The New York Times best-selling series that inspired the international hit videogame The Witcher.
The Wizard's Guild has been shattered by a coup, and in the uproar Geralt was seriously injured. The witcher is supposed to be a guardian of the innocent, a protector of those in need, a defender against powerful and dangerous monsters that prey on men in dark times.
But now that dark times have fallen upon the world, Geralt is helpless until he has recovered from his injuries.
While war rages across all of the lands, the future of magic is under threat, and those sorcerers who survive are determined to protect it. It's an impossible situation in which to find one girl - Ciri, the heiress to the throne of Cintra, has vanished - until a rumor places her in the Niflgaard court, preparing to marry the emperor.
Injured or not, Geralt has a rescue mission on his hands.
The witcher returns in this action-packed sequel to The Time of Contempt.
©2014 Andrzej Sapkowski (P)2015 Hachette Audio
"The character interplay is complex, unsentimental and anchored in brutal shared history. All bodes well for twisty plotting to come." (SFX)
"Sapkowski revitalizes the genre with energetic and compelling writing. A breath of fresh air in a well-worn genre. Don't miss it!" (Dreamwatch)
"Like Mieville and Gaiman, Sapkowski takes the old and makes it new." (Foundation)
I love all the previous Witcher books but this one drags. Nothing happens to further the overall plot of the series nor is there any kind of character development. It's Geralt lost in the woods trying to get to Circi. That's it. You can skip this book and go directly to the next one. Even the action doesn't save the book because there is almost none in it. I was disappointed because it just doesn't compare to any of the Witcher books.
I am a lover of fantasy novels with exciting action, complex plots, and unforgettable characters.
I have been enjoying The Witcher novels for the last month or so as they are released on audible. Mr. Sapkowski is an excellent author and his books are incredibly unique. My favorite part about these novels is their storytelling qualities. A lot of authors write good books, but not very many of them can make you feel like someone is actually telling you a story. Most of them are just like reading what happened, but these books make you feel like you are actually in the world of the story. The author uses many different plot devices to tell the stories in these books, such as the long story motif, the actual storyteller motif, and the idea of switching narrator characters mid scene. All three of these motifs make for an excellent plot and story. Like always the characterization in this book is as good as the first few. I will say that there are a lot of characters in this novel and it is very necessary to pay close attention to the story. Also, the plot itself is very complex and the author slowly reveals parts of it bit by bit, there isn't really an aha moment. This is why focus is very important. The one problem with this book as compared to the first books in the series is that it is a bit slower and less seems to happen. I can accept this though, because as far as I know this is the third of five novels in this series. Again I cannot commend the narrator enough. Mr. Kenny does a wonderful job differentiating characters and making the story come alive. I thought his voice was a little strange during the first book in this series, but I quickly got used to it and I now love him as a narrator. I recommend you read this book if you have read the first two in this series, this is not a standalone. I eagerly await Audible's release of the next novel.
Ok can't rightly compare to others....but read the first books in the series thx to the video game. I work shift work and insomnia is a real problem, thus tried audible books so I'd not read on bright screen. It has helped! However, took half the book for me to get used to it....now I find myself listening at other times too. I wish I had digital too but am starting to like listening better!! At first I didn't like, was going to cancel my audible subscription but now I going to get next book so I can listen on plane.
Peter Kenny lends a mesmerizing voice to Geralt. Though through the series there has been strange changes at times between intonation of names and certain voices (ie Dandelion), his rendition of Geralt is superb. With such a masterful performance, it makes playing the Video Game version awkward, as Kenny's simply puts it to shame.
Loved this book! Peter Kenny was an amazing narrator as always, but the story just flowed so well! There was a lot of time spent with Geralt, which was a good decision. The journey he embarks on in this section of the series was fantastic. Along with his companions there is just an astounding amount of character development. There is a lot of world building too, but from the ground up, as we see various locales from our characters POVs in much more detail. We visit characters other than Geralt as well, and while more brief they also felt very well developed. Plus, I won't even begin to mention the amazing new characters that we meet!
It's pretty obvious that Sapkowski had no idea what the hell he was doing in this book. His characters just wander around aimlessly. There are odd, short, and clearly experimental chapters that completely break the narrative structure. In one of these, Geralt talking in the first person, reminiscing about events that have not yet taken place. In the worst one, an old man is telling THIS story to kids, and the kids are arguing, trying to tell him what they want to hear about next. It's painfully apparent that their argument is nothing more than Sapkowski trying to figure out which boring part of the story he should tell next. I have enjoyed this series so far, but this is the worst book I've read in a long time. There are moments that are fun, but this story strikes me as nothing but brainstorming for the next chapter in the Witcher Saga.
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