The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski

Posted October 9, 2019 by Silvia in Books / 12 Comments

The Last Wish by Andrzej SapkowskiThe Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski
Series: The Witcher #0.5
Published by Gollancz on February 14, 2008
Genres: Fantasy
Source: Gift
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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.

I’ve been introduced to The Witcher‘s world about a year ago, when I played The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for the first time—which is inspired by the books, not the other way around. I can’t tell you how many times I played it since then, and I’m not ashamed to say that I got emotional when my bestie surprised me by gifting me the the entire saga!

This first volume is a collection of short stories that opens the door—and your eyes—to a magical world you won’t get enough of. Full of legends, mythical creatures, and some re-tellings which take quite the dark path, the reader gets to experience the life of a Witcher, while being introduced to a very fascinating world where the concept of monstrosity gets you to think on a deeper level . . . The writing almost feels poetic, both setting and characters are beautifully portrayed, and to me every story had the same effect of going on a quest with Geralt. It’s all just so vivid, I love it!

Fantasy lovers can only rejoice, The Last Wish is a beautiful start to a unique, enchanting journey. I would strongly recommend not to skip this volume and run into the main story right away, trust me, you really wanna go for the whole experience.


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Through her creativity and blogging, Silvia has met people from different industries and collaborated with them on various projects over the years. Her strong passion for reading and her fascination for different cultures and languages have led her to develop a keen interest in the East-Asian continent. Off to see her? Follow the colourful book road . . . ♡

12 responses to “The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski

  1. Yay!! You posted it!!!! I am so glad you enjoyed my gift and that you started reading this amazing series. For me, knowing the story in the video games and reading the books now… somehow I feel more connected to Geralt and the other characters. Now you can finally continue and catch up with Sword of Destiny!

    • You’ve been waiting for me to start the second volume for a while, haven’t you? Your wish will come true very soon 😉 Thanks again for the most perfect gift ever!!!! ❤️

    • Yes, the game is inspired by the series, it actually takes place after the events in the books. Having played it though—and having watched walktroughs of the previous two games on YouTube—I can tell you it truly feels like the characters and the places came out right of the books. The developers did an amazing job, and the author definitely has an amazing writing style. I totally recommend the read!

    • Getting ready for a Netflix marathon, aren’t we? 😉 I’d say catching up with the books before that would be a smart move! I warn you, though, a taste is all it takes to become addicted ?

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