Author: Andrzej Sapkowski
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: High Fantasy
Released: June 7th 2007 (first published 1993)
Review Source: Gollancz / Orbit
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.
The international hit that inspired the video game: The Witcher.
A collection of short stories introducing de Rivia, to be followed by the first novel in the actual series, The Blood of Elves. Note that, while The Last Wish was published after The Sword of Destiny, the stories contained in The Last Wish take place first chronologically, and many of the individual stories were published before The Sword of Destiny.
While it’s totally true I only picked up the books to get more background and story on the characters and the world after playing Witcher 3 (PC), it was totally worth it and I really enjoyed the first book.
This is a collection (of sorts) of short stories, and while they jump around a little bit from town to town for Geralt’s work, it keeps a type of tempo and order that’s easy to follow along and not get lost in. My boyfriend and I took turns reading chapters to each other nightly, which is always nice, and we both enjoyed the stories. I particularly loved when I recognized certain classical fairy tales woven in yet completely new for the story’s needs.
I would totally recommend this to any high fantasy lover, and yeah it’s got some delicious moments to indulge in if you want a pinch of sexy. I particularly appreciated getting the backstory on how Geralt and Yennifer first met, that was hilarious. The best part, surprisingly is the friendship between Geralt and Dandelion, we get to see a lot more to it and Dandelion is even better (no surprise) in the books!