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Geralt is a witcher, a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious elixir, have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin.

Yet he is no ordinary murderer: his targets are the multifarious monsters and vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent. He roams the country seeking assignments but gradually comes to realise that while some of his quarry are unremittingly vile, vicious grotesques, others are the victims of sin, evil or simple naivety.

In this collection of short stories following the adventures of the hit collection The Last Wish, join Geralt as he battles monsters, demons and prejudices alike....

©1993 Andrzej Sapkowski (P)2015 Orion Publishing Group

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Superb!

This should be the second book in the novel series, but it does't show up as such in Audibles list.
It captures events after The Last Wish and before Blood of Elves.

Otherwise it's a fantastic story and an amazing performance by Peter Kenny.

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  • Joki
  • Helsinki
  • 10-18-18

Worth The Read

Of course, I came to these books having greatly enjoyed the Witcher games: particularly Witcher 3. I knew that the game designers stayed close to the original book themes but that they are not canon. The author steadfastly refused to have anything to do with the games, unfortunately. So the question is: if you enjoyed the games, are the books worth it? And the answer is an easy yes - these books fill in so much about the characters that seemed to be only side quest accessories but instead Geralt had met them before. As well, several Gwent cards feature characters that were introduced in the books (e.g., this book has the golden dragon Villentretenmerth.

There are two short story collection books (this is one of them) and then an ongoing series. The stories in this book include the story of how Geralt met Villentretenmerth, how he met and fell for Yennefer, how he uncovered a plot featuring the Doppler Dudu (who shows up in Witcher 3), a plot featuring mermaids and a duke who wants a bride (a riff on The Little Mermaid), and Sword of Destiny - which sets up the storyline for the series (focusing on the child of Destiny, Ciri).

Sapkowski enjoys taking fairy tales and creating a more 'realistic' storyline around them. In previous books we saw Beauty and the Beast subverted and here we have a rather imaginative take on the Little Mermaid. Those who have played the game can imagine how the story will unfold: with the trademark lack of morality and clear endings. I do enjoy that vagueness since it means you are given a lot to think about afterwards.

I found the stories in both of the 'collection' books to be interesting and worth the read. As well, a lot more focus is on Geralt in these books than in the series. In fact, in the series the POV is rarely Geralt, which may frustrate some.

I listened to the Audible book and it was obvious the narrator took great care with the voices and acting. Admittedly, at times the accents were very hard to understand and I had to stop doing anything else in order to listen carefully (which took me out of the story). But other than that, it felt like a lot of love went into the narration.

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amazing

just a great book nothing more to say really just a great story! with great characters well told and written. definitely one of my favourite fantasy books it was even better then the first.

So glad I discoverd the witcher books.

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excellently narrated

If you like Joe Abercrombie you will love this book. 10 out of 10 performance

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Way better than expected

If you could sum up Sword of Destiny in three words, what would they be?

Deep, expansive, and rich

What other book might you compare Sword of Destiny to and why?

Game of thrones. Many characters related to each other in different ways, adult themes, and moral ambiguity instead of black/white comparisons. Leads to some reflection while remaining to be fun and entertaining.

What about Peter Kenny’s performance did you like?

Wow! probably one of my favorite so far as far in this medium (of which I am a big fan). His range of accents, distinctive intonations and pitch make the characters come to life and easily distinguishable (a common problem for the medium).

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. definitely did not get bored and made time just to listen.

Any additional comments?

Great translation!

I was worried about the translation from polish as this can sometimes ruin a great book but I could not tell at any point that it was not originally written in English. No awkward or unclear translation.

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Fantastic book and narrator

I just love the Witcher series so much, it's very fun to follow Geralt's adventures in the world Andrzej has created. And Peter Kenny was an amazing narrator, gave every character a soul and unique voice which made the whole listening experience better.

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i read the book and i wanted to revisit it.

i just didn't like how the reader tried to make "girlish"/"womanish" voices, but the male voices were really nice, and his voice in general soothing.

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Amazing story

As usual Peter Kenny, does an amazing job bringing then character s to live, I'm loving this series as I love the games

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Simply put, excellent.

superb interpretation and stories. you just have to love Peter Keny. he brings life to every character.

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Amazing

The narrator is brilliant. His performance brings the book to life as the first book was brilliant but was not an easy read.

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  • Lea
  • 12-08-15

The sword of destiny has two blades...

Where does Sword of Destiny rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Sword of Destiny is one of the best audiobooks I've listened to. Even though it is a collection of short stories, they all fit together so well that it's actually easy to forget this...just brilliant.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sword of Destiny?

Listening to Geralt talking to the mermaid using their singing dialect...what could have easily sounded like Sean Bean having a go at drunken karaoke on a night out is actually believable and really well done!

Have you listened to any of Peter Kenny’s other performances? How does this one compare?

So far I've only hear Peter Kenny reading Andrzej Sapkowski's The Last Wish, and Blood of Elves, but I'll definitely be listening to his other work in future. When it comes to the Witcher characters though, Peter Kenny is fantastic! Every character is completely unique and recogniseable, and listening to this audiobook has given me a completely new experience of Sword of Destiny.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If I didn't have to move about, speak to people, and live life a little bit, I would have happily listened to Sword of Destiny from start to finish in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

The second book in the Witcher series, Sword of Destiny takes us even further into the life of Geralt of Rivia, Witcher of the Wolf School of Kaer Morhen, and the many unusual and interesting characters he meets on The Path. And monsters. There are quite a few monsters too. There are also laughs aplenty and unexpected moments where you'll feel like you've been kicked in the gut. Start by listening to The Last Wish, but before you move on to Blood of Elves, the start of the main series of Witcher novels, don't miss out on Sword of Destiny. A must listen for fans of The Witcher, and those who are new to the series!

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  • S. Hopkins
  • 12-13-15

witcher

Anther great book,well written and narrated. The dark humour and unusual story are once again done to perfection, a must read series.

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  • Paul D
  • 03-01-16

Stands above the usual genre offerings

Within a genre that has so many protagonists of such a wide diversity of talents it is often very difficult to find a 'good' book. I have often thought to give up the genre completely after so many disappointments and then one finds a book of quality that reminds you why you do listen. Well constructed sympathetic characters within a well told original yarn. Add to this a fine narrator and you have a worthwhile listen
Yup, enjoyed this one

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  • Michael Mainds
  • 03-20-16

Great narration

Peter Kenny does a fantastic job bringing the characters to life raising this audio book to another level.

If you are after some early back story for the Witcher 3 game, then this is it. The story and characters are engaging and the segmented story works really well. Very enjoyable.

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  • Daniel Simpson
  • 03-10-17

fantastic

for someone who plays the games I absolutely loved this, it gives alot of the back story and very well written and translated I will be buying the series for sure as the first 2 books have been great

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  • MikeM
  • 09-10-16

Great!

A fantastic book and well read! Great for those - like myself - eager to delve further into the world of Geralt of Rivia.

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  • MR
  • 08-04-16

Great story when the romance doesn't detract

Bit more of a focus on the romance which was a distraction for me personally. However when Gerald started plying his trade and the link with Ciri it showed top form.

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  • D. Deeks
  • 04-15-16

good stuff once again

having now read this, the last wish and the first three books I find that I prefer these first two over the other three. this one is just as good as the last wish and makes me think the author should have stayed with this format.

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  • nana devon
  • 03-05-16

great books

I have enjoyed every one of these books and now looking forward to the next.

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  • Stuart
  • 02-07-16

Too much repetition

The stories were interesting, but there is really so much repetition of certain words and phrases that I found myself just wanting to yell "get on with it!" at the speakers. The author also tries too hard to be mysterious, and it just comes over as contrived.

Peter Kenny has been my favourite narrator for a while, but on this book I found his pacing and style just annoying me. He has a very consistent way of emphasizing certain words in sentences, and it served to emphasize the repetition in the text, unfortunately.

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  • Kristine
  • 08-02-16

An Excellent Series

On top of great characters and story the reading is excellent. Can't wait for the next one.

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  • Daniel
  • 05-21-16

Exceptional

If you're planning on playing the games, have already played them or just want a great fantasy read then congratulations

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  • clayton
  • 04-14-16

The Witcher Lives!

I loved it the narrator is perfect and story excellent will continue reading these stories.

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  • Kitty
  • 12-19-15

Sword of Destiny

A few short stories that *sort of* run together. Telling a little of the Origin Story of Geralt the Witcher and Ciri's relationship.

The Bard, most appropriately (and less annoyingly, as in other books - in which he's called the made-up name, Dandillion), is known as Dandelion🌼. It suits his personality, and makes even more sense, when one is aware that his name in the original Polish, is actually "Buttercup".

A great basis for the telling of the longer-form tales of the journeys of Geralt, Ciri, Yenniver, Triss Marigold, and Dandelion the Bard; and their other friends we meet along the way.

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  • Kane
  • 04-19-18

Great story, Peter Kenny is the best!

I'm stunned how good these are and Peter Kenny is a fantastic narrator. Iain M. Banks and Andrzej Sapkowski: good times!

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  • Mitchell
  • 02-04-18

Read this book

This book tugged my heart strings and the performance is as much a part of that as the tale itself.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-01-17

Simply amazing

Simply amazing. Laughter, sorrow and surprise.. I couldn't imagine these books being read by anyone else now. Amazing job

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  • Beau
  • 11-06-17

Destined to be read

The short stories of Geralt are truly impactful. will be buying the full set after this

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  • James
  • 08-07-17

A great book.

So good you will buy the next one in the series without question. A fantastic book.

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  • Robert W. White
  • 06-07-17

feels

really great to get some backstory for the game in this one. serious feels herein.