Quest is triggered on Snidhall island, north of the Ancient Crypt signpost on Ard Skellig, where you'll find 2 men fighting.
If you choose to intervene, the quest begins with Ivar, and he’s after a collection of books.
These books can be found by randomly or purchased in several locations (check the quest item section in the inventory; you may have some already) but guaranteed copies are found at the following spots:
- Change Your Life! A Handbook – loan shark merchant in Novigrad, northwest of the Southern Gate, West of Arette, and southwest of the Oxenfurt Gate
- The Cult of Freya – purchase from reluctant alchemist merchant masquerading as priest in Elector’s Square, north Novigrad
- The Curious Case of Virtuous Vegga – merchant in Novigrad near the notice board at St Gregory’s Bridge
- Religion and Life – purchase from merchant in Crow’s Perch
- Tristianna and Isador – purchase from merchant in Lindenvale