Baptism of Fire Review

Paperback, 343 Pages
Adult/ Fantasy
By: Andrzej Sapkowski, David French (Translator)
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟 1/2

β€œIn this rotten world, Zoltan Chivay, goodness, honesty and integrity become deeply engraved in the memory.”

The Last Wish β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
Sword of Destiny β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
Blood of Elves β˜…β˜…β˜… 1/2
The Time of Contempt β˜…β˜…β˜… 1/2
Baptism of Fire β˜…β˜…β˜… 3/4

For some reason I don’t remember I thought that the Witcher was originally a trilogy ending with this book and hen it got expanded and two books added (Maybe because my box set was of the first three books) but that is not true at all because this book felt like a filler and did not advance the story much, I guess I have to stick with the remaining two books to find the ending!

Story wise, this is a continuation of the story after the unfortunate events that the Witcher went through in book 2 and mostly follows Geralt in a travel and fellowship type of story. The main goal is that Geralt finds Ciri and reached his destination but that means Ciri and Yennefer gets less story this time.

I do like unusual characters coming together on a quest and finding more about them and discovering their backstories and interactions which was the case with this one and I am leaving it vague as that because I don’t wanna spoil why they are unusual ones. I think the new characters were well fleshed but it was on the account of major characters arcs.

I have a mixed feeling about the writing, it is sometimes smooth as silk and flows very easily and I am immersed in the story and enjoying it and on other times -specially when it comes to politics- I get out of the story and find it hard to dive into it again. There are many info drop moments in this book with complex names and history and it just goes way over my head. Maybe if I had a paper and a pen and more patience, I would have been able to follow more but I don’t want my fun time to sound like a chore so I just fly through which affects my understanding and thus my enjoyment of the story. So what I am saying is that I blame myself partially but also blame the author for this complexity!

Summary: I think this one will be more memorable for me than the previous two books but the short stories collections are definitely my favorites thus far. I do like Geralt, his story line and companions in this book which were the biggest part of the story. However, I did not enjoy Ciri’s and Yennefer’s parts as much and did not appreciate the complexity of the way information was given. What scares me the most is that many people said this book was the peak of the story and then it went downhill from there and I don’t think I am ready for that yet! I will continue my read of this series with the next book which I will read in November!

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