Author: Andrzej Sapkowski
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: High Fantasy
Released: May 19th 2015 (first published 1992)
Review Source: Gollancz / Orbit
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.
This is a collection of short stories, following the adventures of the hit collection THE LAST WISH. Join Geralt as he battles monsters, demons and prejudices alike….
Like a television series, it is nice to come in much later to not have to wait seven years between books, as this one was released seven years after the first collection of short stories. This however, is a second installment of short stories that take place prior to the events of the first actual witcher book, the Blood of Elves (currently reading).
The collection of short stories in this installment actually are ordered lineally (unlike The Last Wish). Talk of Destiny is prominent in this book, of Geralts, of Yenns and of Ciri’s. Of course I still am a big fan of Dandelion, and for the record I need more of him. The writing is quite cinematic, and the construction of a medieval historical fantasy is sublime.
Geralt is no longer just a Witcher, but acting as a father due to his and Ciri’s intertwined destiny. No matter how he tries to defy and deny destiny, he comes to her aid and begins to train her, as only he knows how, as a witcher. The dynamic is quite interesting to see play out, and I look forward to it’s continuation in the following book.