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The Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski

The Sword of Destiny (1992)

by Andrzej Sapkowski

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Series: The Witcher (1.5), Witcher Saga (Prequel 2)

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The second collection of short stories that feature Geralt, the Witcher. Since they take place in a general chronological fashion it's probably best to read this following [The Last Wish] due to characters and timelines, but it's not a requirement. Of the two I prefer The Last Wish, but I still enjoyed reading this one.

Like The Last Wish, this book deals with fantasy in a sort of common manner, focusing more on the affairs of commoners and peasants more than the direct workings of the nobility, except to show where the politics tend to go. It's the sort of fantasy that doesn't gloss over the grim and dirty details of Medieval life.

The stories are often recognizable as altered versions of fairy tales or folk tales but often with in-story commentary about what the story will look like in the future, either due to the habits of bards and poets or a penchant for embellished gossip.

I haven't read the formal story, as I'm expecting to bump into a fair amount of it in the video games. At least some details present on both short story books appear in the games. ( )
  WeeTurtle | Jun 19, 2019 |
A better read than 1 ( )
  Fiddleback_ | Dec 17, 2018 |
Just as good as The Last Wish, with a bit more emphasis on Geralt's character and his relationships, especially the haunting, bittersweet, complicated love affair with the sorceress Yennefer. Ciri, the Child of Destiny, also appears, giving Geralt another tender side. Writing is still sharp, action still great. Some stories are serious, others fun - the doppler story was brilliant.

Now I am onto the big fat books of the Witcher saga. I can't get enough! I have fallen for Geralt. ❤ ( )
  Gezemice | Oct 29, 2018 |
More interludes in Geralt's life as he wanders around the continent trying to earn a living. I believe this was actually written as a prequel, but it's best read in chronological order, after The Last Wish and before the Blood of Elves. Although there's little in the way of continuity of events there are several references to the ongoing theme of Destiny that may or may not rule Geralt's life, and we find out more about a couple of key characters who's lives are intertwined with his, mostly the young girl Ciri.

Meanwhile Geralt has various adventures and picks up a few more scars. It's fun, none of his moral choices are easy, and they're frequently made harder by the active dislike of people he's nominally trying to save. Very seldom does he have the option of choosing the way that brings him most joy.

I'm not a huge fan of the bitty nature of the short stories but it's all carried along effortlessly by Geralt's character, and the little attention to the right amount of details that he notices, without being buried in too much swordplay.

Another fun fast read, and very much recommended for all fans of the computer game, as they've done a magnificent job of keeping the feel that these books create. ( )
  reading_fox | Feb 17, 2017 |
The first set of Witcher short stories, The Last Wish, was sparkling high quality, but this second collection managed to surpass it.

Here, Geralt, the grizzled uber-powerful monster killer Witcher, finds himself attached to a quest to kill a fabled dragon, then vies for the heart of Yennefer with a rival. Later he is determined to protect one of the rarest, but also most mischievous, humanoid species around (a mimic). The most poignant story concerns his attempt, in vain, to combat a race of intelligent sea monsters, while the final two stories both concern Ciri in different ways - the first introduces her to Geralt as he tries to rescue her from the protective forest dryads, before the final story sees Geralt gravely wounded.

The summary above completely fails to do justice to the high quality writing, the fascinating characters, and the gripping and intriguing plots. You can also clearly see the writer growing into his characters with this collection. The stories are far better interconnected, almost reading as a novel rather than a set of short stories. And, far more then The Last Wish, there is a very powerful emotional punch in half the stories here. One story had me in tears, which is a rare thing nowadays for me from reading.

Just exceptional, incredibly moving, incredibly pleasurable writing - about the best fantasy volume I can think of. ( )
  RachDan | Sep 11, 2016 |
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- No va a salir de ahí, os digo - habló el caracañado, moviendo la cabeza con convicción-.
La moribunda oveja, debilitada e hinchada, apuntando al cielo con las patas rígidas, se removió.
- ¡Sucio gorrino! ¡Soplagaitas sin talento! ¡Embaucador!
La sirena sacó la mitad del cuerpo del agua y golpeó violentamente la superficie con sus manos.
Halló el primer cadáver hacia el mediodía.
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Contains 6 short stories
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Geralt de Riv n’en a pas fini avec sa vie errante de tueur de monstres. Fidèle aux règles de la corporation maudite des sorceleurs, Geralt assume sa mission sans faillir dans un monde hostile et corrompu qui ne laisse aucune place à l’espoir. Mais la rencontre avec la petite Ciri, l’Enfant élue, va donner un sens nouveau à l’existence de ce héros solitaire. Geralt cessera-t-il enfin de fuir devant la mort pour affronter la providence et percer à jour son véritable destin ?
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"Geralt is a witcher, a man whose magic powers, enhanced by long training and a mysterious elixir, have made him a brilliant fighter and a merciless assassin. Yet he is no ordinary murderer: his targets are the multifarious monsters and vile fiends that ravage the land and attack the innocent."--… (more)

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