The Last Wish

The Last Wish

Book - 2008
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The New York Times bestselling introduction to the Witcher series that inspired the Witcher video games.
*Look out for Season of Storms in April 2018*
Geralt is a witcher.

Yet he is no ordinary killer-for-hire.
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.

Witcher collections The Last Wish Sword of Destiny
Witcher novels Blood of Elves
The Time of Contempt
Baptism of Fire The Tower of Swallows Lady of the Lake
The Malady and Other Stories: An Andrzej Sapkowski Sampler (e-only)

Translated from original Polish by Danusia Stok
Publisher: London : Gollancz, 2008.
ISBN: 9780316029186
Characteristics: 280 p. ;,20 cm.


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Feb 28, 2018

Having had finished 'The Witcher 3', I was immersed in a world that I struggled to let go of. The vivid characters, the dirty 'low fantasy' genre, and the world itself made me yearn for more. No place better to go than the source material that inspired the games, right?

For fans of the games, you will likely enjoy this book. The introduction of characters and the tones through with they speak with are much the same as they are portrayed in games (I tip my hat to the producers for authenticity). The writing style is an interesting one. Each chapter is a snippet of a story, sometimes relating to the previous one, sometimes weeks later and in an unfamiliar setting. It allows one to cut out the monotonous days/weeks/months/ of travel and boring dialogue with villagers and the like. I read somewhere that the first 2 or 3 books in the series are written in this style, before the author moved to a more fluid and continuous writing style. I look forward to see how that plays out.

I highly recommend this as a way to extend the world and learn more about the characters. Though the writing style was a bit confusing at first, it became much more functional as I continued to read, and started thinking about each snippet as a 'mini adventure' all tales bundled together to well portray the life of a witcher.

Jan 04, 2017

A unique, fresh take on an over-saturated fantasy genre. This book is well written, witty, smart, and unique. It might help to have played the games beforehand as I feel doing so aided me despite these books being written first. In any case, I highly recommend this book and am looking forward to reading the others.

On a small note, I found that it included a few humorous parallels and references to popular fairy tales such as Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella etc that added some nice flavor.

Mar 08, 2016

I really love this author and the characters he created. Geralt of Rivia, Dandelion and Yennefer. This collection has the origin of Geralt and Yennefer's tumultuous relationship and more fun stories with Dandelion.

Jan 02, 2014

Amazingly "fresh" material, given that it was written back in the early 90s. Sapkowski's eastern-bloc take on European fairy tale tradition is as invigorating as it is unsettling. And full marks to the translator, who has achieved an idiomatic and easy to read English version for a mass audience. Can't wait to read the next in the series!

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