Today I will be reviewing The Last Wish: Introducing the Witcher by
I want to start off by saying I am NOT a gamer and know nothing of the video games. Nothing against gamers, its just not my thing. I know the games were based on these books, and are very popular.
I have seen many people say how great these books are, and that they are very Sword and Sorcery, Conan Esq pulpy fantasy, which is totally me! So yes I had to check them out!
I was not disappointed! Everything I had seen describing this book was right on. Very Sword and Sorcery indeed! This collection of short stories about the adventures of Geralt of Rivia were just what I needed to get me out of my recent reading slump. These stories are fantastic twist on classic fairy tales. I have to say this was quite a fun read. I am excited to continue this series, I need more of the Witcher, Geralt of Rivia!
As you know if you have read my reviews before I am not about long reviews with synopsis and spoilers. I just give my opinion on my experience with this book and you can take it from there. Now on to the next book.
This book is out NOW!
So go grab your copy!
- Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Orbit (May 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316029181
- ISBN-13: 978-0316029186
Geralt of Rivia is a witcher. A cunning sorcerer. A merciless assassin.
And a cold-blooded killer.
His sole purpose: to destroy the monsters that plague the world.
But not everything monstrous-looking is evil and not everything fair is good. . . and in every fairy tale there is a grain of truth.
For fans of the video game and the uninitiated alike, The Last Wish is the opening chapter of The Witcher series.
“The universe of Sapkowski’s The Witcher is one of the most detailed and best-explored in modern fantasy, offering endless opportunities for fresh ideas … Complex character relationships enrich this already complex world; this is the sort of series fantasy fans will cherish.”―B&N
“One of the best and most interesting fantasy series I’ve ever read. Though it functions well as adventure fiction, it has added depth and value as satire and commentary on fantasy literature … Sapkowski is a genuine stylist.”―Nerds of a Feather
“Like a complicated magic spell, a Sapkowski novel is a hodgepodge of fantasy, intellectual discourse, and dry humor. Recommended.”―Time
“Like Mieville and Gaiman, [Sapkowski] takes the old and makes it new … fresh take on genre fantasy.”―Foundation on The Last Wish
“A breath of fresh air in a well-worn genre. Don’t miss it!”―Dreamwatch
“Sapkowski has a phenomenal gift for narrative, inventing sensational events, creating a suggestive mood, and building up the suspense along with a dazzling, slightly cynical sense of humor.”―Jacek Sieradzki, Polityka on The Last Wish
“Sapkowski’s The Last Wish is a great collection of short stories centered around a witcher, Geralt – a rare sorcerous breed who hunts down the monstrous but is feared by the innocent. With a wondrous mix of Eastern European folklore and myth, beautiful princesses, mischievous demons and where all is not as it seems, The Last Wish is a great read – perfect for dipping into or just reading cover to cover, as I did.”―Waterstones
“It is [his] world-weariness combined with his battle-honed powers that make Geralt such an interesting character. Here’s hoping The Last Wish is merely the opening chapter in his English language adventures.”―Edge
“I really, really enjoyed this book … None of the characters in Sapkowski’s world are black or white; they are all shades of grey, including Geralt and the monsters.”―The Deckled Edge
“Sapkowski is very good at creating interesting, imaginative characters with unusual levels of depth to them … The Last Wish is an enjoyable book full of stories both melancholy and comic.”―The Wertzone
“This beautifully written character-based story from Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski … a refreshing champion.”―The Specusphere
Andrzej Sapkowski was born in 1948 in Poland. He studied economy and business, but the success of his fantasy cycle about the sorcerer Geralt of Rivia turned him into a bestselling writer. He is now one of Poland’s most famous and successful authors.