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.
In this collection of short stories following the adventures of the hit collection The Last Wish, join Geralt as he battles monsters, demons and prejudices alike....
©1993 Andrzej Sapkowski (P)2015 Orion Publishing Group
Sapkowski is a genius. Peter Kenny gives a performance worthy of a genius! Read this after having read all the other Witcher books - had experienced a tremendous satisfaction.
Peter Kenny's rendition of the colourful characters in the world of the Witcher saga was close to perfection. Humour, tragedy and epic are all featured in this collection of novellas. If you've played the game, especially the 3rd one, you'll feel right at home, with short stories filled with details and personality that could shame a full-length novel.
Any other book in the Witcher saga of course. For other works, it's a good mix of Michael Moorcock's Elric with a bit of Robert Jordan and some touches of Toklien.
On par with "The Last Wish". Exceptional.
I think most of Kenny's rendition of characters are spot on, except maybe a big one, Ciri. If you're familiar with the universe you know how crucial her role is, and for some reason she has a very thick scottish-like accent (whereas in the Witcher geography, she's from a southern Kingdom). It was unsettling coming from a little girl's mouth, especially from one supposed to be a princess. And hard to understand sometimes, as I'm not a native speaker. But overall this audiobook was worth every penny I put in it.
"The sword of destiny has two blades..."
Sword of Destiny is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to. Even though it is a collection of short stories, they all fit together so well that it's actually easy to forget this...just brilliant.
Listening to Geralt talking to the mermaid using their singing dialect...what could have easily sounded like Sean Bean having a go at drunken karaoke on a night out is actually believable and really well done!
So far I've only hear Peter Kenny reading Andrzej Sapkowski's The Last Wish, and Blood of Elves, but I'll definitely be listening to his other work in future. When it comes to the Witcher characters though, Peter Kenny is fantastic! Every character is completely unique and recogniseable, and listening to this audiobook has given me a completely new experience of Sword of Destiny.
If I didn't have to move about, speak to people, and live life a little bit, I would have happily listened to Sword of Destiny from start to finish in one sitting.
The second book in the Witcher series, Sword of Destiny takes us even further into the life of Geralt of Rivia, Witcher of the Wolf School of Kaer Morhen, and the many unusual and interesting characters he meets on The Path. And monsters. There are quite a few monsters too. There are also laughs aplenty and unexpected moments where you'll feel like you've been kicked in the gut. Start by listening to The Last Wish, but before you move on to Blood of Elves, the start of the main series of Witcher novels, don't miss out on Sword of Destiny. A must listen for fans of The Witcher, and those who are new to the series!
Anther great book,well written and narrated. The dark humour and unusual story are once again done to perfection, a must read series.
Peter Kenny does a fantastic job bringing the characters to life raising this audio book to another level.
If you are after some early back story for the Witcher 3 game, then this is it. The story and characters are engaging and the segmented story works really well. Very enjoyable.
"Stands above the usual genre offerings"
Within a genre that has so many protagonists of such a wide diversity of talents it is often very difficult to find a 'good' book. I have often thought to give up the genre completely after so many disappointments and then one finds a book of quality that reminds you why you do listen. Well constructed sympathetic characters within a well told original yarn. Add to this a fine narrator and you have a worthwhile listen
Yup, enjoyed this one
"good stuff once again"
having now read this, the last wish and the first three books I find that I prefer these first two over the other three. this one is just as good as the last wish and makes me think the author should have stayed with this format.
I have enjoyed every one of these books and now looking forward to the next.
"Too much repetition"
The stories were interesting, but there is really so much repetition of certain words and phrases that I found myself just wanting to yell "get on with it!" at the speakers. The author also tries too hard to be mysterious, and it just comes over as contrived.
Peter Kenny has been my favourite narrator for a while, but on this book I found his pacing and style just annoying me. He has a very consistent way of emphasizing certain words in sentences, and it served to emphasize the repetition in the text, unfortunately.
A fantastic book and well read! Great for those - like myself - eager to delve further into the world of Geralt of Rivia.
"decent story, cringe narration"
the narrators female voices were cringeworthy, especially the mermaid. pretty good witcher story, but i preferred The Last Wish...
"Great story when the romance doesn't detract"
Bit more of a focus on the romance which was a distraction for me personally. However when Gerald started plying his trade and the link with Ciri it showed top form.
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