Witcher Books In Order That Inspire The Netflix Show

The Witcher Books series consists of 6 fantasy novels and 15 short stories written by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski.  And just to avoid any confusion, we’ve got the The Witcher books in order, so you can read them in a way that makes sense. Or, if you’re feeling chaotic just ignore us and read them however you want.

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About The Witcher

The series is set in an unnamed continent and revolves around the protagonist, renowned monster-slayer-for-hire Geralt of Rivia, a powerful sorceress Yennefer of Venderburg and Ciri, a girl who is described as Geralt’s destiny.

After obtaining something of a cult following in Central and Eastern European countries, the series was successfully adapted into a trilogy of Video Games by CD Projekt Red (with the third title in the series Witcher: Wild Hunt selling over 50 million copies).  The most recent addition to the franchise is the Netflix series which released in 2019 with a second series expected in 2021 starring Henry Cavill as the titular Witcher.

Reading Order Of The Witcher Books Series

The Witcher book series, written by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, is a highly-acclaimed fantasy series that has gained a massive following around the world. The series is set in a medieval-inspired world of monsters, magic, and political intrigue, and follows the adventures of Geralt of Rivia, a highly skilled monster hunter known as a witcher. With his signature white hair and cat-like eyes, Geralt roams the land taking on contracts to slay monsters and other supernatural threats, all while navigating the complex politics of the various kingdoms he encounters. The Witcher series has been praised for its compelling characters, intricate world-building, and unique take on classic fantasy tropes. It has also spawned a popular video game series and a Netflix television adaptation, further solidifying its place as a beloved and enduring work of fantasy fiction.

As far as reading order goes The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny are The Witcher Collection Prequels with Blood Of Elves originally being Book 1.  But you can’t go far wrong if you follow the Witcher saga books in the order we have listed below, which is not the chronological order:

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The Last Wish – Introducing the Witcher

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 hunter. And his sole purpose is to destroy the monsters that plague the world. But not everything monstrous-looking is evil and nor everything fair is good.

order of the witcher books: sword of destiny
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Sword Of Destiny (Book 2)

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 hunter. Yet he is no ordinary killer: his targets are the multifarious monsters and vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent.
Sword of Destiny is the follow up to The Last Wish, and together they are the perfect introduction to a one of a kind fantasy world.

order of the witcher books: blood of elves
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Blood Of Elves (Book 3)

For over a century, humans, dwarves, gnomes, and elves have lived together in relative peace. But that peace has now come to an end.

Geralt of Rivia, the hunter known as the Witcher, has been waiting for the birth of a prophesied child. The one who has the power to change the world for good—or for evil.

As the threat of war hangs over the land and the child is pursued for her extraordinary powers, it will become Geralt’s responsibility to protect them all. And the Witcher never accepts defeat.

Join Geralt of Rivia; his beloved ward and the child of prophecy, Ciri; and his ally and love, the powerful sorceress Yennefer as they battle monsters, demons, and prejudices alike in Blood of Elves, the first novel of The Witcher Saga.

order of the witcher books: time of contempt
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Time Of Contempt (Book 4)

The kings and armies are manoeuvring for position, each fearing invasion from across the river, each fearing their neighbours more. Intrigue, dissent and rebellion fester on all sides.

After decades of oppression, the elves and other races are fighting each other and attacking the humans – and with growing numbers preparing for battle, the threat of all-out war looms ever greater.

Against this backdrop of fear, Geralt and Yennefer must protect Ciri, the orphaned heir who is sought by all sides. For the child of prophecy has the power to change the world – if she lives to use it.

order of the witcher books: baptism of fire
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Baptism Of Fire (Book 5)

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.

While war rages across all of the lands, the future of magic is under threat and those sorcerers who survive are determined to protect it. It’s an impossible situation in which to find one girl – Ciri, the heiress to the throne of Cintra, has vanished – until a rumour places her in the Niflgaard court, preparing to marry the Emperor.

Injured or not, Geralt has a rescue mission on his hands.

order of the witcher books: tower of swallows
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The Tower Of Swallows (Book 6)

Geralt the Witcher races to find his missing ward, Ciri, in this fourth novel in the bestselling Witcher series that inspired the Netflix show and video games.

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 determined 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…

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The Lady Of The Lake (Book 7)

The fifth novel in the New York Times bestselling Witcher series that inspired the hit Netflix show finds Ciri trapped in a distant world and separated from Geralt and her destiny.

After walking through a portal in the Tower of the Swallow, thus narrowly escaping death, the Witcher girl, Ciri, finds herself in a completely different world… a world of the Elves. 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, Geralt, 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.

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Season Of Storms (Book 8)

Before he was Ciri’s guardian, Geralt of Rivia was a legendary swordsman. Season of Storms is an adventure set in the world of the Witcher, the book series that inspired the hit Netflix show and bestselling video games.

Geralt. The witcher whose mission is to protect ordinary people from the monsters created with magic. A mutant who has the task of killing unnatural beings. He uses a magical sign, potions and the pride of every witcher – two swords, steel and silver.

But what would happen if Geralt lost his weapons?

Andrzej Sapkowski returns to his phenomenal world of the Witcher in a stand-alone novel where Geralt fights, travels and loves again, Dandelion sings and flies from trouble to trouble, sorcerers are scheming … and across the whole world clouds are gathering.

The season of storms is coming…

The Witcher Books Series: Graphic Novels

The Witcher Book series has also been successfully adapted into a series of short story collection comic books and are now available in graphic novels collections. With another episode out on January 11th catch up with the series so far with the below titles!

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The Witcher: Volume 1

Travelling near the edge of the Brokilon forest, monster hunter Geralt meets a widowed fisherman. The fisherman’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.

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The Witcher: Volume 2 – Fox Children

Geralt’s journey leads him aboard a ship of fools, renegades, and criminals. But some passengers are more dangerous than others. 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!

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The Witcher Volume 3: Curse of Crows

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.

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The Witcher Volume 4: Of Flesh and Flame

Geralt is summonded by an old acquaintance to help solve a mystery involving his daughter. Upon arriving, Geralt is surprised to find Dandelion. They find themselves transported to regions beyond. Whilst faced with an impossible task, they need to hide their identities.

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The Witcher Volume 5: Fading Memories

As Geralt explores new career possibilities, he receives a request from the mayoress of Towitz–a small town where children are being kidnapped by Foglets. Upon accepting the work, Geralt’s thrust into the mysterious past of a mourning mother and her now abducted son. Caught between the townsfolks’ recollections of the kidnapping and a slew of disturbing visions, Geralt must face the approaching danger with his own intuition.

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The Witcher Volume 6: Witch’s Lament

Flames rise as a witch is burned at the stake. As Geralt looks on, he hears a voice beckon to him. Nightmares plague his sight as he sees the burned witch appear before him, bringing an ominous warning. A wealthy landlord enlists Geralt’s help in the search for his missing daughter, believed to have been taken by witches. But this is far from a rescue mission, something is haunting Geralt.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the correct order to read The Witcher books?

The correct reading order of The Witcher books is as follows:

  1. The Last Wish
  2. Sword Of Destiny
  3. Blood Of Elves
  4. Time Of Contempt
  5. Baptism Of Fire
  6. The Tower Of Swallows
  7. The Lady Of The Lake
  8. Season Of Storms

Are there 7 or 8 Witcher books?

There are 8 Witcher books by Andrzej Sapkowski released. The recommended reading order is as follows:

  1. The Last Wish
  2. Sword Of Destiny
  3. Blood Of Elves
  4. Time Of Contempt
  5. Baptism Of Fire
  6. The Tower Of Swallows
  7. The Lady Of The Lake
  8. Season Of Storms

Is The Witcher books finished?

The Witcher books series is finished. However, author Andrzej Sapkowski has hinted that there may be more stories yet to tell in the Witcher saga so there may yet be future releases.

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