Andrzej Sapkowski’s Witcher series of novels has been an absolute phenomenon in the SFF publishing world.
Following monster hunters, known as Witchers, the original short story of “The Witcher” was published all the way back in 1986, winning third place in a competition for Fantastyka.
What followed was a series of short stories set in the world of the Witchers, eventually collected into two anthologies, and then a pentalogy of novels known as The Saga. The series of novels was released in the original Polish between 1994 and 1999, but not picked up for English release until much later, with the first English edition coming in 2008.
It’s no coincidence that the English release of the novels came a year after the first of the video game series was released by Bioware in 2007. The massively successful series, now in its third iteration, brought international attention to the novels through sales of over 20 million games.
That was enough for Orbit and Gollancz to snap up the novels and start the English releases, and they’ve never looked back.
The newest book, with the English title of Season of Storms, was released a full 14 years after the final book of The Witcher Saga in 2013 and both Orbit and Gollancz have confirmed that they have taken up the option of releasing the English version. It is to be translated from the original Polish by David French and is scheduled to be released in May 2018.
As it’s still a full year away, is it too early to get excited?