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The Time of Contempt (The Witcher) Paperback – August 27, 2013
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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
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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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.
Time of Content certainly lives up to its name though. Very dark things happen in this book and casual brutality is quite shocking, but appropriate I feel. But be warned, while the Witcher series has always been fairly dark, this book certainly pulls no punches with respect to the horrors of war.
Still I deeply enjoyed this book and sincerely recommend that all Witcher lovers read it. It is amazing. On to the next!
Geralt is an amazing creation. The story is fresh and new, but seems thorough and grounded. His side characters are given the time and dialog to fill the out rather than allow them to be soulless props.
We read the "The Last Wish" first, then read "Blood of Elves", "The Time of Contempt", and "Baptism of Fire" respectively.
In "The Time of Contempt" specifically we loved the politics and characters of the sorcerer's banquet, especially the back and forth between Yennefer and the other sorceresses and sorcerers. It was great to see characters expounded on and see some of the backstory to later events.
My wife and I can't recommend these books enough. The characters are vibrant and complex, the conflict and backstory is enthralling, and the author does an excellent job of putting you in the landscape alongside the characters.