Showing posts with label the witcher. Show all posts
Showing posts with label the witcher. Show all posts

Thursday, September 14, 2017

TBR Thursday: Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski

TBR Thursdays is hosted by Kim @ Kimberly Faye Reads! This feature was created with the intent of spotlighting a title from your shelf that you planning on reading in order to discuss why you want to read it, as well to discuss the book with others! If you'd like to join, feel free to use the banner created by Kimberley (or your own), and stop by her page to participate.

This week's TBR Thursday choice is Blood of Elves by Andrze SapkowskiI read The Last Wish last December and absolutely loved it, and I think I am now ready to step into the entire Witcher series. I am so excited to finally start Blood of Elves, which I hope to do so within the next week or so. 

Blood of Elves (The Witcher Book 2)Blood of Elves (The Witcher, #3)Blood of Elves (The Witcher, #3)
(a small sampling of the many covers for this book)

Synopsis from Goodreads:

"For over a century, humans, dwarves, gnomes, and elves have lived together in relative peace. But times have changed, the uneasy peace is over, and now the races are fighting once again. The only good elf, it seems, is a dead elf.

Geralt of Rivia, the cunning assassin known as The Witcher, has been waiting for the birth of a prophesied child. This child has the power to change the world - for good, or for evil.
As the threat of war hangs over the land and the child is hunted for her extraordinary powers, it will become Geralt's responsibility to protect them all - and the Witcher never accepts defeat.Blood of Elves is the first full-length Witcher novel, and the perfect follow up if you've read The Last Wish collection."

Are you interested in reading this book? What books are on your TBR?

Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski

The Last Wish Andrzej Sapkowski. Gollancz, 2008. Paperback. 288 pages.

I may not have ever played the video game The Witcher, but I have heard a lot about how great it is. I have also heard - multiple times - that the books they are based off of are incredible, and since I enjoy reading (go figure), I decided to I wanted to try them!

The Last Wish is recommended as the best book to start with for The Witcher series, so that is where I began. This book is formatted as a series of short stories or episodes featuring Geralt, the main character and a Witcher himself, as he goes on various adventures and battles various beings. These stories are not strictly connected by any strong plot line, but they are all still generally connected. Because of this format, and the stories themselves, I can easily see how this was converted into a video game.

The Last Wish carries with it an almost fairytale-like quality in how it is written, as it seems to combine some traditional legends and ideas with fresh, surprising ones. This book seems like such traditional fantasy with creatures such as djinns, harpies, vampires, the undead, and many others, but it also takes a bit of a spin on your classic fantasy and adds fresh takes and ideas. It is set in what is obviously some sort of European setting, which is fairly common in many high fantasy books, and the culture and mythology that it embodies is largely Slavic, from what I have gathered. 

I became extremely fond of Geralt's character throughout the many stories. He's a rather quiet, reserved man in nature, but don't mistake this for shyness or an aversion to being noticed. He's extremely resourceful, witty, and sharp, and he makes his opinions known when he feels it is necessary. Geralt also seems to carry a little bit of angst with him on his adventures, which certainly adds more depth to his character and, for me, amped-up the intrigue on who he is and what his backstory is. In general, I found the notion of a Witcher extremely interesting: they are not fully human and are trained through extreme measures to be killers of monsters, beasts, and strange mutant beings. They are not meant to be evil beings however, and they do in fact have a 'code' that they try to follow. Geralt, for instance, will only hunt and track monsters that are causing harm or chaos to people. 

I am not normally a big fan of short stories, but these stories were so captivating. I loved adventuring with Geralt as he explores various areas and comes across monsters, takes up contracts from people who want him to rid them of a nasty monster, and many other setups. And if you're wondering if this fantasy has any magic in it, it absolutely does. 

The writing was surprisingly readable and enjoyable for me, though I do think that the fact that it was translated from Polish resulted in a few awkward areas. There were definitely some bumpy areas that left a little to be desired, but knowing that it is a translated work and having read other translated works, I am fairly certain that that is the cause. 

Overall, I have given The Last Wish four-and-a-half stars! I will definitely be picking up more books in this series this year.

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