The Last Wish

The Last Wish

Book - 2007
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Geralt de Riv, a witcher, uses his vast sorcerous powers to hunt down the monsters that threaten the world, but he soon discovers that not every monstrous-looking creature is evil, and not everything beautiful is good.
Publisher: London : Gollancz, 2007
ISBN: 9780575077836
0575077832
9780575077829
0575077824
9780316029186
Branch Call Number: FIC FAN
Characteristics: 280 pages ; 25 cm

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NicholasVize
Dec 26, 2018

The Last Wish is a very good book that introduces the Witcher well. Cd Projekt Red did a great job representing the Witcher Universe in their games so readers coming from the games can expect a similar feel in the writing of the book. The Last Wish is composed of multiple stories of the Witcher Geralt’s adventures rather than one large story. Likewise, I found all of the stories in this book to be exciting and well written.

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singidunum_25
Nov 07, 2018

Netflix is adapting this book series into tv series....
https://www.radiotimes.com/news/on-demand/2018-11-07/the-witcher-netflix-release-date-cast-plot-trailer-spoilers/
Looks like next GOT!

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mhellwig
Oct 29, 2018

It was the outstanding video games that introduced me to The Witcher series. Reading the books enriches my experience of the games as well, to know the background behind Geralt, Yennifer, Dandelion, Triss, and the rest of the cast.
These short stories are so well written with complex characters that push at the standards of the fantasy genre.
If you enjoy fantasy with realistic characters, you will love The Last Wish.

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Chrismania
Feb 28, 2018

Having had finished 'The Witcher 3', I was immersed in a world that I struggled to let go of. The vivid characters, the dirty 'low fantasy' genre, and the world itself made me yearn for more. No place better to go than the source material that inspired the games, right?

For fans of the games, you will likely enjoy this book. The introduction of characters and the tones through with they speak with are much the same as they are portrayed in games (I tip my hat to the producers for authenticity). The writing style is an interesting one. Each chapter is a snippet of a story, sometimes relating to the previous one, sometimes weeks later and in an unfamiliar setting. It allows one to cut out the monotonous days/weeks/months/ of travel and boring dialogue with villagers and the like. I read somewhere that the first 2 or 3 books in the series are written in this style, before the author moved to a more fluid and continuous writing style. I look forward to see how that plays out.

I highly recommend this as a way to extend the world and learn more about the characters. Though the writing style was a bit confusing at first, it became much more functional as I continued to read, and started thinking about each snippet as a 'mini adventure' all tales bundled together to well portray the life of a witcher.

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Andrew Kyle Bacon
Oct 27, 2017

The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski is turning into one of my favorite book series I've ever read. The world building is revelatory, the characters fascinating, and the overall story telling wonderful. Geralt of Rivia is a compelling and likable character, deeply flawed, but very compelling. The cast of side characters, such as Dandilion, Yennafer, and Nenneke, are all likable and complementary to the main narrative of Geralt. This book is largely a series of short stories, but they are arranged within an ongoing narrative called "The Voice of Reason" which is spread throughout the book, broken up by the shorter narratives. The individual short stories are all marvelous, but the main narrative, "The Voice of Reason," is where the book really shines. So far I've read "The Blood of Elves" and this book, "The Last Wish." I'm a fan, and can't wait to read the remainder of the series.

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SnidgetAsphodel
Jan 04, 2017

A unique, fresh take on an over-saturated fantasy genre. This book is well written, witty, smart, and unique. It might help to have played the games beforehand as I feel doing so aided me despite these books being written first. In any case, I highly recommend this book and am looking forward to reading the others.

On a small note, I found that it included a few humorous parallels and references to popular fairy tales such as Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella etc that added some nice flavor.

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StarLord21
Mar 08, 2016

I really love this author and the characters he created. Geralt of Rivia, Dandelion and Yennefer. This collection has the origin of Geralt and Yennefer's tumultuous relationship and more fun stories with Dandelion.

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mexicanadiense
Jan 02, 2014

Amazingly "fresh" material, given that it was written back in the early 90s. Sapkowski's eastern-bloc take on European fairy tale tradition is as invigorating as it is unsettling. And full marks to the translator, who has achieved an idiomatic and easy to read English version for a mass audience. Can't wait to read the next in the series!

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