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The World of the Witcher

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  787 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Dive deep into the world of monster hunters, as the prominent characters from the universe take you on a guided tour of the fascinating dark fantasy adventure that is The Witcher. This gorgeous, illustrated hardbound volume contains in-depth knowledge about the locales, the deadly beasts that inhabit them, and the lethal weapons used to put them down.
Hardcover, 184 pages
Published May 19th 2015 by Dark Horse Books
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4 Stars

Beautiful artwork and intriguing background information to the history, creatures and characters of the Witcher universe. The text sometimes is a bit dense but still interesting enough.
Jan 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This book was really pretty, but the writing in it was really muddled and confusing.

The writing wasn't sure of who it was aiming at. I think this book was SUPPOSED to be a lore primer for people who've only played the games. However, the narratives were choppy, skipped over important details in favor of minor ones, and left me confused.

It doesn't work for people who have read the books either, because it's so vague. It doesn't really summarize what happened in the books/game. It reads like a
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great book but in 2-3 places the art was super low resolution ingame models, which was outrageous. Thus I give it 4 stars.
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Written as a fictional documentary, this is the most comprehensive summary of information on the Witcher franchise that exists. It is playfully presented as a publication by the character Dandilion as an informative text on his world with submissions from his friends and companions on the various sections and full of excerpts from in-world texts. The world history/geography/culture chapter is written in the perspective of Borch Three Jackdaws (I'm not even going to attempt to spell his dragon ...more
Jeff Lanter
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love behind the scenes/concept art books and without really looking, I thought that was what World of the Witcher was. Instead, it is more about the background of the video games with some game art sprinkled in. Fortunately, the background information is well-written and interesting. It is nominally from the perspective of Dandelion and Yennefer though it doesn't always sound like the characters actual voices. The information is totally unnecessary but if you like the world and characters of ...more
Ronald Weston
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
A good overview of the Witcher world, literary and gaming (I think, since I haven't played the games, only seen the cinematics of them). Coming to this book only after seeing the TV series and in the midst of reading the two books of short stories, I really liked its structure: a volume created by Dandelion, with aspects of the world presented by participants, interspersed with bits of folklore, history, scholarly snippets and quotes of individuals. The five chapters all exhibit the viewpoints ...more
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I spent a lot of time this past year playing Witcher 3 on the Switch. And now I'm in love. I like the story the author of the books created, but I especially love the storyline in the games. The entire universe is excellent. This book doesn't cover everything in the game. It mostly covers the basics - like a guide on major historical events, magic, non-humans, etc. More could have been added, but it would make the book much bigger than it already is.
Along with info is a ton of art. I liked most
Nov 16, 2019 rated it liked it
A beautiful book that any Witcher fan would enjoy just for the art. The actual content of it was not exactly what I imagined, as for some reason I was under the illusion this was more of a behind the scenes -type of book, but it's more of a primer on the lore of the Witcher world.

Unfortunately the text is kind of disjointed and since it attempts to explain so many things at once, it skips over interesting details and doesn't really offer you that much if you're already familiar with the Witcher
Jul 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Very pretty book, loved the artwork. A good summary of the games however very vague with no real direction or lead up to anything. It skimmed over a lot of things without properly categorising the different sections of the book or going into much detail. The design and layout wasn't the best either with sections being split by full spread artworks only to have three sentences on the following page before a new section.
Mohammad Al Bilani
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is a great introduction before delving deeper into the game.
I enjoyed the fact that Dandelion is supposedly the "author" of this book.
However, I found chapter 5 being the most important part (or at least to me), containing the summary of the whole story and all the background information and side stories that must be known before playing the game.
Also chapter 1 was a good introduction about the world, places, politics, lore and history of the world of the witcher.
Oxana Tomova
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is a great addition to the books and/or the games for everyone who likes them and the lore. The pictures inside add to the great atmosphere and are just as the last game, absolutely beautiful.
I'd recommend the book to lovers of the universe and anyone interested to learn about Geralt and his world, even if for the first time.
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is a good compendium for the development of the world and its different locations and creatures, but I feel it isn't quite as detailed where it should be, and is overly detailed where it doesn't need to be. The final chapter highlights the games and books, recapping the story of Geralt of Rivia. That chapter, along with the artwork, is probably the book's highlight.
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is to The Witcher games what TWOIAF is to ASOIAF. It describes the world, the setting of Geralt's adventurers, it's monsters and Geralt's story itself, both from the books and all 3 games. Beautiful illustrations and the background it offers makes this a must read for Witcher fans!
The King Under The Mountain
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
It's great to learn more about a fantasy world, even if most things I already knew. The book is made realy good as it is "written" by Dandelion. Realy enjoyed reading it and I recommend it to every Witcher fan.
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it

A great companion to the game. A real in depth look at the world of the Witcher. Would definitely recommend

Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This beautifully written and lavishly illustrated book will make a great companion for gamers and a must have for any Witcher fan.
Mariah Thompson
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Adds a little depth to the Witcher world with snippets of information and fantastic art.
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sooo many questions answered!!
Also the artwork on this is just gorgeous.
Zaraki kinbatchi
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I cant watch it on the website?? Here ...more
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a sucker for World Building. So, it is kind of impossible for me to rate a book that focuses 80% of it on world building only with less than 5 stars.

I've never played a Witcher video game, nor was I able to get into the somewhat different writing style of Sapkowski himself, which is why I never read a book by him. But from what I saw and heard of the Witcher Universe, I simply loved it. With this book you get what the title says: the World of the Witcher Universe. You get an insight in the
Alexa Williams
Feb 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: art-books
This is more 2.5 stars, but it's getting 3 because I love the Witcher.

This book tries to do two things and doesn't really succeed in either of them. It tries to be an art book, but most of the art included is given "in character" descriptions that don't really tell you what they are or any out of game information related to them. Some concept art isn't given a description at all. Like yes, based on context clues I can gather that this is probably an early design for Ciri, but why not tell me
Elliotte Bagg
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
At first I had ordered this book thinking it was more of an art book that goes along with Witcher 3, but it turned out to be a primer on the lore of the entire franchise, very akin to the World of Ice and Fire is for Game of Thrones! This one feels superior to the previously mentioned GoT Lore book because it is shorter, more succinct, and better narrated with various personalities guiding you through different major aspects of the world. Much like Game of Thrones, the Witcher series does a ...more
Brandon Ciantar
Jun 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very good game compendium. Really detailed, even if the text is somewhat shabby and sometimes confusing. Really awesome art, it has strong section content, the exception being the beasts section. Anyone who played the Witcher III knows that the compendium had much mote potential in the bestiary sections. If you're buying this book for the bestiary then don't, the game's bestiary is much more detailed and versatile. If you're buying it to know about the world, religions and characters or even ...more
Jun 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommended to Michael by: Andrew Philpott
Not at all what I expected. When I was gifted this book, I thought it would be mainly a concept art book with information on game design. Not my usual cup of tea. But I was very wrong. While it does contain quite a lot of gorgeous concept art, it is a legitimate compendium of world-building lore that appears to be a seamless mixture of material from the original novels and the video game series, written in the voices of several main characters. While not a masterpiece of literature, it was quite ...more
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy

Great accompaniment - surprised by the amount of content, and plenty of lavish artwork.
Aug 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Excellent back history in order to play Witcher 3. I did not finish the full book as it seemed to start seeping into the Witcher 3 story. As another reviewer stated this book was general about the history of the world and provided enough information compared to the overly verbose World of Ice and Fire.
The Sapphic Nerd
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
A thorough repository of information on the world of The Witcher. Highly recommended if you want to learn more lore.
Brian Tague
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book that adds to background info on books in series.
Rémi Ducharme
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great book about the lore of The witcher Universe. I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of the series and wants to know more about it. The pictures are also superb
Joseph Grabon
Apr 09, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Broken and unreadable

For some reason I will get 20-30 consecutive black pages. All the content is gone. DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK. It was a complete waste of money
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“In time, the witchers' steel swords earned the name of "swords for men." A foul moniker, though not one conjured out of thin air. A good steel blade is indeed our first line of defense against mankind's hatred, stupidity, or greed. The world is full of those who would happily kill a witcher - out of resentment toward our trade, for fame, or simply to profit by snatching up our hard-earned coin. So the witchers, fully aware of the situation, never hesitated to relieve this world of the burden of dolts who were so thick headed as to threaten their lives. For that reason, in my day we called our steel swords "swords for fools." Unfortunately, seeing as how mendacious the two-faced scoundrels of bitches seem to rule this world, a great many fools have been apparently spared this selection process.” 0 likes
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