Andrzej Sapkowski Discusses Books and TV Series

Expectations are high for what some would call the “Next Game of Thrones.” Casting announcements have been revealed has filming has already begun. Andrzej Sapkowski, writer of the beloved book series, sat with Clarín to discuss his work and weighs in on the progress of Netflix’s upcoming show. 

Fans have often given their advice on the recommended book order. As for Sapkowski, he has his own recommendations on how to read his seven books. “The Last Wish” and “The Sword of Destiny” are short stories intertwined with the storyline of the main series and give beginners an insight to the characters and the lore. He states, “That's why I recommend readers to start with "The Last Wish"and continue with "The Sword of Destiny." Just after that you have to go to the "Blood of Elves."

Here is a full recommended reading order:

  1. The Last Wish
  2. Sword of Destiny
  3. Blood of Elves
  4. Time of Contempt
  5. Baptism of Fire
  6. The Swallow’s Tower
  7. Lady of the Lake
  8. Season of Storms

The beginning of Geralt’s creation began in "Wiedźmin," a story submitted to the Polish magazine, "Fantastyka”, for a 1985 literary contest. Inspired rich Slavic mythology, Sapkowski set out to retell the classic fairy tale:

In fairy tales a generic dragon is killed and a generic princess is rescued by either a generic poor cobbler or a generic brave prince with shiny armor. And the two get a princess as a reward. It happens that the job of killing monsters requires a professional: the one who offers his services for money, not for a princess.

Sapkowski has been involved with the newest television series- working with executive producer Lauren Hissrich on the concept and creation of the characters and the world itself. He describes Lauren as “a true professional,” and is optimistic about project. As for Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia? It seems he is also met with approval from the author, who mentions, “I approve, I believe in his gifts as an actor.”

In regards to any future works, there seems to be more adventures in the world of Geralt, but would not go beyond that. It seems fan of the books will have to eagerly wait for more details.

What are your thoughts about casting? Do you agree with Sapkowski’s optimism of the show? Let us know in the comments below or in our forum!

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