The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski introduces readers to Geralt of Rivia, a man people know as a witcher. This collection of short stories follows the Witcher on his adventures, where he meets exciting characters and fights monsters, both human and inhuman.
Okay, I admit it, I watched the Netflix show first. However, in my defense, I owned his novel already; it was just waiting on my shelf above my desk, waiting for me to pick it up.
I loved these stories. It is hard to say this is a compilation of short stories because they flow and knit together so nicely. The interludes featuring Nenneke bridge the stories together effortlessly, establishing their relationship, and highlight Geralt’s personality, giving him substance.
These stories, well, they are fairy tales. Well, they resemble fairy tales, and I am always a sucker for a good fairy tale. That is why this was such a good novel. These stories they give fairy tales a refreshing take, a darker more mature edge. It is amazing how these stories are structured, how they flow to develop the plot and Geralt’s personality. The reader sees the complexities of his characterization, making him a character worth reading.
Geralt is incredible, there is no doubt about that. Furthermore, while his characterization is impressive and thoughtful, it is his relationship with other characters that grab the reader. His relationship with Jaskier, Nenneke, and Yennefer, all highlight something different about Geralt. I love Nenneke and Jaskier. Nenneke does not take any crap from anyone while Jaskier brings in some of the comedy into the text, giving Geralt a jovial side. These characters all worked amazingly together, and each character has such a distinct voice.
Everyone that Geralt meets on his journeys highlights something about his personality, his ethics, and morals, and they offer something to the reader as well. They give the story a well-rounded foundation in which to introduce readers to The Witcher.
The Last Wish is an excellent introduction to the world of The Witcher and Geralt. These stories combine effortlessly to give the reader a satisfying new take on the typical fairy tale.
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|Pub Date: July 18, 2017||Page Count: 352pp||Age Range: 16 & Over|
|ISBN: 978-0-3164-3896-4||Publisher: Orbit||List Price: $16.99|