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This is a wonderful accompaniment to the world of the Witcher. There are heaps of well crafted illustrations from the video games, lots of information on the world with great descriptions of settings, monsters, lore and story line. Recommended as a work of art and if you want to dwell in the world of the Witcher after you've read all the books and watched Season 1 on Netflix.
The World of the Witcher presented by Dark Horse is a fantastic companion book to have for both for long time fans and for new comers interested in getting into the Witcher game series. I own a dozen or so of these Dark Horse companion books and I have to say, this is the best they have done. The book is told as a sort of historical/ scholarly account from Dandelion so it adds a touch of immersion if, like me, you love to delve deep into worlds that are presented as well as what CRPR have done over the years, based on Sapkowski's novels. Best thing about this companion is not only is it a source book on lore and history for the previous two games in the series but it also included artwork from those games. I was lucky enough to get the Collector's Edition of the Witcher 3 when it first came out in 2015 so I had all the art that CDPR presented for that edition, which is fantastic, however it was nice to know that certain art from their previous work was in this guide. This is one book for all Witcher fans.
It's not actually an art book, but I love this kind of concept art mixed with a lot of explaining of the world. It really helps to immerse you in the world. Not that the world of The Witcher is not immersive enough...
The book is fantastic - sturdy, excellent quality paper and very vivid colors.
The book is only about the world of the Witcher, nothing to do with the Withcer 3 Game, doesn't cover the Game at all, quests or spec tree, nothing. Perhaps I didn't check properly the book's description. If you want a Story bok about the beings, monsters and the people who live in it go for it. It's the best you can get! AMAZING drawings, pictures and really great story! I enjoy reading it, however It would be nice if it would contain a little guidance for the Witcher 3 as well specifically.
Again I love the BOOK, I'm just advising you to be aware of what you are ordering. :-)
Excellent, well made, glossy pages, in depth guide to the witcher world.
Possible gripes to consider: -> The actual binding is exposed on some of the pages (i.e. the little white string going up the middle of the spine). Not a problem for me, but it should encourage caution when turning the pages. -> The writing is usually good quality - it takes the form of characters writing the material, e.g. Dandelion narrates, Geralt does a section on the beasts, etc. It can, however, be a little forced sometimes, opting for the verbose, sometimes needlessly. Plus, there are some OBVIOUS moments of social commentary here + there, which isn't a problem, but it did make me roll my eyes once or twice.
APART FROM THAT - this is a BRILLIANT piece of Witcher merchandise. Do note that from page 145 onwards you get into major spoiler territory for ALL the games (Witcher 3 included), so tread carefully. But rarely do you get such sweet fan service as this.