Ebook, 292 Pages
Adult/ Fantasy/ Short Stories
By: Andrzej Sapkowski, Danusia Stok (Translator)
“There’s a grain of truth in every fairy tale”
🌟 One reason that made me the reader I am today are fairy tales! I grew up reading them and I like how they usually deliver a full story in the least number of words!
🌟 Do you know what else I love? I think you do because I am always shouting this but I love mythology! This book is based on Slavic mythology (At least that’s what Google tells me so correct me if I am wrong.) and it is my first time venturing into this world and as usual, I loved it.
🌟 I read this for 2 main reasons: it is going to be a Netflix show so I needed to get into it before it is too late, The box set had a good price online and I wanted to know if I should get it, the short answer is that I did not and you will understand why at the end of this review.
🌟 The writing was good. I guess for a series started in last century, it would not be fair to criticize it in today’s standards! The writing was enjoyable although sometimes a bit confusing! The stories are kind of predictable and repetitive! There is a curse an it has to do with love and some random person turns into an animal! At least that’s what I felt. The endings of some of these stories felt a bit cryptic and not direct and I had to actually think a bit about what it meant and then check it online. Maybe part of that is explained by the translation so I can never be 100% sure!
“Nonsense,” said the witcher. “And what’s more, it doesn’t rhyme. All decent predictions rhyme.”
🌟 The characters were unique and fleshed out but I can not say that I was a big fan of any! The Main characters are all good, Geralt can be a Gary Stu sometimes so some readers may not like that! I had a problem with the other secondary characters in each story because I had troubles getting all those names into my brain and they were not easy names!
🌟 The world building is cool. I wanted to learn more about this mythology and that’s exactly what I got! I also liked the fact that we are thrown into these stories but it felt familiar and I was quickly a part of that world. I really liked this part of the author’s writing!
🌟 I need to mention that I am not familiar with this series form the games so I am totally unbiased here! I just saw that it is recommended to start with the 2 short story collections and then the main series. Many readers were saying that those 2 anthologies are the best in the series and although I enjoyed this one and I will read the second one, I heard the main series is more political, less mythological and has a different translator (This one was better?) and that it gets more dense! I was afraid to get into the series and not enjoy it as much as I did here so I refrained from buying the box but will read the first book in the main series and decide what to do from there if it makes sense!
“No. I’ve no time to waste. Winter’s coming.”