The Witcher returns in this sequel to Blood of Elves, in the series that inspired The Witcher video games.
Geralt is a witcher: guardian of the innocent; protector of those in need; a defender, in dark times, against some of the most frightening creatures of myth and legend. His task now is to protect Ciri. A child of prophecy, she will have the power to change the world for good or for ill - but only if she lives to use it.
A coup threatens the Wizard's Guild.
War breaks out across the lands.
A serious injury leaves Geralt fighting for his life....
And Ciri, in whose hands the world's fate rests, has vanished....
©2013 Andrzej Sapkowski; 2015 Hachette Audio
The narrator's pronunciation of certain names drove me crazy. Dandelion = Dan-dill-ee-on? It clashes with the pronunciations I know from playing the games. Aside from that, it was brilliant. The way the narrator does dialog is excellent; the voices he uses stay consistent for each character, which is impressive considering how many characters there are.
I am a lover of fantasy novels with exciting action, complex plots, and unforgettable characters.
When I first read The Last Wish it was purely on a whim. I saw it was on sale and bought it. I was interested after that collection of short stories, so I bought Blood of Elves. I finished it quickly and came to the conclusion that it was a very strong first novel of the actual series. Therefor I had to get The Time of Contempt, and it far outshown my expectations. The beginning of the novel is a bit slow, but after the first couple of hours the novel takes off at a breakneck pace. Everything about this book is intriguing, whether it be the intricate characters, the deceptively complex plot, or the well crafted world. I think my favorite part of the book was the plot, whitch really made me think to try and determine who was on who's side. By the end of the book, I can honestly say I am beautifully confused and excited for the next novel. I must comment that the ending is a bit strange and unexpected, but I need to read the next book to properly judge. The one flaw I started to notice about this book are the character names. There are many characters in this book and their names are extremely complex and hard to keep straight. I can attribute this to the book being written by a Polish author though and I really didn't have that much of a problem, it is just a slight issue. Despite this book being fantastic I must admit that one of the best parts was the narrator. He has a beautiful voice that is perfect for storytelling, especially this kind of story. I highly recommend this book, it is well worth the time and money.
Definitely recommend to any one who is a Fan of the Wither universe. This book acts as a great complement to the first. And contextualizes aspects of the characters development. The Joy and sorrow is truly felt.
Geralt was and always is my favorite. Ciri bothered me a bit since i got tired of her constant wining and hesitation. For the time they lived and all the death around them you need to be strong and her being so with drawn all the time frustrated me. The One big time of power is relinquished.
it's like a film of the mind. it's one thing to read a book and imagine it but having the voices and acting come through authentically. Your eyes are removed from the experience.
Laugh and think of crying at some parts. Shock for the after party.
I love the witcher series!!! the books make the games come alive! I drive anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half a day and I always put on audio books while I'm in the car and it's such a good way to pass the time in a busy world, I recommend it!
The continuation of the Witcher saga, as the sorcerers divide into sides. Geralt hires a legal team to find out more of Ciri's origins, and perhaps he and Yennifer will make amends. But, good things don't last for long in a time of war where no one can be trusted, with Ciri finding herself in the middle of a hunt.
A dull story, seemingly written for a male early teen audience. It's a decent book for anyone who wants background on Cerella as this is essentially a violent exploitation story of her coming of age.
Immature depiction of sexuality and a lack of Geralt character who is barely mentioned, a seemingly lack of any concept of pacing hurt the quality of the book.
The reading is very solid and brought much needed drama to the telling. But ultimately a flat story and a missing protagonist make this a bad entry in the watchers tale
This is the second book in the Witcher Saga. It does a great job telling the stories of all of the important players in the story. Whoever did this translation took painstaking care to make sure that the result is well written and has beautiful writing.
As far as content, this story is mostly buildup and setting the scene for the next book in the series, but does this very very well and allows you to get a good idea of what's going on. This book dragged a bit in the middle but the build for the next books in the series is well worth the read. Dialogues are fantastically written and seem very realistic and allow you to become completely immersed in the story.
The narration is the best I have ever heard. I listen to a lot of audiobooks and I have a few narrators that I love, but Peter Kenny far and away BLOWS THEM AWAY. I had never listened to him before but now I will seek out whatever narrations he has done. He has an emotional, well acted, uniquely accented, and completely unique voice for every single character in the book. He crys while characters are breaking down, he talks with his mouth full when they are eating and talking, he yells then they are upset, he whispers when they are hiding. It is INCREDIBLE and takes a good book and makes it one of the best entertainment experiences you can have.
So yes a good and necessary part of the series, plus a great narration, but it has too many parts that are unnecessarily long and too much content not related to any of the main characters. I enjoyed the previous book much more, let's see what the book 3 brings.
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