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Geralt the Witcher battles monsters, demons and prejudices alike in Sword of Destiny, the second collection of adventures in Andrzej Sapkowski’s groundbreaking epic fantasy series that inspired the Netflix show and the hit video games.

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. 

Witcher collections:

  • The Last Wish
  • Sword of Destiny 

Witcher novels:

  • Blood of Elves
  • The Time of Contempt
  • Baptism of Fire
  • The Tower of Swallows
  • Lady of the Lake
  • Season of Storms 

Hussite Trilogy:

  • The Tower of Fools
  • Warriors of God

Translated from original Polish by David French.

©2015 Andrzej Sapkowski (P)2015 Hachette Audio

Featured Article: Ciri—A Witcher Character Guide


It's a good time to brush up on the The Witcher Saga’s lore and characters. Set in a fantasy kingdom beset with monsters and ongoing war, the series is based on Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski's fantasy books of the same name. Hailed by some as the Polish Game of Thrones, it features dozens of fascinating characters, and while not every one of them made it into the Netflix adaptation, Princess Ciri of Cintra plays a major role. This article serves as an in-depth guide to Ciri, her backstory, and her powers, as well as introduction to her relationships with the other major characters in the show.

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wth

how are you going to call Dandelion "dan-dillion" in the last wish, then in this one you call him "dandy-lion" ????

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Enter the Witcher

If you're only familiar with the Witcher video games, you really owe it to yourself to read the original series it's based on. Sapkowshi's Witcher series is one of the most original fantasy series on the market right now and a fantastic example of what is now being called the "Slav-punk" genera. Very rare that Polish science fiction or fantasy gets translated into English at all, so this short story collection is an even rarer treat.

Also, if you're familiar with Peter Kenney's voice work with the First Law series know that he's equally great here. Very highly recommended!

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this is the true second book of The Witcher Saga.

having made the mistake of reading Blood of Elves first and being somewhat lost, I went back and found that the Last Wish followed by this book were short introductory stories. They might as well be considered the true first and second books since Blood of Elves begins where this book ends.
overall though many of the stories are good in the collection actually quite good. the only thing I would say is that even the very beginning the almost all the characters seeing fully developed that you're just sort of continuing along with their lives. most characters already have established interactions with each other before they appear or me in the book so if you're the type of person who likes to know everything and see if develop this is probably not the series for you

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Great story, but...

Weak actor, he should dedicated his talent to romantic novels, but not an action story like the Witcher, very mellow way to narrate. Also Dandelion sounds so weak and feminine, and everyone now he is also a great fight companion.

I’m very disappointed with his performance.

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a true classic

Would you listen to Sword of Destiny again? Why?

this is a collection of short stories about the witcher geralt of rivia made famous in the u.s. by the very successful video game series by cd projekt red.


i highly recommend sapkowski's books to anyone who enjoys not only the video games and fantasy but great stories as well. they are sophisticated in a way that few novels in any genre manage. the fact that they manage to do so even when translated into english speaks to the superior quality of his storytelling.


it's really hard for me to convey the depth of this collection of stories. they have a range of tone- humor, romance, adventure, intrigue- that is amazing. the writing is contemporary and yet has a resonance that feels timeless. it reminds me of tolkien in that there is a depth to the world sapkowski has created that makes you feel like it's been around for a very long time. it's like there's a real world with a history that the book takes place in that the characters move through rather than just set pieces for the story to take place in.


the stories are at times bleak and grim, and yet there is an odd sense of whimsy like you might find in a classic grimm brothers's fairy tale. they can be farsicle or tragic but never contrived. i really can't recommend them more highly.

What about Peter Kenny’s performance did you like?

as if truely classic stories written by a master craftsman weren't enough- the narrator peter kenny's performance is a masterpiece in it's own right. i've always considered steven pacey's performance in abercrombie's first law trilogy to be the gold standard of audio book performances. mr. kenny's work in this as well as the other spakowski books is every bit as good. even if the book wasn't a classic- and it is- his performance would make it a must for anyone that enjoys audiobooks.

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Destiny. Destiny? Destiny! Destiny?!

If you enjoy hearing the word "Destiny" repeated until it loses all meaning, this book is for you.

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Dandelion

How is this dude's name pronounced? The first two books in the chronology pronounce his name differently. That, and Roach only being named at the end of this book instead of referring to the horse as simply a mare for 3 quarters of the book make it seem like the editing was pretty lazy. The stories themselves are still pretty good, and they're a good starting point, even if the book does feel a little disjointed.

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Terrible

This book is bad. Nothing happens. I got about half way through and quit. The first book was great. This one will make you want to stop the series. Awful

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Creative but alas boring

Too much focus on the relationship between the main character and romantic interest ... if I wanted that I'd buy a romance novel.

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not a polish horror novel

having played the games and watched the show, this is terrible. needs more monsters and less romance and a man's imitation of a breathy woman

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