The Malady and Other Stories: An Andrzej Sapkowski Sampler

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The New York Times bestselling series that inspired the international hit video game: The Witcher
A sample of offerings from international fantasy superstar Andrzej Sapkowski, and the perfect introduction to his work.
Best known for his series of stories and novels about Geralt, the Witcher, Sapkowski is one of the most successful fantasy authors in the world.

Contains:

2 complete Witcher short stories taken from THE LAST WISH, the first chapter of BLOOD OF ELVES, the first Witcher novel, the first chapter of BAPTISM OF FIRE, the third full-length book in the series, and a non-Witcher short story "The Malady."
For more Witcher, check out:
Witcher novelsThe Blood of Elves
The Time of Contempt
Baptism of Fire
The Tower of SwallowsLady of the Lake
Witcher collectionsThe Last WishSword of Destiny
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Orbit
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Published on
Dec 16, 2014
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351
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ISBN
9780316300377
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English
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Fiction / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Fantasy / Epic
Fiction / Fantasy / Historical
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