To protect his ward Ciri, Geralt of Rivia sends her to train with the sorceress Yennefer. But all is not well within the Wizard's Guild in the second novel of the Witcher, Andrzej Sapkowski's groundbreaking epic fantasy series that inspired the hit Netflix show and the blockbuster video games.
Geralt is a Witcher: guardian of the innocent; protector of those in need; a defender in dark times against some of the most frightening creatures of myth and legend.
His task now is to protect Ciri. A child of prophecy, she will have the power to change the world for good or for ill—but only if she lives to use it.
The Last Wish
Sword of Destiny
Blood of Elves
The Time of Contempt
Baptism of Fire
The Tower of Swallows
Lady of the Lake
Season of Storms
The Tower of Fools
Warriors of God
Translated from original Polish by David French
This crowded sequel to the Polish bestseller Blood of Elves mashes up political intrigues, military maneuvers, magic duels, and monster hunts. Geralt, the Witcher (a magic-boosted warrior), and his beloved, the sorceress Yennefer, try to protect Princess Cirilla, heir to a conquered land, from the Empire of Nilfgaard as it attempts to absorb all the Northern Kingdoms. The Nilfgaardian Emperor Emhyr var Emreis sends hunters to pursue Ciri and to disrupt a conclave of mages while his troops roll over his squabbling neighbors. Ciri is forced to flee on her own through an unreliable portal, facing a variety of ordeals while Geralt searches for her. French's translation piles on clich s and contemporary English slang ("raining cats and dogs," "have a butchers") to play up Sapkowski's fondness for anachronisms such as mages arguing over the killing of endangered species. Sapkowski moves the plot quickly amid a welter of names and lightly sketched histories, giving the world depth but also confusing the reader at times.
Another great read in the series!
An exceptional read as always.
I particularly loved the chapters in this book this time, especially the last two. They really add so much character and depth to Ciri.
Best book of the series so far!
All I gotta say is Dang. A lot of crazy stuff happened. Wondering how this is gonna all play out.