Now a Netflix original series!
Geralt the Witcher -- revered and hated -- holds the line against the monsters plaguing humanity in this collection of adventures in the NYT bestselling series that inspired the blockbuster video games.
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.
But not everything monstrous-looking is evil and not everything fair is good...and in every fairy tale there is a grain of truth.
Andrzej Sapkowski, winner of the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement award, started an international phenomenon with his Witcher series. The Last Wish short story collection is the perfect introduction to this one of a kind fantasy world.
Witcher collectionsThe Last WishSword of Destiny
Witcher novelsBlood of Elves
The Time of Contempt
Baptism of Fire The Tower of SwallowsLady of the LakeSeason of Storms
The Malady and Other Stories: An Andrzej Sapkowski Sampler (e-only)
Translated from original Polish by Danusia Stok
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The prequel to Andrzej Sapkowski’s Witcher saga introduces us to Geralt of Rivia, a sorcerer who’s also a bounty hunter of mythical creatures. The Last Wish starts with a bang, launching us into Geralt’s colorful adventures and surfacing scene-stealing characters like the man-turned-monster who doesn’t want to be changed back because women find him more attractive this way. Sapkowski really knows how to keep readers on the edge: He opens one tale with a knife to Geralt’s throat and cuts another story short right before a character makes a major announcement. It’s no wonder that his dramatic, immersive fantasy world has inspired video games, graphic novels, and now a TV show.
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Hidden gem, must read
This book is what I call a rarity. It is not often that I find a book that I read entirely in one single night, and it is a longer book. The book itself inspired an entire video-game series, so needless to say it is one of the best I've read in some time. If you're into ancient mythical times, then look no further.
The plot is fairly complex with both books from this author should you be interested in a second helping, though the read itself is fairly ways to follow. I will be surprised if this book does not create a movie, though casting the right person to play Geralt of rivia should prove to be impossible.
My best opinion for you if you are on the 'I don't know' phase is to grab the sample and just read. I was captivated for the majority of that alone.
A world in gray
A unique and thoroughly enjoyable read from beginning to end. Presents many interesting and fresh takes on fantasy cliches and human nature. The short stories are well written (and translated )for the most part, but occasionally the dialogue and action are hard to follow. Modern words, swears, and phrases are often used which can be immersion breaking for some. All and all an excellent introduction to a very different series.
A perfect mixture of darkness, humor, mystery, and violence. Throughout all the stories you can always pick out one detail; An ongoing feeling of dark loneliness.. Feeling like deep inside Geralt feels true sorrow for turning out how he is. The witcher is a must read, if you haven't got it, get it.