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  • Ostatnie życzenie
  • Andrzej Sapkowski
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  • 21 July 2017

About the Author: Andrzej Sapkowski

Andrzej Sapkowski, born June , in d , is a Polish fantasy writer Sapkowski studied economics, and before turning to writing, he had worked as a senior sales representative for a foreign trade company His first short story, The Witcher Wied min , was published in Fantastyka, Poland s leading fantasy literary magazine, in and was enormously successful both with readers and critics.



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  1. Aaron Aaron says:

    Think about a fantasy book Think about your favorite fantasy book Chances are, it included elves or maybe dwarves It probably had knights or something like them It was, most likely, heavily influenced by Tolkien, or his successors, and it was probably based, at least in part, on a certain Anglo saxon, or maybe French, sort of medieval culture And if you read fantasy, there s probably 15 or so like it on your bookshelf or your e reader of choice.So here s my recommendation put down Lord of the Rings You ve already read it Put aside that new George R R Martin It ll give him a chance to write a little further ahead, and you ll get a chance to read it again before the next one comes out Set aside your Jordan, your Eddings or even your Pratchett Do it, just for a little while Just for the 2 days or so that it will take you to devour a series of short stories that have a totally different flavor The stories of Geralt, the Witcher, professional monster hunter, sorcerer, swordsman and mutant And you should do it for the same reason that you shouldn t have the exact same food at every meal These short stories will leave you wanting so much , and by the time you put it down, your last wish will be for the rest of the series to finally be translated from Polish to English so you can find out what happens next.

  2. Markus Markus says:

    People Geralt turned his head like to invent monsters and monstrosities Then they seem less monstrous themselves I have loved this series for many years now When I read it, it was arguably the least famous one among my favourite fantasy series The Witcher Saga by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski is still something of a diamond in the rough, with its own very particular sense of raw beauty This is not something I d recommend to just about anyone, but I would call it absodamnlutely amazing without a moment of hesitation While it is not a part of the main saga per se, The Last Wish is definitely my favourite Witcher book It s a collection of tales about a man hunting monsters for money And it s amazingly good It is also definitely the place to start reading Witcher stories for those looking for a gateway into this wonderful world.Like a lot of other people, I was introduced to the world of Andrzej Sapkowski through the video games The Witcher and The Witcher II Assassins of Kings These are easily some of the best fantasy RPG s ever made I would certainly recommend them to all the gamers here , and they made me want to know about this fascinating world And as much as love the books, I will continue to insist that the recent third game in the series, The Witcher III Wild Hunt is the single greatest contribution to the Witcher universe, let alone the greatest fantasy RPG of our time.Do not make the mistake of thinking these are mere tie in novels, however Whether you come from the games or from the Netflix adaptation, keep in mind that this is the source material, and where the original ideas are found The adaptations in other media were based on the books, not the other way around, and should be viewed that way And not only that, but the games are sequels to the books, and thus the books should by all means be read first That does not mean you cannot enjoy them if you ve already played the games, but to fully experience this wonderful saga in the best way possible, reading the books first is the way to go.Sapkowski introduces the reader to a beautiful combination of Slavic mythology, a distinct eastern European setting, and classical high fantasy That makes for a different read from a lot of other works within the genre, while at the same time keeping all the mandatory aspects of epic fantasy magic, elves, kings The writing is almost lyrical, but in a relaxed manner, and the English translation is good But the characters and the setting are what really makes this a great novel Geralt of Rivia is the most interesting and fascinating protagonist in the fantasy genre, bar none, and the world in which he lives is in many ways different from all others His one true love, Yennefer of Vengerberg, is one of my favourite fantasy characters of all time.The creativity when it comes to the setting is brilliant The whole concept of Witchers, human mutants bred and trained to slay monsters, is extraordinarily fascinating And the monsters themselves no less so You have well known monstrosities like vampires and werewolves, legendary creatures like chimeras and manticores, and the most interesting of them all, the deadly striga Most of the world is built on the foundations of fairytales and mythology, mainly Eastern European, but Sapkowski forges it into something truly astounding.The narrative is also really well constructed The book opens up with a frame story set in a Temple of Melitere, where Geralt is recovering from his injuries From there, he tells stories of his greatest exploits, every now and then going back to the present for a short interlude While each story is modelled on a classic fairytale, they always add something unique and distinctly flavourful.This is, as mentioned earlier, a collection of short stories about the witcher Geralt riding around the countryside, talking to people, killing the occasional monster, and riding on Sometimes he accepts a contract from a peasant, sometimes from a king All that matters is the reward If what you re looking for while reading fantasy is just an epic story of wars and politics and intrigue, you could probably just skip this and continue on to the Witcher Saga itself, starting with Blood of Elves But you would really miss something.I loved this book both for its simplicity and for its beautiful descriptions, and would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy, especially those who would like to try something a little different.Witcher reviews 1 The Last Wish 2 Sword of Destiny 3 Blood of Elves

  3. Miranda Reads Miranda Reads says:

    When you really want to read the seriesBut the library has a 6 month wait And the digital library has a 8 month wait And your instincts scream that pretty hardcover editions are coming out soon thanks to Netflix revival.Oh, what is a girl to do

  4. Melanie Melanie says:

    Last summer I became completely obsessed with The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt, where I took screenshots like this Add me on Steam And once I was finished with the DLC I knew I had to finally read the books to fill the void I now carry in my heart.This book was translated from Polish to English It contains seven short stories, and introduces our main protagonist in both games and books, Geralt People Geralt turned his head like to invent monsters and monstrosities Then they seem less monstrous themselves The events in these seven stories take place before Sword of Destiny, which is another short story collection, and before Blood of Elves, the first actual full length novel in this series Just like the video games, The Witcher world is so magical, whimsical, full of twists, and it never disappoints Two of these stories are so very important in understanding why Geralt feels the way he does about two very predominant characters that are talked about in much greater detail later in this world And seeing Geralt and Yen s origin story gave me all the feels sorry Triss fans, but gtfo I m going to break down each story with my personal feelings and beliefs There will be SPOILERS ahead So, please be cautious while reading, if you have not read this short story collection and do not wish to be spoiled on the events that lead up to the main story and video games In order to become a witcher, you have to be born in the shadow of destiny, and very few are born like that That s why there are so few of us We re growing old, dying, without anyone to pass our knowledge, our gifts, on to We lack successors And this world is full of Evil which waits for the day none of us are left 1 The Voice of Reason This story starts out in true Witcher fashion with Geralt having sexy time with a random girl We are also introduced to Geralt s notorious sidekick, Dandelion the Bard Geralt starts to speak up about how hard it is to be a witcher and make a living off of it When upon leaving, a man approaches Geralt and pretty much forces Geralt to fight without being able to touch his opponent Geralt quickly proves how smart and cunning he truly is, and why he makes this series so addictive to read and learn about 2 The Witcher Geralt goes to a new town, where a king has gotten his sister pregnant seven years ago Sadly, the sister and the child died in birth, but the child is now awake, and seems to be a werewolf, and is causing chaos in the town Geralt is sent to kill her, but someone gives him a tip that if he prevents the werewolf from going back to its coffin for three days, she will turn into an ordinary girl He is also bribed to run away, but Geralt, being the outstanding and honorable man he is, uses the briber as bait instead Geralt is able to hide in the girls coffin for three nights, and she turns into the regular girl on the third morning 3 A Grain of Truth The imagery of this story really is a tier above what fantasy normally gives us nowadays Geralt is traveling once again, and finds two bodies that appear to have come from an abandoned mansion Upon further inspection, a cursed man named Nivellen owns the house He was cursed by a priest to become a beast, but the house obeys his every wish Traveling merchants even come from all around and trade their daughters to him for a period of time for currency Nivellen has tried everything, and the curse is never broken But when his newest girl, who ends up not being all of what she seems and who was responsible of the two bodies Geralt originally found, starts a fight with Geralt, Nivellen is forced to help him, and the curse is broken Yes, this is legitimately a wrapped version of Beauty and the Beast 4 The Lesser Evil Again in a new city, Geralt killed a monster and is looking for compensation He goes to see a mage that he knew from before, and he asks Geralt to kill a monster for him The monster ends up being a young girl, and when Geralt talks to her he realizes she is seeking vengeance for what the mage did to her After her and Geralt get to know each other , she promises to back down because nothing good will come of it Geralt awakens in the morning and realizes that she lied He knows where she will be, so he meets her and ends up having to fight her He wins, and she must die, but Geralt faces the question of what is truly evil, and refuses to let the mage to take her body Only Evil and Greater Evil exist and beyond them, in the shadows, lurks True Evil True Evil, Geralt, is something you can barely imagine, even if you believe nothing can still surprise you And sometimes True Evil seizes you by the throat and demands that you choose between it and another, slightly lesser, Evil 5 A Question of Price This story completely blew my mind, and probably has the biggest life changing event for Geralt in it Again, Geralt is traveling and meets with Queen Calanthe, and she tells him what she truly thinks of witchers During the party where this meeting is taking place, a knight comes and demands Queen Calanthe s daughter, the princess, which he has earned Sadly, this knight is also cursed, but Geralt is able to lift the curse The knight is then able to marry the princess, but Geralt knows they have been seeing each other for some time, because the princess is pregnant They ask Geralt what he would like for payment, and he gives a very veiled response, and says that he will be back in six years time to see if he is lucky view spoiler This is 100% his adopted daughter Ciri She is my second favorite character, only to Geralt, in all the games, and she completely changes Geralt s and Yen s life forever hide spoiler

  5. Mark Lawrence Mark Lawrence says:

    So, this is a collection of short stories loosely threaded around a stay by our point of view character, the eponymous witcher, at a temple while recuperating from his latest fight.The stories are mostly all retellings of inspired by well known fairy stories, like Beauty and the Beast They share a slightly fairy tale vibe too It s a world where destiny is a real force and unlikely promises about first born children etc made to strangers carry their own weight both magically and in popular opinion.The witcher himself is a fairly opaque character We get tantalising hints about his origins and training, but he seems to be a mature man at the height of his powers, and there s not much by way of personal growth going on here We find him to be a rather stern fellow set to the slaying of monsters for money but bound about by a rather unclear professional and ethical code.The society described is a rather misogynistic one, and the witcher is certainly not swimming against the tide in this regard.In the Beauty and the Beast story our Beast was cursed by a priestess he happened to be raping she then kills herself The witcher commiserates with the Beast, who is portrayed as a jolly and quite good natured fellow, and ends up freeing him from the curse with the added bonus that his new human form is much better looking than his old one The world s take on female magic users is also interesting so only daughters with no chance of finding a husband became sorceresses the result was pseudo pretty women with the angry and cold eyes of ugly girls All this aside, I actually enjoyed the book a lot The stories have a refreshingly different feel to them, partly due to the fairy tale vibe and I guess because the author draws on his eastern European heritage to colour in his backgrounds Additionally, there s lots of imagination on show, the writing has a strong voice, and the witcher is an entertaining character.I think this is only the second translated fantasy book I ve read the first being The Neverending Story I was never bored, and whilst I m not rushing to read the rest of the series, I am certainly not ruling it out I look forward to giving the upcoming TV show a try.Oh I should have mentioned insta love There s that too Also elves And dwarves And a whole bunch of interesting monsters, though mostly mentioned rather than battled Join my 3 emails a year newsletter prizes.

  6. jessica jessica says:

    i accidentally watched the entire first season of the witcher on netflix friday night and now i have a new obsession i wish i had decided to wait to watch the show until after i read this, because i think i would have gotten so much out of it, but im in that early obsessive stage where i dont really care i just want everything having to do with this world and these characters ive never played a video game in my life, but i think i may start or maybe i will stay in my lane and just continue the series lol i cant get enough of geralt or his bromance with dandelion what a wonderful prologue of great things to come for this series individual story ratings the voice of reason this is okay not really necessary, but a decent narrative to tie all the stories together. the witcher a great introduction to geralt and the world of the witcher very thrilling hunt and story. a grain of truth i enjoyed this, probably because its new and not included in the netflix adaptation i love the beauty and the beast vibes. the lesser evil OMG THE BUTCHER OF BLAVIKEN a question of price i LOVE this because it basically provides the reason for everything i love a good origin story. the edge of the word probably my least favourite story dandelion is a delight, but overall the story is a little boring. the last wish geralt and yennefer are my OTP. 4 stars

  7. Tatiana Tatiana says:

    I had tried reading this book before, but DNFed it almost immediately, because it opened with this gem He did not move, did not stir The girl flitted closer, threw off her mantle and slowly, hesitantly, rested her knee on the edge of the large bed He observed her through lowered lashes, still not betraying his wakefulness The girl carefully climbed onto the bedclothes, and onto him, wrapping her thighs around him Leaning forward on straining arms, she brushed his face with hair which smelled of chamomile Determined, and as if impatient, she leaned over and touched his eyelids, cheeks, lips with the tips of her breastsYou get the gist I knew right away it would be sexist garbage with this hero going around killing things and every woman throwing herself at him in passion And now that I ve finished this book, I can attest It totally is Why did I read this then Well, the Netflix adaptation came out, and Henry Cavill was there, flipping his hair Fabio style, and then I couldn t understand why he killed a certain character in episode one and wanted to see if the book would help me outWaste of time This is a load of dated, retrograde, men centered misogynistic nonsense with dubious logic and no understanding of morality or human nature The book is a collection of not very good short stories that to some degree utilize famous fairy tales, but poorly There is a reimagining of Beauty and the Beast with a rapist Beast who for some reason we are supposed to have empathy towards and whom Geralt is eager to help remove the curse why how did this Beast redeem himself by having sex with women sold to him by their parents Or Snow White, in which Snow White is implied to have had sex with all the dwarves and been a prostitute, after being raped by the Hunter Of course, Geralt inexplicably takes the side opposite Snow White s I am still scratching my head over this one Some boring elf thing and a jinn thing And pardon me, but did Yennefer actually consent to what was happening in that last story Does Sapkowski know what consent is All of this is just underwhelming Sapkowski mostly has no idea what he is talking about, especially when women are involved He is wrong on basically every subject he cares to bring up women, rape, desire, fertility, disability Whatever serious thing he tries to write about, he is always out of his depth.There is something that did keep me reading the book I think it s the world building potential Hopefully the show builds on it I am not very far into it, but so far they ve managed to smooth some edges, and entwine story lines effectively, and the Witcher himself is less of an asshole and of a moody broody type I personally prefer Although I am not exactly wild about Yennefer s transformation story line.We ll see how it goes Keep flipping your hair and wielding your swords, Henry Maybe I ll stick around just for you.

  8. Teodora Teodora says:

    See this This is the whole wave created by this series.And there is me, riding the wave with all of you Full review on my Blog The Dacian She Wolf In The Last Wish there are six stories, all knotted together by The Voice of Reason chapters Those chapters were, in fact, happening in the present, all of the other stories except for the first one, being only memories of past adventures of the Witcher The stories are 1 The Witcher 4.5 5 2 A Grain of Truth 5 5 3 The Lesser Evil 5 5 4 A Question of Price 5 5 5 The Edge of the World 4 5 6 The Last Wish 5 5 ___Total rating 4.75 5 There s a grain of truth in every fairy tale I don t know if you knew this from watching the adaptation, but in The Lesser Evil story Renfri was actually a version of Snow White I literally had no idea It blew me away It was so good I also want to underline the fact that it would ve made my life so much better if they would ve added a special episode for A Grain of Truth story, this one being a reinterpretation of Beauty and the Beast , Nivellen being such a cool version of the Beast and Bruxa such an unexpected Beauty she was actually a rusalka which reminds me of our Romanian rusalii.All in all, I really enjoyed this first book The number of legends and tales overwhelmed me and I loved everything very much And what surprised me is how different the characters are in the book Geralt, especially, is a favourite of mine, definitely Book styled

  9. Evgeny Evgeny says:

    People, Geralt turned his head, like to invent monsters and monstrosities Then they seem less monstrous themselves When they get blind drunk, cheat, steal, beat their wives, starve an old woman, when they kill a trapped fox with an axe or riddle the last existing unicorn with arrows, they like to think that the Bane entering cottages at daybreak is monstrous than they are They feel better then They find it easier to live It is my personal belief that when it comes to myths nobody beats Ancient Greeks Those are widely known and appear from time to time in literature Cerberus I mean Fluffy in the first Harry Potter book for example Thanks to Tolkien however the majority of fantasy written since his magnum opus borrows heavily from Celtic mythology I can only think of Arabian jinns as another mainstream example of a mythological being While not as well known as the examples above when it comes to myths and fairy tales Slavic people can give others good run for their money Consider the following guys and girls Koschei the Immortal A traditional bad guy as his name implies he is immortal and as such cannot be killed by any conventional means His downfall is his weakness to young beautiful women He usually kidnaps one only to have her extremely pissed off boyfriend fianc coming and beating the crap out of the poor baddie using highly unconventional means love conquers all and such Dragon Not only Slavic version has 3 heads, he also has the ability to put one back after in has been chopped off So a poor hero battling such guy would finally cut off one of his heads and starts working on another only to find the first one is back in place and fully functional Baba Yaga I saved the best one for last This Slavic witch lives in a hut on chicken legs which can turn around using them if you know the right words and feel lazy to walk around to get to the front door like most passing by heroes do The lady flies in a mortar using a broom for steering For an icing on a cake she often has a drop dead gorgeous granddaughter As far as mythical creatures go, you really cannot get any cooler than this Coming back to the book this is the first one of the series on which three very successful games were based The last one won practically every imaginable gaming award so it is fairly safe to say the majority of the people know at least the main idea Geralt of Rivia is a witcher This means his job is to hunt monsters most of them are based on Slavic mythology He is not entirely human as he undergone a mutation as a part of his training, and as a result tries to find his place in a society where witchers are not as needed as they used to be This tension brings all kinds of conflicts making Geralt rethinking his outlook on life and coming to the terms with the fact that people can be the biggest monsters there are see the first paragraph of the review The guy tries to stay neutral in the internal struggles between people and mostly failing at that The best he can do is to choose the lesser evil, but it is completely unclear which evil is lesser in the long run It all sounds kind of gloomy and the book actually is, but it also has its share of humor found in unexpected places Speaking of which, in the last story called The Last Wish I forgot to mention that this book as well as the next one is a collection of several short stories I really pitied the jinn I mean I would be equally pissed off in his place poor supernatural creature I will not spoil it, but people that have read the book know exactly what I talk about People familiar with Slavic fairy tales can find retellings of quite a few of them often with a hilarious twist Their knowledge is not necessary to enjoy the book, but it definitely would not hurt The book is quite good and it gives a nice introduction to the witcher s world and Geralt himself I have my sights on the next installment.

  10. carol. carol. says:

    I m not one for as seen in the movie or tie in type books, so I was initially dubious about reading The Last Wish until I learned it was the inspiration for the video game The Last Wish reads like an adult fairy tale not because of graphic sex or violence, but because of the melancholy and cynicism that permeate the characters It follows the story of Geralt, a man who has become something than a man through training as a witcher Witchers are a specialized guild, itinerant killers of basilisks traveling slayers of dragons and vodniks who generally work for money killing those outlandish beasts that prey on humans Geralt is very much the last of his kind, the drifter, riding into towns to collect a bounty, occasionally welcomed, occasionally chased.Writing felt somewhat basic It has that same streamlined style basic composition, limited world building, a focus on plot and external conflict Though it could have been told as a straight sequence of stories in Geralt s career, Sapkowski has linked them together with Geralt telling one as background on how a particular conflict began, or how he met a certain person Thus it slowly builds a picture of Geralt, mosaic style Fairy tale lore forms the basis of some of the conflicts, but the fairy tales are interpreted in unusual ways There s bits about towers and girls, beasts and beauties, a woman and some dwarves, and so on, that make their way into the stories.I could absolutely visualize how this book was turned into a video game, though I haven t played it While it may have been written first, I d be surprised if it took much work to translate it into a game I imagine the game might be even interesting, allowing for fleshing out of the monsters and world If there was a clear weakness for me, it would have been the world building In the first story, for instance, one of the local headman complains about all the foul things there are preying on humanity In a later story, there are hints that these foul things are fewer and fewer, and are receding from the current age There isn t really enough background to understand the claims or build a world view one has to just take these statements as context for this particular tale.I also would have enjoyed greater detail on the monsters In general, detail was limited to the particular one in conflict with Geralt at that time, but Sapkowski is in the habit of dropping far creature names without explanation All sorts of filth has sprung up Mahakam, in the mountains, is teeming with bogeymen it s kobolds and spriggans wherever you spit, werewolves or some other vermin Fairies and rusalkas snatch children from villages These are all incidental, but do serve to confuse a bit , as I recognize names from a large assortment of ethnic traditions If Seanan McGuire had written this, there would be loads of detail about the monsters At any rate, it s fun It doesn t all center on killing monsters Woven in are conflicts with sorcerers, a fair amount of problem solving to everyone s satisfaction, and sometimes problem solving to everyone s dissatisfaction It s diverting, but easily finished without being filling, kind of like Chex mix A notch up from potato chips, a tad spicy, and a little bit of difference from story to story.A solid three and a half stars.

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