The Last Wish
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Geralt is a witcher, a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious elixir, have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Yet he is no ordinary murderer: his targets are the multifarious monsters and vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent. He roams the country seeking assignments, but gradually comes to realise that while some of his quarry are unremittingly vile, vicious grotesques, others are the victims of sin, evil or simple naivety.
One reviewer said: 'This book is a sheer delight. It is beautifully written, full of vitality and endlessly inventive: its format, with half a dozen episodes and intervening rest periods for both the hero and the reader, allows for a huge range of characters, scenarios and action. It's thought-provoking without being in the least dogmatic, witty without descending to farce and packed with sword fights without being derivative. The dialogue sparkles; characters morph almost imperceptibly from semi-cliche to completely original; nothing is as it first seems. Sapkowski succeeds in seamlessly welding familiar ideas, unique settings and delicious twists of originality: his Beauty wants to rip the throat out of a sensitive Beast; his Snow White seeks vengeance on all and sundry, his elves are embittered and vindictive. It's easily one of the best things I've read in ages.'
Your more likely to have heard of the Witcher video games rather than the book they were based on. This is the first installment in a saga by a polish author. These books were originally published years ago in polish and are only now being rereleased in an English format. This book along with the blood of elves are the first two in the saga. This is expertly written fantasy of the highest quality aimed at the adult market, plenty of debauchery to be had here along with lots of comic value and dark fantasy.
Well worth the 4.99 asking price. Give it a go you might have found a hidden gem.
Be warned though this first book in the saga skips to different plots along a timeline. Think pulp fiction style. Short stories linking , the next book however is a consistent story. The author can be forgiven this due to it being his first literary outing and has obviously intelligently strung his first tales of the Witcher Geralt together. It's very much s taster of things to come an intro if you will into the world and escapades of Geralt the Witcher.
I loved it
The story begins here
Despite some grammatical and typing errors (from Polish to English translation no doubt), the book is one massive roller coaster of emotions and a great way to step forward into rich Witcher world.
Looking forward in reading the next book.
The Last Wish - an excellent read
An excellent introduction to The Witcher series. A handful of short stories that all pieces together in the final chapters making for a thrilling, satisfying and charming ending. Also a perfect companion to those playing The Witcher games.