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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.


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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.

30 review for The World of the Witcher

  1. 5 out of 5

    Franzi

    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.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nico

    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 d 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 drunk history professor's work. It's just all over the place. It skips around, and is written in an annoying Roleplay-esque "I'm a snobby elf, here's the history of you humans because you're too dumb to remember" voice. It fails at its purpose of gently introducing newcomers to the lore, and it fails at being a refresher to those familiar with it. This book just didn't know what it wanted to be: The Art of the Witcher or The World of the Witcher. The prose isn't good enough, isn't clear enough, to be a good intro to the lore. Wikipedia has much better summaries than this. And there's not enough art to call it an art book. Only reason I gave it three stars was because what little art is in it, is gorgeous. I regret that it isn't an art book. Next time CDPR wants to do a lore book, they need to STOP writing it in character. It doesn't help at all, and the elitist elven narrator just pissed me off. TLDR: if you want to get into the Witcherverse before playing the games, just read Andrzej Spakowski's books. Please don't waste your time with CDPR's because both of them are terrible and a waste of beautiful glossy paper. This book is NOT worth the $50 price tag. For that money, go buy the actual series and the three games.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Теодор

    Great book but in 2-3 places the art was super low resolution ingame models, which was outrageous. Thus I give it 4 stars.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Patrice

    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 na 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 name from memory) with the amused and relatively impartial detachment of an outside observer. Vesemir covers the history and definition of witchers sounding like a storytelling elder (which I suppose he is a kickbutt version of). Yennifer discusses magic and religion with a lecture-style, academic professionalism. Geralt explains the various types of monsters, resignedly correcting common in-world misconceptions and freely telling what he thinks of the taxonomic decisions of scholars. And, in addition to prefacing each chapter in his humorous, self-aggrandizing style, Dandelion summarizes the story of Geralt, covering all the novels and short stories up through all three video games into a single cohesive narrative. So spoiler warning there. In addition the book is full of beautiful visual art from the novel covers and video games (concept art, in-game art, game advertising, etc.). This book is comprehensive, fun and a must read for any fan of the Witcher franchise.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Lanter

    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 t 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 the Witcher, then it is a fun read and it will take some time to work your way through this book as the font is pretty small. The images are good but not quite as nice as I expected. I have seen many of them in promotions and game art but it is a nice reminder of how great the graphics and designs are in the Witcher. All in all, I enjoyed this book but was glad I bought it digitally as I wouldn't keep this book on my shelf with so many other books out there competing for that space. I'd recommend this if you want to see Witcher art or read about some of the background of the world. Other Witcher fans may find that this book isn't exactly what they were looking for/satisfying to read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ronald Weston

    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 a 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 and personalities of the "writers": Borch Three Jackdaws (The World and Its Inhabitants), Vesemir (The Witchers), Yennefer (The Magic and Religions of the Continent), Geralt (The Beasts of the Northern Kingdoms) and Dandelion (The Story of Geralt of Rivia). A word of caution to those who haven't read the novels: perhaps you should stop reading the chapter on Geralt about 2/3rds of the way through the section "Playing with Fate" unless you don't mind knowing the events of "the rest of the story[ies]. Most of the artwork is extraordinary, some of it quite striking. A little of it misses the mark but is still worth looking at. This volume is well-worth owning as a bound book. The Kindle version is fine as long as one doesn't mind expanding sections of text and pictures.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    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 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 of it. Some of it is just speed painting, the type of thing you see artists do on Instagram stories. Not sure if they were going for a rough look, but those paintings would have been much better had they been completed. Overall though, I really liked this book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Panzerwolf

    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 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 lore. Still, a very pretty book to go through and would still recommend it to fans of the fandom.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    2.5/5 stars The book itself is gorgeous and contains a beautiful collection of artwork and screenshots of the The Witcher games, but the writing was such a mess. I understand it was written from Dandelion's perspective and it makes sense, since he narrated TW3 - the game - as well, but the writing was so muddled and inconsistent. I hope CD Projekt RED will release a proper lore book one day. One that's not written from the perspective of a character. However, I did like some parts of it and I loved 2.5/5 stars The book itself is gorgeous and contains a beautiful collection of artwork and screenshots of the The Witcher games, but the writing was such a mess. I understand it was written from Dandelion's perspective and it makes sense, since he narrated TW3 - the game - as well, but the writing was so muddled and inconsistent. I hope CD Projekt RED will release a proper lore book one day. One that's not written from the perspective of a character. However, I did like some parts of it and I loved seeing the artwork being presented this way. It definitely would have worked better as an art book, with some descriptions here and there.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Renée

    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.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mohammad Al Bilani

    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.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Oxana Tomova

    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.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    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.

  14. 4 out of 5

    The King Under The Mountain

    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.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tommy

    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!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey

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

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mariah Thompson

    Adds a little depth to the Witcher world with snippets of information and fantastic art.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rabinna

    Gorgeous! This beautifully written and lavishly illustrated book will make a great companion for gamers and a must have for any Witcher fan.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Antonio

    Sooo many questions answered!! Also the artwork on this is just gorgeous.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Zaraki kinbatchi

    I can’t watch it on the website?? Here

  21. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    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 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 history of the (known) world, in the different lands and countries, in different races, religions and magic systems, in the Witchers and of course in Geralt himself. There is actually nothing that I could criticize about this book, except that the pictures in it sometimes vary between beautifully painted pictures and arts, and sometimes ugly polygone models from the first Witcher video game, where you can see the pixels and low resolution textures - that was a bit odd from time to time, given that from time to time both levels of art appear right next each other, what makes the difference even clearer.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alexa Williams

    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 th 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 that? It tries to be a lore book, but the information is told from the PoV of certain characters and is therefore vague as hell. You'd definitely find more information just reading the various bestiary and character notes/ books in-game. That being said, even out of context the art is very beautiful and definitely worth the $10 I paid for it.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Elliotte Bagg

    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 grea 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 great job of threading the needle between historical feeling political intrigue, personal conflict and fantastical elements. It won't beat you over the head with good versus evil high fantasy that feels paper thin. This is a great reference to anyone new to the series, but a fair warning; it spoils the entire series, and I had to stop a few pages short of the end or spoil the main story of the Witcher 3 game!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brandon Ciantar

    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 onl 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 only for it's art, then I recommend it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    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 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 enjoyable to a fan of the series.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kyle

    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.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Iset

    Great accompaniment - surprised by the amount of content, and plenty of lavish artwork.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rémi Ducharme

    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

  29. 5 out of 5

    The Sapphic Nerd

    A thorough repository of information on the world of The Witcher. Highly recommended if you want to learn more lore.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Brian Tague

    Great book that adds to background info on books in series.

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