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Sword of Destiny (original 1992; edition 2016)

by Andrzej Sapkowski (Author), David French (Translator)

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Title:Sword of Destiny
Authors:Andrzej Sapkowski (Author)
Other authors:David French (Translator)
Info:Gollancz (2016), 400 pages
Collections:Recommendations ONLY, Your library, Fantasy, Currently reading
Rating:****
Tags:!sap, /ger02, chance buy, fantasy, @2017, game companion, romance, destiny, non-humans

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The Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski (1992)

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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 |
I enjoyed this book just as much as the first. I particularly enjoy the short story form that both of the Witcher books I've read have shared. It seems rare in this genre, but sometimes it really is all you need to tell the story. Also, Ciri! ( )
  duchessjlh | May 6, 2016 |
The Bounds of Reason
Rumor has quickly spread of a dragon on the loose, and an assorted group of warriors, wizards and scoundrels have assembled. Many are clearly there to slay the dragon and gain reward and treasure - but Geralt the witcher is also there, and he says he doesn't kill dragons. As the story unfolds, we discovers that others' motivations are also more varied than we might've guessed.

A Shard of Ice
In a dingy midden heap of a town, Geralt must compete with a powerful wizard for the affections of the beautiful sorceress Yennefer. The angstiness here is worthy of the Elric saga.

Eternal Flame
Geralt and his minstrel friend Dandelion run into each other in the city of Novigrad (thirty thousand inhabitants!) Here they meet the halfling merchant Dainty Biebervelt - which, is soon becomes clear, is having an issue. He's being impersonated by a rare being known as a doppel or mimic - who is interfering with his business in a most disturbing manner. The story becomes a delightful farce, with a most satisfying resolution.

A Little Sacrifice
An arrogant duke has requested the Witcher's services as translator - he wants to speak with the mermaid he's in love with. The initial conversation doesn't go so well.. but while Geralt is still there, a boat of pearl divers vanishes - and a second request (or order) is issued: discover what monster might have slaughtered the divers so that commerce can resume.

The Sword of Destiny
While on a dangerous mission as envoy to the Lady of the forest of Brokilon, Geralt stumbles across a badly-wounded acquaintance. The besieged dryads of Brokilon make a policy of slaughtering anyone who infringes on their ever-shrinking territory. But the wounded man was desperate to fulfill his mission: to deliver a runaway princess to her intended betrothed. Can Geralt intercede on their behalf and save their lives?

Something More
Here, Geralt is badly wounded in his efforts to save a merchant from an attack by monsters. Delirious and hallucinating, he thinks of the past and the various destinies and truths that he has tried to avoid. But destiny has a way of catching up with everyone...
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  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
Great stories, just as good as the first book. ( )
  kenzen | Feb 23, 2015 |
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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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