The Last Wish

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Gollancz, 2007 - Fantasy fiction - 280 pages
22 Reviews
Geralt is a witcher, a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious elixir, have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Yet he is no ordinary murderer: his targets are the multifarious monsters and vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent. He roams the country seeking assignments, but gradually comes to realise that while some of his quarry are unremittingly vile, vicious grotesques, others are the victims of sin, evil or simple naivety. One reviewer said: 'This book is a sheer delight. It is beautifully written, full of vitality and endlessly inventive: its format, with half a dozen episodes and intervening rest periods for both the hero and the reader, allows for a huge range of characters, scenarios and action. It's thought-provoking without being in the least dogmatic, witty without descending to farce and packed with swordfights without being derivative. The dialogue sparkles; characters morph almost imperceptibly from semi-cliche to completely original; nothing is as it first seems. Sapkowski succeeds in seamlessly welding familiar ideas, unique settings and delicious twists of originality: his Beauty wants to rip the throat out of a sensitive Beast; his Snow White seeks vengeance on all and sundry, his elves are embittered and vindictive. It's easily one of the best things I've read in ages.'

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The fight scenes are well done,t he monsters are cool. - Goodreads
Writing: Jumpy as all get out. - Goodreads
The whole is completed by excellent writing. - Goodreads

Review: The Last Wish (Saga o Wiedźminie #1)

User Review  - Rolf Rasmussen - Goodreads

There wasn't much in this book that appealed to me. However, as there have only been few books in the fantasy genre I have truly enjoyed, I expect this has more to do with my personal preferences ... Read full review

Review: The Last Wish (Saga o Wiedźminie #1)

User Review  - Peter Auber - Goodreads

Episodes from the life of Geralt, a jobbing witcher, ie someone who kills fantastcical creatures such as werewolves, leshis and rusalkas for cash, removes enchantments from princesses and assorted ... Read full review

About the author (2007)

Andrzej Sapkowski was born in 1948 in Poland. He studied economy and business, but the success of his fantasy cycle about the sorcerer Geralt of Rivia turned him into a bestselling writer and he is now one of Poland's most famous and successful authors, selling more in his own country than Stephen King or Michael Crichton.

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