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The Last Wish: Introducing The Witcher Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 2008
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"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!"―Dreamwatch
"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-boned 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
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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 ›
This is easily one of the best fantasy books I've ever read. I enjoyed the short story format, which I found kept the story moving with greater ease, and wanting to know so much more about the world of The Witcher, from the religious beliefs, history, the monsters, in short, I'm hooked, and it made me all the more excited to play Wild Hunt, and all the other games.
I'm chomping at the bit to read Blood of Elves, and I'm sure I'll speedily blow through that one too.
In short, if you're looking for a good fantasy read, you should definitely give this book a read. I'm sure you'll be very satisfied.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Last Wish, was my first story ever read in The Witcher series, and let me just say that the day I finished it I bought Sword of Destiny since I could not wait to read... Read morePublished 53 minutes ago by Amazon Customer
Truly a masterpiece! If you played The Witcher 3 before buying the book collection (my case), you will not be disappointed!Published 1 day ago by Hugo Vinicius Braz
Its my first time buying a book from amazon, and I'm actually pretty happy, the book arruved in great consitions, it's well printed and all that. I dont have any complain. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
I got into Witcher because of the phenomenal gaming series, and after I finished Wild Hunt and all its DLC, I wanted more. Luckily, this book(and it's sequels) are excellent. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Jess
I'm literally glued to this book. If you like fantasy novels, or the Witcher game series, definitely pick this up!Published 4 days ago by Nicholas Di Giorgi
Love the book. Cant wait to see what happens next. Geralt is awesome!!!Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
As a longtime fan of the Witcher games, I greatly enjoyed this collection of short stories that create the world which I have spent so much time in. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Regorict
Great read especially if you already like the witches series. You get to see some of the origin stories of the characters you already know.Published 5 days ago by Manuel Olmos