Genre: Adult Fantasy
Publication Date: 14th 2008 (first published January 31st 1993)
My Rating: 3.5/5
Geralt was always going to stand out, with his white hair and piercing eyes, his cynicism and lack of respect for authority… but he is far more than a striking-looking man. He’s a witcher, with powers that make him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin – his targets are the vile fiends that ravage the land.
As guardian of the innocent, Geralt meets incestuous kings with undead daughters, vengeful djinns, shrieking harpies, lovelorn vampires and despondent ghouls. Many are pernicious, some are merely, and none are quite as they appear.
Goodreads: The Last Wish
I’m a gamer and although I have the Witcher game sitting in my games library I never found time to get to it. So when the TV series came I was interested in watching it. However, I wanted to read at least the first books before. I’ve heard that the TV show timeline is a little confusing if you have nor prior knowledge of this world.
So here I am. It was an interesting read, but it didn’t blow my mind. Maybe it’s because it’s a collection of short stories, so you don’t have character developments, or twists and turn that you usually have in novels. But I still enjoyed it.
Things I liked
- Gerald. He is your silent main character that speaks only when needed or to say something witty, and I love this.
- I enjoyed the relationship between Gerald and Dandelion. We don’t see a lot of it, because of the type of book this is, but I did really enjoy their friendship and the interaction between them.
- The dialogues. I thought the dialogues where well don’t, with humour and wittiness and the flow were nice.
- Many fellow reviews have mentioned that, and I’ll do it too. I enjoyed seeing how the world is supposed to be full of monsters that need to be eradicated, but most of the time it turns out that humans are the real monsters.
- Many of the short stories are inspired and/or classic fairy tale retelling with a dark twist. I never had the opportunity to read other retelling, but I did enjoy the twist and seeing our beloved characters, like Swonwhite, in a completely different role and personality.
Things didn’t like
- This book was written in 1993 and it’s translated from Polish and because of that I felt like the writing sometimes was really awkward and the word selection weird.
- I mentioned it as something that I liked but it had also an aspect I didn’t like and this is that the stories are inspired and/ or classic fairy tale retelling. And the part that I didn’t like is that I could help but imagining our beloved Disney characters… And the picture of Swonwhite in dressed in black and a cruel killer, unfortunately, was both distracting and comical in my mind.
Overall I had fun, but it wasn’t anything special. I do want to read the next book and give the TV series a try. But right now I don’t feel it’s anything special.
What about you guys? How you read or watch this series or played the game? What are your thoughts?