The Last Wish Cover Reveal. . . of sorts!

This week we ran a little Twitter competition: Guess the title, win the book!

The rules are as more or less exactly as you’d expect; we give you a few clues and if you’re one of the first people to correctly tweet us back we’ll send you a copy of the book.

This week your clues were:
# It’s a Gollancz title

# We are reissuing a little later this year

# It has a three word title

# The first word in the title is THE

# This book was first published in English by Gollancz in 2007

And we even supplied a line from the book itself:
“ ‘You’ve made your choice,’ she said slowly. ‘Are you sure it’s the right one?’ ”

Of course, we could have supplied some slightly different clues! Did you know that this title:
# Won the inaugural David Gemmell Legend Award

# Comes from an author who has outsold both Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman in his native Poland

# Is the inspiration for the stunning computer game franchise THE WITCHER – and THE WITCHER 2 is heading for a store near you in April!

# Is being reissued by Gollancz in March, with this amazing cover from artist Alejandro Colucci

Interested in hearing a little more about the book? Well read on:
Geralt is a witcher, a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious elixir, have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Yet he is no ordinary murderer: his targets are the multifarious monsters and vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent. He roams the country seeking creatures to battle, but gradually comes to realise that while some of his quarry are unremittingly vile, vicious beasts, others are the victims of sin, evil or simple naivety. One reviewer explained: ‘This book is a sheer delight. It is beautifully written, full of vitality and endlessly inventive: its format, with half a dozen episodes and intervening rest periods for both the hero and the reader, allows for a huge range of characters, scenarios and action. It’s thought-provoking without being in the least dogmatic, witty without descending to farce and packed with swordfights without being derivative. The dialogue sparkles; characters morph almost imperceptibly from semi-cliché to being completely original; nothing is as it first seems. Sapkowski succeeds in seamlessly welding familiar ideas, unique settings and delicious twists of originality together: his Beauty wants to rip the throat out of a sensitive Beast; his Snow White seeks vengeance on all and sundry, his elves are embittered and vindictive. It’s easily one of the best things I’ve read in years.’

Andrzej Sapkowski was born in 1948 in Poland. He studied economy and business, but the success of his fantasy cycle about the sorcerer Geralt of Rivia turned him into a bestselling writer and he is now one of Poland’s most famous and successful authors.

Want to play too? Follow @GillianRedfearn for the new competition, starting at 1.00 p.m. next Tuesday! Not on Twitter? Don’t worry we will be giving you a chance to win a fabulous prize next week here on our blog.


Gillian Redfearn is the Deputy Publishing Director. She joined the team in 2004 and isn't sure she's left the office since. She loves travel, challenges and good fantasy novels, hates being bored and is largely ambivalent about chocolate. When not working in the Gollancz Dungeons she reads, practises archery, knits, conducts a never-ending war against her garden and doesn't spend enough time in the gym . . . You can follow her on twitter: GillianRedfearn
  • Kathryn

    Ultra pedant mode :p

    I’ve rambled enough about the cover stating “novel”, but the release date of The Witcher 2 is incorrect. It came out last year on PC, but the release in April is an update for PC and also the debut of the franchise on the Xbox 360.

    Still – a great franchise and I urge those who like their fantasy dark with gray morals to check it out. Geralt is an awesome character.

    • Hi Kathryn!

      ‘Novel’ – indeed, and I take your point.

      And my apologies – that’s my mistake about the release dates, and thank you for supplying the correct information for everyone. It’s a fabulous series in both books and gaming and – I completely agree – a great franchise. I think we have a cover that does Geralt justice too 🙂

      All best,

      Thank you!

      • Kathryn

        Oh, the cover does him brilliantly. Looks just like he did in Die Hexer and the games, as well as a bunch of the Polish art.

        I hope it does well, though. The Witcher really deserves its success!

  • Such a great book! Delighted that it is back in a new format – I’m a massive fan of the author’s work.

  • Kendall

    Will this be hardcover or paperback? Does this mean we have more of the series to look forward to (in English) from Gollancz?

  • Hi Jared – thanks!

    Hi Kendall,

    We are republishing The Last Wish (in March) and Blood of Elves (in May) as small-format paperbacks with new covers, and then we’ll be publishing Times of Contempt in December this year and Baptism of Fire in 2013. He’s a wonderful author and I’m delighted that we’re starting to release more of his books in English.

    Best wishes,