Author Andrzej Sapkowski has become a household name as of late. Best known for his work writing The Witcher novels. However, the Polish author has an extensive bibliography of other titles to his name. Beyond his Witcher stories, Sapkowski has another historical fantasy series that will publish in English for the first time.
Sapkowski Takes Us To The Tower Of Fools In This New Fantasy Series
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The first book in this trilogy is The Tower of Fools, first published in Europe in 2002. Drawing on real-world history, the trilogy takes place during the time of the Hussite wars of the 15th century. The official synopsis for this new fantasy series from Sapkowski tell us the following about Tower of Fools.
When a thoughtless indiscretion finds Reinmar of Bielau caught in the crosshairs of powerful noble family, he is forced to flee his home. But once he passes beyond the city walls, he finds that there are dangers ahead as well as behind. With strange, mystical forces gathering in the shadows, and pursued not only by brothers bent on vengeance, but also by the Holy Inquisition, Reynevan finds himself in the Narrenturm, the Tower of Fools: a medieval asylum for the mad, or for those who dare to think differently and challenge the prevailing order.
Translation from David French brings this series to the English-speaking world. French also translated the Witcher novels such as The Last Wish and Blood of Elves. Fans of The Witcher will certainly want to check out this new/old trilogy by Sapkowski. Based on a little-known area of history (at least unknown to most American audiences I presume) Tower of Fools also features some well-known historical figures like Nicolaus Copernicus.
The novel will be out on October 27, 2020 from Orbit Books. In the meantime, you can read an exclusive excerpt from Tower of Fools over on io9.
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