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Product Details

  • Series: The Witcher (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; 1 edition (August 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316219134
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316219136
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"New battle mechanics, a fantastic storyline, and a gritty setting make The Witcher one of the most engrossing, mature RPGs to arrive on the PC in years."
Gamespot.com on The Witcher video game

"The Witcher delivers one of the most intense and rewarding role-playing experiences this year."
GT Reviews on The Witcher video game

About the Author

Andrzej Sapkowski was born in 1948 in Poland. He studied economy and business, but the success of his fantasy cycle about the sorcerer Geralt of Rivia turned him into a bestselling writer. He is now one of Poland's most famous and successful authors.

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Customer Reviews

Wonderful story development and great plot.
Kevin R. Miller
If you're a fan of the series and haven't read the second short story book then you're really missing out.
jtoth
I first started reading these books after playing The Witcher game.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Khaelmin on August 15, 2013
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I really enjoyed this, both as an avid fantasy reader and a big fan of the games. Geralt shines here, both in his traditional role as a monster slaying mutant and in a few unique situations that the author puts him in. The Yennefer and Ciri characters are also given a little more dimension and personality, breaking away from the tired tropes of benevolent witch and child prodigy/messiah.

The action scenes are nicely done, and the narrative begins to foreshadow the events in the games nicely. As usual, Sapkowski's unique depiction of a society where a bunch of different races have to coexist is refreshing and very believable. The politics, backstabbing and racism you'd expect from a world like that are all in here.

Highly recommend it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jtoth on March 27, 2014
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This is a great addition to the Witcher books. It has more action than the previous book and some great dialogue. I am looking forward to reading the next one.

**IMPORTANT**
If you've read The Blood of Elves without reading the second short story book (The Sword of Destiny, never got officially published in English), Google 'The Sword of Destiny Fan Translation' and read it! They are super easy to find, and even come in a kindle friendly (.mobi) format! If you're a fan of the series and haven't read the second short story book then you're really missing out.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Danny Blaugher on December 28, 2013
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I will preface with this: the novel is excellent. If you are even a mild admirer of the Witcher series, this whole line of novels will suck you in. The Time of Contempt swiftly sets rolling the ball Blood of Elves positioned. It leaves you wanting more. In no way is this a bad thing. In fact, non of my complaints have to do with those things Sapkowski directly controlled, that which a translator can not alter: namely plot, pacing, and characterization. The grievances do start, however, when it comes to syntax. To some it may be a relief that Danusia Stok didn't translate this book, but rather the task was given to David French. I stumbled with his translation efforts. Many times throughout the book I had to reread sentences because they were composed in an especially unusual manner, and even after looking them back over, a number of them made no sense whatsoever. To quote one of the less egregious missteps:

"'Lydia,' smiled Vilgefortz, 'thanks for your acknowledgement.'"

It becomes clear further in the paragraph that Vilgefortz is speaking for Lydia, not thanking her as the syntax would imply. This blundering mistake could have been fixed with a simple word, added to the effect of 'thanks you,' but by some act of malevolence or neglect, it was left as is through the editing process. But as stands, this still is a coherent line, just with poor flow. What follows is something I still can't puzzle out:

"The manhunters didn't touch Mistle, not once they'd checked she really was untouched."

I really want to throw a copy of The Elements of Style at the translator and his editors, as I can't make head or tail of what this was meant to say.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 13, 2013
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Just finished this today and the book was great. If you enjoy the Witcher setting, its video games, or just want a different wrinkle to the fantasy formula, this is worth a read.

The middle was rather boring; for some reason, when Sapkowski describes banquets, balls, and the ridiculously named nobles who attend them, it gets hard to keep track of what's going on, and what is going on isn't all that fun to read. But outside of that, it was a delight to return to this world and the story had no issues picking back up once it got past the parts I had problems with. There is no deus ex machina here - the protagonists do fail and even when a savior-figure does come seemingly out of nowhere, it's usually just as helpless as the main characters are.

There's a reason why this book is called The Time of Contempt and it's not just because of the Elder Blood prophecy. By the end of the book, things get so dark and gritty it's almost hard to look back at how comparatively light the book, and the series itself, was before the game-changing events that occur in this volume.

I'm not convinced the new translator is doing a demonstrably better job than past entries, but English-reading Witcher and Sapkowski fans should be pleased.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Poisoned Blade on November 9, 2013
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The Time of Contempt is Book 2 of the Witcher Series written by Andrzej Sapkowski and translated into English. To get the most out of this book, you'll really need to read Book 1, Blood of Elves. Other books featuring Geralt exist, but they are only short stories and not really a part of this series directly. And of course, millions discovered Geralt through the Witcher Video Game Series, which is awesome!

The Witcher Universe:
Witchers are a mysterious organization of monster hunters that protect the innocent for a price. The Witcher Universe is a well-written fantasy world that springs from mythology and folklore. There are Elves, Dwarves, Dryads, Druids, Wizards, Trolls... There are warring kingdoms, treachery, diplomacy, monsters, and bands of rebel fighters. It's an epic Universe and the ties to European Folklore make the Universe feel more credible.

Story:
Ciri, a child of prophecy with a huge bounty on her head and is being chased by bounty hunters. Yennifer, a powerful sorceress who is engaged in wizard's guild politics is escorting Ciri to safety. Geralt, a professional monster hunter, works behind the scenes to keep them safe. Dandelion, a bard / spy, provides the main characters with information. There a quite a few twists and turns as Ciri travels from place to place, dodging evils of many kind.

Characters:
The characters are all multi-dimensional and interesting and they all have good dialogue. The story mostly follows Ciri and the politics within the mage's guild, with Geralt, Yennifer, and Dandelion having supporting roles.

Writing Style:
You can't tell that the book was translated from Polish. It flows naturally, so that's good! There is no narrator who has an over-arching view of the story.
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