The Last Wish

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.'

Publisher: London : Gollancz, 2008.
ISBN: 9780575082441
0575082445
9780316029186
0316029181
Characteristics: 280 p. ;,20 cm.

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Chrismania
Feb 28, 2018

Having had finished 'The Witcher 3', I was immersed in a world that I struggled to let go of. The vivid characters, the dirty 'low fantasy' genre, and the world itself made me yearn for more. No place better to go than the source material that inspired the games, right?

For fans of the games, you will likely enjoy this book. The introduction of characters and the tones through with they speak with are much the same as they are portrayed in games (I tip my hat to the producers for authenticity). The writing style is an interesting one. Each chapter is a snippet of a story, sometimes relating to the previous one, sometimes weeks later and in an unfamiliar setting. It allows one to cut out the monotonous days/weeks/months/ of travel and boring dialogue with villagers and the like. I read somewhere that the first 2 or 3 books in the series are written in this style, before the author moved to a more fluid and continuous writing style. I look forward to see how that plays out.

I highly recommend this as a way to extend the world and learn more about the characters. Though the writing style was a bit confusing at first, it became much more functional as I continued to read, and started thinking about each snippet as a 'mini adventure' all tales bundled together to well portray the life of a witcher.

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SnidgetAsphodel
Jan 04, 2017

A unique, fresh take on an over-saturated fantasy genre. This book is well written, witty, smart, and unique. It might help to have played the games beforehand as I feel doing so aided me despite these books being written first. In any case, I highly recommend this book and am looking forward to reading the others.

On a small note, I found that it included a few humorous parallels and references to popular fairy tales such as Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella etc that added some nice flavor.

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StarLord21
Mar 08, 2016

I really love this author and the characters he created. Geralt of Rivia, Dandelion and Yennefer. This collection has the origin of Geralt and Yennefer's tumultuous relationship and more fun stories with Dandelion.

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mexicanadiense
Jan 02, 2014

Amazingly "fresh" material, given that it was written back in the early 90s. Sapkowski's eastern-bloc take on European fairy tale tradition is as invigorating as it is unsettling. And full marks to the translator, who has achieved an idiomatic and easy to read English version for a mass audience. Can't wait to read the next in the series!

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