About a year after the events of Wild Hunt and Hearts of Stone while on a contract to slay a Katakan menacing a village in northern Sodden, Geralt is thrown through a portal to the Westeros during the reign of Aerys II. Geralt soon finds a guest in the Red Keep and needing to carefully navigate the Deadly Decadent Court of the Mad King long enough for Ciri and Yennefer to retrieve him.
Tropes included in Wayward Wolf, Beware of unmarked Spoilers of Witcher 3 and A Song of Ice and Fire:
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: Geralts Witcher Blades by Hatori and Dawn.
- Cool Sword: Geralts rune enhanced witcher swords and the house Dayne ancestral sword, Dawn.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Aerys (in keeping with his later life proclivities) has Wenda the White Fawn burned on a wildfire pyre. Thankfully, Geralt, who cannot stomach watching Wendas slow and agonizing death, discreetly put a spell on her that render her unconscious, giving her last moments to die painlessly.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Geralt completely dismantles the Kingswood Brotherhood when he encounters them accosting Princess Elia and her escort.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: Rheagar is featured having a prophetic dream of himself wandering a Kings Landing reduced to a wintry wasteland.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: When Geralt tells Aerys court about the dragons of his world, including a story about a kind dragon who was trying to establish peace and harmony between humans, elves, and dwarves, Aerys very contemptuously sneers at the Witchers dragons for having scruples and ranting that dragons are supposed to be mindless engines of destruction who completely obeys at their masters command to lay waste on their enemies.
- Haunted Castle: Oswell Whent encourages an investigation of his house's seat, Harrenhall.
- Lighter and Softer: Subversion. For Geralt, Westeros at first seemed to be a better place, where people treat him suprisengly well and grateful, without usual Fantastic Racism. Then, he meet the Mad King...
- Prophetic Fallacy: In one of Rheagar's dreams of wintry doom he encounters a white wolf with red eyes naturally he believes the dream-vision to be referring to Geralt, the white-haired witcher with a red-eyed wolf-head medallion, when in truth it is referring to Ghost, the dire wolf of the third child he is destined to have.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Geralt contemplates fleeing the Red Keep after meeting Aerys. However, Tywin pointed it out to him that escaping would not work out in the long term as he is in a strange and unfamiliar land that he has less information about and no reliable allies and friends that he could depend on for help to escape from Aerys grasp.
- Spared By Adaptation: Simon Toyne of the Kingswood Brotherhood is sent to the Wall instead of dying in battle.
- Inverted with Ulmer who's killed in battle by Geralt.
- Trapped in Another World: Once Geralt realizes hes in a wholly different world after going through the portal that hell need to wait for rescue from Ciri and Yennefer.
- You Remind Me of X: Aerys II and Tywin remind Geralt of Radovid and Emhyr respectively.