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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

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Sapkowski does it again

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Expectations!

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!

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awesome

Gets a bit slow in some chapters. But overall a very enthralling tale. a wonderful read

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I disagree with other negative reviews

I love the series and author. I read many reviews of this book posted on Audible and so I thought about the critical negative opinions. My opinion is to disagree. When there is world building of any kind it can be for some not as fun, but this book did not labor so harshly in world building, it was all in context and enjoyable. For those who feel the "points of view from around the Witcher world" in this book made you yawn, go read crap teenage scifi. Lol. Great book. Highly recommend.

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slow going for a while, but it picks up

The story got off to a very slow start, but it gradually gathered steam and became far more compelling towards the end.

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Fantastic story arc in the Witcher universe

I'm counting the days until Lady of the Lake! A must read for all fantasy fans.

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good read

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.

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  • 06-02-16

Awesome!

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!

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Mediocre Writing

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.

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I had loved every moment!

When ever I had spare time or was doing something that I could plug my ear buds in I was having my ears listening to this wonderful story. Even though I do personally own the physical copies of these books and even though I prefer having a physical idiom over anything that is digital I cannot excuse the fact that this audio recording was far more convenient than anything else. I do recommend this series to both friends and family. I simply So no not want to wait any longer for the next installment of the saga!