Overlord at Fantasy Faction shared the news that the deal for the translation of the rest of The Witcher series has come through.
The short story collection The Sword of Destiny will come out this May, and the two remaining books of the novel series The Swallow’s Tower and The Lady of the Lake in 2016 and 2017. The English translations seem to have a rather weird history, with a rather irregular schedule to put it mildly.
- The Sword of Destiny (Pol. 1992/Engl. 2015)
- The Last Wish (pol. 1993/Engl. 2007
- Blood of the Elves (Pol. 1994/Engl. 2009)
- Times of Contempt (Pol. 1995/Engl. 2013)
- Baptism of Fire (Pol. 1996/Engl. 2014)
- The Swallow’s Tower (Pol. 1997/Engl. 2016)
- The Lady of the Lake (Pol. 1998/Engl. 2017)
Without any guarantee that the translations would ever be finished, I certainly wouldn’t have bothered with starting a five book series at all. Fortunately, I can also read the German translations, which had been completed four years ago. I don’t have the slightest clue why the English version was taking the longest. Even the Spanish, French, and Lithuanian translations had been finished years ago.
I reviewed The Last Wish last month, which I consider an excelent book and probably the best pick to get into the series. To me, it’s the best example of modern (post-80s) Sword & Sorcery and reaches even up to Conan in quality. I can’t recommend it enough.
I also happen to find the original announcement from the publishers site.