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Baptism of Fire (The Witcher) Paperback – June 24, 2014
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"The universe of Sapkowski's The Witcher is one of the most detailed and best-explored in modern fantasy, offering endless opportunities for fresh ideas ... Complex character relationships enrich this already complex world; this is the sort of series fantasy fans will cherish."―B&N
"One of the best and most interesting fantasy series I've ever read. Though it functions well as adventure fiction, it has added depth and value as satire and commentary on fantasy literature ... Sapkowski is a genuine stylist."―Nerds of a Feather
"Like a complicated magic spell, a Sapkowski novel is a hodgepodge of fantasy, intellectual discourse, and dry humor. Recommended."―Time
"Like Mieville and Gaiman, [Sapkowski] takes the old and makes it new ... fresh take on genre fantasy."―Foundation on The Last Wish
"A breath of fresh air in a well-worn genre. Don't miss it!"― Fantasy Book Review
"Sapkowski has a phenomenal gift for narrative, inventing sensational events, creating a suggestive mood, and building up the suspense along with a dazzling, slightly cynical sense of humor."―Jacek Sieradzki, Polityka on The Last Wish
"Sapkowski's The Last Wish is a great collection of short stories centered around a witcher, Geralt - a rare sorcerous breed who hunts down the monstrous but is feared by the innocent. With a wondrous mix of Eastern European folklore and myth, beautiful princesses, mischievous demons and where all is not as it seems, The Last Wish is a great read - perfect for dipping into or just reading cover to cover, as I did."―Waterstones
"It is [his] world-weariness combined with his battle-honed powers that make Geralt such an interesting character. Here's hoping The Last Wish is merely the opening chapter in his English language adventures."―Edge
"I really, really enjoyed this book ... None of the characters in Sapkowski's world are black or white; they are all shades of grey, including Geralt and the monsters."―The Deckled Edge
"Sapkowski is very good at creating interesting, imaginative characters with unusual levels of depth to them ... The Last Wish is an enjoyable book full of stories both melancholy and comic."―The Wertzone
"This beautifully written character-based story from Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski ... a refreshing champion."―The Specusphere
"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
"The Lady of the Lake is, without any doubt, the best and most profound fantasy novel I have ever read. It is hard to put down, yet also a challenging and deeply rewarding book. And it is genuinely moving. I have never read a fantasy series like this, and suspect I never will again."―Nerds of a Feather on The Lady of the Lake
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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1. The Last Wish
2. Sword of Destiny
3. Blood of elves
4. Time of contempt
5. Baptism of fire
6. Tower of Swallows ( will be available in English in May 2016)
7. Lady of the lake (probably will be available in English in 2017)
Personally, I missed the presence of both Ciri and Yennefer in this book. Milva did not make up for their absence in my estimation.
The war episodes at the end of this book were confusing. I was uncertain who was friend and who was foe. I suppose this realistically echoes the general confusion of warfare worldwide. There are a great many philosophical questions raised in these books on the subjects of war, loyalty, justice and environmental issues. Sometimes, I consider, too many issues are explored to the detriment of the storyline.
I hope Ciri reappears in the next book.
Like the previous novel, it deals with the various atrocities that happen during war and the various ethical dilemmas that are faced by necessity. So once again, a fair warning that this book is dark and may even say it is darker than the one before.
However, 'Baptism of Fire' is also more hopeful than 'Time of Contempt' because many developments foreshadow glad tidings in the future. I also enjoyed this book slightly more than 'Time and Contempt' because we saw a return to the wandering of Geralt and I always enjoyed that part of the Witcher series.
I can safely say 'Baptism of Fire' is a fantastic installment in the Witcher series and every bit as good as the ones that came before. On to the next!