A new Witcher book is coming, but it’s not the one you think

A new Witcher book is coming, but it’s not the one you think
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Written by 

Joseph Kime


4th Aug 2023 16:05

Despite the many enduring successes of the video game franchise and Netflix series, The Witcher book series has been very quiet. The whole reason Henry Cavill was ready to become Geralt in the first place was because of his love for Andrzej Sapkowski's masterworks, which is telling of their quality.

They've served as the backbone for the ongoing Witcher love in pop culture, and there's no doubt that they've made a mark. Ten years on, the Witcher books are gearing up to make a return in a surprising way.

The Witcher novels are making a comeback

The successes of the original novels have clearly rung true with original author Sapkowski, as he has revealed in a recent interview that he's working on a new entry in the series - but it's not going to be a straightforward sequel.

Revealing the news in conversation with fans on a live stream hosted by Fantastic Talk, Sapkowski stated: "Yes, I'm working on a new book about Witcher and quite diligently. It may take a year, but no longer."

He would normally keep the information to himself, but he stated that he was willing to break his own rules just this once. "I don't like to talk about what I'm doing until I finish doing it. Because until I finish it, I don't think it exists. But since I always make exceptions for Ukrainians, I will do it this time too."

But, as revealed by an interview in 2018, it doesn't seem that Sapkowski will be going in a linear direction with his new book.

The new Witcher book is likely to be a prequel or spin-off

Though it was some time ago now, Sapkowski suggested that he's happy with the way The Witcher's story concluded with The Lady of the Lake back in 1999, and it has led fans to believe that his next book (the now revealed one) won't be a direct sequel.

"The story is complete, the saga has been concluded, so if by any chance I write something in The Witcher universe, and I sure have such intention, it would probably be something like a prequel or a sidequel," he says. "Not a sequel."

If Sapkowski has stuck to his word, it looks like The Witcher isn't going straight on, but either backwards or sideways. We'd expect nothing else of a gigantic fantasy property, to be honest.

Joseph Kime is the Senior Trending News Journalist for GGRecon from Devon, UK. Before graduating from MarJon University with a degree in Journalism, he started writing music reviews for his own website before writing for the likes of FANDOM, Zavvi and The Digital Fix. He is host of the Big Screen Book Club podcast, and author of Building A Universe, a book that chronicles the history of superhero movies. His favourite games include DOOM (2016), Celeste and Pokemon Emerald.

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