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Fairy Tales for the Fright-Fantasy Buff,
This review is from: The Last Wish: Introducing The Witcher (Mass Market Paperback)
I read this book with no knowledge whatsoever of the game called the Witcher, so for better or worse I approached this work with literary expectations.
It's great to type that I wasn't disappointed! The translation is well done (in terms of just good writing), and I greatly appreciated the obvious effort that the translator and editor(s) put in to make this such a great read.
The structure of the plot - framing vignettes within an over-arching "Voice of Reason" story line - was initially disorienting, but that was only because I didn't know the protagonist's situation and characteristics yet. As with the beginning of most books, it's best to have patience for a while to see how things develop. By the time I reached "Voice of Reason" the second time, I was totally hooked. In the end, I can strongly assure you that the way this story is framed is a fantastic way to present this character and his adventures.
There is a lot of romance presented in this book, incidentally, and of the variety that actually pulls at the heart and makes one care for the characters - whether they are mostly fairy tale re-visionings or not. I personally like to see new twists on fairy tales, so much of Geralt's adventures suited me just fine.
There is some sexual content, but that is mainly off-page (as it were) and described in tame language for the most part. But, make no mistake, this a book for adults - or older teens, at least.
All in all, I was very pleased with this book. I could hardly set it aside, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes the horror-fantasy genre; but expect a little more romance and a little less gore to go with the steady and excellent action and the often deep philosophizing... and understand that sometimes it's fun not to know the answers to all the questions a story can raise!