E-Book, 560 Pages
By: Andrzej Sapkowski
“But every dream, if dreamed too long, turns into a nightmare. And we awake from such dreams screaming.”
The Last Wish ★★★★
Sword of Destiny ★★★★
Blood of Elves ★★★ 1/2
The Time of Contempt ★★★ 1/2
Baptism of Fire ★★★ 3/4
The Tower of Swallows ★★
The Lady of the Lake ★★
As you can see the Witcher series did not meet my expectations and it ended up with 2 stars which is a bummer! I would have DNFed this book if it wasn’t the finale but I powered through and took some extra measures to go through it.
I don’t think I am a big fan of Sapkwoski’s writing. The best books were the first two short story collections because they have a self contained story that is not very hard to follow. The problem is that the author’s writing is dense and full of info dumping of places and people who we are supposed to remember for the rest of the series. I have heard a lot of negative things about the ending and I was slowly going through this until I decided to read a full summary of the book to see if it is worth continuing and I found that the way it ended is not very disappointing but the path toward that ending is.
I had trouble following the story in the previous books and it was the same here. The book is told from multiple POV and through dreams which sounds cool but can get tiring when you try to fit everything in its place. To be honest, I skimmed Jarre and Rusty’s parts which I have never done before but I simply did not care about characters that I have heard about in book 7 only.
Geralt, Ciri and Yennefer are main characters here and I can digest how their arcs end but I think many things were done very conveniently and not in a convincing way. Like Sapkowski did not know what to do so he just went with the flow making many story lines underwhelming. The book was too lengthy anyway and had redundant parts that could have been told instead of showed (Yes it is a rare situation where the general rule doesn’t apply).
I have also just finished watching the second season of the series and I am happier with how the TV series is going. The story is easier to follow and there are monsters and magic which is essential to the story but is not a big part of the later books.
Summary: I am disappointed with how things were handled in this book. The book was too long with many descriptions that get repetitive quickly. There are info dumps as usual. Characters that I did not care about had big parts of the book where the ones I did care about where handled quickly and not in a convincing way. I am more excited to see how the producers turn it into more seasons of the series!