The Witcher returns in this action-packed sequel to Baptism of Fire in the New York Times best-selling series that inspired The Witcher video games.
The world has fallen into war. Ciri, the child of prophecy, has vanished. Hunted by friends and foes alike, she has taken on the guise of a petty bandit and lives free for the first time in her life.
But the net around her is closing. Geralt, the Witcher, has assembled a group of allies determined to rescue her. Both sides of the war have sent brutal mercenaries to hunt her down. Her crimes have made her famous.
There is only one place left to run. The tower of swallows is waiting….
©2016 Andrzej Sapkowski (P)2016 Hachette Audio
Another wonderful entry in this fantastic and criminally underrated fantasy epic. I'm reminded again that Peter Kenney is one of the best (and certainly the most versatile) narrators I've ever heard.
A bouncy timeline and a cottage in the swamp where no one dares travel. This one had me yawning a bit, no monsterous action and the capture plot with the bounty hunter was lame. Hope the next one's better because I have loved the series thus far!
I found myself skipping through parts that went into WAY too much detail on royal lineage and pointless details. Chapter 8 specifically was rough and ended up skipping at least half of it.
Overall good story and worth listening to.
I LOVE this series. I am enthralled by the idea of Witchers, and I am in love with the characters. I started playing The Witcher 2, then I began reading the books and playing The Witcher 3. I really really want to like these books, and I have enjoyed most of them, but the honest truth is that this one is really not that great. The writing feels lost, ambling around without direction, constantly jumping scenes, and forgetting about Geralt altogether about half way through the book. His quest is pointless anyway. Literally. As in he has no idea what he's doing, and the book admits it.
Sometimes the narration of an event just jumps around. Same event, different narrators from different times. Then there's this build up that always starts with the same words and goes nowhere "if someone looked into the cottage, they would have seen an ashen haired girl..." it says it like 7 times, and it's a full paragraph of text. Everytime you hear it you think, oh shit, someone's going to be there soon! But nothing ever happens. It feels like the author was bored and just decided to jump around and experiment with the story from different angles, then decided to throw the whole mess together and call it a book.
It gets really interesting near the end, but then it's over. There's little resolution, and half the characters are lost in limbo. Who know where the hell Geralt is. I get that it's trying to set up the next book, but the ending scene is strangely flat. There's little to suggest doom or hope, it just ends.
And part of you is grateful that it's over.
Brittney & Charles
slow to start, and the timeline jumps sound quite a bit, but the story is great, and overall it was a great read. Love the narrator, and he really brings the characters to life.
Don't listen to all the reviews that had complaining and whining, because this book was everything it was supposed to be and honestly yes there wasn't tons of action but if that's all your looking for then go play the game and stop complaining! But if your a true fan of The Witcher series and want light shined on all those unanswered questions from the game series and if your looking for the complete story then this will be for you!
I think the last book in this series that I really found enjoyable was "Blood of Elves." "Time of Contempt" started off okay, but it plummeted so hard later on that I can't remember it fondly. And of course, "Baptism of Fire" may as well have not happened at all... But I digress.
I think the thing that bothered me about this book was the inconsistency of the storytelling. The author seemed to be experimenting with it at the end of the previous book, but it was only strange at that point. In "The Tower of Swallows," it was often downright confusing.
We started the book halfway through its story. It was apparently being told by some of the characters retrospectively. But then we get glimpses of the distant future, with implications regarding the ultimate fates of at least one of the narrators. Some of the overlapping narration from different characters starts skipping around chronologically. Many references are made throughout the book to events that are only described near the very end. And so on, but I'm running out of space.
In summary, I only endured this frustrating book because having started the series, I have to know what happens to these characters.
The momentum of this story is like a ride on dangerous rapids and this book is one of the points where the raft either flips or slams you down a water fall to a rocky smash. It was difficult to listen sometimes as the characters have been endeared to you with their loyalty to each other and their flaws laid bare. This is a harsh chapter in the overall tale and you feel the coldness of the winter prophecy closing in.
The moment when Ciri is talking to the hermit in the swamp . Her rant about morality vs reality and how she feels about her role in a simple version of life.
Some of his graveling voice characters become tedious and difficult to listen to. It over all is an wonderful performance as the accents and environment he sets as he reads descriptions are lovely. His voice for nefarious characters is grating and makes it difficult to concentrate on what they are say.
Yes and no. I wanted tofollow the story arcs but the voice acting of Vilgefoftz and a few other nasty characters is rather grating thus I needed a break.
This whole series has been beautifully translated to English. The descriptions of the world and the glimpse into another cultures fantasy and fairy tales is delightful. If you are lover of the video games you will find many familiar, places ,friends, enemies and situations. Very much worth the listen.
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