- Series: Gollancz S.F.
- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: Gollancz; paperback / softback edition (2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0575077824
- ISBN-13: 978-0575077829
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (639 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,109,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Last Wish Paperback – 2007
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"Geralt de Rivia is a witcher. A cunning sorcerer. A merciless assassin.
And a cold-blooded killer."
Well...he's not a sorcerer...at least not in the sense they mean in the book. He's not an assassin - they actually go through great lengths in the book describing how witchers are not hired killers. And he is by no means a cold-blooded killer. I don't think it's too much a spoiler if I say I can count the number of things Geralt kills in the book on one hand. A witcher, as described in the book, is supposed to save lives rather than take them.
I don't know why the publishers chose this description, but I guess the description "A philosophically-minded warrior confronted with moral ambiguities" would not sell many copies.
Now the review:
This book chronicles the adventures of Geralt of Rivia in a series of loosely tied adventures. A convoluted way to describe his job would be to say he slay monsters, but a better way would be to say he helps people with monster troubles, resorting to violence as a last resort.
The book is written in short story form with a overarching mini-story which acts as a segway between each story.
The book itself, honestly, falls flat for about the first half of the book. I felt quite a bit was either lost in translation or the author was trying too hard to define his character.
The book becomes much, much better once Geralt's foil, named Dandilion, is introduced. I would also say that the very last of the six short stories, named "The Last Wish," is superb and more than enough to warrant a purchase of this book.Read more ›
I feared that the stories may fall flat in translation, but this is not the case. These short stories compiled into novel form leave no doubt about why this world was adapted into one of the most popular role playing games in recent memory. The world portrayed in the book is deep and layered with blood and shades of gray. There are rarely any real heroes or villains. Everyone has secondary motives. Even the "monsters" have sympathetic qualities, and a recurring theme is that people are far more dangerous than anything mystical.
What surprised me upon reading "The Last Wish" were the references to classic fairy tales and their somewhat twisted incorporation into Geralt's world. Stories about Snow White, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Rumplestiltiskin, and others are woven into the tales in a dark and untraditional way. I found this added to the fun and elevated this book above your typical hack and slash fanatasy novel.
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I wish I had known about this series when it was first published. This novel is a great work of fantasy fiction. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Ken Mcwilliams
Interesting for the twist on the usual fairy tale genre, setup as a series of short stories. Geralt of Rivia, aka The Witcher, is the likable sort, and the world he finds himself... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
great book. wish it was an entire story though. full of pop culture mythology mixed with its own take on it.Published 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
A fantastic tale that takes many of the traditional stories people knew as a kid and puts a much darker and fascinating spin to them as well as many new stories. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is a solid collection of short stories that help paint the picture of Geralt of Rivia that one might not gleen from the games.Published 10 days ago by cshults