I’ve known about The Witcher for quite a long time, having played The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Not too long before I started my blog, I realized that the game I loved was based off a book series. I knew at that point that I wanted to read this entire series to learn more about the characters and world that I fell in love with.
Geralt of Rivia is a witcher. A cunning sorcerer. A merciless assassin. And a cold-blooded killer. His sole purpose: to destroy the monsters that plague the world. But not everything monstrous-looking is evil and not everything fair is good… and in every fairy tale there is a grain of truth.
A collection of short stories introducing Geralt of Rivia, to be followed by the first novel in the actual series, The Blood of Elves. Note that, while The Last Wish was published after The Sword of Destiny, the stories contained in The Last Wish take place first chronologically, and many of the individual stories were published before The Sword of Destiny.
I mentioned that I loved this as a video game, so of course I wanted to read the source material! And with the TV show coming soon it’s about time that I finally get around to reading the series so I can watch that as I’ll need a new show to be attached to after Game of Thrones ends.
I’m not quite sure what to say about this book since I don’t often read short story collections other than I loved it just as much as I thought I would. I also feel like a lot of people know about this series, whether they have actually read the books or not since the video games are so popular.
It was really fun getting to see Geralt and follow some of his early adventures. I especially liked the story with the Sylvan, which was hilarious. I already knew that I loved the characters because of the game, and it was even nicer to have these images in my mind of what the characters look like and what the world looks like. I also love Dandelion even more now that I’ve seen some of their history together, and I know it’s only going to expand from here!
If you haven’t read the books but loved the game, please read the books! And if you’ve read the books and haven’t played the game, I highly recommend that as well since 1) it’s a gorgeous game and 2) you get a nice representation of the characters and the world!
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