All anyone is talking about these days is the new Netflix series, The Witcher. If you’re a Netflix subscriber, you’ve probably binged all eight episodes of season one and now you have to wait who-knows-how-long for season two. If you don’t subscribe to Neflix, you can borrow one of our Roku or Apple TV streaming devices and watch the show with Eisenhower’s account. Either way, you probably want more from the world of The Witcher. Well you’re in luck.
The dark fantasy show is based on a best-selling series of novels by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski and a subsequent series of video games. Not to mention the graphic novels.
The Witcher‘s publication history is a little convoluted so we’re recommending you read the books in the order suggested by Gene Park in the Washington Post.
The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski
Geralt is a Witcher, a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious elixir, have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Yet he is no ordinary murderer: his targets are the multifarious monsters and vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent. But not everything monstrous-looking is evil and not everything fair is good…and in every fairy tale there is a grain of truth.
Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski
Geralt is a witcher, a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious elixir, have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Yet he is no ordinary murderer: his targets are the multifarious monsters and vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent.
Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski
For over a century, humans, dwarves, gnomes, and elves have lived together in relative peace. But times have changed, the uneasy peace is over, and now the races are fighting once again. The only good elf, it seems, is a dead elf. Geralt of Rivia, the cunning assassin known as The Witcher, has been waiting for the birth of a prophesied child. This child has the power to change the world – for good, or for evil.
Time of Contempt by Andrzej Sapkowski
Geralt is a witcher: guardian of the innocent; protector of those in need; a defender, in dark times, against some of the most frightening creatures of myth and legend. His task, now, is to protect Ciri. A child of prophecy, she will have the power to change the world for good or for ill — but only if she lives to use it.
Baptism of Fire by Andrzej Sapkowski
The Wizards Guild has been shattered by a coup and, in the uproar, Geralt was seriously injured. The Witcher is supposed to be a guardian of the innocent, a protector of those in need, a defender against powerful and dangerous monsters that prey on men in dark times. But now that dark times have fallen upon the world, Geralt is helpless until he has recovered from his injuries.
The Tower of the Swallow by Andrzej Sapkowski
The world has fallen into war. Ciri, the child of prophecy, has vanished. Hunted by friends and foes alike, she has taken on the guise of a petty bandit and lives free for the first time in her life. But the net around her is closing. Geralt, the Witcher, has assembled a group of allies including Dandelion, Milva, Regis, and Cahir, to rescue her. Both sides of the war have sent brutal mercenaries to hunt her down. Her crimes have made her famous. There is only one place left to run. The tower of the swallow is waiting.
The Lady of the Lake by Andrzej Sapkowski
After walking through the portal in the Tower of Swallows while narrowly escaping death, Ciri finds herself in a completely different world… an Elven world. She is trapped with no way out. Time does not seem to exist and there are no obvious borders or portals to cross back into her home world. But this is Ciri, the child of prophecy, and she will not be defeated. She knows she must escape to finally rejoin the Witcher and his companions – and also to try to conquer her worst nightmare. Leo Bonhart, the man who chased, wounded and tortured Ciri, is still on her trail. And the world is still at war.
While not “officially” canon, the Dark Horse Comics series of graphic novels adapt and expand on Andrzej Sapkowski’s storytelling.
Travelling near the edge of the Brokilon forest, monster hunter Geralt meets a widowed fisherman who’s dead and murderous wife resides in a eerie mansion known as the House of Glass, which seems to have endless rooms, nothing to fill them with, and horror around every corner.
Geralt’s journey leads him aboard a ship of fools, renegades and criminals – but some passengers are more dangerous than others, and one hides a heinous secret that could lead crew and passengers to a bitter and hideous fate at the hand of a vengeful fox mother!
Explore the dark and gritty world of the hit video game series, as Geralt and Ciri become embroiled in a brutal story of revenge. In this ruthless world, the past always comes back to haunt you, and nothing is as it seems.
Geralt is summoned by an old acquaintance to help solve a mystery involving his daughter. Geralt soon discovers that the situation at hand, in which he believes to be helping with, only leads to more trouble for the witcher and results in all signs pointing towards him as the prime suspect.
Then, of course, there are the video games. The first was a PC only game which, again, according to Gene Park, is not worth playing. In fact he says of Witcher 3, “It is so good… it makes the other two games nonessential.”