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Sword of Destiny
Publication information
Miecz przeznaczenia. SuperNOWA, 1992
Andrzej Sapkowski
Translated by
David French
Short story collection
Gollancz, May 2015 (UK)
Orbit, December 2015 (US)
978-1473211537 (UK)
978-0316389709 (US)
Preceded by
The Last Wish
Followed by
Blood of Elves
German: Das Schwert der Vorsehung. Heyne, 1998. Italian: La Spada del Destino. Nord Edizioni, 2011 French: L'Épée de la Providence. Bragelonne, 2008. More...

Sword of Destiny (Polish: Miecz przeznaczenia) is the second book in Andrzej Sapkowski's Witcher series in terms of internal chronology, although the original Polish edition was published in 1992, before The Last Wish (but after the Wiedźmin short story collection was made obsolete by The Last Wish). Some of the individual short stories were first published in the Fantastyka magazine.

The book has been translated into Czech, Russian, Lithuanian, German, Italian, Spanish, Bulgarian, Serbian, French, Finnish, Hungarian, Portuguese and at last, English. The publisher of the English edition of the Witcher books initially decided to skip Miecz przeznaczenia and publish Blood of Elves (the first novel in the Witcher saga) directly after The Last Wish, even though the short stories in this collection take place earlier and introduce some of the characters that become major characters in the novels. Finally, in May 2015, an English translation of the collection appeared, timed to coincide with the publication of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

Stories included[]


  • Flag bulgaria.png Bulgarian: Меч на съдбата, (ИнфоДар, 2008)
  • Flag czech.png Czech: Zaklínač II - Meč osudu, (Leonardo, 2000)
  • Flag germany.png German: Das Schwert der Vorsehung, (Heyne Verlag, 1998)
  • Flag uk.png English: The Sword of Destiny, (UK – Gollancz, 2015)
  • Flag spain.png Spanish: La espada del destino, translated by Jose María Faraldo (Bibliópolis fantástica, 2003)
  • Flag france.png French: L'Épée de la Providence, Alexandre Dayet (Bragelonne, 2008)
  • Flag italy.png Italian: La spada del destino, (Nord, 2011)
  • Flag Lithuania.png Lithuanian: Likimo kalavijas, (Dagonas, Kowno 1997)
  • Flag hungary.png Hungarian: Vaják II - A végzet kardja, (PlayOn, 2012)
  • Flag netherlands.png Dutch: Het zwaard van het lot, (Dutch Media Uitgevers, 2012)
  • Flag finland.png Finnish: Kohtalon miekka, translated by Tapani Kärkkäinen (WSOY, 2011)
  • Flag Brazil.png Brazilian Portuguese: A Espada do Destino, translated by Thomasz Barcinski (WMF Martins Fontes, 2012)
  • Flag russia.png Russian: Меч Предназначения, translated by Yevgeny Vaysbrot (АСТ, 1996)
  • Flag serbia.png Serbian: Mač sudbine - Saga o vešcu 2, (IPS 2010)
  • Flag sweden.svg Swedish: Ödets svärd, (Coltso, 2011)

Audio versions[]

There are two audio versions of Miecz przeznaczenia available in Polish. Classic audiobook, lasting about 13 hours and read by Roch Siemianowski, was released by superNOWA (Polish publisher of Sapkowski's works) in 1990s. 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. Miecz przeznaczenia, lasting about 15 hours, was voiced by 49 actors, including Krzysztof Banaszyk (Vernon Roche in the Polish version of Assassins of Kings) as Geralt, Anna Dereszowska as Yennefer, Sławimir Pacek (minor characters in video games) as Dandelion, Joanna Pach (minor characters in video games) as Ciri, Wiktor Zborowski (famous Polish actor) as Istredd and Krzysztof Gosztyła as narrator. Samples from all short stories can be found on audioteka.pl’s site.