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The Time of Contempt (The Witcher Book 4 / The Witcher Saga Novels Book 2) by [Andrzej Sapkowski, David A French]
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The Time of Contempt (The Witcher Book 4 / The Witcher Saga Novels Book 2) Kindle Edition

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Part of: The Witcher Saga (8 Books)

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is a series you can sink your teeth into."
- BuzzFeed News
"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
"Delightful, intense, irreverent, and compelling....you have to read The Witcher books because they are rife with all of the elements that make you love fiction, and especially fantasy, in the first place....In a word, The Witcher delivers."
- Hypable
"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

Review

A breath of fresh air in a well-worn genre. Don't miss it!-- "Dreamwatch"

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 "

The Witcher delivers one of the most intense and rewarding role-playing experiences this year.-- "GT Reviews on The Witcher video game"

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 magazine on The Last Wish"

It's refreshing to see another take on familiar elements. There's a fairy-tale quality to much of The Last Wish.

-- "SFX magazine on The Last Wish"

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"

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"

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"

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" --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B008AS8556
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Orbit; 1st edition (August 27, 2013)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ August 27, 2013
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2462 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 337 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 6,121 ratings

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FallenGrace
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting world and characters make Time of Contempt an absorbing read.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 25, 2017
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James Tivendale
4.0 out of 5 stars I would personally recommend that you take the leap into the world of the Witcher.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 27, 2019
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Mr Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Started reading as Witcher videogame backstory, but now enjoying the books 'in their own right'.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 10, 2017
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best of the series so far
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 26, 2020
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Dimplestacey
5.0 out of 5 stars Draws you in, breathtaking
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 16, 2020
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