The New York Times best-selling series that inspired the international hit video game The Witcher.
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....
The Witcher series
The Last Wish
The Sword of Destiny
Blood of Elves
The Time of Contempt
Baptism of Fire
The Malady and Other Stories: An Andrzej Sapkowski Sampler (e-only)
©2015 Andrzej Sapkowski (P)2015 Hachette Audio
this is a collection of short stories about the witcher geralt of rivia made famous in the u.s. by the very successful video game series by cd projekt red.
i highly recommend sapkowski's books to anyone who enjoys not only the video games and fantasy but great stories as well. they are sophisticated in a way that few novels in any genre manage. the fact that they manage to do so even when translated into english speaks to the superior quality of his storytelling.
it's really hard for me to convey the depth of this collection of stories. they have a range of tone- humor, romance, adventure, intrigue- that is amazing. the writing is contemporary and yet has a resonance that feels timeless. it reminds me of tolkien in that there is a depth to the world sapkowski has created that makes you feel like it's been around for a very long time. it's like there's a real world with a history that the book takes place in that the characters move through rather than just set pieces for the story to take place in.
the stories are at times bleak and grim, and yet there is an odd sense of whimsy like you might find in a classic grimm brothers's fairy tale. they can be farsicle or tragic but never contrived. i really can't recommend them more highly.
as if truely classic stories written by a master craftsman weren't enough- the narrator peter kenny's performance is a masterpiece in it's own right. i've always considered steven pacey's performance in abercrombie's first law trilogy to be the gold standard of audio book performances. mr. kenny's work in this as well as the other spakowski books is every bit as good. even if the book wasn't a classic- and it is- his performance would make it a must for anyone that enjoys audiobooks.
I came to this series based on my experience with the Witcher games and as an avid reader of fantasy.
There are no expounding story arcs or world changing heroics. If you're looking for something like that look elsewhere.
This series of short inter-connected stories read very much like a character study. A study of Gerald and his tormented relationship with the concept of destiny.
Moody and dark, happy endings are far and between in this stark world and yet the descriptions are apt and help underline the central character and his journeys.
Echoes of Gene Wolfe can be found in the atmosphere without ever getting as esoteric as all that.
The main issue I would take with these stories is the absence of a serious antagonistic element.
Gerald's brooding journey and the challenges he meets and encounters are enticing but only up to a point.
The pace is relatively slow ( with some exceptions) and I found myself not being drawn into the story as much as I expected.
All in all worth a listen and it *is* better than a lot of the run-of-the-mill stuff you often find. The audiobook performances were excellent.
Have a go at it if a credit is burning your pocket, just don't expect the level of engagement and depth of either the games or the finest fantasy series.
Peter Kenny's expressive characters and narrator voice along with his particular way of pacing action sequences to make then more tense.
Dandelion will always be my favorite character, you can never really know what he's REALLY doing and I love him for it... And his name was pronounced correctly in this book!!!
He was as great in Sword of destiny as he was in The Last Wish
It does a good job of interweaving different stories and overall developing the characters. Some of the first few stories can be a little slow, but the character's are engaging and the dialogue is good.
The second group of short stories is a good lead in to "The Blood of Elves". I'm glad I read reviews and read the two books of short stories first for the backgrond, because it seems necessary for those of us that are readers, not gamers.Having said that, I love Geralt's world made even more fascinating by great narration.
Geralt doesn't believe in destiny alone, there must be something else to complete one's destiny. As this group of stories build, Geralt discovers just what it is.
Getting closer to a novel, and connecting many more threads. Voice work is stellar and the story engaging.
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