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The New York Times best-selling series that inspired the international hit video game The Witcher.

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.

This is a collection of short stories following the adventures of the hit collection The Last Wish. Join Geralt as he battles monsters, demons, and prejudices alike....

The Witcher series

The Last Wish

The Sword of Destiny

Blood of Elves

The Time of Contempt

Baptism of Fire

The Malady and Other Stories: An Andrzej Sapkowski Sampler (e-only)

©2015 Andrzej Sapkowski (P)2015 Hachette Audio

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Enter the Witcher

If you're only familiar with the Witcher video games, you really owe it to yourself to read the original series it's based on. Sapkowshi's Witcher series is one of the most original fantasy series on the market right now and a fantastic example of what is now being called the "Slav-punk" genera. Very rare that Polish science fiction or fantasy gets translated into English at all, so this short story collection is an even rarer treat.

Also, if you're familiar with Peter Kenney's voice work with the First Law series know that he's equally great here. Very highly recommended!

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a true classic

Would you listen to Sword of Destiny again? Why?

this is a collection of short stories about the witcher geralt of rivia made famous in the u.s. by the very successful video game series by cd projekt red.


i highly recommend sapkowski's books to anyone who enjoys not only the video games and fantasy but great stories as well. they are sophisticated in a way that few novels in any genre manage. the fact that they manage to do so even when translated into english speaks to the superior quality of his storytelling.


it's really hard for me to convey the depth of this collection of stories. they have a range of tone- humor, romance, adventure, intrigue- that is amazing. the writing is contemporary and yet has a resonance that feels timeless. it reminds me of tolkien in that there is a depth to the world sapkowski has created that makes you feel like it's been around for a very long time. it's like there's a real world with a history that the book takes place in that the characters move through rather than just set pieces for the story to take place in.


the stories are at times bleak and grim, and yet there is an odd sense of whimsy like you might find in a classic grimm brothers's fairy tale. they can be farsicle or tragic but never contrived. i really can't recommend them more highly.

What about Peter Kenny’s performance did you like?

as if truely classic stories written by a master craftsman weren't enough- the narrator peter kenny's performance is a masterpiece in it's own right. i've always considered steven pacey's performance in abercrombie's first law trilogy to be the gold standard of audio book performances. mr. kenny's work in this as well as the other spakowski books is every bit as good. even if the book wasn't a classic- and it is- his performance would make it a must for anyone that enjoys audiobooks.

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this is the true second book of The Witcher Saga.

having made the mistake of reading Blood of Elves first and being somewhat lost, I went back and found that the Last Wish followed by this book were short introductory stories. They might as well be considered the true first and second books since Blood of Elves begins where this book ends.
overall though many of the stories are good in the collection actually quite good. the only thing I would say is that even the very beginning the almost all the characters seeing fully developed that you're just sort of continuing along with their lives. most characters already have established interactions with each other before they appear or me in the book so if you're the type of person who likes to know everything and see if develop this is probably not the series for you

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Outstanding performance

Peter Kenny is an amazing voice actor. Is performance truly brings Sapkowski's characters to life. I hope they can he performs the rest of the series as well.

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Best to read last wish then blood of elves

The begining is great with 3 jackdaws, but there is not enough monster slaying the rest of the novel. There are lots of relationship issues with the book largely being focused on Geralt and Yen.

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Dandelion

How is this dude's name pronounced? The first two books in the chronology pronounce his name differently. That, and Roach only being named at the end of this book instead of referring to the horse as simply a mare for 3 quarters of the book make it seem like the editing was pretty lazy. The stories themselves are still pretty good, and they're a good starting point, even if the book does feel a little disjointed.

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

Great Intro to the Witcher

A collection of short stories about Geralt, all loosely tied together though I’m not sure if they are in chronological order. None of the short stories are particularly memorable or noteworthy, although we do learn quite a bit more about some of the main characters and more details about the world. I read these first because I saw it had been recommended to read before getting into the main series. I have a feeling that this book is not really necessary to read in the context of the whole series, but is mainly just filler material. I’m looking forward to getting into the main series after this.

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Great characters, stellar narration

Do yourself a favor and get the audio book. Great short stories that come together

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So let down

I invested my time into this book because I thoroughly enjoyed several previous books in the same world. While the series started really strong, the previous book became disjointed and confusing. Thankfully, it came together in the end. But this one seemed more like a series of short stories, exactly like the previous stories, but with alternate endings , and all crammed into one book.

If someone else gets it and wants to help me out, please reach out to me on Instagram @JayMaxMabry. I would really like to salvage my support of the series.

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Pretty good.

A little more philisophical than preferred and did enjoy the first book more than this, but it still has some good stories and moments.

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