A BRAND NEW TRILOGY from the author of the legendary WITCHER series, set during the vibrantly depicted Hussite wars. Reinmar of Bielau, called Reynevan, flees after being caught in an affair with a knight’s wife.
With strange, mystical forces gathering in the shadows and pursued not only by the Stercza brothers bent on vengeance, but also by the Holy Inquisition, Reynevan finds himself in the Narrenturm, the Tower of Fools, a medieval asylum for the mad, or for those who dare to think differently and challenge the prevailing order.
The ‘patients’ of this institution form an incomparable gallery of colourful types: including, among others, the young Copernicus, proclaiming the truth of the heliocentric solar system.
This is the first in an epic new series from the phenomenon, ANDRZEJ SAPKOWSKI, author of the WITCHER books Praise for Andrzej Sapkowski: ‘Like Mieville and Gaiman, Sapkowski takes the old and makes it new’ FOUNDATION ‘Like a complicated magic spell, a Sapkowski novel is a hodge podge of fantasy, intellectual discourse and dry humour. Recommended’ TIME
Sapkowski's love for the period is clear as he touches on notorious historical events and figures, including the Defenestration of Prague and printing press inventor Johannes Gutenberg. The carefully painted landscapes and intricate politics, meanwhile, effortlessly draw readers into Reinmar's life and times. This is historical fantasy done right
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
A ripping yarn delivered with world-weary wit, bursting at the seams with sex, death, magic and madness
A well-crafted mix of historical fiction and fantasy with engaging characters, a tight plot and a unique setting