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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Gollancz
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575084952
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575084957
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,839,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 25 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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14 of 15 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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20 of 25 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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7 of 8 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By YoungBull on June 3, 2014
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I've enjoyed the previous two English incarnations of The Witcher series. Before, they were 'different' - I'm hard pressed to remember a similar plot and story-telling structure, while the use of Easter European fairy tale creatures was unusual. As well, the earlier two books had a very unusual compositional structure. I'm not sure if it was from Sapkowski's original writing, or the translation to English, but sentence structure had a very lyrical quality. 'Time of Contempt', on the other hand, lacks nearly all of this. Very disappointing story, frankly, as it bogs down in personal and kingdom politics - reading it after the other two books was like watching the second (new) Star Wars trilogy after being raised on the original trilogy (I mean, who reads/watches this stuff for trade policy discussion!?). And, the writing (sentence structure) was very bland, even prosaic. In the end, it reads like a different author and a different series.
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