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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

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Steadily rising up my list of favorite series

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.

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Awesome

Loved the last few chapters. it was a riveting listen from the beginning to the end, and it was great to get more story development.

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Perfect except for some pronunciations

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.

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  • Nathan
  • London, Ontario Canada
  • 06-18-16

Best so far

I'm writing this having read the next book in the series and currently the one after that.

This is my favourite book in the series so far as it is more action and eventful. We spend time in a relatively central position for most of the story and the inciting incident up close, personal, faster pace and first hand instead of the typical description narrative afterwards.

Politics and social intrigue play a large part of the story. Geralt finds himself in the middle of a power struggle. We get to get to see the rocky relationship of Geralt and Yennefer in a time when it works and understand why Geralt, who isn't suppose to have feelings, struggles so much with it.

The same writing style is present. We are spared no details on how the systems in the world work and can sometimes feel like a history textbook given the details. The female descriptions start to be more tame.

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Fabulous!

The second book is better than the first. I am very excited about finding this series. The narrator does a splendid job of reading.

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Awesome nailbiter

Started to get dissapointed, towards the last chapter,but the sudden twist was great! can't wait to start the final book!!
Wish the story would never end!

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Can't wait for the next!

This book was better than the first by far! More battles but much clearer story line.

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A Must read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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.

What does Peter Kenny bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh and think of crying at some parts. Shock for the after party.

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not in contempt

can't wait to listen to the next installment of this very captivating Witcher series. gold.

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  • Joshua
  • mcleansville, NC, United States
  • 03-30-18

Not what I expected.

I think what surprises me most about this series is that it isn’t your run of the mill media tie in, full of swords and sorcery. That’s probably because the books came first, before the games and other media. So don’t going to the series expecting as much action as you get in the games. Therefore as a high fantasy book, this is just average. This is a much slower paced book, with a lot of sections that seem to drag and involve tertiary characters. There also isn’t nearly as much action as you might expect. Like the last book, this one feels like simply another episode in a much larger story, without any real closure. So just be aware of that, since you’ll probably have to read the entire series in order to finish the tale.