The Last Wish (Polish: Ostatnie życzenie) is the first book in Andrzej Sapkowski's Witcher series in terms of internal chronology, although the original Polish edition was published in 1993, after The Sword of Destiny. Some of the individual short stories were first published in the Fantastyka magazine or in the Wiedźmin short story collection (the first collection of Sapkowski's stories, out of print and now obsolete; all short stories were later collected in The Last Wish, Sword of Destiny and Coś się kończy, coś się zaczyna) and as such were the first witcher stories published.
Stories included Edit
The anthology employs the story within a story framework and contains seven main short stories.
- The Voice of Reason (Głos rozsądku, framing story)
- The Witcher (Wiedźmin)
- A Grain of Truth (Ziarno prawdy)
- The Lesser Evil (Mniejsze zło)
- A Question of Price (Kwestia ceny)
- The Edge of the World (Kraniec świata)
- The Last Wish (Ostatnie życzenie)
The book has been translated into Czech, Russian, Italian, Korean, Lithuanian, German, Spanish, Swedish, Finnish, Estonian, Hungarian, French, Portuguese, Dutch, Serbian and Traditional Chinese in addition to English.
The Last Wish was the first of the Witcher's stories to be translated in English. The Last Wish was published in the United Kingdom by Gollancz  in 2007 and in the United States by Orbit in April 2008.
- Bulgarian: Вещерът. Последното желание (ИнфоДар, 2008)
- Czech: Zaklínač I — Poslední přání (Leonardo, 1999)
- Dutch: De Laatste Wens (Dutch Media Uitgevers, 2010)
- English: The Last Wish, translated by Danusia Stok (UK — Gollancz, 2007, US — Orbit, 2008)
- French: Le Dernier Vœu (2003)
- German: Der letzte Wunsch
- Italian: Il Guardiano degli Innocenti (Nord, 2010)
- Korean: 위처:이성의 목소리 (제우미디어, 2011)
- Lithuanian: Paskutinis noras (Eridanas, 2005)
- Polish: Ostatnie życzenie (SuperNOWA, 1993)
- Portugese: O Último Desejo (Livros do Brasil, 2005)
- Russian: Последнее желание, translated by Евгений Вайсброт (АСТ, 1996)
- Spanish: El último deseo, translated by Jose María Faraldo (Bibliópolis fantástica, 2002)
- Serbian: Последња жеља/Poslednja želja, translated by Olivera Duskov and Milan Duskov (IPS 2009)
- Finnish: Viimeinen toivomus, translated by Tapani Kärkkäinen (WSOY 2010)
- Swedish: Den sista önskningen.
- Hungarian: Vaják I. - Az utolsó kívánság translated by Szathmáry-Kellermann Viktória (PlayON 2011)
- Traditional Chinese: 獵魔士 - 最後的願望, translated by 林蔚昀 (蓋亞文化, 2011)
Audio versions Edit
There are two audio versions of The Last Wish available in Polish. Classic audiobook, lasting about 11 hours and read by Roch Siemianowski, was released by superNOWA (Polish publisher of Sapkowski’s works) in 1996. In 2011, after huge success of audio play based on Sapkowski’s Narrenturm, Fonopolis and audioteka.pl released audio plays based on The Last Wish and Miecz przeznaczenia. The Las Wish, lasting about 12 hours, was voiced by 52 actors, including Krzysztof Banaszyk (Vernon Roche in Assassins of Kings) as Geralt, Anna Dereszowska as Yennefer, Sławimir Pacek (minor characters in video games) as Dandelion and Krzysztof Gosztyła as narrator. Samples from all short stories can be found on audioteka.pl’s site.
Quotes on this wiki Edit
- UK edition quotes in this wiki are taken from this edition: ISBN 978-0-575-07782-9
- US edition quotes in this wiki are taken from this edition: ISBN 0-316-02918-1 (ISBN-10), ISBN 978-0-316-02918-6 (ISBN-13)
Polish editions Edit
English editions Edit
Other language editions Edit
|The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski|
|Short story collections|
|Wiedźmin (obsolete) | The Last Wish | Miecz przeznaczenia (The Sword of Destiny) | Coś się kończy, coś się zaczyna (Something Ends, Something Begins)|
|Blood of Elves | Times of Contempt | Chrzest Ognia (Baptism by Fire) | Wieża Jaskółki (The Tower of the Swallow) | Pani Jeziora (The Lady of the Lake)|
|Wiedźmin (graphic novels) | The Hexer (movie & TV series) | Wiedźmin: Gra Wyobraźni (PnP RPG) | The Witcher] (video game) | The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (video game) | The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (video game)|