The Witcher Returns
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One of the most popular authors of fantasy in Poland has returned with another story about his cult hero Geralt. As the first book in 14 years, anticipation couldn't be higher.
After a 14-year break, author Andrzej Sapkowski is continuing his saga based around his character Geralt. His new novel, Wiedźmin. Sezon burz / The Witcher. Storm Season, will be on the shelves in November 2013 - satisfying the great anticipation of fans of Poland's number-one fantasy writer.
The publisher superNOWA released a synposis to promote the text: "The novel features well known people to the readers like Geralt’s faithful companion Jaskier, the bard and poet, as well as his beloved; the seductive sorceress Yennefer… The tale begins according to the rules of the genre with an earthquake setting off the rising tension. The Witcher must fight a murderous predator who lives to kill… he looses his famous swords and goes through a stormy affair with a red-haired beauty known as Koral."
Andrzej Sapkowski is an example of a writer who has gained popularity with virtually zero influence from literary criticism. Readers connected with his books through his cult hero character, Geralt of Rivia. It has long remained an unexplainable phenomenon how the tradesman from Łódź managed to burst onto the scene and shoot to the top if the best-seller list.
While he began writing at age 40, his quick rise compensated for the late start. Submitting The Witcher to a fantasy competition earned him first place and instigated the development of the saga. The figure of Geralt seems to register with modern readers.
The white-haired mutant uses potions and spells to equip himself in battles against vampires, werewolves and other monsters. Yet, the warrior is aware of his differences and faces emotional crises in reconciling the demands of his vocation. Up to this point, love for this character has inspired the author to write seven books - and with the buzz so high after a 14-year lapse, it shows no signs of stopping.
Sources: PAP; author: Lucyna Szura, 24/10/2013, translation: SMG 25/10/2013