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The Last Wish (The Witcher #0.5) by Andrzej Sapkowski – Book Review

High Fantasy, Short Stories

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Book Review

The Last Wish

Andrzej Sapkowski

5/5

High Fantasy, Short Stories

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The Last Wish

Andrzej Sapkowski

5/5

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“People," Geralt turned his head, "like to invent monsters and monstrosities. Then they seem less monstrous themselves. When they get blind-drunk, cheat, steal, beat their wives, starve an old woman, when they kill a trapped fox with an axe or riddle the last existing unicorn with arrows, they like to think that the Bane entering cottages at daybreak is more monstrous than they are. They feel better then. They find it easier to live.”

Synopsis

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.

Review

Andrzej Sapkowski knows how to tell a story and tells stories within stories. This is like playing a game and finding yourself enjoying all the side missions instead of playing the main storyline. I loved every second of it.

I watched The Witcher on Netflix before reading this, and the show follows The Last Wish pretty closely. There were some differences, but I enjoyed both. I’m not sure I could put one over the other, but I will say that I felt a great sense of sorrow for the elves in the book, more so than the screen could portray, so maybe I liked the book a bit more. They’re both so great though and the show does the book justice! Speaking of the show, I can’t wait to see the story of Nivellen on screen, even if it’ll give me nightmares.

Let’s talk prose, specifically dialogue. I loved how characters mentioned the actions of other characters in the moment and the movements of the environment while talking; it paints a photo of the scene around them and is a small detail that I appreciated so much!

The characters are the spotlight in this story. We get elves, kings, princesses, sorcerers, strange and terrifyingly demonic creatures, and a witcher who’s at the center of it all trying to make a living fighting monsters; I don’t think it can get better than that for a fantasy. Well, okay, we also have portals, djinns, all sorts of dark magic, and curses.

The Last Wish is what I want out of a fantasy; It delivers everything and builds an entire universe in under 300 pages without dreadful information dumps! Do yourself a favor and read it now!

I can’t wait to dive into the next of this series!

Best,

Ashley

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“People," Geralt turned his head, "like to invent monsters and monstrosities. Then they seem less monstrous themselves. When they get blind-drunk, cheat, steal, beat their wives, starve an old woman, when they kill a trapped fox with an axe or riddle the last existing unicorn with arrows, they like to think that the Bane entering cottages at daybreak is more monstrous than they are. They feel better then. They find it easier to live.”

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