The Last Wish is the first book of The Witcher series. The main character – Geralt was born in December 1986, when the first story of the white-haired monster hunter was published in Fantastyka magazine. Its author, Andrzej Sapkowski, is a fur salesman with an economics degree who loves reading fantasy novels but never thought he would live as a writer. If it weren’t for a Fantastyka of his son, Andrzej would never have thought of creating Geralt of Rivia.
So what happened? The magazine talked about a novel competition to be held, and Andrzej thought that he would write a story, receive an award, and then “GG”. He wanted to shock the people of Poland, but had to do it in 30 pages. Long canonical stories won’t fit into that framework.
What do we need to do? Andrzej decided to write a fairytale story – fairytale, but not fair, but full of evil. He wants to make Polish old stories more authentic. Poland has the story of a shoemaker slaying a dragon by luring him to eat a sheep stuffed with sulfur. When the dragon was thirsty and drank water from the river, it exploded and died.
“Lies”, Andrzej said. “The shoemaker makes shoes, not kills monsters. Soldiers and knights? Those are fools. Monks only want money and harass children. So who killed the monster?”