In the global decay of the written word, the world of fantasy experiences its dark days. Thankfully, there are still some writers able to enchant the reader and kidnap him from the computer screen to the wicked world of monsters, fairies and superhuman hunters. One of them is a Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski, with his uber successful fantasy series Wiedzmin, commonly known as the Witcher.
Originally an economics student and sales representative, Sapkowski entered the world of fantasy by accident, when he decided to send his short fantasy stories to a Polish magazine. Awarded with the 3rd place, he soon continued with the series. Interestingly, the whole trilogy is highly influenced by the Slavic mythology-an oath to the writer’s homeland and origins.
The Witcher, still the most successful of the writer’s works, tells the story of a superhuman Geralt, destined to hunt down the monsters of a medieval, fantasy world of the novel. The highly successful series was developed to blockbuster video game, released by Atari.
Other significant works of the author include ‘Lesser Evil’, ‘Sword of destiny’, ‘In a bomb crater’, ‘Blood of Elves’ and ‘Narrentum’. Considering the books’ international success, Sapkowski was awarded with Spanish Ignotus award, Polish medal for merit to culture, David Gemmel Awards for Fantasy and many, many more. His works have been translated to over 12 languages and adapted to a TV series, comic books and a full-length movie.