The Book Club

The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski (The Witcher Saga)

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What can I say about The Witcher? Welcome to the first post of the series #itriednottogetintothewitcherandlookwherethatgotme

Year: 1993

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Publisher: Orion

My rating: 4/5

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“The witcher” is one of those games that I postponed playing for years because I knew I was going to get obsessed with it.

But then, we got a ps4.

And I got The Witcher III: The Wild Hunt,

and discovered that it’s originally a polish book series, and the games are based on it.

So I got the first book “The Last Wish”. It’s a series of short stories about Geralt of Rivia, a Witcher.

Witchers are humans modified by mutations and trials that go into an intensive training and become monster slayers for hire. In this book, we learn about Geralt’s origins and how certain scenes mentioned in the games occurred. Because of the training and mutations, Geralt was left with white hair and pale skin, like an albino (being called that by some villagers) along with cat-eye eyes. He travels through kingdoms and helps those who need his witcher services (in exchange of coin, of course).

He’s a badass witcher, but he’s not well respected because people see him as a mutant, deprived of emotions, and not a human being. -(They are ungrateful af, in my opinion)-. He has two swords: a steel sword for humans, and a silver one for non-humans, “both for monsters”. Geralt also uses a wolf shaped medallion, which represents his witcher school. This medallion is sensitive to magic, warning Geralt of possible threats. And he owns a horse named Roach.

Sapkowski’s writing makes Geralt looks like a badass yet emotional character (against what people in the book think), who takes no bullshit from anyone but at the same time cares deeply about those around him.

We read all of this stories in Geralt’s POV, and although as we read it we may feel there’s no connection between all of the short stories (there’s 7 in total), we soon understand the connection between them in a peculiar story. The tales are not in chronological order, but it’s easy to understand all the facts, in the end. In the first story, Geralts rests in a temple, recovering from a battle, and thinks about past events (the rest of the stories).

As we read on, we meet some important characters, like Dandelion, the poetic bard, one of Geralt’s closest friends. It was because of him that Geralt met Yennefer, and we soon understand what the “The Last Wish” really is about and how that entangled their fate forever.

Sapkowski’s writing is rich and fluid, and reading the battles scenes are delightful. You feel connected in every movement and action and slash of swords, being pushed to read on and on. It’s an easy to read book, mixing fantasy, action, some drama and humour. We also read glimpses of some classic fairy-tail stories, adapted to this universe.

If you see yourself in the middle of The Witcher world, read the books. You’ll understand the game a lot better, however, read it carefully and with attention. There are a lot of weird names that get tangled and then you won’t understand a thing.

Overall, I’m glad Sapkowski´s brain exists and we have the opportunity to dwelve on his world.

 

 

 

 

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