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The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski

The Last Wish (1993)

by Andrzej Sapkowski

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Series: The Witcher (1), Geralt de Rivia (1)

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Para aquellos que no saben quién es Geralt de Rivia, con quién se relaciona o qué hace, ésta es una excelente introducción a su mundo.

Geralt es un Witcher. Un Witcher es un individuo que ha sido expuesto a misteriosos rituales, entre los que se encuentran el sometimiento a intensas mezclas alquímicas y el consumo de mutágenos. Todo ésto mientras se es niño. No obstante, siete de cada diez mueren en el proceso. Los demás luego se verán entrenados a ser hábiles asesinos y luego recorrerán el mundo en búsqueda de contratos y trabajo similar. Pero con un código moral, claro está.
Son fácilmente distinguibles por sus ojos muy parecidos a los de un gato y por siempre llevar una espada de plata, con la que despachan a monstruos y seres similares con mayor facilidad. Además, los Witchers aprenden a usar ‘Signos‘, un tipo de magia menor para ataque y protección.

Ahora bien, The Last Wish no es una novela, es más bien una colección de relatos. Sueños, cuentos y recuerdos del personaje dentro de un relato mayor llamado “The Voice of Reason”.

Me trataré de explicar.

“The Voice of Reason” empieza con Geralt, tendido en una cama, herido en una batalla contra un striga. Después de encuentro sexual con Iola, Geralt sueña con los eventos de esa lucha y ahí empezamos a leer el cuento titulado “The Witcher”.

La mañana siguiente, Geralt despierta y discute su falta de fe y creencias generales con Nenneke, una sacerdotisa que se ha encargado de curarlo. Esa conversación abre el telón para otra historia, una titulada “A Grain of Truth”.

Creo que ya me van entendiendo. En The Last Wish se nos presenta aquel estilo literario que consiste en la inclusión de varios relatos dentro de una narración principal.

The Last Wish contiene seis historias, aparte de la narración principal.

1. The Witcher.
2. A Grain of Truth.
3. The Lesser Evil.
4. A Matter of Price.
5. The Edge of the World.
6. The Last Wish.

En mi blog podrán ver una entrada más detallada e interactiva (videos) sobre The Last Wish y cada uno de sus cuentos.

https://constantmotions.wordpress.com/2016/05/06/opinion-del-libro-the-last-wish-de-andrzej-sapkowski/ ( )
  JorgeLC | Apr 28, 2018 |
Strange book with a great style and story. ( )
  josh513 | Feb 3, 2018 |
The Last Wish (Saga o Wiedźminie #1) by Andrzej Sapkowski is one kick ass ride of a fantasy. My grown son said it is also a video game but I don't play but this would be one I would want if it was like the book. This has so many creative scenes, action, imagination, and clever sorcerer skills that it makes reading this book a real joy. Great plot, characters, fantasy, and action. Loved it. I got this from the library and I am going to see if they have more by this author! ( )
  MontzaleeW | Jan 8, 2017 |
Great set of introductory short stories about Geralt, a social outcast because of his Witcher School mutations, which give him powerful and even magical abilities - which makes him subhuman in the eyes of most. He plies his unenviable trade - monster extermination - in a world of moral greys and shifty feudal villains. The most interesting stories have him reasoning with and even befriending monsters, and fighting the depraved humans who hired him. Many stories have a noir-like set of twists and turns, and unlikely betrayals and alliances, which gives the book a sort of uniquely pulpy detective-comic flair. Lots of sleuthing and whodunits.

The prose, well translated from the original Polish, will win no awards but is nonetheless evocative and enjoyable, and amusingly modern. Geralt and his various companions are bursting with character, and even if they're not very original, they're likable and memorable. Also fun are the twisted variations of common fairy tales - this book has some engrossing takes on 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'Snow White' which may make your skin crawl.

This is as far from Disney as you're likely to get and shares many of the same adult themes and political tangents as Game of Thrones - but for my money the stories of Geralt of Rivia are much more interesting; and the shameless dives into gross dark fantasy are more fun too. If you're curious about the world from the (excellent) video games, or if you just want a lightweight fantasy read with fun mysteries and icky lore, this is a fine introduction. You can't exactly binge these books but they make great vacation and commute filler. ( )
  ddueck88 | Oct 24, 2016 |
Geralt is a Witcher, trained in sorcery and swordcraft, accepting commissions to eliminate ghosts and demons. He travels in a nameless land, clearly Eastern European in inspiration, looking for employment. He battles demons with names evocative of old tales: a striga, a sylvan, elves, djinns, and sorceresses. He returns for rest and healing to a temple to an earth goddess, and travels through the last tales with Dandilion, a bard. The book is more a loosely knit collection of stories. Geralt and his friend have a dry sense of humor, and in some places the writing turns philosophical. The world in which Geralt lives is somehow changing, becoming less magical, and there is an autumnal feeling about the book. It has inspired a videogame ( )
  neurodrew | Oct 3, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316029181, Mass Market Paperback)

Geralt of Rivia is a witcher. A cunning sorcerer. A merciless assassin.

And a cold-blooded killer.

His sole purpose: to destroy the monsters that plague the world.

But not everything monstrous-looking is evil and not everything fair is good. . . and in every fairy tale there is a grain of truth.

The international hit that inspired the video game: The Witcher.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:19:30 -0400)

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Geralt de Riv, a witcher, uses his vast sorcerous powers to hunt down the monsters that threaten the world, but he soon discovers that not every monstrous-looking creature is evil, and not everything beautiful is good.

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