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The Wizards Guild has been shattered by a coup and, in the uproar, Geralt was seriously injured. The Witcher is supposed to be a guardian of the innocent, a protector of those in need, a defender against powerful and dangerous monsters that prey on men in dark times. But now that dark times have fallen upon the world, Geralt is helpless until he has recovered from his injuries.

While war rages across all of the lands, the future of magic is under threat and those sorcerers who survive are determined to protect it. It's an impossible situation in which to find one girl - Ciri, the heiress to the throne of Cintra, has vanished - until a rumour places her in the Niflgaard court, preparing to marry the Emperor. Injured or not, Geralt has a rescue mission on his hands.

This is the third of the Witcher novels by Andrzej Sapkowski. Read by Peter Kenny.

©1996 Andrzej Sapkowski (P)2014 Orion Publishing Group

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My favorite out of the saga so far!

The characters, the way the story unravels, leaves you wondering while listening attentively..
Out of the 5 I've read, this one I think was my favorite. The new characters introduced here captured my attention and, as someone who played The Witcher 3 before starting the books, provided much needed context

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Great performance, gritty fantasy

The range of voices and accents was amazing. Dwarves voices were excellent. read the series.

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With a lisp

Everybody lisps with a scottish (?) accent.
Though Kenny grows on you... So 3 instead of 1!

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  • K. Briskham
  • 02-21-18

best one yet!

easily the best witcher book yet, manages a bit of humor even when the story is dark.

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  • "tuffpet"
  • 12-09-17

Very much the middle of a Saga!

I love these books, but this suffers from very little being able to happen. the story is still good and there are nice moments, but little in the way of satisfaction. it feels like story that has to be told to get to the end of the overarching story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-06-17

another master piece

new characters , new twists , slightly shorter it seemed but depth to match others in the series

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  • Jack Walpole
  • 10-22-17

worth it

love it great listen as always and great continuation of the story look forward to the next

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  • Eva
  • 07-26-17

Another cool part of the Witcher saga

I'm loving every bit of this - the setting, the plot, the characters and the voice-acting. The text lends itself very well to being performed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-30-17

Not my favourite of the story but well told.

Narrator was excellent, book drags a little in the middle but great ending. Would only recommend if had read/listened to earlier in the series.

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  • Scheuer Segolene
  • 05-16-17

A Fiery Read

A slow start after the cliffhanger from Time of Contempt - but still a very good sequel! Great new characters, and another wonderful performance by Peter Kenny. On to the Tower of Swallows! :)

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  • James
  • 04-09-17

Twists of fate

great narrator, kept guessing as destiny and war turns the world upside down as Geralt seeks Ciri, providing another reason to hate portals atleast, few twists and turns as the time for Neutrality has long passed.

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  • S. Bryan
  • 12-16-16

amazing

fantastic I am going to be so so sad when. I finish all the books.

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  • Kemi
  • 11-13-16

A great listen

it was a great listen. it did grate on my nerves that the pronunciation of dandelion's name was changed having listened to the other two books.

I enjoyed the book though.

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  • Beau
  • 11-30-17

Geralt of Rivia

Babtised in fire, Geralt learns the meaning of friendship and gains more than just a story to his name. Introducing Zoltan and the return of Dandelion. Great book!

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  • Thomas Salter
  • 10-19-17

Excellent with one exception!

Excellent except for the pronunciation of Dandelion's name, as it is said like the flower.

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  • D. Buchanan
  • 08-15-17

Excellent book

The narration is exceptional. The story keeps your interest. Beware though, this book will make you laugh out loud in public......highly embarrassing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-01-17

believable well constructed fantasy world.

felt fully immersed in the story. imagery is vibrant without interupting the story flow. I will continue the series.

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  • Xin
  • 03-01-17

As with all the others, incredible

Truly outstanding books and the highest quality performances from Peter Kenny. Can't wait for the next one.

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  • Julian
  • 11-20-16

amazing

definitely my favourite series of all time, thank you for translating it into English for the masses

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  • Jayden
  • 11-04-15

Best one yet!

Great continuation of Geralt's story as he makes new and unexpected friends. Brilliantly narrated too!

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  • Brendan
  • 07-16-15

Great book

As always this was brilliant, can't wait till the next one. Please get it available asap!