From the New York Times bestselling author of The Witcher: Reynevan—scoundrel, magician, possibly a fool—travels into the depths of war as he attempts to navigate the religious fervors of the fifteenth century.
When the Hussite leaders entrust Reynevan with a dangerous secret mission, he is forced to come out of hiding in Bohmeia and depart for Silesia. At the same time, he strives to avenge the death of his brother and discover the whereabouts of his beloved. Once again pursued by multiple enemies, he must contend with danger on every front.
Full of gripping action replete with twists and mysteries, seasoned with magic and Sapkowski's ever-present wit, fans of the Witcher will appreciate this rich historical epic set during the Hussite Wars.
Praise for the The Tower of Fools, book one of the Hussite Trilogy:
"This is historical fantasy done right." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A fantastic novel that any fan of The Witcher will instantly appreciate.” —The Gamer
“A ripping yarn delivered with world-weary wit, bursting at the seams with sex, death, magic and madness.” —Joe Abercrombie
“Sapkowski's energetic and satirical prose as well as the unconventional setting makes this a highly enjoyable historical fantasy.” —Booklist
Also by Andrzej Sapkowski:
The Hussite Trilogy
The Tower of Fools
Warriors of God
The Last Wish
Sword of Destiny
Blood of Elves
The Time of Contempt
Baptism of Fire
The Tower of Swallows
Lady of the Lake
Season of Storms
The Malady and Other Stories: An Andrzej Sapkowski Sampler (e-only)
Translated by David French
The marvelously detailed second historical fantasy in Sapkowski's Hussite Trilogy (after The Tower of Fools) probes the sad irony of peace-loving religious figures forced to turn warrior. In the 15th century, Reynevan of Bielawa, a physician, sorcerer, and recent convert to the Hussite heresy, continues to work for the Czech rebels against the vengeful Roman Catholic Church and its German and Silesian supporters. Chasing a rumor that he has a son by his missing noble love, Katarzyna of Biberstein, Reynevan heads home to Silesia despite numerous enemies and the unpunished murderer of his brother all waiting to torture or execute him. While spying for the Czechs, he also attempts to use sorcery to free his companion, Samson, a wandering spirit trapped in a hulking mortal body. Sapkowski again shows firm command of myriad places, skirmishes, and theological disputes, allowing the reader to be immersed in the turbulence of late medieval Europe. If Reynevan seems to be a bit more pushed around by the plot than pushing himself ("It's the fifth time someone has seized me," he observes at one point), he nevertheless keeps the reader wanting to find out how he escapes once more. Fans will be pleased to see the series going strong. Agent: Patricia Pasqualini, Patricia Pasqualini Literary.