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  • Five Stars

    The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski is a great introduction to a great series. I would suggest reading this one first, then Sword of Destiny and Blood of Elves. The short stories introduce a lot of recurring characters in the series. The stories are quick and enjoyable reads, with lots of humor. As soon as the book ended, I was ready to pick up the next one.

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  • Gritty Dark Fantasy

    Our first introduction to Geralt of Rivia, monster slayer. The reluctant anti-hero. The grizzled pragmatist. The lover of buxom maidens and scintillating sorceresses alike. The character's exploits are entertaining and the world you're introduced to is a giant moral gray area.

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    16 person found this review helpful

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  • Like the show

    I watched season one of the Witcher, then reading this book after was great. I am going to watch the season again because the book fills you In a little more about the time line. Great book.

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  • Good Sword and Sorcery

    I had originally looked into the Witcher series and decided to give it a pass. The reviews I had read were not that great and I have enough series books on my shelf already. I also decided to give the TV series a pass for much the same reason. Reviewers were saying that the confusing chronology of the books was even more confusing on the screen. My close friends are binge watchers so within a week I was hearing rave reviews from people I don't trust to review a cereal box, but also from the one guy whose opinion on books and movies is pretty bang-on to my own, so my son and I took a chance on the series, which was entertaining at the very least. Shortly after finishing the series, BookBub showed me that the first Witcher book was only three bucks, so I took another chance. While claiming to be the first in the series, I understand that this collection of short stories was written after the main body of the Witcher novels. I don't know if they were published individually in magazines since the English editions and reviews all concern themselves with the English editions and not the source material. The stories themselves were pretty entertaining, and I think maybe four of the six were incorporated into the first season of the TV series, so if you want to try the books first, this is the place to start. I must also say that the wrap-around story used to hold the others together in a coherent whole was also pretty good, even if the ending was very portentous. My only real complaint is with the last story, from which the volume gets its title. Throughout, there are situations where one, two, things are said, but no one hears the third — or one, two, things are done, but the third isn't seen. Mildly amusing, but in the end, Geralt must make "The Last Wish" and we aren't told what it is. It's frustrating in that the wish is implied, but to me the possibility that I got it wrong might mean that the last scene might not have been one of passion, but rape, since if you make a genie have someone fall in love with you, it's not love at all.

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  • Just Ok.

    It’s a story based in a fantasy world filled with slightly twisted versions of assorted fairy tales. It is ok, for what it is... I have seen the same done both better and worse. For one book, it also tries to drag through an awful lot of material as well. Most of the adventures the Witcher goes on are a little pointless to the story as a whole, and feel like filler more than anything else. Also, not a terribly big fan on the non-linear method of story telling. I get why it was done, the author wanted to end on a specific scene or two that would be spoiled otherwise, but the degree to which it is done, and with very little to indicate “when” in the story we are, it was annoying.

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