Baptism of Fire - Andrzej Sapkowski & David French

Baptism of Fire

By Andrzej Sapkowski & David French

  • Release Date: 2014-06-24
  • Genre: Epic
Score: 4.5
From 1,045 Ratings


A deadly coup within the Wizard's Guild leaves the Witcher, Geralt of Rivia, gravely injured, and his ward Ciri missing in the third novel of Andrzej Sapkowski's groundbreaking epic fantasy series that inspired the hit Netflix show and the blockbuster video games. 
The Wizards Guild has been shattered by a coup, an uprising that has left Geralt seriously injured. 

The Witcher is supposed to be a guardian of the innocent, a protector of those in need, a defender against powerful and dangerous monsters that prey on men in dark times. But now that dark times have fallen upon the world, Geralt is helpless until he has recovered.

While war rages across the lands, the future of magic is under threat and those sorcerers who survive are determined to protect it. It's an impossible situation in which to find one girl—Ciri, the heiress to the throne of Cintra—until a rumor places her in the Niflgaard court, preparing to marry the Emperor.

Injured or not, Geralt has a rescue mission on his hands.

Witcher collections
The Last Wish
Sword of Destiny

Witcher novels
Blood of Elves
The Time of Contempt
Baptism of Fire 
The Tower of Swallows
Lady of the Lake
Season of Storms

Hussite Trilogy
The Tower of Fools
Warriors of God

Translated from original Polish by David French


  • We simply love Geralt of Rivia

    By Wallyscag
    I’m a Witcher stan. I’ve been reading a lot of negative reviews about this book. While it’s a bit of a departure from the previous, I thought it was still interesting and necessary. I feel like the general consensus is that this is a filler book. I don’t know if I necessarily agree with that, especially because there’s great lore dumps if you’re into that. Plus if you’re a fan of the games, there’s plenty in here for you too~
  • First in the series I’ve not loved

    By Mountainbiker801
    Like much of War and Peace, the reader will be pleased to skip entire chapters of war mongering that have almost no place in the plot; and certainly don’t deserve the time allotted. This book was almost entirely a distraction from the rest of the story.
  • Absolutely stellar!

    By Broy42
    I love fantasy books of this type and the way the author writes his story keeps me in the realm of his fantasy world and makes me want to read more!
  • Utterly Riveting

    By Jsmo311
    I have read through The Last Wish, Sword of Destiny, A Season of Storms, Blood of Elves, and Time of Contempt. Every collection of short stories and each novel are fantastic in their own right, but for me, Baptism of Fire is the best of the series that I've read so far. As a fan of the Witcher games, I was overjoyed by the introductions of a couple of supporting characters in Baptism of Fire, the evolution of Geralt's personality, and how he reluctantly overcomes his lone wolf nature, finally accepting the help of others all devoted to a single cause. A highly recommended read.
  • The Witcher

    By Taghreedx
    Omg can't wait literally!