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NOW A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES

This special boxed set includes the first three novels in Andrzej Sapkowski''s New York Times bestselling epic fantasy saga—the books that inspired the hit Netflix show and the blockbuster video games.


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.

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

In Blood of Elves, The Time of Contempt, and Baptism of Fire, Sapkowski brings a fresh new voice to fantasy fiction, creating something wholly original in this dark and exciting world of magic, monsters and witchers.


Witcher novels
Blood of Elves
The Time of Contempt
Baptism of Fire

The Tower of Swallows
Lady of the Lake
Season of Storms
 
Witcher collections
The Last Wish
Sword of Destiny
 
Hussite trilogy
The Tower of Fools

The Malady and Other Stories: An Andrzej Sapkowski Sampler (e-only)
 
Translated from original Polish by Danusia Stok and David French 

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"This is a series you can sink your teeth into."― BuzzFeed News

"The universe of Sapkowski''s The Witcher is one of the most detailed and best-explored in modern fantasy, offering endless opportunities for fresh ideas ... Complex character relationships enrich this already complex world; this is the sort of series fantasy fans will cherish."― B&N

"One of the best and most interesting fantasy series I''ve ever read. Though it functions well as adventure fiction, it has added depth and value as satire and commentary on fantasy literature ... Sapkowski is a genuine stylist."― Nerds of a Feather

"Like a complicated magic spell, a Sapkowski novel is a hodgepodge of fantasy, intellectual discourse, and dry humor. Recommended."― Time

"A breath of fresh air in a well-worn genre. Don''t miss it!"― p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 16.0px Calibri; -webkit-text-stroke: #000000}span.s1 {font-kerning: none}Fantasy Book Review

" The Witcher delivers one of the most intense and rewarding role-playing experiences this year."― GT Reviews on The Witcher video game

About the Author

Andrzej Sapkowski was born in 1948 in Poland. He studied economy and business, but the success of his fantasy cycle about the sorcerer Geralt of Rivia turned him into a bestselling writer. He is now one of Poland''s most famous and successful authors.

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Kat
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Three Stars for Confusion.
Reviewed in the United States on January 10, 2019
So apparently the first book in this bundle, while it is the first novel, is technically the third in the series. The first two are short stories that introduce the characters and do a lot of world building. The real order should be The Last Wish, Sword of Destiny,... See more
So apparently the first book in this bundle, while it is the first novel, is technically the third in the series. The first two are short stories that introduce the characters and do a lot of world building.
The real order should be The Last Wish, Sword of Destiny, Blood of Elves, Time of Contempt, Baptism of Fire, Tower of Swallows, Lady of the Lake, and Season of Storms.
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Epic series with engaging characters, real growth, and interesting story-lines - excellent!
Reviewed in the United States on July 8, 2018
This is a review of the epic boxed set “the Witcher” by Polish author, Andrzej Sapkowski. It contains three self-contained, but related books: “the Time of Contempt”, “Blood of Elves,” and “Baptism of Fire.” Like many American gamers, my first exposure to the... See more
This is a review of the epic boxed set “the Witcher” by Polish author, Andrzej Sapkowski. It contains three self-contained, but related books: “the Time of Contempt”, “Blood of Elves,” and “Baptism of Fire.”

Like many American gamers, my first exposure to the Witcher series and the title character, Geralt, was via the extraordinary video games by Projekt Red, a Polish Game Design company.

Little did I know that there was a huge franchise based on the Witcher novels that made Sapkowski a household name in Eastern Europe even before the fall of the Berlin Wall.

If we’re honest, games and movies generally fall short of the emotional impact of the books they are based on. In this case though, the game matches the books almost perfectly. This is not an indictment of the books, rather it is extremely high praise for both the books and the games.

This was a incredible job by both the game team, by the author, and by the English translators of both the game and the book. Truly phenomenal!

The three book series takes us across the story arc of Geralt (the Witcher), the Child of Chance (AKA the Child of Elder Blood, Ciri), Tres (love interest of Geralt and powerful sorceress), and Yennefer (ancient sorceress with a hidden agenda, first love interest of Geralt, and foster mother of Ciri).

I could go into great detail about the plots in each of the books, but as the title of the review suggests, the story arc is epic and involves millennia of time and the machinations of gods and all the intelligent races as well as some surprisingly specific prophecies.

Learning about the history of Sapkowski’s world building masterpiece first hand as we strolled through the novels with the characters was my favorite part of the books. Sapkowski has a wicked sense of irony and humor in general, and it comes through in deadpan delivery throughout the books.

This is not going to be a weekend read for most folks. It took me two months to work through the novels; you are not going to want to rush the experience.

One caveat, being wholly honest, the several chapters in the second and third books devoted to genealogy and court intrigue were not the highlights of the series for me, but I know that some folks will treasure every moment of the exposition of the bloodlines and skullduggery.

Most of my reviews have a “spoilers section,” but this would be inappropriate with this boxed set. If you are a fan of gritty, low fantasy worlds then you owe it to yourself to read this set of novels.

As a parent, be aware that there is extensive use of adult/”salty” language (this seems to increase from book one to two to three), and there are some adult situations. You might want to read the books first (they are a fun read in any event), and be ready to talk with your ward about some of the events in the books.

In the interest of complete disclosure, I have to believe that some of (at least the English translation of) the books has been “updated” based on current social values and social justice. It would be hard to imagine that the originals had the same very “progressive” feel to them, and to be honest it jars the “suspension of disbelief” more than a little as the values conflict directly with the rest of the gothic/medieval world and social structure that Sapkowski carefully crafted. (In other words, rather than reinforce the intrinsic value of such beliefs, the manifestations of the beliefs in the books appear to be anachronistic and poorly constructed – likely the opposite of the desired effect.) As a reader, be mentally prepared for the “bolt-tons,” and as a parent, be ready to talk about the differences between the gritty harsh world of the Witcher and our current cosmopolitan existence.

All in all, an excellent series for the Young Adult and Adult fantasy markets, and could provide engaging reading for the younger fantasy fans if the parents feel the less experience readers are ready for the material.
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k.masse
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Good start, slow finish
Reviewed in the United States on September 8, 2018
First, it is a very good deal for all 3 of these books. I bought the paperbacks so my son can read them too and someday my daughter may. So, I love the universe this author has created! So many mythologies, fantasies and monsters all melded together makes it a great read... See more
First, it is a very good deal for all 3 of these books. I bought the paperbacks so my son can read them too and someday my daughter may. So, I love the universe this author has created! So many mythologies, fantasies and monsters all melded together makes it a great read for book lovers of all types. The main character Geralt is a strong and likeable character, it just feels like we don''t get spend enough time with him, unfortunately. The author jumps around ALOT from character to character in most of the books and it becomes annoying (but not until the 4th book). Ciri is a main character and we meet her around the age 12 I think and I''m not sure if it''s cultural or lost in translation but I feel like this young girl who will be extremely vital to this universe is to immature and petulant. Either the author has zero experience with little girls or just not a very high opinion of them. My daughter is 10 and I sometimes feel like I''m conversing with an adult when we talk. I know we all went through the teen angst but come on! She must have some street smarts and wisdom she''s a princess and supposed to save the world!

My biggest beef is with the final book, (book 5, not included with this set) which I haven''t even finished yet, I''ve lost so much interest. I read the first 3 books (the ones in this set) in about 4 days! Mostly because I just wanted to keep finding Geralt. I immediately ordered The last 2 and they went much slower. The author bounces from character to character and from past to present so much and so unnecessarily that I haven''t picked up book 5 in weeks. I just want to read the story and get to the conclusion already. The writing overall is not the greatest, but I suspect it could be the translation it may read better in it''s original polish. Still I enjoy it and I''m looking forward to the Netflix series and someday I will finish the final book to see if Ciri saves the world or not.
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Zachary Hemingway
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Loving this boxset!
Reviewed in the United States on October 3, 2017
Beautiful set just came today shipped really fast,Cant beat the price for these 3! And can''t wait to start reading!
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Rodimus Prime
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Whether you were lead here by curiosity or video games this is a series which weaves a fantastic tale you shouldn''t pass up!
Reviewed in the United States on January 10, 2018
This is one of the best series I''ve read in a long time. I often find myself during my free time slipping away to read the work of Mr. Sapowski and losing myself in the world that he has created. A world set in a time of medieval Kings, their politics and their wars, as the... See more
This is one of the best series I''ve read in a long time. I often find myself during my free time slipping away to read the work of Mr. Sapowski and losing myself in the world that he has created. A world set in a time of medieval Kings, their politics and their wars, as the backdrop to a much deeper story wrapped within the magic and folklore that was fleshed out in the previous books: The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny. This world of humans and non-humans and their harsh realities intertwine with the story of the main character and his destiny. Geralt is a fierce warrior when he needs to be yet his neutrality often paints him as a patient and wise observer of the cruel world of which he inhabits. He is not infallible, however, and his fate so often leads him towards difficult positions which force him outside of his comfort zone and sees him dealing with the aftermath of his own decisions. I do not wish to deprive you of the chance to discover this world for yourselves and therefore I hope you purchase this and enjoy it as much as I have. I would like to add, however, that this is only books one through three and therefore you must purchase The Tower of Swallows and Lady of the Lake separately to complete the story.

On a different note: The shipping of this and a separate order with two other Witcher books I ordered did not arrive in the best shape. Be aware that the packaging and protection used may be minimal at best. If you wish them to be in perfect condition then I suggest looking to your local bookstore.
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Rai Kessler
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Not just for fans of the games.
Reviewed in the United States on April 10, 2018
I first heard about the Witcher via the video game series. I was only peripherally aware of the first game ( The Witcher Enhanced - PC ), though I have since gone back and played a bit of it. I played some of the second ([[ASIN:B006GHA8EE The Witcher 2:... See more
I first heard about the Witcher via the video game series. I was only peripherally aware of the first game ( The Witcher Enhanced - PC ), though I have since gone back and played a bit of it. I played some of the second ( The Witcher 2: Assassins Of Kings Enhanced Edition ) but got distracted and never finished. I am "this close" to finishing the third ( The Witcher 3 Game of the Year Edition (Xbox One) ). There are some definite differences between the games and the worlds outlined in these books, although fans of the games will definitely recognize most (if not all) of the key characters, and have a fair idea of what to expect. These books make an EXCELLENT read for anyone interested in Geralt''s world, and looking for a deeper look at the lives of the key players of the games, such as Ciri, Triss, Yennifer, Dandelion and of course Geralt.

For those who are NOT familiar with the game and who are thus coming into this series relatively blind - buckle up. You are in for quite the ride. Bumpy at times, but I feel worth it.

The books are well written and the descriptions are evocative, a fact which is made more impressive given that English is not the language or origin. There is some political intrigue, some racial tension (humans, elves, dwarves, and gnomes), tight action, some light humor, and interesting character exploration. Speaking of interesting characters, there are a LOT of them; each with their own personality, agenda, and methods. The world they inhabit is intriguing and rich, although there are many things that are not as well described as I expected. In some cases this leaves an air of mystery, that hint of "just enough" being told. However, in other cases I feel like had I not learned some of the greater story from the games, I might have felt confused. It is difficult to isolate the broader knowledge of the universe I have from those sources, and the way these books are written.

The story continues past these books, so expect a fair number of unresolved plot threads. Not EXACTLY a cliffhanger, but I definitely am eager to learn what happens next.

If you like fantasy, give this a go, I doubt you will be disappointed.
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at some points it''s so exciting it''s like watching a movie play out in your head while ...
Reviewed in the United States on February 20, 2018
Being a fan of the Witcher games, playing through it three times over, I really wish I read the book series first. However, that does not diminish the beauty of both the books as well as the games. Sapkowski really pulls a beauty with all of these books, at some points it''s... See more
Being a fan of the Witcher games, playing through it three times over, I really wish I read the book series first. However, that does not diminish the beauty of both the books as well as the games. Sapkowski really pulls a beauty with all of these books, at some points it''s so exciting it''s like watching a movie play out in your head while you read. I really enjoy them, and if you''re a fan of the Witcher as well as fantasy, you''re in for a treat.
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C. Campbell
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Great Set! (Not the Beginning of the Series!)
Reviewed in the United States on February 11, 2021
If you''re reading the comments, then you probably already know that these aren''t actually the first books. "The Last Wish" and "The Sword of Destiny" are both short story collections that set up the events in the rest of the series. "The Blood of Elves" is the first whole... See more
If you''re reading the comments, then you probably already know that these aren''t actually the first books. "The Last Wish" and "The Sword of Destiny" are both short story collections that set up the events in the rest of the series. "The Blood of Elves" is the first whole novel though.
I''m very pleased with the collection. They match the rest of the paperbacks in the series (which I''m a little OCD about) and it’s much more affordable getting them this way than buying them one at a time. I only wish you could but the last three in a set too.
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Amogh
1.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Only 3 books :(
Reviewed in India on June 3, 2020
Only 3 books. Saw other reviews from india showing 7 books and that''s why I ordered the box set. Disappointed.
Only 3 books. Saw other reviews from india showing 7 books and that''s why I ordered the box set. Disappointed.
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Sad
Reviewed in India on June 15, 2020
Like the quality but I only got 3 of the books. Felt dissappointed because the other reviews were showing 7 of them and that''s why I bought it. I felt deceived. Really sad, but don''t want to return it too cause I was waiting it for so long.
Like the quality but I only got 3 of the books. Felt dissappointed because the other reviews were showing 7 of them and that''s why I bought it. I felt deceived. Really sad, but don''t want to return it too cause I was waiting it for so long.
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Must have for a collection
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 5, 2018
Amazing books its gearalts adventures that happen through the games.
Amazing books its gearalts adventures that happen through the games.
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Three exceptional books in a almost perfect book series and at a good price
Reviewed in Canada on February 17, 2018
The Witcher book series is the best book series I have ever read, there is not a single bad book in the entire series including these three. As for the shipping the books came on time with very little damage. however don''t read these ones first read the last wish and sword...See more
The Witcher book series is the best book series I have ever read, there is not a single bad book in the entire series including these three. As for the shipping the books came on time with very little damage. however don''t read these ones first read the last wish and sword of destiny first.
The Witcher book series is the best book series I have ever read, there is not a single bad book in the entire series including these three. As for the shipping the books came on time with very little damage. however don''t read these ones first read the last wish and sword of destiny first.
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10/10
Reviewed in Mexico on June 28, 2019
Después de haber pasado los juegos, esto era una compra obligada, y hasta ahora es aún mejor como fan de The Witcher conocer la historia completa.
Después de haber pasado los juegos, esto era una compra obligada, y hasta ahora es aún mejor como fan de The Witcher conocer la historia completa.
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