The Last Wish

Electronic resource

English language

Published Feb. 24, 2008 by Orbit.

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4 stars (3 reviews)

Geralt de Rivia is a witcher. A cunning sorcerer. A merciless assassin. And a cold-blooded killer.His sole purpose: to destroy the monsters that plague the world. But not everything monstrous-looking is evil and not everything fair is good. . . and in every fairy tale there is a grain of truth. The international hit that inspired the video game: The Witcher.

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Rather different fantasy, but spoilered by games and tv shows.

3 stars

So, this is a good book, to get this straight right away. It's well-written, the stories are off the beaten path of generic fantasy. Their grittiness reminds me of stuff from the Warhammer universe, lacking completely any sort of pink elven shininess. Sapkowski occasionally borrows from common fairy tales and other well-known material, but he does so in an entertaining way, that strangely fit this world.

However: If, like me, you played the games, saw (at least some of) the TV show, this might well be less enjoyable. Practically everthing in this book is stuff that has "happend" in other media. It's kind of nice to get this "oh, here's where it all comes from" feeling, but it also means that really nothing is fresh. Still, it was a decent read.

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5 stars

The Last Wish is a collection of short stories, revolving around Geralt of Rivia, and his adventures with the troubadour Dandelion and sorceress Yennefer of Vengerberg.

I enjoyed reading this, as there were some witty jokes, and insults being traded. Additionally, this also includes some interesting themes, such as racism at the Edge of The World, and truth in A Grain of Truth. This book is funny, yet contains some important concepts.

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4 stars