('Blood of the Elves', 'Times of Contempt' and 'Baptism of Fire').

We've been told that the 'The Sword of Destiny' will fill in a number of gaps / backstory, so you could, if you prefer, tackle that instead of the novels, but I can't say there has been anything but 'wonder' (as opposed to confusion) in regards to how I've approached the novels and Geralt's past... so you'd be fine picking it up at this point and reading it as a prequel.

From there you can enjoy 'The Swallow's Tower' and 'Lady of The Lake' when they are released :)

Cool to hear there is another freestanding novel, Yora. I expect they'll sign that up so long as sales stay strong for these three books :D
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Offline Yora

Re: More Witcher.... More Witcher!!!
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2015, 09:09:25 AM »
I wouldn't be surprised if there are many people who never bothered starting with Blood of the Elves while there were no plans to translate the last two books. Which are after all 16 years old. What would be the point?
Now that they have been announced to be translated in the forseeable future, the English speaking world actually has a reason to care about them. And since the internet pretty much runs on English, even the other language versions might see a new popularity.
That the video game series has grown quite popular probably won't hurt either.

I certainly will be shoving the books into everyones face, who mentions a passing interest in intelligent heroic fantasy.  ;D
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Offline Evazorek

Re: More Witcher.... More Witcher!!!
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2015, 09:47:21 AM »
I cannot wait to read the new books. Sadly I haven't learnt enough Polish yet to even consider reading those versions. :P
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Offline Annomander Matt

Re: More Witcher.... More Witcher!!!
« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2015, 09:14:46 PM »
I wouldn't be surprised if there are many people who never bothered starting with Blood of the Elves while there were no plans to translate the last two books. Which are after all 16 years old. What would be the point?
Now that they have been announced to be translated in the forseeable future, the English speaking world actually has a reason to care about them. And since the internet pretty much runs on English, even the other language versions might see a new popularity.
That the video game series has grown quite popular probably won't hurt either.

I certainly will be shoving the books into everyones face, who mentions a passing interest in intelligent heroic fantasy.  ;D

So I went to buy the books in this series and the ship date on Amazon is showing December for The Last Wish, Sword of Destiny, and Blood of Elves. The Time of Contempt is scheduled to ship this week. Did I misunderstand the release dates for the English translations as being for physical books when in fact I should have ordered the kindle version? Trying to figure out what's going on here lol

Offline Yora

Re: More Witcher.... More Witcher!!!
« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2015, 09:49:53 PM »
Last Wish and Blood of Elves have been out in English for years. Either a mistake at amazon or they are out of stock.
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