Gollancz Acquires Three Novels From The Witcher Universe
Good news for fans of The Witcher series: beginning with the launch of The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, the newly acquired and republished novels by Andrzej Sapkowski will become available, beginning with The Sword of Destiny, which will be published in May of this year alongside The Wild Hunt. Gollancz has bought the World English rights for The Sword of Destiny, as well as The Swallow's Tower and Lady of the Lake. The other two novels will be published in 2016 and 2017. David French will be translating the three novels, as he did with the previous novels that Gollancz acquired from The Witcher universe. For more information, see the full press release after the jump.
Gollancz wins three more in the bestselling series of novels that inspired the eight million copy selling computer game franchise, THE WITCHER
Gollancz is thrilled to announce the acquisition of three more books in Andrzej Sapkowski’s hugely popular THE WITCHER series.
The first book, THE SWORD OF DESTINY, will be published in May 2015 alongside the blockbusting new computer game THE WITCHER 3: THE WILD HUNT, which won the Award for Most Anticipated Game during The Game Awards 2014. Sales for the previous two games in THE WITCHER franchise have totalled over 8 million copies worldwide. SWORD OF DESTINY is a collection of linked short stories which fills in some of the gaps in the Witcher’s legend.
Two further books – THE SWALLOW’S TOWER and LADY OF THE LAKE – will be released in 2016 and 2017 and will conclude the main story of Geralt the Witcher. All three books will be translated by David French, whose translation of the previous two volumes in the series was widely acclaimed.
Marcus Gipps, Commissioning Editor at Gollancz, bought World English rights from Patricia Pasqualini at Agence De l’Est. He said ‘we’re thrilled to be continuing our association with Andrzej and his magnificent Witcher series. The question we get asked most – across any medium, be it twitter, email or face-to-face at conventions – is when we will be continuing Geralt’s saga. We’re delighted to finally be able to answer that question, and hope the fans are pleased that they won’t have to wait too long for the next instalment!’
Andrzej Sapkowski is an international fantasy star and the winner of many fantasy awards, including the David Gemmell Legend award. He is one of the few European fantasy authors to appear in translation in the UK. Gollancz has sold well over 100,000 copies of the series so far, and US rights have been sold to Orbit books.
About Gollancz: Gollancz is the oldest specialist SF & Fantasy publisher in the UK. Founded in 1927 and with a continuous SF publishing programme dating back to 1961, the imprint of the Orion Publishing Group is home to a galaxy of award-winning and bestselling authors. Through our long-running SF and Fantasy Masterworks programme, and major digital initiative the SF Gateway, Gollancz have one of the largest ranges of SF and Fantasy of any publisher in the world.
Andrzej Sapkowski * THE WITCHER * 21 May 2015
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