The Witcher novels reading order

All The Witcher Novels in Reading Order

The The Witcher novels were originally written by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski back in the 1990s. In recent years, the popularity of the books has only increased, largely due to the successful Netflix series, as well as the popular video games by CD Projekt RED. However, with eight different novels that lack any numbering, it might be difficult to discover the correct reading order of the books. That’s why we created a list containing all The Witcher novels in reading order. This list tells you exactly where to start or which volume you should read next!

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Originally the books were written in Polish, under the name ‘Wiedźmin’. Translations in English and many other languages have been around for a long time though, so you can find many different editions with different covers and sometimes even slightly different names. In very rare occasions, the series is even referred to as ‘The Hexer’. More recent translations always refer to the series as ‘The Witcher’. Here’s the complete list of all The Witcher novels in reading order for you:

  1. The Last Wish (published in 1993)
    • The stories of The Last Wish were originally published separately, all under the name of ‘Wiedźmin’ (‘The Witcher’) and only available in Polish. A few years later, the stories were bundled as The Last Wish. Even though The Last Wish was published after Sword of Destiny, it is chronologically the first book in the series.
  2. Sword of Destiny (published in 1992)
  3. Blood of Elves (published in 1994)
  4. Time of Contempt (published in 1995)
  5. Baptism of Fire (published in 1996)
  6. The Tower of the Swallow (published in 1997)
  7. The Lady of the Lake (published in 1998)
  8. Season of Storms (published in 2013)

The English books are also available as The Witcher Boxed Set.

The Witcher novels reading order

In addition to the books and the Netflix series, there are also games and comic books of The Witcher, some of which tie in directly to the novel series. For a complete overview, check out our The Witcher Timeline.

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Lars Cornelis

Lars is a game journalist since 2005. He loves virtual adventures and appreciates a good story, whether told through environmental storytelling or deep lore. He has a large collection of books and comics based on his favorite games, like Halo, Assassin's Creed, and Metal Gear Solid.

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