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The Swallow's Tower by Andrzej Sapkowski
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The Swallow's Tower (2006)

by Andrzej Sapkowski

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Series: The Witcher (5)

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In this 4th novel of the Witcher saga, Ciri finally finds kindness in the form of Vysogota, a bookish hermit, who takes her in after she is severely injured. She relates how her gang is slaughtered by Bonhart, and how she barely managed to escape. Meanwhile, Geralt and Yennefer are independently continuing their search for ciri. Dark omens are building here, surrounding both Ciri and demonic shadows trying to find her. The political wars are becoming ever more complicated, as are the magical feuds.

The first 70 odd pages of this novel, focusing on Ciri, are far more gripping than much of the previous novel. But there are intermittent ponderous sections after this, and I really do wish that that plot would speed up considerably at this stage. I am slowly losing patience with the series, and really hope that the plot moves faster in the next novel. ( )
  RachDan | May 7, 2017 |
The continuing adventures of Ciri with the Witcher Geralt bumbling along in the background, surrounded by sorceresses now and again.

Told in flashbacks interspersed with other events. Ciri stumbled weary and wounded into the marshes and was found by a hermit. Eventually they learn to trust each other enough to exchange stories on how they each came to be there. Lots of bloodthirsty hacking about, but little other drama, even dandelion and co get barely a mention as the viewpoint is often that of the bountyhunters that Ciri is recalling. The machinations of the sorceresses remain opaque, and for a while the Empire's conflict isn't even mentioned. Still fun, novel and engaging but you do rather wish the story would move on a bit. ( )
  reading_fox | Mar 31, 2017 |
The story of Ciri and Geralt, the Witcher, continue in this story. Most of the story is told by Ciri as she hides and recuperates in a hermit's hut in the middle of a marsh. She is being hunted by bounty hunters and sorceresses and Geralt is chasing her to help his ward.

Ciri is a 16-year old girl who has been under Geralt's protection and has been training to be a witcher even though she would not undergo the mutation that Geralt had. She is the descendant of a powerful elf and has demonstrated remarkable abilities. The Emperor Emrhys wants to marry her. The Lodge of Sorceresses wants to harness her energy. Everyone wants a piece of her.

The story flashes between live action and characters retelling their parts which keeps the reader on their toes. Luckily the focus is on the date of the equinox so the reader is always aware of where in the timeline she is.

As an aside, the expansion pack of the wonderful Witcher III video game was just released this week so I have been totally immersed in this world, only interrupted by pesky work. The differences in the story lines don't bother me much (in the game Emrhys is Ciri's father, not suitor, but just as interested in getting her back in his palace to sit on the throne).

The next episode is slated to be released in the summer of 2017 and I, for one, will be anxiously waiting for it. ( )
  mamzel | Jun 4, 2016 |
Tough read. The series is deteriorating. ( )
  kenzen | Feb 23, 2015 |
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Sie kamen nach Dun Dȃre in grabesschwarzer Nacht,
wo man die Hexerin verborgen wähnte,
Umzingelten das Dorf von allen Seiten rings,
Damit sie ihnen nicht entkommen könnte.
So wollten sie sie fassen in grabesschwarzer Nacht,
Doch konnte ihre Tücke nichts erreichen.
Es lagen anderntags, eh bleich die Sonne stieg,
Auf kältestarrer Straße dreißig Leichen.

Die Morität von den erschrecklichen Dingen, welche sich in der Nacht auf Saovine in Dun Dȃre zugetragen haben
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Wie allgemein bekannt, dreht sich das Weltall - wie auch das Leben - im Kreis.
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The fourth part of the epic fantasy world of The Witcher and wars that shake him. Czwarta cz???? fantastycznej epopei o ??wiecie wied??mina i wojnach, jakie nim wstrz?saj?.

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