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.
If you're only familiar with the Witcher video games, you really owe it to yourself to read the original series it's based on. Sapkowshi's Witcher series is one of the most original fantasy series on the market right now and a fantastic example of what is now being called the "Slav-punk" genera. Very rare that Polish science fiction or fantasy gets translated into English at all, so this short story collection is an even rarer treat.
Also, if you're familiar with Peter Kenney's voice work with the First Law series know that he's equally great here. Very highly recommended!
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.
would reckoned for anyone who like game of thrones or lord of the rings
I got thirty seconds into the book and the reader was annoying as hell with his shitty voice acting for every character. Did this idiot ever read to children for ever had a story rad to him?
the story continues with the Witcher, his life is bombarded by different errants and ordeals but he stays on the path in search of something... hes not quite sure of... but he searches.
loved it, repeatedly... thanks Andrzej, thanks Peter!
First off the narrator does an excellent job projecting the different characters in all the stories. The story itself is very well written. The story of Geralt is so interesting and the world building from the first book is way more expanded upon.
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