Since the latest DLC for the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has been out I have been obsessed. I thought it would be a good idea to look at the novels since my love of reading knows no bounds. Here is my report on the first book in he series, “The Last Wish”.
The Last Wish (Polish: Ostatnie życzenie) is the second of the two collections of short stories (the other being “The Sword of Destiny”) preceding the main Witcher Saga, written by Polish fantasy writer Andrzej Sapkowski. The first Polish edition was published in 1993, the first English edition in 2007. The book has also been translated into several other languages.
The collection employs the frame story framework and contains 7 main short stories; Geralt of Rivia, after having been injured in battle, rests in a temple. During that time he has flashbacks to recent events in his life, each of which forms a story of its own. – from Wikipedia
I loved this book. Being a huge fan of the recent game, it was great experiencing Geralt via the written word. His personality is spot on; it makes me happy to see that CD Projekt Red took his character within the books seriously.
The entire book is broken up into short stories encompassing how Geralt met some of the iconic people from the game such as Dandelion and Yennefer. It also gives us insight on how he came to raise Ciri. Not directly mind you, but it started up that story line that will hopefully be explored in later books.
We got to see some new areas that I’m personally not familiar with, seeing as I’ve only played the third game. The writer did a fantastic job at describing the terrain and the creatures that come along with it.
More was explained about the sorceresses and their origins, as well as diving into Yennefer’s background. Although I’m not her biggest fan, I prefer Triss, it was still cool to read about.
If you enjoy the Witcher game series, and a good book, then you should totally pick this up. I bought it for my Nook for $6.99 and it was definitely worth the money. I have every intention of reading the rest of the books, and I hope this convinced you to give them a try too.
Thanks for reading!