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    I wasn't satisfied with having to wait two years to have another episode on Netflix, and everyone knows that the books that shows are based on are WAY better. I've so far read the first two, The last Wish, and this novella of short stories, the Sword of Destiny, in two days. I can't stop. Best way to spend my Christmas holidays off work.

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  • No Sleep Til Brokilon!

    The Sword of Destiny is the second book published in Andrzej Sapkowski's Witcher series. It is a collection of six short stories which follow the adventures of Geralt of Rivia, a member of a mutant monster slaying class known as Witchers. While his Witcher vocation, his “destiny from childhood, requires him to defend humans and destroy all monsters the world Geralt lives in leaves him conflicted. Humans seem to be running amok, driving non-humans(dryads, elves, etc.) and themselves to the brink of extinction. While his vocation drives him to ply his craft, his merciful and thoughtful heart ultimately guide his actions. Perpetually poor and looking for the next evil monster to slay so he can pay the bills, Geralt is joined by a cast of colourful and oftimes hilarious characters including his best friend, the bard, Dandelion and his—on again, off again—love, the powerful sorceress, Yennefer. And yes, the ladies love this brooding, conflicted hero. The stories are, for the most part, dialogue driven which make them a quick and easy read. There is some mature content but nothing overly explicit and there is very little coarse langauge. While funny and heartfelt at times, there is a dark overtone to the collection which recommends it to a slightly more mature audience. Overall, I really enjoyed the stories and thought they were very well written and engaging. It made me laugh, it made me outraged, it made me think and at the end of the last story I had a tear roll down my cheek. It is surprising that it took some twenty years for this english translation to be published!

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  • Great Collection of Dark Fantasy!

    A collection of short stories that I really, really loved (mostly)! As with the previous Witcher collection, each of the stories was different from the next, ranging from emotional to action-packed. There was more insight into the characters of Geralt and Yennefer, and Ciri were introduced! I also found myself more immersed in the world and that each story carried more gravitas. The dialogue was also a lot smoother and characters more fleshed out. Speaking of characters, I found myself enjoying Geralt more, continue to find Yennefer to be a little more complex, and was all but leaping for joy when Ciri appeared. I will just say up front that she is one of my favourite characters so far. I adore her sass and would like to see more of it, since I really want the women in this series to be portrayed stronger than they are. Few of the stories link together to create a larger narrative, save for the two at the end, and I have to confess that I found "Eternal Flame" to be quite boring and not what I was expecting at all from the title. That said, I found "Sword of Destiny" to be the strongest book in the series (mostly because Ciri is introduced, and I want to know more about her). I'm excited to move on from the short stories to learn more about the main story of the Witcher so I can prepare myself for the game. Great for all dark fantasy lovers!

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  • Great book.

    I started being interested in the Witcher's universe after I started playing the video game. I started reading it by curiosity and I admit that it turned out that this book was a very pleasant surprise.

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  • This Series is Amazing

    What the author has created here is astounding the story is rich in detail but not so much so that it loses you from time to time like LOTR. Very good read highly recommend it for anyone and everyone it will make you like the fantasy genre.

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