Review: The Last Wish – Andrzej Sapkowski

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.

Genre: Fantasy, Pages: 280, Publisher: Gollancz, Published: March 2012 (1986), Source: For review

My thoughts:
I liked this one cos it was different from fantasy that I usually read. it was all about Geralt’s different adventures. So there were a bunch of loosely attached stories and it worked well. 
So what to we have then? Geralt, a witcher who hunts vampires, dragons and every evil thing there is. He does his job and that’s it. In between stories we see him at a temple where he talks to a priestess as they are friends. On two trips he also has a troubadour with him, but other than that it’s a very lonely job. 
What’s great about these “hunting trips” (yes I just watched Supernatural), is that the author takes in a few fairytales here and there. He makes this into a believable world and the fairytales are nothing like you know from before. There is a beauty and the beast one, there is a mentioning about a glass slipper, Rapunzel and a story about Snow White in a way. And trust me, Snow White is what you think she is. The stories fits well in the world and it’s like the truly do belong there cos he takes them and makes them his. Like they are those kind of things that happens in every world, in every age. Because of this there is a fairytale quality over it all. And I do like how he uses a wide variety of monsters and since he is Polish, a  of Eastern European ones. Monsters I have not come across often or ever, which is good since most just go with the safe ones.
A famous game seems to be based on this, but since I am not really a gamer I can’t say much about that, but, I would like to try it.
Conclusion:
I enjoyed the tales and monsters that he met. It was a refreshing take on fantasy and traditional fairytales. A mix that worked well.
Cover:
It does look like him
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42 thoughts on “Review: The Last Wish – Andrzej Sapkowski

  1. Mel says:

    I do like fairy tales so this does intrigue me – it doesn't look like a long book either which makes a nice change in fantasy! πŸ™‚

  2. Anachronist says:

    I love the magical world of Sapkowski – apparently the only Polish writer who can manage fantasy Anglo-Saxon style. He borrows a lot from Celtic and German mythologies. One thing bothers me, though – the biggest baddie of the series, the one who dared to imprison Ciri and make her fight for money. Oh I can't believe it, you read Sapkowski…I am in a shock.

  3. Blodeuedd says:

    Eh..Ciri? I guess that person was not in this book. Oh and you are Polish, for a moment I forgot! Silly me πŸ˜€ Yes yes I read Sapkowski πŸ™‚ Glory to me hihi. Well he was translated to of course I would read him.

  4. Jenny says:

    Oooooo I love when well-known fairy tales are mixed in to a new story and made into something entirely different! Sounds like a really fun read:)

  5. Carole Rae says:

    Wow, sounds like a pretty good book. I love when shows/books/etc use uncommon monsters. It makes it fresh! If I were a gamer I would be able to tell you, but it does sound familar.

  6. Carol says:

    Sounds like a good one. I like the idea of a bunch of connected stories. Throw in a fairy tale or two and it definitely grabs my attention.

  7. Staci says:

    I just finished a book based on a fairytale and have to say that I absolutely loved it! Yet, it didn't have monsters like this one so I'm not sure about that part being right for me or not.

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